Syncing iPhone notes

Christopher Breen
8 April, 2011
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When I plug my iPhone 4 into my Mac and select it in iTunes, I see an option in the Info tab to sync my iPhone notes. But they sync only to the Mac’s Mail application. Is there a way to make them sync with MobileMe too?

Barbara Mehlman, via email

Let’s run through the steps needed to sync notes between your iPhone, MobileMe and Mac Mail. On your iPhone (which must be running iOS 4 or later), tap Settings and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Tap your MobileMe account and, in the screen that appears, flip the On/Off toggle switch next to Notes to On. Return to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen and scroll to the very bottom, where you see the Notes entry. Tap this entry, and the Default Account screen appears. Select your MobileMe account rather than the On My iPhone or any other entry.

On your Mac, launch System Preferences, select the MobileMe preference, click the Sync tab and enable the Notes option. Now plug your iPhone into your Mac’s USB 2.0 port and launch iTunes (if it doesn’t launch automatically). Select your iPhone in iTunes’ Source list, click the Info tab and, in the Other area of the screen, enable Sync Notes.

Launch the Mail app, choose Preferences from the Mail menu, and open the Composing tab. From the Addressing area’s Create Notes And To Dos In pop-up menu, select your MobileMe account.

Now, when you create a note on your iPhone or within Mail, that note should sync with your iPhone, Mail, and the MobileMe site. If it doesn’t, delete the MobileMe account on your phone (after backing everything up) and recreate the account by going to the Mail, Contacts, Calendar setting, tapping MobileMe, and entering your name, username and password to create the account.

Then run through those configuration steps I outlined.

Image of notes by Nevit Dilmen via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Tim.E-H says:

    Instructions are fine, except syncing notes isn’t available as an option under iOS mail preferences. Options available for MobileMe sync are Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks with an additional toggle for Find My iPhone.
    Running iOS 4.2.1 on an iPhone 3G.

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