Evernote used to be great, but now it’s not so good. In 2020, the company overhauled the Windows and macOS apps and replaced them with a clumsy web-based app that users really didn’t like. This only made matters worse, since Evernote had already made the controversial decision to limit syncing capabilities to just two devices and limit monthly uploads to 60MB for free tier users. It got so bad that the company, once valued at $1 billion, was sold to a lesser-known Italian company in 2022.
If you refuse to pay for a premium Evernote account, it’s understandable that you might want to find a replacement. The good news is that you don’t have to start over. It’s easy to export all your notes and move them to apps like Joplin, Apple Notes, Obsidian, Zoho Notes or Notion.
Export your notes from Evernote
Before you shop elsewhere, you’ll need to download your notes from Evernote. Open the desktop version of the app, right click on the notebook you want to export and select export. In the menu that appears, choose to save the notebook as an .enex file. Repeat this process for each notebook that you want to migrate to a different service.
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If you want to move loose notes to another app, you can also bulk select them and repeat the process. Just press Command (on Mac) or Ctrl (on Windows) and click on the notes you want to export. When you’re done, right click on one of them and select Export, and save the articles as an ENEX file.
Migrate notes from Evernote to Joplin
Joplin is an open-source note-taking application reminiscent of Evernote from the early 2010s. It’s lightweight, runs locally, and organizes your notes into notebooks. It also supports importing ENEX files from Evernote.
To start, go to file and choose Import. There are two options that can work with Evernote: tee And HTML. We recommend using the markdown option as it makes editing easier. However, if you’ve cropped a lot of websites or otherwise have a lot of notes that are heavily formatted, the HTML option might be a better fit. Depending on how many notes you’re importing, the process should complete in seconds.
It’s worth noting that Joplin saves all your notes right on your computer in text documents. That means you archive your notes just by importing them into this app, which is useful even if you don’t want to use Joplin yourself.
Migrate notes from Evernote to Apple Notes
The Notes app on every Mac, iPhone, and iPad supports importing content from Evernote. On a Mac computer, you can do this by going to fileclick Import into Note, and browse to the .enex files that you exported earlier. Simply open ENEX with the Notes app on your mobile device.
All your notes will appear in their own folder in a few minutes, but you won’t see any attached files or features that Notes doesn’t support. This is the case, for example, with to-do lists, where neither the name of the note nor its content were imported correctly. Scroll through your notes and make sure everything is there. If necessary, repeat the process.
Migrate notes from Evernote to Zoho Notes
Zoho Notes has a built-in tool to import Evernote notebooks. To use it, click on your profile picture in the top right corner of your screen and go to Ideas. Scroll down and you will find the Migrate from Evernote Possibility. A notification will appear informing you that the process will take a while and the result may not be perfect.
After clicking Start migration Zoho Notes will prompt you to sign in to your Evernote account to grant the necessary permissions, and then you’ll need to choose which notebooks you want to import. Eventually you will receive an email informing you that the process is complete and your Evernote notebooks will appear as such in Zoho Notes.
Migrate notes from Evernote to Obsidian
To use it, click Import button in the left sidebar and go to Evernote Possibility. You’ll need to log into your Evernote account and then decide which notebooks you want to move. Your Evernote notebooks will soon appear as pages in the sidebar, and each note will be an item on that page.