Set up offline notes and notebooks on mobile devices

Any synced note and notebook in your Evernote account (except for local notebooks) can be viewed and edited from any supported computer or device while you have an internet connection.

More about how Evernote sync works

What you can access when no internet connection is available

On mobile devices, Evernote only stores a small amount of data about each note (titles, tags, small snippet of text, and some other data) and notebook in a temporary cache. This allows you to search and browse some notes without an internet connection, but the full note content is not available unless you're connected to the internet, have recently viewed the note, or have set up offline notes and notebooks.

Evernote for Mac and Windows store all of your synced notebooks and notes in a local database. Because your content exists in local files on your computer, you'll always have access to them, even when you don't have an internet connection. To access these notes, make sure that you're already signed in to the app before you disconnect from the internet. Any changes you make during your time offline will be synced the next time your computer connects to the internet.

Offline notes and notebooks

Access your notes and notebooks on mobile, anytime, even without an internet connection, so you always have your most important information available.

Select individual notes or entire notebooks to view and edit while offline. Any changes made during your time offline will be synced the next time your phone or tablet connects to the internet.

Set up offline notes

To set up offline notes on mobile devices, follow the steps for your operating system below.

  • iPhone and iPad

    1. Tap the menu button (three lines) to open the navigation menu.
    2. Tap Notes and select a note to be downloaded for offline use.
    3. Tap the More Options button (three dots) in the upper right corner of the note.
    4. Toggle the switch for Available offline.

    Alternatively, you can swipe left on a note in the note list and tap the green download button.

    Note: Only available in Evernote versions 10.0+.

  • Android

    1. Tap the menu button (three lines) to open the navigation menu.
    2. Tap Notes and select a note to be downloaded for offline use.
    3. Tap the More Options button (three dots) in the upper right corner of the note.
    4. Toggle the switch for Available offline.

    Alternatively, you can swipe left on a note in the note list and tap the green download button.

    Note: Only available in Evernote versions 10.0+.

Set up offline notebooks

To set up offline notebooks on mobile devices, follow the steps for your operating system below.

  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

    The new Evernote for iOS

    1. Tap the menu button (three lines) to open the navigation menu.
    2. Tap Notebooks and select a notebook to be downloaded for offline use.
    3. Tap the More Options button (three dots) in the upper right corner of the notebook.
    4. Toggle the switch for Available offline.

    Alternatively, you can swipe left on a notebook in the notebook list and tap the green download button.

    Older version of Evernote for iOS

    1. Open the Account tab.
    2. Select Settings > Notebooks > Offline Notebooks.
    3. Select some or all notebooks to be downloaded for offline use.
  • Android

    The new Evernote for Android

    1. Tap the menu button (three lines) to open the navigation menu.
    2. Tap Notebooks and select a notebook to be downloaded for offline use.
    3. Tap the More Options button (three dots) in the upper right corner of the notebook.
    4. Toggle the switch for Available offline.

    Alternatively, you can swipe left on a notebook in the notebook list and tap the green download button.

    Older version of Evernote for Android

    1. Select Notebooks from the navigation menu
    2. Tap the options button (three dots) at the top of the screen, then select Offline notebooks
    3. Toggle the switch for some or all notebooks to be downloaded for offline use

Download status

You can check the download status next to each note and notebook that you've selected for offline use.

  • In line icon In line: A note or notebook is lined up to be downloaded for offline use.
  • Downloading icon Downloading: A note or notebook is in the middle of downloading for offline use.
  • Offline icon Offline: A note or notebook download is complete and is now available offline.

View all offline content

You can view all of your offline notes and notebooks in one central view.

To view all your offline content: Tap the menu button (three lines) to open the navigation menu, then tap the Offline button.

Tips for freeing up device storage space

Because offline content can take up space on your device, you can always free up more space when needed by disabling one or more offline notes or notebooks that you no longer need offline access to.

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