Want to be really safe? Here’s how to back up your Evernote notebooks

You may think that you’ll never need to back up files, images or videos that you save in an Evernote notebook. Since of course, not only will your files be stored on your own computer or device, they’ll also be stored on Evernote’s own servers.

Not as safe

You may be wondering: Do I really need to back up my Evernote notebooks? How-To Geek would answer with an emphatic “yes!” The reason being Evernote isn’t a backup system. It’s a synching system. And in a worst-case scenario, Evernote’s remote file store can be wiped. Then, the local file store could be wiped, too.


Fortunately, you can protect yourself fairly easily by backing up your Evernote notebooks. As How-To Geek says, you’ll require an installed copy of Evernote’s desktop application for either Windows or OS X, based on what kind of computer you use.


To do this, first right-click on any notebook and pick the “Export Notes” option. In addition, you can export your notes in a wide variety of formats, including Evernote’s native one. Now, if you lose the notebook or the data it holds, you can simply select the “import” option to bring back the exported notebook as a wholesale replacement for the notebook you lost.

Posted on: 04.16.14