How to Sync iPhone iOS4 Notes to Gmail

In the latest release of iOS4, Apple introduced the ability to synchronize notes stored on your iPhone to your Gmail account.  When synchronized, the notes are stored in the Notes label within your Gmail account. So far it looks like it is a one-way sync between the iPhone and Gmail. I tried moving messages in Gmail to the Notes label and never saw them on the iPhone, however Notes created on the iPhone appeared on Gmail almost instantly. At least you will be able to store ideas within Gmail…it seems that this feature was added as an afterthought. If you want some serious synchronization of all of your notes, stick to Evernote for iOS4.

Note: I used an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4 in this how-to, however it will apply to the iPhone 4.

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1. Tap on Settings in the Home screen.

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2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars in the Settings page.

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3. Tap on the Gmail account under Accounts.

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4. Make sure that Notes is toggled ON.

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Whenever you create a note on the iPhone using iOS4, notes will automatically be transferred to your Gmail account.

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All iPhone notes will be transferred to a Notes label/folder in Gmail.

A. Click on the Notes label and all of your iPhone notes should be B. listed where emails normally appear.

It looks like it is a one-way sync, I labeled as Notes a couple of messages using Gmail, but they are not making it back to the iPhone as Notes. What’s the point here?

  • Phil
  • Psknnr

    indeed, I saw it on 4.0.2 but disappeared on iOS 4.1

  • no way

    the fourth step is not avaliable any more after the ios 4.1 update. i dont see an notes option to enable. any help,?

    • I just tried it on my phone with iOS4.1 and it’s there. Are you sure you have 4.1?

    • I just tried it on my phone with iOS4.1 and it’s there. Are you sure you have 4.1?

    • I just tried it on my phone with iOS4.1 and it’s there. Are you sure you have 4.1?

  • Hovanes,

    I just checked on both the sync site – http://m.google.com/sync to see if the Tasks calendar could be synced to the iPhone’s calendar, but nothing there. However you can access the mobile version of tasks on Safari using the following link – http://www.gmail.com/tasks

    Hope this helps.

  • Hovanes

    Hey Gilberto,

    Is there no way to sync the iPhone notes to Tasks in Gmail? I asked the same question you did, “What’s the point?” I don’t care about a label named Notes with a one-way sync… Now if I could have my Tasks synced, that would be a different story. As in, when I add a note on my iPhone, it shows up on my Tasks list in Gmail and vice versa. What would be even better would be the ability to create and sync different lists within Tasks in Gmail with the iPhone notes, but I am probably asking too much.

  • Berke,

    You will need to add the Yahoo! account to your iPhone and make sure that the syncing of Notes is on. It should sync the notes created on your iPhone back to the Yahoo! Notebook service. Let me know if this helps.

  • Berke

    How about other mail providers such as yahoo or hotmail?

    How does the notes syncing work with those?

    • Berke,

      You will need to add the Yahoo! account to your iPhone and make sure that the syncing of Notes is on. It should sync the notes created on your iPhone back to the Yahoo! Notebook service. Let me know if this helps.