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groovycatmedia Level 1 (5 points)

This is a weird one, any note created on my imac appears on my iphone and ipad through icloud


But any note created on my ipad or iphone doesn't appear on my imac.


Have searched for this particularly icloud issue, but couldn't find out which device i need to work on or what the workaround is


Thanks for any help!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2010 july
  • judysings Community Specialists

    Hi groovycatmedia,


    The information below should help you get the Notes app working on your iOS devices:


    iOS: Syncing Notes


    To sync Notes over the air you need one of the following devices:

    • iPhone 3GS or later
    • iPod touch (3rd generation or later)
    • iPad (all models)

    Notes are associated with an IMAP email account or iCloud account. To sync Notes, enable Notes for each account in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars or Settings > iCloud.


    Hope this helps ...


    - Judy

  • groovycatmedia Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Judy, I got a solution, what i did was delete the icloud account on my imac and recreate it and this worked! Thanks for your advice

  • judysings Community Specialists

    Hi groovycatmedia,


    I'm glad you are back on track!


    - Judy

  • Jackjohnsonsea Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi there, I have a similar problem.  I have an iphone 5, iMAC and 4th gen iPad.  All of my notes currently sit on my iPhone.  I have Notes enabled in iCloud on every device but there is ZERO syncing occuring any direction?


    Arggghh.. not sure what else to do?  Suggestions?


    Frustrated.  Jack Johnson

  • Meshugnieh Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the exact same issue happening. I've tried pretty much everything I could think about. Did you find a solution?

  • Jackjohnsonsea Level 1 (5 points)

    No and nobody from Apple Support is responding.  I like Apple, don't get me wrong, but I find it super challenging and alot of work to get answers to questions short of taking 2 - 3 hours of my personal time and going to a store.  This is not good in my opinion!

  • KPConroy Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Judy, problem fixed.

  • M O Level 1 (0 points)

    I am trying to solve my syncing issues with OSX 10.8.4 and iphone 4 ios 6.1.3. When I create a note on the Mac, it will appear in the iphone's notes. When I create a note in iphone notes, it will not appear on the Mac notes app.


    In the "ios syncing notes" document here:

    it says the following:

    In Notes on your iOS device or Mac, verify that your notes are not stored in a local folder. Example: On My iPhone or On My Mac. If you have notes in these folders, you will need to copy or transfer them to iCloud or IMAP to sync with your other devices.

    Where in Notes on the Mac can you specify where the notes are stored?



  • Sully2003 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have same exact problem! Can anyone tell us how to sync Notes between iPhone 4S and Mountain Lion? I have followed all these suggestions-created iCloud mail, etc... with no results. My Notes on MacBook

    have not been updated since 2012.

  • julester23 Level 1 (0 points)

    Are you using CalDAV as described here? As said above, Notes are synchronized to an email account, so if you are using Gmail by default on your iPhone, all the notes are going into Gmail which will not be syncrhonized with your iCloud notes.


    In Notes on the phone, select "Accounts" in the top left, and select "All Notes" or "iCloud" to see what is stored there. I do not know of any means for copying or moving notes between "Gmail" account and "iCloud" on the phone.


    For Gmail Notes, look for the label called "Notes" in your gmail account (in a web browser at See here for some additional questions about that.

  • djbkac Level 1 (0 points)

    MIne is similar: I'm using the following:  iPod Touch 3rd Gen iOS6, iPhone 4  iOS7, MacBook Pro OS 10.7.5 and iMac OS 10.7.5  - everything syncing well and running smoothly - icloud working well for notes - make it on one, it appears on all.


    Now the issue... I have one iMac running 10.8.5 - and it won't sync the notes! It syncs email, everything else... but not notes. Checked all settings everywhere and they all say it should be good to go!

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,229 points)

    System Preferences/iCloud - try un-checking Notes sync, log out/in, reselect it, and open Notes.

  • jaysnoop Level 1 (10 points)



    Okay, sorry to yell, but this was bothering the heck out of me! I thought it was an issue with Notes on my iMac, but it turns out that it has everything to do with the phone settings. Apparently, in their infinite wisdom, Apple decided to CHANGE your default note location when you upgraded to iOS7! For some reason they thought it would be a good idea to default your iCloud notes to store somewhere OTHER than iCloud! Besides being extremely infuriating, it's at least an easy fix.


    Settings --> Notes --> Default Account --> (change this to) iCloud


    WHY Apple?! Just because I updated to iOS7 doesn't mean I want you messing with all my defaults! And WHY would you default to something other than an Apple product??!!

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,229 points)

    Send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem solved sooner.


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