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?

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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
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 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. Commented Sep 24, 2013 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
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 9:53
  • @BoltClock Ah yes, I read the intended meaning and completely failed to see the unintended meaning (a.k.a. the writing). Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 15:53

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