How to Configure OneNote Settings for iOS Devices - dummies

How to Configure OneNote Settings for iOS Devices

By James H. Russell

OneNote for iOS doesn’t have a lot of settings you can actually change. Tap the Settings button at the top of the Home screen to quickly summon the Settings window.


View in-app settings for iOS

The following list briefly describes the items in this window:

  • Upgrade: OneNote for iOS allows you to have up to 500 notes with full features of the app free; if you want more, you’ll have to pay to upgrade the app.

  • Sync Now: Tap this item to immediately sync all notes that are set to sync automatically.

  • Notebook Settings: Tap this item to choose which notebooks to sync automatically and simultaneously decide which appear on the OneNote app Home screen.

  • Image Size: Use this item to determine the size of images you add to notes.

  • Sign Out: Tap this item to sign out of OneNote.

  • Help and Support: This item leads to a window that provides links to help documentation and community support forums.

  • Terms of Service: Tap this item to read OneNote’s terms of service.

  • Privacy: Tap here to read OneNote’s privacy documentation.

How to view other settings in iOS

OneNote for iOS includes some settings in the device settings that aren’t accessible via the app. To access these settings, tap the Settings icon on your device’s Home screen and tap the OneNote icon in the Settings pane at the left. The OneNote settings then appear at the right, and are as follows:

  • Sync on Wi-Fi Only: If you have a limited amount of data to work with, you’ll probably want to toggle this item to On so that you don’t wind up going over your data limits.

  • Reset Application: If you have sync or other errors that don’t fix themselves by restarting OneNote, toggle to On and then restart OneNote to reset the app. You’ll have to sign in to the app; this option automatically toggles itself to Off.

  • Version: You can’t change this “setting”; it simply lists the version of the app that’s on your device.

How to manage note syncing for iOS

You can set individual notes to sync automatically — or not to — as well as whether or not to appear on the Home screen. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Settings button at the top of the OneNote interface.

    To get to the Home screen, tap the Back button until you can’t anymore.

  2. Tap Notebook Settings.

    The Notebook Settings window appears.


  3. Tap the On slider next to a notebook to toggle it Off.

    A notebook with an Off slider next to it won’t appear on the Home screen or sync automatically.

  4. Tap the Settings button in the upper-left corner and then tap the Close button in the upper right of the window.

    You return to the Home screen with notebooks set to Off no longer visible and no longer automatically syncing to SkyDrive.

How to configure image settings for iOS

OneNote gives you quite a few options for image size. Here’s how to change the default image size for photos and images added to notes:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Settings button at the top of the OneNote interface.

  2. Tap Image Size at the top of the window.

    The Image Size window appears with five possible settings:

    • Small: This item sets images to .5 megapixels.

    • Medium: Sets images to 1 megapixel.

    • Large: Sets images to 2 megapixels.

    • Actual Size: Sets images to actual size.

    • Ask Me: Prompts you each time you add an image to decide what size to set it.

  3. Choose an item to select it and then tap the Settings button to return to the Settings window.