I really liked Evernote. I considered it a ‘must have’ App for Mac and iOS. It was really useful when I had a Mac, an iPad and an Android phone. Now though, as Evernote has changed and Notes has evolved, I rarely use Evernote other than to refer to the legacy content I had gathered.
I now have an all Apple environment, so Evernote is not as important as it once was. After seeing a comment about leaving Evernote by a colleague in CapMac, I decided it was time to start moving my Evernote content over to Notes.
This, I found, is relatively easy. Here is the process to follow:
- Open up the Evernote App on your Mac
- Navigate to the Evernote Notebook that you want to migrate (while you can do all Notebooks at one time, it is advisable to address each Notebook seperately)
- With the Notebook open in Evernote go to Edit >> Select All (this will select all of the notes within the chosen Notebook)
- Now go to File >> Export Notes
- A dialog box will open allowing you to specify the name of the export file and where to put it ( I chose the file name Mac and the Desktop as the destination)
- Click on ‘Save’ and the export will begin. A popup will show you the progress, with a final popup indicating that the export has completed.
- Now on my desktop is the file ‘Mac.enex’
- Open up Notes on your Mac
- Go to File >> Import Notes and select the export file you just created in step #6 (Mac.enex in my case)
- You will get a popup to confirm the import, click on ‘Import Notes’ to continue
- A popup showing the progress of the import will be displayed
- When the import has completed, a new folder will be created in Notes called ‘Imported Notes’ that now contains all of the content exported from Evernote.
- If you Ctrl Click on the ‘Imported Notes’, you can choose ‘Rename Folder’ to give the newly created folder a more descriptive name. In my case it is ‘Mac Notes’
- To keep my imported notes together, I created a new folder in Notes called ‘Evernote Imports’ and as I import Notebooks from Evernote, I drag each of the resulting folders into ‘Evernote Imports’ (you can see that in the image by #9 above)
I have 50 or so Evernote Notebooks, so I will be spreading the migration process out over the next few days. When I am done I will still have the content on all of my devices (Mac, iPhone and iPad – the free version of Evernote now only lets you share between two devices).
- How to switch from Evernote to Apple Notes
- How to transfer your Evernote notes to Apple Notes
- Evernote’s unfortunate move makes Notes look better than ever – added 7/1/16
- Thinking of Switching From Evernote to Apple Notes? Here’s How – added 7/11/16