Sync iPhone notes to Mac then delete from iPhone?
March 24, 2011 9:22 PM   Subscribe

Is there an easy way to sync all my iPhone notes to my macbook and then delete those notes from the iPhone alone? I want a system where I can easily keep transferring notes to my computer, and leave the iPhone note-free, or with only a few notes that I choose to keep on it, after each sync.
posted by shivohum to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
A web-service-based note-taking tool like Evernote or Springpad might meet your decentralizing needs.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:26 PM on March 24, 2011


A combo of Dropbox plus PlainText will do exactly what you're looking for, I think. PlainText stores everything in a specific folder within your Dropbox folder, and if you just move a file out of the PlainText folder into another on your Mac it disappears from the PlainText app on the phone.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:53 AM on March 25, 2011


I've been happy with Dropbox and PlainText as Devils Rancher recommended. I take notes on my laptop in a simple text editor, and those files are stored in my Dropbox folder. I can pull out my iPhone, go to the Dropbox app, and then open any of those .txt files in Plaintext and edit/forward them. It's pretty slick.

But if you want to keep using the notes app on your iPhone, you can do that. Notes get synced to Mail on a Mac. If you want to sync notes and then delete all the notes with a click or two of your mouse, this is how you do it:

Open iTunes, connect the iPhone, then click on the icon of the iPhone under DEVICES (on the left-hand side of iTunes).
Click on the INFO tab at the top of iTunes.
If there's not a check in the box for "sync notes", put a check there and click APPLY.
Once the sync is done and you've opened Mail to find the notes there, uncheck the "sync notes" box and you'll be prompted by a popup with two options: delete the notes from the phone or keep the notes. Choose to delete.

Rinse/repeat every time you want to move notes from the phone to the computer and delete all of them from the phone.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:01 AM on March 25, 2011


I use Simplenote on my iPhone and Notational Velocity on my Mac. You can just delete the notes on your phone if you want. Easy and cheap!
posted by misha at 10:47 AM on March 25, 2011


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