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OneNote for iOS (iPhone and iPad)

On December 12th, 2011 Microsoft has released version 1.3 of the OneNote for iPhone app AND a version for the iPad and this version has one pretty important improvement:

Tables are now visible. It's unclear where the tables (or the content within them) can be edited in the iPhone app, but at least you'll now be able to see them. Big step forward. Inked notes still don't render in the iPhone or iPad apps however.

Want the app? It's in the iTunes store. Click here.

Here are a few other popular questions and answers about the OneNote for iPhone app.

What Does It Cost?

Well, funny you should ask. All previous versions of the app have been free but we always knew that wouldn't last. The new versions of the app are free for up to 500 notes. After 500 notes you'll have the choice to upgrade to the paid version. If you do, you can continue merrily along with your notes. If you don't, you'll still be able to read or delete any of your existing notes on the iPhone or iPad. But you won't be able to create new notes or edit any notes on it.

To upgrade to the unlimited version will cost $4.99 for the iPhone and $14.99 for the iPad. And if you have both...yes, you'll have to buy it for both. (assuming you want both to be in Unlimited mode)

How Do I Delete Notes on the iPhone?

Swipe your finger across the note from left to right and then tap the Delete button that appears.

How Do I Sync With my PC?

The iPhone app doesn't sync directly to a PC, only to OneDrive.  You need to locate the notebooks you want to access with your iPhone in your OneDrive folders.  Then you can access those notebooks both on your PC and your iPhone (and the web app)

My Notes Look Different on the iPhone App, How Come?

The iPhone app supports a much more limited set of fonts.  Fonts that are supported on the desktop or even the Web app might not be supported on the iPhone.  In those instances the text will still appear on the iPhone, but it will appear as plain text.

Also, neither the web app nor the iPhone app currently supports displaying or editing inked notes.

Can I Use it On My iPad too?

YES! Now you can.

System Requirements?

  • iPhone 3GS or later.  iPad or iPad2.
  • Your iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4.3 or above
  • A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile.  If you don't have one, you can get one when you first try to use OneNote Mobile for iPhone.
  • Notebooks must be in OneNote 2010 format. (Yes, if you created them in the Web app they'll work too.)

Do I Have to Have OneNote 2010?

Not necessarily, no. Keep in mind that if you don't have OneNote 2010 you'll have to create your notebooks in the web app and you won't be able to open those notebooks in OneNote 2007.

There are a few things you'd want to have OneNote 2010 for such as...(keep reading)

How Do I Customize Section Colors?

You need to open the notebook in OneNote 2010 (the full app) to customize section colors. Then those colors should be reflected in the web app and on the iPhone app.

Can I Rename Tabs From Within the App?

No, unfortunately not. You can rename them in the web app though, if you go to http://office.live.com and open the notebook there.  Right-click the section you want to rename and choose...well...rename.

Can I Create New Notebooks In the iPhone App?

No.  You have to create the new notebooks in the web app (OneDrive) or OneNote 2010 and then those will sync down to the iPhone.

I get an error that says "Loading list of notebooks failed. (500)"

This usually happens if you have a brand new Live.com account.  Try signing into Live.com on the web once (http://office.live.com) to accept the terms and see if the problem goes away.

When Will It Be Available In My Country?

Depends upon what your country is. It's currently available in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Germany, Russia, Japan and a bunch of other countries. Additional countries should have access at some point...but no official schedule has been released.

Can I Just Sync Parts of My Notebook?

No. Currently it's all or nothing at the notebook level.  If you have a large notebook and you'd like to only sync parts consider breaking it up into two or more notebooks and only choose to sync the notebook(s) that you want on the phone.  With versions of the app prior to 1.2 you couldn't choose which OneDrive notebooks would sync, but now you can.

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