Sync notes between an Android phone and a computer

When everything is set up properly, syncing is automatic. Here's how to make sure your Android phone is syncing your OneNote notes.

I have notes on my computer. How do I get them on my phone?

First, make sure your notebook is on OneDrive. Use OneNote 2010, 2013, or 2016 on your Windows computer to move your notebooks to OneDrive. Here's how:

  1. Open the notebook on your computer and click File > Share.

  2. Select a location for your notebook, or click Add a Place, and then sign into OneDrive.

    Note: If you don’t already have a OneDrive account, you can sign up for free at

  3. After the location you want appears in the list, click to select it.

  4. Enter a name for your notebook (if you like, you can pick the same name it already has), and then click Move Notebook.

    OneNote moves the notebook from your computer to OneDrive.

  5. Sign in to OneNote on your phone with your OneDrive account and open the notebook.

I have notes on my phone. How can I reach them from my computer?

You can use a web browser to get to your OneDrive account. After you sign in, your notes will sync automatically.

  1. From your computer, open and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. Find the notebook you want and click to open it either in OneNote or in OneNote Online.

How do I sync my notes with OneDrive?

Syncing happens automatically when you move between notes and sections. For example, if you type a new note and then tap backwards to the sections view, the new note syncs with OneDrive.

  • To sync all notes and sections and any new notebooks on OneDrive, on the Notebook page, tap the overflow menu and press Sync all.

    Overflow menu on the action bar

Sync notes using only Wi-Fi networks

If you prefer not to use your data plan to sync notes, you can choose to sync nots on your Android phone only when a Wi-Fi network is available.

  • On your phone, tap Settings and then turn on Sync on Wi-Fi Only.

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