GNotes Reviews

Android app syncs with gmail; iOS app doesn't/won't...

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For some reason, I started getting many "to-do list" items in my Google email account, but often wanted to edit/update the data in the email — which can't be done, (obviously), after an email leaves its "draft" state and is sent. (This is a "note-to-self" type of reminder, emailed to my own account, that is).

In comes gNotes:

It syncs with Gmail (on android only), and thus allows you to edit emails' contents. (Note/warning: doing so will change the date/time stamp of the email, each time you edit it in gNotes; and, it will strip the text of most/all formatting, leaving just a plain-text type of format).

This — believe it or not — does have its usefulness.

However, the iOS app doesn't have this functionality.

Too bad... since most of my time is now on an iPhone. I've since switched over to "Google Keep," which has its "reminder" system to integrates well with Google Calendar, and seems to have all the features of gNotes, (and then some!)...

However, for anyone who might use their gMail account as an "Evernote-like" archival system — which, (not stated earlier), is very useful primarily for Gmail's SEARCH functions, and its unparalleled TAGGING functions — then, I'd highly recommend trying to integrate the gNotes android app, in conjunction with Gmail syncing.

One final word, (for anyone who is interested in trying this "Gmail sync" method):

The Gnotes app will only sync with emails that are tagged with Gmail's "Notes" label/tag. Also, a few years ago, I had a huge fiasco of syncing problems and inconsistencies, when I had dozens and dozens of notes syncing between gNotes and Gmail.

Solution: only tag (with the "Notes" tag) the Gmail messages you want to edit, and then sync them over to gNotes, temporarily or as a "need-be" basis. Gmail's power-searching functionality is capable to locating any archived notes; and, should you need to add (or remove) any info, later, then just tag the email-note as "Notes," sync it in the android Gnotes app, and... away you go!...


Great app, not-so-great web interface.

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Gnotes' Android app is perfect - fast, nice-looking, has lots of features - but the web interface is very basic. You can't switch between views, search notes, or delete notes from the main page.

If only they would redesign the web interface and add more features, I would use Gnotes as my default note-taking app.


Very useful, great interface. Sync with phone is best through web site

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It is supposed to sync with the Note label while in Gmail but that has been spotty. There may be a setting that works - let me know if you find it. In the meantime the sync to the web site is good. Using gnotes is useful to keep track of projects because you can upload files, modify them, 'paint' them, click icons to insert the date and time, set reminders, insert links etc