How to Migrate from Evernote to OneNote

Both Evernote and OneNote are powerful digital notebooks for note-taking, organizing and sharing. Evernote recently changed their policy on multiple devices as well as their pricing plans for Plus and Premium. If you are currently using Evernote, you may be considering a move to Microsoft's OneNote.

This article uses the migration tool provided by Microsoft.


Compare Evernote and OneNote.

See feature comparison below.

Close all open Evernote notes on all your devices.

Install Evernote desktop using your existing account.

This step is optional. However, it may help speed up the process of migration.

Download the Importer from .

The file is named “StartOneNoteImporter.exe” and is 6.54 MB. The file description says “OneNote Importer Bootstrapper”.

Launch the downloaded file, agree to the terms of agreement, and click “Get Started.”

Select the Evernote notebooks that you wish to import.

Each existing Evernote notebook will become a new OneNote notebook during import. Each Evernote note will become a OneNote page inside of a notebook. The names of notebooks and notes will not change. You may want to adjust some pages in Evernote before you move them to OneNote.

The Importer will ask you to sign in to your Microsoft account.

Import begins after sign-in.


The wait is longer if you have many pages, pdf’s and images to import. Check the progress indicator to estimate if you will be waiting for a few minutes or a few hours.

Find your notebooks when importing is completed.

Click on the little icon with three lines. It is in the top left corner of OneNote. Select “Notebooks” from the drop-down menu. Click on “Open Other Notebooks”. You will see a list of your notebooks. Select the one you want to open.

Install OneNote on your other devices, such as iPhone or iPad.

Your documents will synchronize automatically.

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