I just upgraded to mountain lion and noticed that I can only see notes in iCloud in the "Notes" application.

I have several notes related to a mail account that I would like to see on the Mac or move to iCloud.


  • notes are no more visible in Mail.app (as expected)
  • the notes in the mail account are visible on my iPhone and iPad but I cannot move them (there is no such functionality)
  • the Notes application shows the mail account on the left pane with a sub entry "Notes" but is empty
  • in the "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" preferences the checkbox "Use With: Notes" is checked

Any way to move the notes to iCloud on iOS or better getting Notes to synchronize everything on the Mac?


Notes in Mail will be removed in iOS 6, and iCloud only syncs notes between the notes apps.

So, Mountain Lion is just a few month ahead of iOS 6 so there is a bit of a missing link between the systems.

You can create for every "mail.app-note" one entry in the notes app from iOS and they will be synced to all your devices.

So copy and paste every entry from the Mail-Notes to a new entry in the notes app on iOS, and they appear in Mountain Lion and on your other iOS-Devices.

Works between iOS 5, 6 and Mountain Lion.

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    Notes were never in Mail on iOS...
    – BoltClock
    Aug 13 '12 at 16:30
  • @BoltClock I don't think that's being asserted anywhere, but they have been in Mail.app on Mac OS since as recently as 10.7 Lion. Sep 24 '13 at 3:11
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    @NOTjust -- user4304: The answer starts by saying, in bold, "Notes in Mail will be removed in iOS 6". I was saying that iOS never supported notes in the Mail app, not even before the Notes app was introduced, making that statement quite redundant. But on rereading the answer, I think the author meant to say "Notes in Mail will not be synced to a device running iOS 6"...
    – BoltClock
    Sep 24 '13 at 9:53
  • @BoltClock Ah yes, I read the intended meaning and completely failed to see the unintended meaning (a.k.a. the writing). Sep 24 '13 at 15:53

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