Recently I updated my MacBook from Mavericks to Sierra and everything is going well… except the sync of my notes. I don't want to use iCloud sync because I don't want my notes on a foreign server. Yes, I am aware, that the new features are not supported by IMAP but I don't use them. I just use unformatted text.

What I have tried so far:

  • disabling the account, reboot, an re-enabling it -> didn't work
  • deleting ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes -> didn't work
  • following the description here: How to Sync Notes El Capitan to iOS 9 via IMAP -> didn't work
  • searching the internet -> no further hints

How can I get this sync back to work?

  • Restoring the NotesV2.storedata file from a Time Machine backup "restores" the notes. But the sync is still not working. I'm not sure whether the old file put a copy of my notes into the Notes.app or forced a single synchronisation.
    – wohoo
    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:29

1 Answer 1


I was quite desperate with this issue as well after a clean install of High Sierra, here is how you setup Notes.app to find the correct imap folder:

System Preferences > Internet Accounts > [your account] > Advanced...

Check if your Path Prefix is set correct. In my case this was blank which worked fine for Mail.app but had to be set to INBOX to work for Notes.app

I hope this helps somebody.

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