Notes and iCloud

by Volker Weber

If you go to the iCloud preference panel and want to enable iCloud for Notes*, you will find that it asks you to generate an email address for your Mac ID, if and only if your Mac ID does not end on or That's a real bummer, since I already have a address that I don't use any more since Mobile Me was shut down. I really want to merge my and Apple ID, but that's not possible. And I don't want to associate an arbitrary technical address to my Apple ID. Turns out I don't have to.

Notes needs an email address, since it uses IMAP to store your notes inside a folder on the mail server. And since you probably already have an IMAP account, you simply go into "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" in System Preferences, select your mail account and check the Notes app there. There is no need to use the mail server, Apple provides with iCloud.

*) We are talking about OS X Notes, not Lotus Notes. :-)


The handling of identities offers space for improvement:

I created an Apple ID a longer time ago, used for purchases e.g. in the iTunes Store this ID is associated with a non-Apple-domain mail address.

Later I decided to go for MobileMe, delivering a address which is now my identity for iCloud services.

I'd like to link both email addresses to just one Apple ID.
No way so far:

Sven Bühler, 2012-07-26

How IBM still can't afford a designer to fix that really ugly Lotus Notes Icon...

Christian Gut, 2012-07-26

and it seems that the will be changed to with iOS6.

Harald Gaerttner, 2012-07-26

For me it seems, I can associate notes with my gmail account from my mac, but not from my iOS devices. Kind of renders it useless..
Although the problem might be in front of the screen...

Johannes Matzke, 2012-07-27

Über Exchange Active Sync geht das nicht, aber über IMAP. Mail und Kalender machen ich über EAS, Notes über IMAP. Einfach zwei Konten für GMail einrichten.

Volker Weber, 2012-07-27

Jupp, das funktioniert bestens. Danke!

Johannes Matzke, 2012-07-27

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