Since the new Notes app on macOS has a sharing function, I am planning to use it much more often. But today I shared a note with someone else, and since then, the Notes app systematically crashed when I opened it, with the message “Notes quit unexpectedly“.
This is how I managed to solve it:
- In System Preferences, navigate to iCloud
- Turn off the Notes synchronisation
- In the Finder menu, click Go while keeping the Option key pressed, and select Library
- Open the Containers folder
- Move the com.apple.Notes folder to the trash
- In System Preferences, iCloud, turn the Notes sync back on
- Start Notes again.
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Thanks, that was easy and quick and it worked as a charm!!
I previously moved the notes folder to the desktop but as a result all my notes disappeared. I next found this article and followed the same steps but my old notes did not reappear even after I turned the sync back on.
All notes continue to be on my phone.
It worked, thanks so much!
Thank you this worked perfectly!!
Worked fine for me. Thanks.
Excellent thanks – worked perfectly for first time in a year.
Didn’t work, do I have to empty trash as well?
very clear steps that worked a treat (unlike the myriad of failed advice on google and apple discussions)
I tried these steps since Notes was periodically crashing if I opened it on a note that had changed on another device. I’m not sure if it fixed the crashes as of yet, but a side effect was one of my notes completely vanished off all my devices (I managed to put my iPhone in airplane mode and recover it from there).
Also now when I open Notes on my MacBook Air, the spinning sync indicator in Notes never goes away. It just always spins. Notes are syncing, but that indicator never goes away.