Microsoft OneNote for Android



What are some of the key features of OneNote for Android?

This version includes features to help you format, search, and sync your work notes with SharePoint Online sites. Here are some things you can do:

  • Create notebooks and sections on OneDrive from your Android devices.
  • Share web content, articles, images, videos, and files with OneNote.
  • Get to your most recent notes right from your phone’s Home screen with the OneNote Recent widget.
  • Add your favorite page, section, or notebook to the Home screen for quick access.
  • Multitask with OneNote in multi-window mode.
  • Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent - format your notes like you do on your desktop.
  • Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase.
  • Record and insert audio notes.
  • Create notes, audio notes, and picture notes right from your phone’s home screen with OneNote Widget.
  • View 2D graphics, inked notes, and other formatting elements created in the desktop version of OneNote.
  • Sync your work notes stored on SharePoint Online sites with your phone. After you sign in with your Microsoft account, you can sign in with your Office 365 subscription account to add the SharePoint Online site.

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How do I use my Office 365 account to sync OneNote with my SharePoint team sites?

To use your Office 365 account and sync SharePoint notebooks, add the SharePoint location to your phone.

  1. Open OneNote and tap Open notebook.

If you have a notebook open, on the action bar tap Back button to go to the Notebooks view first.

  1. Under OTHER NOTEBOOKS, tap Add an Office 365 account for work/school notebooks.
  2. Enter your organization’s account information.

After you sign in, your work or school notebooks will show under OTHER NOTEBOOKS.

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What Office 365 plans include support for OneNote for Android?

Office 365 has many subscription plans to fit your individual or business needs and only some plans support OneNote for Android. They include:

Office 365 Home

Office 365 Small Business Premium

Office 365 Midsize Business

Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4

Office 365 Education A3 and A4

Office 365 ProPlus

Office 365 University

Office 365 trial subscriptions

If you have an Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 or Office 365 University subscription and still can’t sign in, please work with your administrator to resolve the issue.

Sometimes I can’t open a notebook from a SharePoint site. What’s wrong?

It could be because of the notebook’s short URL, which doesn’t work on an Android phone. You can only open notebooks showing the complete SharePoint URL looking something like this: <onenote:http://adatum.contoso.com/notebook name/>.

If you don’t have the complete URL, try opening this notebook on another non-Android device.

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I have notes on my computer. How do I get them on my phone?

First, make sure the notebook is on OneDrive. Use OneNote 2010 or OneNote 2013 on your Windows computer to move your notebooks to OneDrive.

On your computer – Move notebook to OneDrive   

  1. Open the notebook on your computer and go to File > Share.
  2. Select a location for your notebook, or click Add a Place and then sign into OneDrive. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for free.
  3. Once the location you want appears in the list, click to select it.
  4. Enter a name for your notebook (if you like, you can pick the same name it already has), and then click Move Notebook. OneNote moves the notebook from your computer to your OneDrive.

On your phone – Open the notebook from OneDrive   

  • Sign in to OneNote on your phone with your OneDrive account and open the notebook.

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I have notes on my phone. How can I reach them from my computer?

Use the Web browser to get to your OneDrive. The notes sync automatically.

  1. From your computer, open www.OneDrive.com and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Find the notebook you want and click to open it either in OneNote or in OneNote Online.

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How do I sync my notes with OneDrive?

Syncing happens automatically when you move between notes and sections. For example, if you type a new note and then tap backwards to the sections view, the new note syncs with OneDrive.

To sync all notes and sections and any new notebooks on OneDrive, on the Notebook page, tap the overflow menu Overflow menu on the action bar and press Sync all.

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Can I quickly create a new note without opening the OneNote app?

Yes, OneNote has widgets for creating a new note, audio note, and picture note, which you can tap and drag to your phone’s home screen.

OneNote widgets

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What are Quick Notes?

Quick Notes is the electronic equivalent of the little yellow sticky note, which are instantly saved as a section in <your name> Notebook. OneNote uses both the Quick Notes and <your name> Notebook to properly sync your notes to OneDrive. For this reason, neither the <your name> Notebook nor its “Quick Notes” section should be deleted or renamed.

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How do I file or move notes between sections and notebooks?

You can’t file or move notes using OneNote.

To organize notes, use either OneNote 2010 or OneNote 2013 on your Windows computer, or use OneNote Online in your Web browser on your PC or Mac to access your notes on OneDrive.

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Can I sync my notes using only Wi-Fi networks?

Yes. If you prefer not to use your data plan to sync notes, you can choose to sync only when a Wi-Fi network is available.

  • Tap Settings and then turn on Sync on Wi-Fi Only.

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Why can’t I edit a notebook or page?

Here are some reasons you can’t edit a notebook or a page:

  • You can’t edit a page from a notebook that was sent as an email attachment.
  • A notebook that is shared on OneDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint site and marked as read-only.
  • A page that only contains content that’s not supported in OneNote for your phone, such as ink drawings, shapes, or unsupported images.
  • A notebook that has a corrupted page.
  • A notebook that is password protected.

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