Syncing OneNote on an iPhone With a Computer

by Michael Cox
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Microsoft's OneNote note-taking app offers a free iPhone version, enabling you to supplement notes you make on-the-go with photos from your iPhone's camera and check items off your to-do lists with just a tap. The mobile OneNote also syncs with the OneNote Windows app using Microsoft's free SkyDrive online service and your Windows Live ID.

Step 1

Open the OneNote app on your iPhone and tap the "Settings" icon in OneNote's Home screen. Enter your Windows Live ID if necessary.

Step 2

Tap "Sync Now" to manually sync the notebooks you created on your iPhone. OneNote syncs automatically to your SkyDrive account, but you can force a sync using the "Sync Now" button.

Step 3

Open OneNote on your computer, click "File" in the Ribbon and click "Open." Sign into your Windows Live SkyDrive account if necessary and then choose the [notebook]( you want to open from the list under "Open from the Web."

Edit the notebook on your computer and sync it back to SkyDrive. To sync the notebook back to your SkyDrive account from the desktop version of OneNote 2010, click "Info," click "View Sync Status" and set the desired sync options in the "Shared Notebook Synchronization" dialog box.


  • Information in this article applies to OneNote 2010 for Windows and OneNote for iPhone version 1.3. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Syncing your notebooks to SkyDrive requires version 1.2 or later of the OneNote iPhone app. If you don't see the "Open From the Web" option in OneNote 2010 for Windows, make sure your copy of OneNote is up to date using Windows Update.
  • A free Windows Live ID is required to use both the OneNote iPhone app and SkyDrive; when you get your Windows Live ID, a SkyDrive account is automatically included. If you have problems syncing with your desktop version of OneNote, make sure you're signed in with the same Windows Live ID you use to sign in to OneNote on your iPhone.
  • You can also open and edit your synced OneNote notebook in any Web browser using the Office Web app version of OneNote (link in Resources). Although there is no Mac OS version of OneNote, you can use the Web app to work with notebooks on a Mac.


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About the Author

Michael Cox writes about lifestyle issues, popular culture, sports and technology. In a career spanning more than 10 years, he has contributed to dozens of magazines, books and websites, including and "Adobe Magazine." Cox holds a professional certificate in technical communications from the University of Washington.

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