How to use Apple Notes on Windows or Android

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately there is no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can be a suitable replacement.

Enable Apple Notes iCloud Sync

If you’re using Apple Notes on an Apple device, first make sure that iCloud syncing is turned on so that new notes and changes are pushed across all of your devices. This should be on by default, but it’s good to check.

On an iPhone or iPad, you can do this under Settings>. to do [Your Name] > iCloud by activating the “Apple Notes” setting:

On a Mac, this can be enabled under System Preferences> Apple ID by checking the Notes setting:

Enable Apple Notes synchronization on macOS

When taking notes, make sure to put them in your iCloud folders as there can also be offline folders that are device specific:

Apple Notes folder on iOS


Once activated, new notes will be placed in iCloud by default.

Access Apple Notes from iCloud in a browser

Since your Mac, iPhone, and iPad are now syncing Apple Notes with iCloud, you can access them from a web browser by going to iCloud.com and signing in with your Apple ID.

Sign in to iCloud

You may need to pass a two-factor authentication exam. So make sure you choose “Trust” this computer if you want to log in faster in the future. You should only trust the personal computers and smartphones that you own and never trust a computer or device that you share with others.

Trust the browser on iCloud.com

Once inside, click Notes to see a web-based version of the Apple Notes app. You can use it to access and edit existing notes, create new ones, and share them with other iCloud users.

Access Apple Notes on iCloud.com

While you can access locked notes by entering your Apple ID password, you can’t lock existing or new notes.

Unlock locked note in Apple Notes

Turn iCloud into an app on Windows or Android

You can keep Apple Notes open in its own pinned tab, but it may be more convenient to turn the web app into an application or shortcut that you can run from your Start menu or the Android Home screen.

On Windows you can do this with Chrome or Edge, pin it to your system tray and apply a custom icon if you want. You may need to log in from time to time, but as long as you “trust” the browser to enter your two-factor authentication code, the process won’t be quite as tedious.


Android users can do this with too Chromewhich will place a shortcut on your home screen. If you prefer a different browser, hermit is another Android app that can do this without Chrome and with the bonus of being light.

Apple Notes is just a service that you can use with a browser. Thanks to the iCloud web interface, you can access all possible Apple services on your Android smartphone or Windows PC.

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