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What’s Evernote Sync, Anyway?

What's Evernote Sync, Anyway?

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 01 Nov 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 01 Nov 2013

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We call it sync. You call it magic. But why do we always talk about sync to begin with? Today we’d like to share what Evernote sync is, and why it’s important.

Sync means your stuff is everywhere you have Evernote.

Did you snap a photo using Evernote on your mobile device or attach a document to a note in Evernote on your desktop computer? Evernote is constantly syncing all of your notes to our service. This means that they’re beamed from one device to the next, without you ever having to press save or carry around a bunch of cords and thumb drives. It’s simple to access your content across all the places you’ve installed Evernote.

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Updated notes, everywhere, too.

Sync also means that when you make an update in Evernote on one device, you’ll see it reflected everywhere else. This applies to checklists which you’ve checked off, comments a partner makes in a Shared Notebook, and a new audio recording attached to a meeting recap note.

Why can’t I see my notes sometimes?

Once you’ve created a new note, let it upload to our servers and download to your other devices (you can speed up the process by manually syncing). Soon enough, you’ll see it everywhere.

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13 Comments RSS

  • bogorad

    So you’re finally going to fix non-working android sync?!

  • bogorad

    So you’re finally going to fix non-working android sync?!

    • John Ohman

      Curious; never had a problem with my Android phone syncing Evernote . . . . .

      • KenV

        Syncing takes a really long time and makes me think twice about using the software!!!!

      • bogorad

        try going into offline mode then selecting a (synced) folder with loads of notes. the try opening an older note.

        this is a very old problem, addressed in the forums numerous times, and still not fixed.

      • bogorad

        try going into offline mode then selecting a (synced) folder with loads of notes. the try opening an older note.

        this is a very old problem, addressed in the forums numerous times, and still not fixed.

  • Po11o

    How can I sync manually with my iPhone (IOS7)? Is there any button that I haven’t seen it? Because sometimes when it syncs by itself, does not sync with my other devices

    • csrui

      Yes, there’s a way to sync it. Just click on you e-mail account that appears on top of the home screen. You will then se a “Sync now” button

    • solak

      Pull down on the green title bar so you can see your account name at the top. Now the sync indicator is visible at top right. That is also a button to start sync.

    • T K

      Manual sync on IOS: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/926d2df0-97c8-47b1-a5fe-390ecb50b4a8/1e306257a7ba44ac55251c4da71a9d0d

  • csrui

    Sorry to say that it’s not that magical, sometimes it takes a lot of time to start.

  • derlinzer

    I wish they got rid of this X minute interval syncing and get instant syncing implemented across all platforms.

  • Jason Frasca

    A few months back I coined the phrase “Sync is the New Save” to get the point across – Evernote does not have a save button. You need to Sync to Save. It is magic and one of the greatest features of the platform. Here is a link to the article http://www.jasonfrasca.com/deconstructing-everyday-blog/evernote-sync-is-the-new-save/