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How to Migrate Your Notes from Evernote to Apple Notes

  • Catherine
  • Aug 24,2016
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In the previous post we have talked about how to migrate data from Evernote to OneNote on Mac using the import tool provided by Microsoft, and we promised to share the details about how to migrate from Evernote to Apple’s Notes. So here it is. This article will guide you through the data migration from Evernote to Notes.

how to migrate from Evernote to Notes

The Apple devices running on iOS 9.3 or OS X 10.11.4 can take the notes you created in other apps and import them into your Notes app. iPhone or iPad users can import the Evernote Export notes by long-pressing on the .enex file and tapping the ‘Add to Notes’ option that appears. Before that you need to send the .enex file to your iPhone via email or iCloud Drive. After the files are downloaded and you taped Import, open the Notes app and you will see a new folder called Imported Notes in you iCloud notes, or in the On My Device notes if you are not using Notes with iCloud.


Notes app on Mac can handle more file formats including .txt, .rtf, .rtfd, .html as well as .enex. And only the Mac can export the data from Evernote. To migrate your Evernote data to Notes, you will need to have a Mac running OS X 10.11.4 +, and the Evernote app installed on your Mac. The Notes app is pre-installed on your Mac, and you can sign in with your iCloud account to sync the content in Notes across all your iCloud-connected devices. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Launch the Evernote for Mac, and sign in to your Evernote account.
  • Let your notes sync in, and decide which notes you want to migrate.
  • Click on ‘Edit’ in the Menu bar at the top left of your screen, and select the ‘Select All’ from the drop-down list. If you want to be more selective, you can hold the Command key and click each note individually. You can also click the Notebooks section on the left side of Evernote and select one notebook you wanna export.
  • Once you selected which notes or notebook to export, click the ‘File’ in the Menu bar, and choose ‘Export Notes…’ option from the drop-down list.
  • As the ‘Export Selected Notes’ window pops up, name the export file, select where to save it, leave the format as .enex, and then click the ‘Save’ button.


When the notes have been exported, you will see the ‘Export complete’ dialog. Click OK, and quite Evernote app if you no loner need it. Now continue with the next part.

  • Launch the Notes app, click the ‘File’ menu, and select ‘Import Notes…’ option.
  • Navigate to the location where you saved the imported Evernote file.
  • Click on the .enex file to select it, and then click on ‘Import’ button.
  • When prompted whether to ‘Import to Notes’, click ‘Import Notes’ button.


Now your Evernote notes should be imported to the Apple Notes app, and you can click on the ‘Imported Notes’ folder to access these notes. You may be prompted that the notes might look different in Notes. If you have an attachment or feature in your notes that the Notes app doesn’t support, it’s removed during the import. So that’s it. The new import option in the OS X 10.11.4 software update makes it much simpler to transfer notes from Evernote to Notes. Have you ever tried it yet?

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