I stopped using Evernote more than a year ago because Apple’s much-improved Notes fulfills all of my note-taking needs. That said, I understand that some folks still prefer Evernote because it’s cross-platform and has advanced features like geotagging and uploading lots of data.

In announcing the price hike on its paid subscription plans, Evernote said the move would permit its developers to add even more features for power users.

Furthermore, customers who are on Evernote’s Basic plan will no longer be permitted to use the service on more than two devices at the same time.

Price hike

Evernote Plus subscription has gone from $2.99 per month to $3.99 per month, a $12 annual increase. Evernote Premium subscription has increased from $4.99 per month to $7.99 per month so customers on Premium plans will be looking at an annualized subscription price increase of $36.

Evernote CEO Chris O’Neil said:

We don’t take any change to our pricing model lightly, and we never take you for granted. Our goal is to continue improving Evernote for the long-term, investing in our core products to make them more powerful and intuitive while also delivering often-requested new features.

But that requires a significant investment of energy, time, and money. We’re asking those people who get the most value from Evernote to help us make that investment and, in return, to reap the benefits that result.

Evernote Plus includes the ability to take notebooks offline on a mobile device, forwarding emails into Evernote complete with attachments and 1 GB of cloud storage space each month.

Evernote Premium provides you with the full power of Evernote with business card scanning, the ability to annotate PDFs and scan documents to turn them into searchable text files, 10 GB of monthly upload space and more.

Device limit

As mentioned, Basic subscribers can no longer use Evernote on more than two devices at the same time. These subscribers are now limited to, for example, syncing Evernote content on their Windows computer at work and Evernote on their iOS device.

Each device where you’re signed in to Evernote counts toward your device limit.

“If you have multiple devices of the same type, each one counts toward your device limit,” explains the firm. “For example, if you sign in to your Evernote account on two different iPhones, it’s counted as two devices”.

Current subscribers and Basic users who are using more than two devices will have some time to adjust before the changes take effect. On the plus side, passcode lock on the mobile app, formerly a paid feature, is now available on Basic accounts as well.

Other Evernote products, and third-party apps that use the Evernote API integration, aren’t affected by device limits, including Evernote Web, Evernote on Apple Watch, Evernote for Windows Touch, Web Clipper, Skitch and Penultimate.

Switching from Evernote to Apple Notes

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I switched from Evernote to Apple’s Notes app last year and have since never looked back.

For starters, Apple’s solution keeps my notes perfectly synchronized across my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac via iCloud. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Notes now sports some rather nice features such as password or Touch ID protection for notes, support for drawing with your finger or the Apple Pencil with pressure sensing, the ability to use Notes as a file manager for ZIP archives, the ability to quickly send any piece of content from other apps to Notes, and more.

If you’re looking to jump ship, Apple’s Notes app for iOS and OS X now features a native option to import your notes and notebooks from Evernote into Notes.

Source: Evernote

  • I don’t use Evernote nor am I ever planning to after reading about this. They’re going to lose a lot of users. Why do companies keep raising their subscription prices?!

    • TotallySerious

      Though I’m sure they have good reasons to raise their prices, I for one, like you don’t have much of a use for note taking services like Evernote so this doesn’t impact me at all

  • Michel Leist

    Today was the day to switch to Google Keep app. Bye bye Evernote!

    • Martynet

      How do I create shared Notebook with lots of notes in it? I’m with Evernote and would like to switch to something else but can’t find anything, with shared Notebooks

      • 9to5Slavery

        Use notes plus. Syncing through ICloud or Dropbox.

        My notes has pictures inside of it that I can take. But the recording is separate for now. Told developer to incorporate it. It’s great with Apple pencil and palm detection

  • Greg Warren

    Like you mentioned, with the improvements to Apple Notes, I really don’t see much of a need for Evernote at this point. Apple Notes still needs some sort of categorization system for note subjects, but it’s improved by leaps and bounds.

  • MHCsk

    Ok, I just might just move to another service. Any good replacements? Is Micorsoft’s OneNote any good?

    • 9to5Slavery

      Let us know. I’m using notes plus, very popular widely used based on function

  • iByron

    Well, I’ve been gradually shifting to Notability for personal stuff and Nimbus Note for things I need IoT compatibility. Nimbus Pro costs the current Evernote price but the free version can be used on more than two devices AND still works with IFTTT.

    Notability currently syncs via iCloud only, but I have no non-iCloud devices that I’m interested in using at this time.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Have you tried notes plus? I gotta try notability. I want my notes to have recordings and pictures inside of it. Or video would be nice

    • 9to5Slavery

      Actually I’m syncing with my Dropbox with notability