Sync Notes between iPhone, iPad, and Mac using Apple's iCloud or other popular services

If you've got the built-in Notes app on more than one of your Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can sync everything you write, draw, and collect between all of them. That way, no matter where you are and what you're doing, your notes are with you. Take a quick note on your iPhone while you're out, add to it on your iPad while cooking dinner, and finish it up on your Mac at work or school the next day — It's like a magic clipboard across the internet!

For full, native support, including web access, you'll want to use iCloud, but if you're using Google or Exchange elsewhere, you'll be able to access those notes as well.

How to turn on Notes sync with iCloud

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Enter your iCloud email and password and tap Sign In, if prompted.
  4. Switch On Notes sync in the list of services.

How to turn on Notes sync for Gmail or Exchange

Notes also supports basic sync for a variety of other popular internet services, including Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Exchange. To enable them, you need to go to your Mail account.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap on the Account you want to enable (i.e. Gmail, Exchange, etc.).
  4. Switch On Notes sync in the list of services.

Repeat the same steps for every account you want to enable in Notes.

How to switch between accounts in Notes for iPhone and iPad

Notes can be stored locally on your iPhone or iPad, or in any online account you have set up, including iCloud. If you have notes stored in multiple locations, it's easy to switch between them.

  1. Launch the Notes app from the Home Screen of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on the Back button (looks like < ) at the top right of the list view screen.
  3. Tap Notes under the account you want to switch to.

Now you're good to go, with all your notes across multiple accounts accessible in one location.

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