How To Manage Your Evernote Devices For Basic User

If you’re a diehard Evernote user, take note (hehe – see what I did there). Evernote has announced some changes to their pricing structure that will definitely affect Basic users. If you’ve been using Evernote for years (like me), then you may have received a notice stating that your account will be impacted by the upcoming changes. It’s no secret that Evernote needs to make money so these changes are not that surprising.

As part of those changes, you may have received a notice from Evernote stating your account was currently out of alignment. If you don’t make changes you’ll be automatically upgraded to a paid subscription. Evernote has given us 30 days to get our accounts in alignment with the new account structure. As a Basic subscriber, you can have the Evernote App installed on just 2 devices.

You can find out which devices are associated with your account by going to the “Devices” tab within the Account Settings page. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a screenshot of the “devices” page before I started revoking access. It turns out all of my old devices still had access to my Evernote Account.

The Evernote Devices page shows you:

  • Device Name
  • Last Access Date from that device
  • Revoke Access link
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Revoking Access is a simple as clicking or tapping on the Revoke Access link.

Apps With Evernote Access

I never even considered going back and removing old devices from my Evernote account. So while I was in there, I looked around for anything else that might be lingering.

Turns out a couple of services I no longer use still had access to Evernote as well. You can see which Apps or Services you’ve approved for Evernote access on the “Applications” page within Account Settings.

Just like on the Devices page, you will see:

  • Application Name
  • Last Access Date
  • Revoke Access link

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Hard Choices

Evernote will allow Basic users to access their Notes and Notebooks using the Website. But, if you do not want to pay for an upgraded plan, then you can only sync 2 devices to your Evernote Account.

You should take a hard look to see how you use Evernote. I for one use it mostly on my desktop. All my posts are written in Evernote. I didn’t think I used it on my Android Smartphone very much so I uninstalled the App and revoked access using the Devices tab.

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Evernote Plan

Do you remember when we showed you how to easily send a note to Evernote from your smartphone. Unfortunately, if you uninstall Evernote from your smartphone, you can no longer “share to” Evernote. So even though I don’t create full-fledged articles on my phone, I use the Share To Evernote option quite a bit.

That’s not a problem, I’ll just use the Email To Evernote option. Oh wait, remember, we told you before that, as a Basic user, you can only send 2 emails to your Evernote account and then that feature is turned off until you opt-in for a paid account. So you can’t use that option on your smartphone for on-the-go notes either.

So what’s it gonna be for you? How do you currently use Evernote? Which 2 devices will you sync with your account? Or will you opt for the paid plan?

At first glance it didn’t look like these changes would affect us, Basic users, that much. But limiting the number of devices you can actually sync to your account completely removes the “share to” option. Depending on how much you rely on Evernote when you’re away from your primary device – this could be a pain.

Evernote Alternatives

Evernote isn’t the only note taking/archiving/management system/service available. There’s bound to be something you can transition too. Right? Here are some Pros and Cons for possible replacements.

1. Google Keep

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  • Integrates nicely with Google Now using Note To Self for quick on the go notes
  • Includes OCR to grab text from pictures just like Evernote
  • Labels for grouping notes
  • Have reminders that show up on Google Calendar
  • Supports checkboxes for to-do lists.


  • Does not support rich text formats – so no bold, italics, or strike-through of text.
  • No bullet points or organized lists.
  • No stacking or hierarchy of labels – not a great substitute for notebooks and notebook stacks.
  • Does not support sub-tasks or nested tasks

2. MS OneNote

MS OneNote


  • Incredible text editor
  • Is completely Free
  • Supports searching of text within images, audio, and video files.
  • Offline Notebook Access
  • Integrates seamlessly with other Office products
  • Includes an Importer Tool to transfer from Evernote to OneNote


  • Requires the use of your Microsoft Account. So if you use your Gmail login as your primary login then this could be a problem.
  • No hierarchy or nesting for Notebooks
  • Organizing of Notebooks requires you to set it all up in OneDrive. A separate app and a new tab in your browser. Feels a little clunky when using it.

3. Google Docs & Google Drive



  • Is completely Free
  • Supports rich text formatting like OneNote & Evernote
  • Integrates nicely with Google Keep, Google Now, and Google Drive


  • Text editor is pretty basic compared to OneNote
  • Organizing Notes is handled by Labels and Google Drive folders.
  • No hierarchy of Notebooks or Notebook stacks

4. Evernote Plus


  • You get to keep Evernote
  • Unlimited Devices
  • 1GB of uploads per month
  • Offline Notebook Access


  • Text editor is OK as long as you want basic notes. But it does support rich text.
  • $3.99/month or $34.99/year


As you start looking for alternatives to a tool that you like, you inevitably start to think about what you want from the tool. In an ideal world, how would you structure your system? The alternative you select or deciding to going with the paid version of Evernote, will all come down to how you like to work and what you would like your system to help you accomplish.

Do me a favor and let me know in the comments below. Are you gonna stick with Evernote and upgrade? Or, are you transitioning to a new free or cheaper alternative? I’m curious to hear how you solve this problem.

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Since you’re writing about coming changes to Evernote, this post is useless without a date!

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