Sync the OneNote notebooks on your Mac with your iPad

You can use Microsoft OneNote on your iPad to keep in sync with any notebooks that you’ve created with OneNote 2016 on your Mac, even if you use different cloud-based accounts for these two versions of OneNote.


Open Mac notebooks on your iPad (same OneDrive account)

Because OneNote 2016 for Mac requires notebooks to be saved to a cloud-based OneDrive account, the notebooks you’ve created and used with that account are already accessible on your iPad, provided you’ve logged in with the same OneDrive account as the one you’re using on your Mac.

To open additional notebooks on the same OneDrive account on your iPad, do the following:

  1. In Microsoft OneNote on your iPad, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.

  2. At the bottom of the sidebar that opens, Open Notebook.

  3. Tap any additional notebook(s) that you want to open on your iPad, and then navigate to its sections or pages.


Note: You can use the preceding step to open any notebooks on your iPad that were created with OneNote for Windows. However, notebooks originally created in versions earlier than OneNote 2010 for Windows will not sync with OneNote on your iPad. To sync such notebooks across your devices, you must first upgrade your Windows PC to OneNote 2016, update your notebooks to the newer notebook format, and then move your local notebooks to OneDrive.


Open Mac notebooks on your iPad (different OneDrive accounts)

If you’re currently using a different OneDrive account on your iPad than the one you use on your Mac, you can sign into your Mac notebooks on your iPad by doing the following:

Step 1: Add your Mac’s OneDrive account to your iPad
  1. In Microsoft OneNote on your iPad, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.

  2. In the upper right corner of the sidebar that opens, tap the gear-shaped Settings icon.

  3. Under Account, tap the currently selected account. (If you’re currently signed out of all accounts, tap Sign In.)

  4. Under Connected Services, tap + Add a Service.

  5. Under Connect a Cloud Service, tap OneDrive.

  6. Enter the email address of the OneDrive account that you use for the OneNote notebooks on your Mac, and then tap Next.

  7. On the next screen, enter the password of the OneDrive account that you use for the OneNote notebooks on your Mac, and then tap Sign in.

Now that you’ve authenticated your access to the OneDrive account that you use on your Mac, you can open the notebooks on it. Return to your home page in OneNote, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner, and then tap Open Notebook at the bottom of the sidebar that opens.

Step 2: Open notebooks from your Mac on your iPad
  1. In Microsoft OneNote on your iPad, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.

  2. At the bottom of the sidebar that opens, Open Notebook.

  3. Tap any notebook(s) from your Mac you want to open on your iPad, and then navigate to its sections or pages.


Note: You can use the preceding step to open any notebooks on your iPad that were created with OneNote for Windows. However, notebooks originally created in versions earlier than OneNote 2010 for Windows will not sync with OneNote on your iPad. To sync such notebooks across your devices, you must first upgrade your Windows PC to OneNote 2016, update your notebooks to the newer notebook format, and then move your local notebooks to OneDrive.

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