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When Notes Will Not Sync Between iPhone and Mac. Why is this and What should you Do

Notes Not Sync Between iPhone and Mac

Occasionally, you need to sync iPhone notes between iPhone and Mac for safe keeping and easy access. Likewise, syncing notes or other documents is vital if you are using multiple devices. macOS sync feature allows automatic transfer of files from the iPhone to the Mac or from an iPad to an iPhone and vice versa. However, due to different reasons, this feature can malfunction or stop functioning.

So, what should one do? And what are the common causes?

In this article, we will find out all that you should know.

Why Will Notes Not Sync?

Many reasons like iCloud settings misconfiguration, an outdated Operating System, and a difference in account details can cause Notes not syncing between iPhone and Mac. Additionally, regular app freezing on Mac Pro.

However, you should note that all these challenges can be resolved with the correct guide.

Three Efficient Ways to Resolve the notes syncing Issue

There are plenty of different solutions that can help resolve this particular issue. But in this article, we will only focus on the most efficient ones.

Below are three easy fix solutions that you can follow without the help of a computer expert.

1. Updating the macOS

When the macOS is outdated, notes, photos, calendar, contacts, and music will not sync automatically. To update the macOS, you should follow these steps.

  1. On the Apple menu, go to System Preference.
  2. Click the software Update and check whether there is an update.
  3. Click “Update” if you see a newer macOS version.
  4. Install the update to continue.

Important Fact to take note of: A downgrade to a previous macOS installment can solve the problem if it was recently caused by an upgrade.

2. Check the Settings on iCloud or the iPhone

If the settings on both the iCloud and iPhone are not correctly configured, then notes will not sync automatically. You should ensure that all the devices’ settings are correctly configured. You should make sure that notes can be synced on the device.

Here are the steps to follow.

Checking settings on Mac

  1. OniCloud, open settings
  2. Check if the mail, contacts, calendar, notes, and task option is ticked.
  3. If not, then you should tick it.
  4. Close iCloud and connect your device once more

Checking settings on iPhone

  1. On your iPhone, go to settings.
  2. Scroll to iCloud and if you are not logged in, sign in with the same account that is on your Mac
  3. Check whether everything is ticked green. From mail to calendars to reminders, Notes, and contacts

3. Check if You Have the Same Accounts on Both Devices

If you are using different accounts on both devices, the notes will not sync. You can confirm this by following these steps.

Checking settings on iPhone

  1. Go to settings
  2. Scroll down to iCloud and click it.
  3. Click the profile at the top of iCloud’s home page.
  4. You will see the current account associated with iCloud
  5. Confirm that it is the same account as the one on the Mac you want to sync

Checking settings on Mac

  1. Click the iCloud app.
  2. Click account details, then Manage Apple ID.
  3. You will be redirected to the official Apple website where you will need to create an Apple ID.
  4. Make sure the new Apple ID is the same as the Apple ID available on the iPhone.

If the above four solutions did not work, you can try the following.

  • Log OFF/Sign out of your iCloud account and back IN.
  • Restart your devices. You can first restart your iPhone and check if the issue is resolved. If it is not, then you should restart your Mac

What if Everything else Does not Help?

If you have attempted to resolve the issue via the above four steps and were unsuccessful, you can consider a more severe measure.

Restoring the Device to its Factory Settings

Although restoring a device is a drastic measure, this option is considered a last resort to get your device to perform normally once more.

Important to note: Before restoring your iPhone, you should first backup everything to an external memory drive/stick.

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