How to Choose an Evernote Account

By David E. Y. Sarna

Before you can harness the power of Evernote for your personal and business needs, you have to choose which type of account you want to use — and then, of course, sign up for it. Here’s how to get your own Evernote account, choose the right account type for you, and get the Evernote products you need for all the devices you use.

Evernote offers free, Premium, and Business accounts, all of which have their own benefits. You can always start with a free account and later trade up to a Premium or Business account, but you may find some features of the paid accounts so compelling that you’re willing to pony up for them from the get-go.

This table lists the differences between free and paid account types. All account types provide access to all versions of Evernote, allow synchronization across platforms, offer text recognition inside images, and provide Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

Free and Paid Evernote Accounts
Free Premium Business
Note allowance Upload 60MB/month, 250 notebooks, 100,000 tags per account, and
100,000 notes
Upload 1GB/month, 250 notebooks, 100,000 tags per account, and
100,000 notes
Upload 2GB/month, 250 personal notebooks and 5,000 business
notebooks, 100,000 tags per account, and 500,000 notes
File limits Any file type Any file type Any file type
Search within PDFs, Microsoft Office, and iWork documents No Yes Yes
Access to note history No Yes Yes
Offline notebooks (iOS and Android devices) No Yes Yes
Notebook sharing via Evernote Web Read only Read and edit Read and edit
Maximum single note size 25MB 100MB 100MB
Support Standard support Premium support Dedicated support team
Cost Free $5/month or $45/year $10/month or $120/year per user

Free accounts

A basic Evernote account is free, and Evernote promises that it always will be. The free account has some limitations, including the following:

  • Capacity limitations: Free accounts have a ceiling of 60MB of uploads per month. The individual file-size restriction is 25MB.

  • Feature restrictions: Both Premium and Business users can move notebooks to offline access. Premium users can also search inside PDFs and documents created using Microsoft Office and iWork.

More details on free Evernote accounts are available at Evernote.

Paid accounts

Evernote offers three types of paid accounts: Premium, Evernote Business, and Evernote Business for Salesforce.

Premium

A Premium account is priced at $5 per month or $45 annually (at this writing). Premium users can create a single note up to 100MB and can upload up to 1GB of new content each month. (Additional monthly storage is available for purchase.) Premium users can allow friends and colleagues who are also Premium or Business subscribers to view and edit shared notes.

Presentation mode (Mac only) is available only to Premium users. Educational and not-for-profit institutions are eligible for a 75 percent discount on the standard monthly Business subscription price for five seats or more.

For details on Premium accounts, see Evernote Premium.

Evernote Business and Evernote Business for Salesforce

Business users now have Evernote Business, which is ideal for collaborative work. A monthly subscription is $10 per user (five user minimum). Business users get 2GB monthly upload capacity for personal notes and business notes.

In a Business account, the organization owns any business notebook and its contents. All personal notebooks and their contents remain completely private and controlled by the user who created them. Learn more about Evernote business accounts at Evernote Business.

Evernote for Salesforce lets your sales team manage customer relationships and share knowledge, leaving more time for cultivating relationships and following up on leads. Evernote leverages records in the Salesforce program to automatically suggest notes that may be useful.