Monday, September 15, 2008

How to sync your iPhone Notes - you can't

The short answer is you can't. I was able to find a few workarounds, but they involved purchasing software and even then it still looked like a hassle. Instead, I'm going to provide you with a few options, and assume that you're using an email account with your phone.

1. Create the note on your iPhone, then email it to yourself and copy it into your note-taking application on your computer. If you go into your note, there is a mail icon at the bottom, which is how you email it to someone. This isn't the greatest idea, but it will work.

2. Create a new contact, and use that for your note. That way your "contact" will sync with your email account and you'll be able to reference it later on. The downside of this is that you'll have to keep up with managing your notes or else your address book will be a huge mess.

3. If your email account synchronizes your drafts, create the note as a draft. That way it will synchronize back to your email, and you'll have a copy of the note that way. While this sounds like the best idea, I tried it on my iPhone which uses the Exchange sync. It didn't work, so you'd have to try it for yourself and see what happens.

That's it. For those of you who rely on Notes and would like them to synchronize with your computer, good luck to you. Hopefully Apple will figure that out and release it in an update sometime soon. I've gotten used to just emailing myself instead, but will admit that it would definitely be nice to have the capability of synchronized Notes.

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