How to migrate notes from Evernote to OneNote using Microsoft’s migration tool

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Yesterday, popular cross-platform note-taking app Evernote announced some changes to its pricing plans which may have been bad news for its loyal users. While the app has always had a freemium business model, the company announced both increased prices for its Plus and Premium tiers for new subscribers and that free accounts would only be able to sync the app on two devices simultaneously going forward.

This latest restriction seems pretty inconvenient for those who currently rely on the app on their PCs, tablets and phones, to say the least. While Evernote is still a high-quality service, now seems to be a great time for Evernote users to reevaluate their technology choices.

Indeed, Microsoft’s OneNote is a solid competitor to Evernote, and it’s also ubiquitous and completely free. Actually, if you own an Android phone, there is a good chance that OneNote is be already preinstalled on your handset as Microsoft has partnered with 74 OEMs to preload the app on their Android devices. Furthermore, we should add that OneNote is still one of the best tablet apps you can use on Windows 10 devices as it supports digital inking, and if you own a Surface device you can even launch the app by clicking on the tip of a paired Surface Pen.

A few months ago, Microsoft did a pretty forward-thinking move as it launched a tool to import your notes from Evernote to OneNote for users on PCs on Windows 7 or later. If you’re an Evernote user who is currently looking for greener pastures, here is how it works:

  • To speed up the migration process, it is recommended you have Evernote for Windows installed. Sign in to Evernote for Windows with your Evernote account and make sure your latest notes are synced before importing.
  • Download the OneNote Import tool over here.
  • Once the app is launched, it will connect to your Evernote app and allow you to select the Notebooks you want to import into OneNote.
  • The app will then ask you to log in to your own Microsoft account, so choose the one you would like to use with OneNote.
  • The importer tool will warn you that it will create a new OneNote notebook for each of your own Evernote notebooks (you can also choose to use your Evernote tags to organize content into OneNote). Click “Import” and then wait for the magic to happen.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating the process:

Once your Evernote notes are imported into OneNote, they will sync across all your devices — Mac, iOS and Android included. There is also a web app in case you want to quickly access your notes on other devices. If you’re a free Evernote user, let us know in the comments if you feel ready to give OneNote a shot.

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