How to export your notes from Evernote

Evernote has been going through a rough period. First it was going to change its privacy policy (opens in new tab) to allow a small number of employees to read user content to suggestions using machine learning, and people weren't impressed. The move came after the company, which had been experiencing financial troubles, limited to two the number of devices able to access notes on its free tier. Then, Evernote backtracked on the privacy change, [admitting it "messed up."](https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/12/15/evernote-revisits-privacy-policy/ Still, people are unhappy, and justifiably so. Some may choose to leave altogether.

There are, frankly, better options out there now. From Google Docs to OneNote to your own convoluted system of HTML and PDF files, here's how to get your stuff out of Evernote ASAP.

How to export your Evernote data

Note: This guide uses macOS for screenshots on how to export Evernote data, but the same steps apply, in the same order, for Windows. You cannot perform an export from the web version of Evernote, unfortunately.

  1. Open Evernote.
  2. Sign in to your Evernote account.

  1. Click on Edit in the Menu bar at the top left of your screen.
  2. Select Select All from the dropdown menu.

  1. Select File in the Menu bar.
  2. Click on Export Notes from the dropdown menu.

  1. Name the file anything you want.
  2. Select where to save the file. I saved it to my desktop so it can be easily found.
  3. Select Format and select HTML
  4. Click Save. It will export as separate HTML files, and put assets in separate folders.

  1. Open Google Drive in a Chrome browser.
  2. Tap on New and tap Folder or File.
  3. Upload HTML files to chosen folder.

  1. Open chosen file.
  2. Tap Open with Google Docs.

Now you can access your Evernote files in Google Docs! It's not a perfect solution, and some formatting issues may persist, but if you're really sold on moving your stuff from Evernote to Docs, this is your best way.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

32 Comments
  • Can you export to (Google) Keep?
  • Unfortunately not.
  • OneNote has an importing tool you can install in Windows. Fairly easy.
  • Yep, another good option!
  • Scandal (AC main page bait to click into the post/story)? What, did the Evernote CEO use a private server to store clients' notes? Did Evernote cause a US Embassy to get attacked? What scandal? Poorly chosen practices or going a bad direction to be sure. I don't see a scandal here. I stopped using e note since they became desperate for funds this year. it could be difficult to use at times. This automated learning process is just another potential revenue stream for them. No need to try to scare readers, the market will take care of e note all on its own by not using the product. Why isn't anyone taking a look at MS Note to check their privacy practices and compare. Who is to say that MS isn't doing the same thing? MS after all does have a reputation involving data use.
  • This involves people opening your account and reading your content. Not machines scanning for keywords or anything else automated. I want that to scare the shit out of everyone, because it should.
  • Evernote is backtracking on the policy change. I think it would make sense to include the revision in this article:
    https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/12/15/evernote-revisits-privacy-policy/
  • Hey, Bader, instead of rehashing 1-2 year old articles with "updates" on the best fingernail clipper, why not update an article that really needs updating with new information? Which business are you in here, sensationalism or information?
  • We are offering a tutorial on how to export Evernote notes if people choose to leave, given the situation. How is this sensationalist in any way?
  • It has been revised, thanks!
  • Sure, the world needs to know...enote has really stepped on themselves here. However, e note was up front with this there was no scandal. BTW, Jerry, you need to write more articles... not a lot of comments on the others' articles, especially with the horrible lead-ins of this one on the front page.
  • I didn't use the word scandal at all.
  • I re-state that the bait on the front page blurb says, in all of its sensational glory, scandal. I took a screenshot. If you want me to send it to you, let me know.
  • Got it. As usual, thanks for your comment and have a great weekend!
  • Ignore the peanut gallery bro. Statistically there's always gonna be one knuckle head.
  • Thx, you as well
  • Regardless of their privacy practices, I think a lot of people are looking to leave Evernote since you can only sync it on 2 devices with their free version. I know this has got me looking elsewhere.
  • Y'all use Android/Google and you're upset over privacy?
  • The two aren't actually mutually exclusive
  • This ^ . Someone give this man a cookie.
  • You seem to be taking it personally.
  • I couldn't reply to Jerry, so find his post for context. I agree that people reading our stuff is bad. But based on what Evernote said it sound like the data will be randomised and reviewed. "The system read this as grocery list, is this true?" . Still has the risk of exposing sensitive data, but Evernote probably has good policies to handle it.
  • I'm not implying that it was inherently bad, but it was a bad idea to do it as an opt-out instead of an opt-in.
  • I'm pretty sure Evernote had a plan to make sure some random Joe who works for them isn't going to be able to take what he reads and affix it to any single account (or person) or build ay type of profile on an Evernote user. They're too smart for that. The problem is that they didn't detail anything fo the sort, and what they did say only raised alarm horns for everyone concerned about privacy and anonymity. You can't do that in a case like this, where everything is black or white and no middle ground exists. The best-case scenario is exactly what happened*. Evernote now understands what happens when a privacy gaffe is made, and had an appropriate response — We're not going to do that. It was the only acceptable answer. They'll do much better in the future and answer questions and concerns before they arise :) *Full disclosure — I expected them to explain the process and try to show how it wasn't intrusive, and why it was necessary to use people versus machines. Not sure why they didn;t go that route.
  • Evern...what? Google Keep all the way.
  • Yep!
  • It's probably breathless articles like this one that got Evernote CEO to roll back the new policy. So well done, but an update needs to be appended. Still, for a site with a viewpoint that privacy is dead, all hail king Google, it seems a little two faced to call out Evernote and recommend Google keep. Are Yee daft, or what?
  • Yep, it was definitely a tutorial on how to export your Evernote documents that caused the CEO to roll back the new policy.
  • This one and 100 others that are popping up all over the web.
    The link mtanis posted above admits it flat out: https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/12/15/evernote-revisits-privacy-policy/
    Also: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/12/16/evernote-backtracks-on-privacy-po... In fact just google two words: evernote backtracks
    and you will see that your article is about the only site on the web that has not published the retraction. The guy is in full mea culpa mode. Maybe its time to catch up?
  • Switched to OneNote (ON) when Evernote (EN) dropped the free account to 2 devices earlier this year and couldn't be happier. The import tool from MSFT worked pretty well, but I still had to spend an hour copying and pasting notes that all got dumped into individual notebooks in ON. ON is a bit different from EN in that you are better off having fewer actual notebooks with ON because it becomes tedious to click on all the different notebooks if you have a bunch of them. The tabs in a ON notebook are much easier to select. For example, I have 2 main notebooks in ON ("work" and "personal") with 10-15 tabs in each for various categories of notes (names+numbers, travel, projects, recipes, etc.), and then however many pages of notes within each tab. Once you adjust your brain to working this layout it makes sense and works just as well as EN and is actually a bit better IMHO. ON also has the nice browser webclipper tool for Chrome and Firefox, so it is super-easy to clip stuff from websites. Best of all it is free, you can install it on as many devices as you want, and the chances of MSFT killing it (like Google is famous for doing to its products) are minimal.
  • Goodbye Evernote!
  • Could've used this a couple months ago when I made the switch to One note. But yeah I used to be a Evernote loyalist but then they became too ridiculous, minimizing devices and features for free version. Still a bit a learning curve with one note but I like it.