The Sticky Notes from Windows 10 is one of the apps that we use daily to keep our lives organized: it is simple, fast, and easy to use by anyone. One of its best features is its ability to sync your notes in the cloud, using your Microsoft account. Furthermore, since 2019, Microsoft has made it possible for us to access our Sticky Notes from our Android smartphones and iPhones also. If you love Sticky Notes too and want to know how to sync it across all your Windows 10 devices and mobile phones, read on:
How to sync Sticky Notes in Windows 10
On your Windows 10 computer or device, open the Sticky Notes app. A quick way to do it is by clicking or tapping on its shortcut from the Start Menu.
On the Sticky Notes window, click or tap on the Settings button in the top-right corner.
On the Settings page, click or tap on the Sign in button.
Sticky Notes opens a window called Sign in. If you’re already using a Microsoft account in Windows 10 and you want to use the same for Sticky Notes, select your account from the list and press Continue.
Otherwise, choose to “Use a different account” and enter the credentials of that Microsoft account.
After you sign in with your Microsoft account, it can take a few seconds for Sticky Notes to sync all your notes. Then, you should see all of them, including the ones that you might have created in the past and synced with Sticky Notes.
Repeat the same steps on all your Windows 10 computers and devices, and Sticky Notes sync your notes on all of them. Make a change on one device, and it’s going to be reflected on all the others, as long as you use the same Microsoft account.
NOTE: If you want to learn how to work with your Sticky Notes in Windows 10, read this guide: How to use Sticky Notes in Windows 10.
How to sync Sticky Notes on Android smartphones
To get access to the Sticky Notes and be able to create, edit, delete, and sync them on your Android smartphone, you need to install OneNote. Open the Play Store and search for OneNote, or follow this direct link. When you find it, tap Install.
Once OneNote is installed, open it directly from its page on the Play Store or look it up in your All Apps screen and tap on it.
If you’ve already signed in to your Microsoft account in another app on your Android smartphone, all you have to do is wait for everything in OneNote to sync. In that case, skip the next step.
Otherwise, OneNote asks you to connect to your Microsoft account, so enter your username, password and, if you also configured two-step authentication, approve your sign-in.
After you sign in with your Microsoft account, OneNote needs a couple of moments to sync all your notes, which also include your Sticky Notes.
When OneNote finishes syncing your notes, it should display a screen like the one below. On the bottom, there are three buttons: Notebooks, Search, and Sticky Notes. Tap on Sticky Notes.
And voila: you get all your Sticky Notes from Windows 10 on your Android smartphone.
Now you can work with your Sticky Notes and do whatever you like. As soon as you make changes to them, your Sticky Notes are synced to the cloud, and all those changes are immediately reflected on all your other devices on which you use them, both on Windows 10 PCs and on iPhones.
How to sync Sticky Notes on iPhones
On your iPhone, open the App Store and search for OneNote, or use this direct link to get to it. Once you find it, install it by tapping on the Get button.
Once it’s installed, launch OneNote. You can do it directly from its page on the App Store, or from its shortcut which is now placed on your home screen.
On the first screen of OneNote, tap on Get Started.
Next, OneNote asks you to sign in with your Microsoft account. Enter your credentials (email, phone number, or Skype account name, and your password) and, if you’ve also configured two-step authentication, verify your identity as requested.
Then, OneNote shows you some information about your privacy and asks whether you want to opt-in to send diagnostic and usage data to Microsoft.
Finally, OneNote is ready to be used, and you should see a screen similar to the one below, on which you can access your Notebooks. On the bottom of the screen, there are three buttons: Notebooks, Search, and Sticky Notes. Tap on Sticky Notes.
The first time you access your Sticky Notes, OneNote tells you that all is “Fast and simple” and that you can “Sync your notes with Outlook, Windows, and anywhere else you sign in.” Tap on Get started.
That’s it: now you can see all your Sticky Notes, as they were last synced on any of your devices, be they Windows 10 computers, Android smartphones that you own, or other iPhones on which you installed OneNote and signed in using the same Microsoft account.
Feel free to work with your Sticky Notes as you want. They are instantly synced every time you make a change.
Do you find the Sticky Notes to be even more useful if they sync across your devices?
We consider ourselves to be heavy users of Sticky Notes, and we’ve been waiting for Microsoft to make them sync for a long time. Now we’re quite happy to see that it is possible, and we believe many users feel the same way too. What’s your opinion about Sticky Notes and the way the sync via your Microsoft account and OneNote? Use the comments below to let us know.