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How to use Evernote

Evernote is a commitment. Not in the sense that you will be spending every waking moment pouring over ungodly selfies and a heaping of absurd hashtags — that’s best reserved for the likes of Facebook and Instagram — but in sense that using it religiously is the real key to harnessing the note-taking software’s true potential and exceptional capabilities.

There’s an overwhelming abundance of note-taking software available at your fingertips, from Simplenote to Springpad, but Evernote’s robustly superior feature set make it the one to beat. Notes can be saved and synced across devices in a variety of formats including text, photos, voice memos, and uploaded documents, and additional utilities are readily available for viewing and sharing said notes with your friends, family and colleagues. It’s organizational tools make it ideal for quickly archiving and locating anything that enters your digital life, from intricate business documents and precious travel photos to recipes for tortilla soup and lengthy receipts, all within notebooks that function akin to folders on your computer. And although the interface is not the quickest on the note-taking market, it’s still elegantly minimalistic without the overly-distracting flare that’s become the crux of once-capable apps. In fact, some might say it looks better than the native apps shipping with iOS 7.

Here’s our guide on how to use Evernote so you can store all life’s little experiences in a universal inbox that’s always close at hand. Although our how-to is specifically tailored for using Evernote Web and the mobile iPhone app, the process should be relatively the same no matter which device you choose to use. Security breaches aside, we got you covered.

Choose part of the setup:

Signing up

It seems like no application service works these days without a little setting up and signing in. Evernote, as simple as it may be, is no different. The software suite is currently available as a web-based and desktop application, as well as a gorgeously-redesigned mobile app, all of which will automatically sync your notes across platforms once you’ve finished with the initial setup.

Step 1: Download, install, and launch the app

Evernote Web — Head to the main Evernote login page to begin. The Web-based software does not require you to download, install, or launch any external software like the desktop and mobile service does, so accessing the page is as far as you need to go for the time being.

iPhone — Begin by tapping the blue App Store icon from your home screen and selecting the search tab located in the bottom navigation bar. Afterward, type “Evernote’ in the text field located at the top of the app window. Evernote should be the first app to appear in the results (its icon depicts a grey elephant), but if not, swipe your finger to the left to pan through the search results. Once located, click the gray Free button followed by the green Install app button in the top-right corner of the window to download and install the app. When finished, tap the app icon on your home screen to launch Evernote.

Evernote iPhone

If using neither of the platforms outlined in our guide, click the appropriate link housed in the table below to download the application for your respective platform. Afterward, launch the installation software and follow the onscreen instruction to install and open Evernote on your device.

Step 2: Sign in or create a new account

Evernote Web — Sign in using your chosen login credentials or click the blue Create an Account link located in the upper-right corner of the window. Afterward, enter a valid email address along with your desired username and password. Click the green Register button when finished, enter the supplied confirmation code given via email on the following screen, and click the green Confirm button to create your new account.

Create Evernote account

Confirm Email Address in Evernote

iPhone — Tap the light-green Get Started button located near the bottom of the app screen and enter the email address you’d like to have associated with your Evernote account before tapping the green Next link located to the bottom-right of the text field. Afterward, enter your desired password in the text field on the following screen, view the Terms of Service if desired, and tap the green Create Account link located to the bottom-right of the text field to continue.

Evernote Screen iPhone Screen 3

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