Evernote Synchronizes Notes Automatically

By David E. Y. Sarna

A primary benefit of Evernote is that it enables you to access the most recent versions of all your notes, regardless of what device you’re using — even when you’re logged in to a library computer to double-check a grocery list because your phone battery is dead.

Evernote’s ability to synchronize notes on all devices is a reliable service, and you no longer need to try to cram everything onto your smartphone. This ability to have synchronized devices and a centralized network to store everything is probably the main reason why you chose Evernote in the first place.

Best of all, this automatic synchronization usually happens for you under the covers; Evernote saves you from having to do anything most of the time. Because the default setting is automatic synchronization, Evernote automatically syncs your notes on the web, regardless of your device or platform.

Evernote can juggle so much information supported by so many devices because it operates on what’s called a hub-and-spoke system. The Internet or web serves as the hub: a single centralized location for all the data, files, and information to be stored. The spokes are your devices that you access to update your notes. You can have as many spokes as you need.

Suppose that you have a Windows desktop computer, a MacBook Pro, a BlackBerry for work, an iPhone for personal use, and a couple of tablets. In that situation, you’re really experiencing the marvel of Evernote’s system.

Every time you sign in to work on your notes, Evernote syncs the hub to the spoke you’re using to ensure that the next time you access your account, you have everything at your fingertips. When you’re at the grocery store an hour later, the grocery list you typed on your Windows computer is on the iPhone you’re toting, even though the systems are ordinarily notorious for being pretty standoffish.