Sync large notebooks more quickly in Microsoft OneNote

If you use Microsoft OneNote with very large notebooks that were originally created on a PC or Mac, opening and syncing such notebooks on your iPhone or iPad for the very first time can cause some performance and stability issues. If you are experiencing such issues while connecting to large notebooks, turn off the automatic syncing of note attachments by following the steps outlined below, and then try syncing your large notebooks again.

Note: This documentation applies to Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and iPad. It is recommended that you keep your devices updated with the newest version of Apple iOS. For more information, see Update the iOS software on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iPhone

To turn off automatic syncing of note attachments in OneNote on your iPhone, do the following:

  1. On your iPhone, tap the Settings app.

  2. Swipe down to the alphabetical list of installed apps and then tap the OneNote icon.

  3. Swipe down and, under the Sync heading, turn off the Auto Sync Attachments option.

  4. Return to the OneNote app, and then try opening or syncing your large notebook again.

iPad

To turn off automatic syncing of note attachments in OneNote on your iPad, do the following:

  1. On your iPad, tap the Settings app.

  2. In the pane on the left, swipe down to the alphabetical list of installed apps and then tap the OneNote icon.

  3. In the OneNote options pane on the right, swipe down and, under the Sync heading, turn off the Auto Sync Attachments option.

  4. Return to the OneNote app, and then try opening or syncing your large notebook again.

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