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How To Import Notes From Evernote To The Notes App In macOS

Evernote has made changes to it free, plus, and premium plans. The price of the paid plans has gone up and the features offered on the free plan have been cut back so that you can only have two devices connected to your account. Needless to say that the price hike is likely going to send people looking for an alternative and they will be spoiled for choice. There are a lot of note taking apps available and macOS comes with its own default note taking app as well which, given recent updates, is fairly good. If you’re looking to ditch Evernote in favor of the Notes app in macOS, you will want to take your notes with you. Here’s how you can move your notes from Evernote to the Notes app in macOS.

You must have the Evernote app installed on your Mac. Before you can import the notes, you will have to export them from the Evernote app. Select all the notes you want to export and go to File>Export Note.


The app will ask you to select a name for the file and the format it should be saved to. Select the Evernote XML Format i.e. ENEX. You can choose to leave your Evernote tags behind by unchecking the ‘include tags for each note’ option. It’s a good idea to keep them around though because Notes doesn’t have as many features to keep your notes organized and the tags might be all that you can use to find a particular note.


Next, open the Notes app. You must be running macOS version 10.11.4 or above to import notes. Go to File>Import notes… and select the ENEX file you just exported from Evernote. Your notes will be imported to the Notes app. If you have iCloud sync enabled, the notes will also appear on any iOS device you own.

For Windows users looking to move noes from Evernote to OneNote, there’s a little tool called Evernote to OneNote import tool that does just that.

1 Comment

  1. I would have rather wanted to see an article about why you should keep your Evernote account and how to best take advantage of all of its features.

    I’ve been using it since 2010 and I’ve gone Premium here and there but never found the NEED to go Premium. That said, with the change to Basic limiting users to 2 devices, I’ve already gone and paid for a year.

    Here’s the thing… if you’ve been using Evernote Basic, you should consider paying $35 to keep it. That’s not even 10 cents a day, and if you can’t afford that, you have no right owning these sorts of electronics.

    Honestly, I’m amazing by the extent to which freemium services remain free and for how long. Without going too off topic, I racked up over 50GB of free storage from Dropbox simply by signing up early and referring everyone I know. I didn’t NEED to go Pro, but I did. I’ve been a Trillian Pro user for probably over a decade, and while I don’t even know what Free does anymore, I’m impressed they still have a free version and that it’s been around this long.

    We’re not going to have great services like these if people don’t support the innovation.

    BTW – some code, ad, or script on your site is making my Google Chrome use nearly 100% CPU and it’s REALLY slow. I think it’s the video ad at the bottom right of the sidebar that is using Shockwave. I killed that process and it’s better. Please check this out.

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