I have an iPhone SE running iOS 9.3.3. I use the Notes app extensively to share between my iMac running Mavericks, and my phone and iPads.

Recently I accidentally moved 4 notes from iCloud, to the phone itself. I thought this was trivial and I could just move the notes back, but I cannot. There is no option to do so.

First, I should say that I am running the "new" Notes app (the one with doodles, photos, etc.) Second, when I go into my local folder on the phone and hit Edit, I get the "Move All" option, but iCloud is not presented as an option to move to, only my local phone and a New Folder option. There is no way presented to move the notes to iCloud, either en masse or individually.

I have tried turning Notes off/on in iCloud, as well as signing out & back in to iCloud, without success.

How can I get these notes to move back to iCloud again?

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Without using a Mac or iCloud.com, I think the best way is to simply copy and paste the contents of each note into a new note that is on iCloud. Thankfully, you only have four notes, so it's not too time intensive to do.

  • But I can use a mac or iCloud, so how would they help? I want to know in case this happens in the future with more notes.
    – JVC
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 1:17
  • I suppose if it's local to your iPhone, a Mac or iCloud wouldn't help very much. I would copy paste your notes over and disable the "On My iPhone" account. Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 4:23

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