weird sync issue = iPhone Notes will not die

hola, amigos. s’up? i know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I’ve had a lot of stuff goin’ down.

i’ve had an issue with Notes on my iPhone. sure, i could use a content service like Evernote — which i did — but an even simpler tact for us Mac folks is to keep a couple long-lived Notes around and just edit them. lists n’ shit. you know the deal

anyway, so every once in a while will have a sync conflict, and every once in a while i’ll click [Sync Later], always by mistake. now what i noticed is that there was a one-to-one (or nearly) relationship between the times i made that mistake, and Notes that would appear on my iPhone … that i couldn’t delete

  • i’d delete them, then they’d reappear after sync
  • there was no trace of them in i explicitly flushed my Trash a couple times, but to no effect
  • you’d figure that the the mobile Notes would have singular authority & ownership, but nope. i’d delete them, they’d come back, and they kept getting older and more annoying
  • the friendly Genius Bar staff had no other advice to give besides doing an explicit iTunes re-sync via Advanced | Replace information on this iPhone | [x] Notes, but to no effect

now, i know that this isn’t a particularly technical post. however since i couldn’t find any reference to anyone else having this problem — at least based on the keywords i was using — i figured i’d drop a few of them and describe the solution:

  • view the Note, select all, and delete
  • the mobile app auto-deletes the empty Note
  • voila!. it’s gone for good

there. now you know what i know :)