I love Notes and how iCloud helps me work on the go (with my iPhone) as well as on my computer seamlessly. But every so often, I wish I could back them all up locally in a few steps, ideally as files and with as little tampering with the system as possible.

Is this doable?

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  • Read related question here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/111633/… – Denis Rasulev Sep 18 '15 at 7:45
  • More here: stackoverflow.com/questions/14011474/… – Denis Rasulev Sep 18 '15 at 7:47
  • And you can consider alternative solutions (for instance, Evernote) that are cross and multi platform and allow dedicated backups. – Denis Rasulev Sep 18 '15 at 7:48
  • These solutions either have 0 upvotes, or are off-topic. They either mix-up Notes with Stickies, provide extremely complex solutions involving messing up the System Folder, doing some coding, and using Terminal, or suggest ... not using Notes? That can't possibly be serious. – MicroMachine Sep 18 '15 at 8:09

I realized I had the answer at my fingertips, si I'll submit an answer to my own question.

An application I use for file transfers, but sometimes overlook, called iMazing, offers native Notes conversion and backup. There might be other apps that do this, but this is what I did and how I solved the issue in less than 30 seconds.

1-Link the iPhone with the Notes to your computer running iMazing

2-Launch iMazing

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3-Select the iPhone in the list of devices, and click on the "Notes" shortcut in the left-side panel

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4-A list of notes will show up. In the Finder, create a folder to receive the backed-up notes, then go back to iMazing, and Select them all [cmd+a]

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5-Drag and drop them onto the Finder's folder previously created The notes will all be converted to .txt and saved as a local file.

It's a great app, what really sucks about it is that you have to pay for it but other than that it does the task of exporting Notes quite well.

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Before that, I used to use IExplorer, which worked well too.

I don't recommend using the app "Notes Explorer", unfortunately, it's a free program, so I would have loved for it to be my first answer, but when I tried it it exported Notes in a sort of HTML format with large text blocks and
code snippets everywhere.

There are other apps that claim to do this, at least one other which is called Syncios, which I haven't tried. If you know one that's good, feel free to recommend it in the comments section.

Also, iOS 9 now supports images in Notes, so this answer might be edited depending on what solution will work the best with this new format.

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    Sorry to say, this looks like an advertising of a paid product while other solutions are free. Though it's up to you which way to choose. I am not insisting. – Denis Rasulev Sep 18 '15 at 8:15
  • I'm sorry if it does, such was obviously not my intent. I do not work for these people, I think their app works well most of the time. Sometimes it also crashes, but that's life I guess. This is a solution that worked for me, it's headache-free, the other ones are simply impossible... Show me a good alternative, and if it's just as simple, and free on top of it I'll update my answer! One that supports Notes with images for example... – MicroMachine Sep 18 '15 at 20:28
  • ... and I'm the one to know the solution is satisfactory, since I'm also the OP! Not something I do often, but I just remembered how I did that a couple years ago and decided to share the answer. – MicroMachine Sep 18 '15 at 20:41
  • @ranklord if you have downvoted this question (even if you haven't actually), please clarify what you consider is a valid "free and simple and risk-free" answer that is better than my answer. AFAIK there are lots of valid answers on here that suggest using an app to do what original OP asks. AFAIK this is a "MAC" Q & A website, Mac and Apple are themselves products/brands, so the extent to which someone "advertises" a product or software within a product-centric forum quite baffles me TBH ;). – MicroMachine Sep 25 '15 at 2:13

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