Taking notes is a great way to make sure you don’t forget the latest million-dollar idea (or maybe just to get milk on the way home). Keeping notes in sync between your devices is vital to not missing something.

Thankfully, when it comes to iPhone and iPad, there are numerous ways of making notes on one device and having it almost magically appear on another. You don’t need to go hunting for an app to do it, either. Apple’s Notes app ticks off most of the requirements the majority of people need. The fact it’s built right into every iPhone and iPad—and that it’s free—certainly helps!

There are a couple of ways you can keep notes in sync—using iCloud or taking advantage of Google—and we’re going to outline both of them here.

Given iCloud’s tight integration with iPhone and iPad, let’s start there, shall we?

How to Sync Notes Using iCloud

To get things started, open the Settings app on any device on which you need your notes to sync.

Next, tap the Apple ID area at the very top of the screen. You’ll see your account’s profile picture as well as your name. Tapping anywhere around there should take you into the Apple ID settings screen. You may need to enter your iCloud password at this point, depending on how long it has been since you last authenticated.

Tap on the iCloud entry within the newly opened Apple ID settings screen.

Turn on the “Notes” toggle, and you can then exit Settings.

This enables syncing of notes within the Apple Notes app for this particular device. Remember to repeat the process on your additional iPhones or iPads.

How to Sync Notes Using Google

First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure your Google account is already set up on your iDevice. If you haven’t done that, we have an article that walks you through the ins and outs.

The process for enabling syncing for the Apple Notes app via Google’s services is very similar to setting up iCloud and again begins in the Settings app. Once there, tap the “Passwords & Accounts” entry.

Next, tap the Google account you want to use for Apple Notes syncing.

Finally, switch the “Notes” toggle to the on position.

Again, it’s important to remember that this enables the syncing of notes for one device. You’ll need to enable this on any additional devices in the same way.

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Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password's blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple.
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