IOS – Sync Notes from Mac and iOS devices without iCloud

I did some research, and discovered that people have had nightmares with syncing notes from the Notes app via iCloud, in that all of the notes get permanently deleted. Before seeing these articles/forum posts, I had considered activating cloud sync for my notes, but given the danger, I don't think I'd like to do that.

Thus, I'm looking for an alternative solution. I have heard of OneNote, Box, and so on, but what I have not found is a way to sync one's notes from the Notes app on both Mac and iOS across some other cloud. If anyone has any ideas I would really appreciate it.

Best Answer

  • NOTE: i assume in my answer that you just don't want the Apple iCloud servers

    you need an other email account to do this

    • you add one more email account (any but not iCloud)
    • and then you activate at this email account the section NOTES
    • the notes are created in an imap folder named notes
    • do it on both: iPhone and Mac
    • then you move all notes on Mac to the other account
    • then you can switch off the NOTES with the iCloud account

    iPhone (iOS10):

    Settings -> Notes -> Accounts -> (some account) -> notes -> switch: on/off

    OSX 10.11.6

    Settings -> Internet Accounts -> (some account) -> notes -> checkbox: on/off