Now Mac users can make the move from Evernote to OneNote

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Editor’s note 8/24/2016:
Please see Fixes or workarounds for recent issues in OneNote for Mac to help troubleshoot any issues installing or using the OneNote Importer for Mac.

Since last March, we have helped Windows users import 71 million Evernote pages to OneNote. Following the great feedback we received, we want to help even more people make the move. Today, we are launching the OneNote Importer tool for Mac. You may feel hesitant about moving all your notes from a place you know to a new online home. Don’t worry, the Importer tool makes moving day easy.

Download the OneNote Importer tool.

OneNote lets you work the way you want. You can get your ideas down in a range of ways that include typing, inking, embedding videos, recording audio or clipping web content. If you prefer to use paper and pen, you can even scan that content with OneNote to make it digital, searchable and available from your phone to your laptop. We’ve heard that many Evernote users rely heavily on their clipper. OneNote has a great clipper for all major browsers, available for free at We upgrade it all the time, and you can read the OneNote July roundup for the latest updates.

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OneNote lets you sync all your notes across all your devices—for free. It is part of the Office family and works seamlessly with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint to help you stay organized, collaborate and get more done. Following Evernote’s recent price changes—their Premium offer ($69.99/year) is now the same price as Office 365 Personal ($69.99/year). Office 365 gives you OneNote, plus all the Office apps you know and love that are always up to date, and 1 TB of cloud storage.

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How to migrate your notes from Evernote 

To get started migrating your Evernote notes to OneNote, you will need:

  • A Mac with OS X 10.11+ (El Capitan). Once your Evernote notes are imported, they’ll sync across all your devices, including PC, iOS and Android, as well as web browsers—for free.
  • To speed up the migration process, it is recommended you have Evernote for Mac installed from the Evernote website. Sign in to Evernote for Mac with your Evernote account and make sure your latest notes are synced before importing.

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to use the OneNote Importer tool:

Download the OneNote Importer tool and visit our Support page for more information and step-by-step instructions. And don’t forget to send us feedback and ask questions at OneNote UserVoice or tweet us at @msonenote. The OneNote team wants to do everything possible to help you feel confident about choosing to try OneNote.

—Scott Shapiro, product marketing manager for the OneNote team

  1. Please,
    There is a need for such Importer tools on mobile devices.

    • Hi Edrees,

      There are certain API limitations for importing from mobile devices, but we are looking into how we can help mobile users.


  2. Would it be so difficult to build an importer for one or two previous MacOsx versions instead the latest one ? For instance 10.9 or 10.10 ?

    • Phillippe,

      Any specific reasons of your not upgrading to 10.11? Latest OS updates make you more stable.
      Most of our users are on 10.11.x

  3. This is a good start.
    I have been using OneNote since my Toshiba M200 tablet days. But I made the switch to Evernote in 2008.

    My gotta haves to make the switch now are:
    Ability to set a 4 PIN passcode in OneNote for iOS.
    Better web clipping functionality on web and mobile.
    Just a bit more control of the application in Mac and iOS devices.
    It’s so close.

  4. The pkg is called “OneNote Importer (Preview)-1.0.1.release.pkg” ` and the app itself is called “OneNote Importer (Preview).app”.

    Should I trust this app to do what it says?

    If this is beta software, I would prefer to be made aware explicitly. If not, then the pkg and app need renaming.

    • this is a preview version, our document and tool does state the same. You can trust the app.

  5. Sounds like a great idea but the software hangs on the license agreement screen when I choose the get started button so I may never know.

    • Hi Don,

      Is this happening consistently to you? Can you retry? We will look into the issue.

      • Run into the same problem. Tried opening the Importer with Evernote running, without Evernote running. With OneNote running, without OneNote running. I do have a paid Microsoft 360 account and an Evernote Premium account so that can’t be an obstacle.

        • OK I nailed it. Just deleted the application, re-installed it, did a OSX-reboot, had Evernote running before running the tool and now it is not crashing. It connected with my Evernote application fine now.

  6. The given link takes me straight to the PC version of the importer only.
    Is this app US only? It doesn’t say so, but omitting to state such limits is common.
    My OS X version is correct and I’m in Australia…

  7. This simply isn’t working for me. After uninstalling the Mac App Store version of Evernote and downloading and installing the version from Evernote’s website the importer tool only sees four of the eight notebooks I have in Evernote. So I went to Evernote and exported all the notebooks and tried to import from the files but I cannot get past the login page. I want to use OneNote with my school account, but the login gets to the “Redirecting…” screen and just sits there, never actually loading my school’s login page.

    I don’t like that Evernote want me to pay to access my notes from multiple devices, but if you really want me to switch you have to make the import process actually work!

    • Sorry to hear that you had login woes.
      Can you try to login to using Work or School account to ensure everything is working fine for your account?
      Once it is found to be working fine, please re-attempt the tool.
      keep us posted.

      • I can log in to the one note website with my school account perfectly fine. All my Office apps work fine with my school login. My email works fine with my school login, both online and using Outlook. Only the importer fails with my school login.

        • hi amos,
          any update on this?
          did you manage to get it working?
          we are migrating some users from evernote on mac to onenote and we run into the same problem with our ‘work or school’ account: redirecting … , but nothing shows.

  8. nice idea- frustrating about the app store download issue. Taking a dependency on direct download is a pain.

    ps- when are we going to be able to format onenote notes on mac with lines and grids?

  9. Just used Importer for Evernote on Mac. I had to use the exported file. Unfortunately it didn’t import notebooks, only notes. Also, may photo’s didn’t import. I don’t know how to mass delete so this is frustrating.

  10. Trying to use the importer, but it seems to have hung on note 65 out of 1275. It’s been on that note for over 30 minutes. Should I quit and try again? Other solutions?

  11. I can not find the Mac Importer – following the link only leads to the Windows Version of the importer. Am I missing anything?

    • Just found out what the problem was: I used Firefox on Mac and the website did not recognize that I am on a Mac. Using Chrome or Safari works. You should change that, dear Microsoft.

  12. This is a great development! Question – will the dates on the OneNote notes be stored as the original Evernote notes? The re-downloading dependency is a bit cumbersome too… :/

    In any case – I am excited about this because now that Evernote Free only allows you to do just two devices, I’ve been looking at alternatives.

  13. This was the last step I needed to convert to OneNote. Like it a lot.

    I do have a few suggestions though. I would really like to see the notebook list on Mac behave like the list on Windows – be a full list and collapsable rather than a drop-down. This would make navigating it a lot easier.

    I’d also like to see the hyperlink capability provide a list of OneNote notebooks. Sure, I can copy a link, and then paste it, but the nav capability would be better.

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