7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 9:29 PM by sberman
apple_customer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

Hi, everyone.


Do any of you know of a way to sync Notes and Remiders using a cable connection instead of iCloud ?


Has Apple finaly corrected the problems with these two potentially great applications, and started to offer sync alternatives to iCloud for those who can't use it ?


Thanks in advance.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (29,355 points)

    What are you trying to sync them to?


    Are you running Mountain Lion on a Mac?


    You say "cable connection".  Does that mean you are not using WiFi?

  • apple_customer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi, Sberman.


    I realize now that I should have been clearer.


    I am running the latest version of Mountain Lion on a Macbook Pro 17". In regards to connection I can use either cable or Wi-Fi but can't use iCloud for legal reasons.


    All I am trying to do is to keep my Notes and Reminders on my Mac synchronized with the same applications on both my iPhone and iPad.


    Is there a way to do this ?



  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (29,355 points)

    It sounds like Notes may be easier than reminders ...


    Here's the pertinent section of the iPhone iOS 6 User Guide discussing Notes.  I included the iCloud section FYI, but the section below it pertains to your situation:


    Use iCloud to keep your notes up to date on your iOS devices and Mac computers:

    • If you use a me.com or mac.com email address for iCloud: Go to Settings > iCloud and turn on Notes.
    • If you use a Gmail or other IMAP account for iCloud: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and turn on Notes for the account.

      Choose the default account for new notes: Go to Settings > Notes.
      Create a note in a specific account: Tap Accounts and select the account, then tap to create

      the note. If you don’t see the Accounts button, tap the Notes button first.

      See only notes in a specific account: Tap Accounts and choose the account. If you don’t see the Accounts button, tap Notes first.

      Delete a note while viewing the list of notes: Swipe left or right across the note in the list.


    Here's the analogous section from the Reminders chapter:



    Keep your reminders up to date on other devices: Go to Settings > iCloud, then turn on Reminders. To keep up to date with Reminders on OS X Mountain Lion, turn on iCloud on your Mac, too. Some other types of accounts, such as Exchange, also support Reminders. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and turn on Reminders for the accounts you want to use.



    So the bottom line is you should be able to synch your notes and reminders when you do an iTunes sync with your iPhone and/or iPad.  But if you haven't done so already, you'll have to set up notes as well as reminders in one of your non-iCloud accounts and make sure all your three devices look to the same account for its information.  Of course, you won't get instantaneous updating as you would with iCloud, but I think you're not seeking that anyway.


    I hope this helps.

  • apple_customer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi, sberman.


    Sorry for the delay in responding your helpful and detailed post.


    As I had originally stated I can't sync Notes and Reminders using iCloud for legal reasons. The nature of my job requires me by law to keep all my information secure and confidential. I simply can't legally use services such as iCloud (or any other similar cloud-based storage service).


    All of your notes above seem to indicate the use of iCloud or G-Mail for synchronization. The instructions state that iCloud must be turned on and this is something I can't do.


    Before the introduction of Notes and Reminders Apple's Notes were a part of Mail. I always synchronized Notes between all my devices using cable without any problem. This is the type of sync I am referring to.


    I think Apple needs to provide users with the optiont to sync either via cable or iCloud depending on their specific needs but unfortunately this is not what the company has done. Even worse is the company's stance on the issue. They will not issue a statement on the issue letting customers know if and when this problem will be resolved.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (29,355 points)

    Actually, the second as well as next-to-last paragraph in my posting immediately above your last one specifically addresses a non-icloud sync, and anticipates you'll use iTunes to perform the sync instead.


    I hope this helps.

  • apple_customer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi, sberman.


    Thank you for your reply.


    But as you suggest on your e-mail, I could use my G-Mail account as my non-iCloud account to sync my information. I assume with these instructions that iTunes would use G-Mail to store and/or transfer my information as again this is something I can't do.


    The solution I need is one that will allow the information to go from one device (usually my Mac) to my iOS devices (iPad and iPhone) without the need for anything in between.


    Thanks for your help.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (29,355 points)

    Per this article  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4191:

    Syncing Notes with iTunes and OS X Mountain Lion v10.8

    You can sync with the Notes app using IMAP or iCloud. Syncing Notes using iTunes is no longer supported on OS X v10.8 and later.



    So I believe you're out of luck.