Don’t think you need to back up your Evernote notebooks? Think again

How safe do you think your data is when you store them in an Evernote notebook? The surprising answer: Less safe as you might think. That’s because Evernote isn’t a true backup service. It’s a synching service.

Is it really necessary?

You may be wondering: Do I need to back up my Evernote notebooks? How-To Geek would answer with an emphatic “yes!” This is because 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 can be wiped, too.

Protecting yourself

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


To do this, right-click on any notebook saved in Evernote. Then select the “Export Notes” option. Then you’re able to export the notebook in any of several formats. If you happen to lose the notebook or the information it includes, you can simply choose to import the previously exported notebook. This will bring in a new version of the notebook that can act as a wholesale replacement for the notebook that you lost.