Here are the detailed instructions on syncing iphone notes app and mail app using gmail . This will enable bi-directional syncing: you can edit the notes on any device and it will be synced to the others automatically =)

After doing this you will have all your notes on your iphone (or your ipod touch, or ipad) and your mail.app on your mac

  • on your iphone, or ipod touch, or ipad goto settings > mail > add
  • hit google
  • under email and username, put in your gmail address
  • hit the next button at the top
  • turn on notes
  • hit done

You will now be syncing your notes to gmail on your iphone / ipod touch / ipad –

What to do after syncing iphone ipad and ipod touch notes.app and mail.app using gmail

Please see this post to find out how to set up your macs mail.app to use gmail to sync notes

please see this post for details on how to get your google calendar synced to your ical on your mac

and this post on how to sync your addressbook with your google contacts

If you have done all this then you will have the same list of contacts on your mac, on your iphone, and on your google contacts. You will also have the same calendars. and the same notes! any change, or addition you make on any device will show up in all the others


15 Comments

Steve · November 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Does this still work? I followed the directions but never saw the option to turn on Notes synching. I just salw Mail, Contacts, and Calendar.

manfred · December 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I have 4.2.1 but it does not work. I saw the same than steve.

jonathan · December 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

i think it might only appear after you have set up your account; you need to make sure you use a google type account, and not an exchange account

manfred · December 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

i use a google type account but i now assume i misunderstood this function. i thought it is real synchronizing meaning it works in two ways. but it only puts the notes from the ipod to the computer. there you do not have any chance to add or change the notes. right?

jonathan · December 11, 2010 at 12:12 am

you can edit the notes in mail.app on your mac; the changes are then synced back to your iphone / ipod / ipad!

i use this technique on my ipad, on my iphone and on my macbook pro!
all notes are available on them all =)

manfred · December 11, 2010 at 8:50 am

Sounds good. Unfortunately I’ve to live without a Mac and in a windows environment it seems not to be possible. :-(

jonny · January 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

FYI

“Note: Over-the-air Notes syncing is not supported on iPhone 3G or iPod touch (2nd generation). You can sync notes over a USB connection using iTunes.” http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4191

    jonathan · February 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    good to know =)

    it works on iphone 3gs and iphone 4
    it also works on ipad =)

Phil · March 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

only seems to work one way, updates to ipad show up in gamil notes but not the other way. How do I make it synch both ways?

    jonathan · March 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    to change them the other way round you need to search your gmail for the label ‘notes’ if you reply to these with your new note then it will update the notes on your ios device =)

Phil · March 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

when i go to notes in gmail and reply, the replies show up in my ipad mailbox, not as updated notes

Guihammes · July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

apple just backup the notes under a gmail tag (notes). would be better if they use google notebook or docs for this.

Guihammes · July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

apple just backup the notes under a gmail tag (notes). would be better if they use google notebook or docs for this.

Guihammes · July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

apple just backup the notes under a gmail tag (notes). would be better if they use google notebook or docs for this.