The Notes app is one of the most-used apps on the iPhone, allowing you to quickly capture ideas or reminders when you least expect them. The good news is that you can access the notes you have taken on your iPhone on your Mac. In fact, there are several ways you can sync notes from iPhone to Mac. We will show you the steps in the section below.
Before we dive in, we suggest you have the latest update of the Notes app on your iPhone. Some of its new features may not work on an older version of iOS. If your notes fail to sync from your iPhone to your Mac, then restart your iPhone and try again.
How to Sync iPhone Notes to Mac
Method 1: iCloud
iCloud is one of the most straightforward ways to sync notes from an iPhone to a Mac. With iCloud Notes sync enabled, your notes are accessible across all of your devices as long as they are signed in to the same Apple ID account. Here are the steps.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap your Apple ID name at the top and select iCloud
- Turn on the switch for Notes.
Once you are done, all the notes you have taken on your iPhone will be automatically synced to your iCloud. You can access them on your Mac signed in with the same iCloud account. If syncing does not work, make sure you have enabled iCloud syncing on your Mac too.
- Open System Preferences on your Mac.
- Select Apple ID and then select iCloud.
- Check the box next to Notes.
Alternatively, you can use the Notes app on your Mac to sync the notes from your iPhone. To do it, open Notes > click Notes on the menu bar > Account > iCloud > Notes.
Method 2: A third-Party Email Account
If you find iCloud syncing annoying, then you can sync your iPhone notes using a third-party email account, Gmail. Here are the steps.
Step 1: You need to add your Gmail to the Notes app on your iPhone. Open the Settings app and select Notes.
Step 2: Tap Accounts and select Add Account from the list.
Step 3: Tap Continue and Sign In with your Gmail account.
Step 4: Go to Account > Select the email account you have just added to the Notes app.
Step 5: Turn on the toggle for Notes.
Method 3: Mail
Another great way to sync iPhone notes to Mac is to forward them via Mail. Basically, you can choose to send your iPhone notes as an email, and then you can access them on your Mac.
- Open the Notes app on your iPhone and select the note you wish to send to your Mac.
- Long-press it until you see the shortcut menu and select Send a Copy from the drop-down list.
- Select Email and enter your Mail address.
Method 4: AirDrop
AirDrop is a cool feature that allows you to send and receive files across Apple devices. You can use AirDrop to sync iPhone notes to your Mac. Here is how to do it.
Make sure you have turned on AirDrop on both iPhone and Mac. Open the Notes on your iPhone > Select the note you wish to send to your Mac > long-press it > Send a Copy > AirDrop. Select your Mac from the list and tap on it.
Method 5: Messages
Messages may be a good option for syncing iPhone notes to your Mac. This method is highly recommended if you are using iMessage on your iPhone. Here is how to do it.
- Open the Notes app on iPhone
- Long-press the note you wish to send to your Mac and then select Send a Copy from the list.
- Select Messages and enter your name or number.
- Tap the Send icon and open Messages on Mac to access your note.
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If your iPhone notes are not syncing to Mac, then make sure you are signed in to the same Apple ID on both devices. Also, iCloud syncing needs to be enabled on both devices.