During the announcement event for the Galaxy Note 20 one of the features I was most interested in was the ability to synchronize Samsung Notes with OneNote. Samsung Notes has the screen off memo function that OneNote can’t match. The problem is, when I’ve used it to jot down something quick that information ends up isolated from the rest of my repository.
For the longest time Samsung’s solution was to install their Note app on your PC. The PC version of Samsung Notes is a decent experience but lacks the integrations with other Office software that OneNote enjoys. There’s also no easy method to migrate from OneNote to Samsung Notes, both reasons kept me from using the software.
Now, the newest version of Samsung Notes on your Galaxy will synchronize to your Microsoft 365 account. The synched data can only be viewed in the Outlook web client at the moment. However, if you have selected to be an Office Insider you can see that Microsoft is building the framework for the OneNote feed to show Samsung Notes, it already appears as a non-functioning option.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to upgrade both apps. Open the Galaxy Store app on your mobile and tap the hamburger menu, then tap updates and install the newest version of, well, everything. The same goes for your PC, open the Windows Store and click the … menu in the upper right. Choose Downloads and Updates then click the Get Updates button and install everything.
Now configure the Samsung Notes app on your mobile device. Open it and hit the options icon again. You should now see “Sync to Microsoft OneNote Beta”, toggle it on and sign in with the Microsoft Account you want to share notes with. You’ll also need to select the folders who’s notes you to sync. I recommend tapping the sync now button just for good measure.
To see the synchronized notes, sign-in to Outlook.com with the same account that you configured in Samsung Notes. In the upper right, click the OneNote feed icon. The OneNote Feed pane will slide open from the right. Click a note to see more of it and to get an option to copy it to the clipboard. Right now I find that copying a Samsung Note in this manner and pasting it to a blank OneNote page is the optimal way to use the tool.
We know that Microsoft and Samsung have plans to enhance this feature in the near future. The Note Feed is present in the insider edition of the Windows 10 OneNote app and Samsung Notes is an option in it although it doesn’t work yet. Hopefully they’ll get to a point where the Samsung Notes become pages in OneNote but we’ll have to wait and see.