13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2013 2:10 AM by Mending Branched to a new discussion.
Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why are we forced to use and have a @me.com account in order to sync Notes?

It makes no sence as Addressbook and Calendar, Bookmarks, etc. syncs fine with any personal created Apple-ID.

 

With the coming of Mountain Lion and Notes for desktop Mac users, Apple shoud support an sync option for "Notes" using a non @me.com Apple-ID account.


MacBook Pro
  • W1$C Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    You can sync notes with outlook on your computer!

    Instructions are as follows:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH1674

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)

    What difference does it make?

     

    You don't have to access the email portion of the account - you can disable this with the account settings on the iPhone and with the Mail app on your Mac, and the account is free.

     

    You can sync Notes over the air with a Yahoo account on an iPhone, but unless Yahoo provides a way for syncing notes stored online with the Yahoo account direct with the Mail app on a Mac or with the new separate Notes app with Mountain Lion, I don't believe Apple can force Yahoo to do this.

     

    I can sync Notes with my Gmail account with the Mail app on my Mac, and I believe syncing notes with a Gmail account is supported when accessing the account as an IMAP account. There is no option for this with a Gmail account accessed as an Exchange account.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well... it makes quite a difference that Notes have to sync via iTunes manually or otherwise set up with an @me.com account. Calendar, Addressbook, Bookmarks, etc. syncs perfectly using any Apple-ID.

     

    I don't use Gmail nor Outlook. I use Mac and got an iPhone and don't want to be forced to use the @me.com account and email in order to use Apple products.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)

    You can sync Notes direct with the Mail app on your Mac via the iTunes sync process.This has been supported since day one with the original iPhone released nearly 5 years ago. This is selected under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes and is covered in the iPhone user guide.

     

    And syncing contacts direct with the Address Book, calendar events direct with iCal, Safari bookmarks direct with Safari, and Notes direct with the Mail app via the iTunes sync process has nothing whatsoever to do with an Apple ID.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Right, that's what I am forced do to now. And it does have everything to do with Apple ID as only @me.com or @mac.com Apple ID's works with syncing Email and Notes via iCloud.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)

    No it does not.

     

    You don't need an Apple ID to sync contacts direct with the Address Book, calendar events direct with iCal, Safari bookmarks direct with Safari, and Notes direct with the Mail app via the iTunes sync process. These options are selected under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes which has nothing whatsoever to do with an Apple ID. An Apple ID is not required for this.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think you misunderstand. Why would I ever want to sync via iTunes and depend on this? And I know this is a possibility without using an Apple ID nor iCloud.

     

    I am talking about the fact and the lack that it is not possible to sync Notes via iCloud without beeing forced to use either an @me.com or @mac.com created Apple ID.

  • W1$C Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    This is pretty much your only hope to sync to your computer via iTunes:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1296?viewlocale=en_US

     

    Basically, you can only sync notes with either iTunes or as you state with an @me.com address, and of cource the many other options when it comes to email account info merging! Other than that, your SOL.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)

    What you are wanting would be like Google allowing someone to sync their Google contacts, calendar events, and notes with a non-Gmail account. Not going to happen.

     

    To sync notes and other supported items over the air with an iCloud account requires having an iCloud account, which can't be done with another email account.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    An Apple-ID for iCloud created as @me.com or @mac.com will sync Notes, Email, Addressbook, Caledar, Bookmarks, etc.

     

    Any other email used creating an Apple-ID for iCloud will sync Contacts, Addressbook, Bookmarks, etc. but NOT Notes and of course not Email. The only reason why it will not sync Notes (and does not make sence) is because Apple has bound the syncing of Notes to their mailserver which requires an @me.com or @mac.com created Apple-ID.

     

    Why is Notes not a standalone option for syncing (to be set on/off) with any email (Apple-ID) via iCloud? And more important will it be with the coming of Mountain Lion and the introduction of desktop Notes for Mac?

  • jlcracroft Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mending...Did you ever find a solution/acceptable work-around for this?  Nearly a year later and I'm experiencing the same frustration while setting up my new MacBook Pro.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI

     

    No unfortunately I did not and Mountain Lion didn't solve the problem either. Apple is hopeless behind in developing their App's and have not yet unchained "Notes" from the @mac.com @me.com @icloud.com mailserver. Very strange as "Reminders" works just fine with any Apple ID created using any 3rd party email account.

     

    We'll just have to wait.

  • Mending Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After testing iOS 7 it's choking to relealize that this situation persists!

     

    It still takes an Apple ID Email Account (@mac.com or @me.com or @icloud.com) to syns Notes. All other iOS 6.x and 7.x Apps (Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Passbook, etc) sync's fine with any Apple ID created with any email (@hotmail.com, @gmail.com or personal business email, etc.).

     

    Does anyone know why? It seems stupid and old-fashioned.