While we're all about the little green robot in this part of the Mobile Nations, when it comes to computers there are a good few of you out there rocking an Apple desktop or laptop. The latest incarnation of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion -- check out our sister site iMore if you haven't already -- brings a number of iOS flavored additions to the desktop environment. Using iCloud, new apps such as reminders and notes can sync with an iOS device so you have all of your stuff, all of the time. But, what if you use an Android phone or tablet, and a Mac? Can you get some everything everywhere syncing too? Of a fashion, yes.
The stock calendar, contacts and mail apps built into Mountain Lion will still continue to sync your Google stored information to your desktop. No issues there. But what about Notes? Despite having possibly the worst font ever put onto a computer screen, the stock Notes app is pretty handy. It's always there, or not far away at worst, and is as good a way as any of just jotting down some quick points. Everyone has a different preference, but personally I haven't found a total all-encompassing note taking solution that I like. So I make notes everywhere, including on my Mac. We're never in front of a computer for that long though, so it'd be pretty swell if we could take our notes with us and luckily Apple has made it really straight forward. It only works one way though, so while you can edit notes on your Mac and sync them with your Android device, it won't work the other way. Still, it can be done, so we'll show you how.
First up, you'll need to head into System Preferences, then hit Mail, Contacts & Calendars. As ever you'll find yourself presented with a whole array of choices, but we're only interested in Gmail. If you've already set up your Gmail account on your Mac, select it. If not, you're going to need to set it up first.
When you look inside the Gmail tab, you'll be presented with a list of applications that can sync with your Google account. Notes happens to be one of them. If the tick box is unchecked, check it. And that's it. Notes will now sync with your Gmail account, by creating a new label called "Notes." The contents of your Notes application on your Mac will now be synchronized to your Google account whenever you have a network connection.
Of course, syncing with your Gmail account means that it extends beyond just your Android device. It's by no means the most full featured way of syncing your notes across devices, but for some may do just fine. Shopping lists, telephone numbers, there are any number of things you might suddenly need to note but don't have your phone to hand. With a little help from Apple, it need not be a problem.