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Troubleshooting non-synchronising Notes

Posted on: November 12, 2019

A while ago, I shared how I abandoned Evernote [1] [2] for the default Notes app on iOS and macOS. The latter has served me well since then.

That is, until last week. My notes stopped updating on my iMac even though they synchronised on my other devices.

I looked online for solutions, but I found none that worked. So I had to figure out my own simple workaround.

Deactivate iCloud synchronisation of Notes in macOS.

First, deactivate the iCloud synchronisation of Notes in macOS settings. If you restart Notes now, all your notes might disappear. But do not worry about this.

Second, restart the Mac, reactivate the iCloud synchronisation of Notes, and restart Notes.

The notes stored online should start populating the local app. The synchronisation might take a while depending on how many notes you have and how media-rich they are.

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