Syncing Notes across Devices with iCloud

iCloud syncs your notes across your devices. We recommend using iCloud if you have multiple devices. iCloud automatically transfers notes between your devices, giving you the latest version of each note on each device.

This is a two-way sync. If you delete a note from iCloud, it will also be deleted in Notability. Notes deleted from iCloud cannot be recovered, so please delete notes in Notability instead.

For a one-way backup, please see Auto-backup.

iCloud Syncing on iOS

Turning iCloud Syncing On or Off

  1. Tap in the bottom Library toolbar.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Turn iCloud on or off.
  4. If turning iCloud off, choose what to do with local copies of your notes.
    • Keep on my iPad/iPhone
      Your notes will remain on your device. If you would like to turn iCloud syncing back on, ensure that you have the latest version of Notability. Otherwise, your notes may be duplicated.
    • Delete on my iPad/iPhone
      Your notes will be removed from your device, leaving an empty Library. A copy of each note will remain in iCloud.

iCloud Syncing on macOS

Turning iCloud Syncing On or Off

  1. Click "Notability > Preferences" in your Mac's menu bar.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Turn iCloud on or off.
  4. If turning iCloud off, choose what to do with local copies of your notes.
    • Keep on my Mac
      Your notes will remain on your device. If you would like to turn iCloud syncing back on, ensure that you have the latest version of Notability. Otherwise, your notes may be duplicated.
    • Delete on my Mac
      Your notes will be removed from your device, leaving an empty Library. A copy of each note will remain in iCloud.

iCloud Version History

As you edit a note, iCloud periodically saves versions that you can recover if needed. These versions do not count against your iCloud storage limits.

Using iCloud Version History on iOS

  1. In Notability, open the Library.
  2. Press and hold on a note's name.
  3. Tap the "iCloud Version History" button that appears.
  4. Tap a version to restore it. The restored version will be downloaded as a separate note. It will not overwrite the latest version.

Using iCloud Version History on macOS

  1. In Notability, open the Library.
  2. Right-click or control-click on a note's name.
  3. Click "iCloud Version History" from the menu that appears.
  4. Click a version to select it.
  5. Click "Recover". The recovered version will be downloaded as a separate note. It will not overwrite the latest version.

iCloud Troubleshooting

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