How to Change from the Appstore to the Direct Download Version of Evernote

Why get the direct download version of the Evernote app? Because it is more functional and doesn’t have issues with Spotlight indexing. These are directions from an ancient thread on the Evernote forums, but I wanted to update it here with current information so that people could easily find out how to uninstall and reinstall Evernote. The information below also tells you where Evernote stores its data

[EDIT] Please note that as of October 2014 I am no longer updating this page and the information on it may be out of date.

Step 1: Backup your files (optional).

I think backups are always a good idea. You need to do this if you have unsynced and/or local notebooks. Otherwise, this is optional.

Some people might think exporting your files (All Notes > CMD + a > File> Export Notes) as .enex and .html files is an unnecessary step. I say that it never hurts to have a little redundancy with your data. It’s your choice. For the backup, I recommend Time Machine. Make sure that your Evernote files are included in it. You can find your Evernote files at:

  • Direct download from Evernote
    Users/Your Username Here/Library/Application Support/Evernote
  • Appstore download from Apple
    Users/Your Username Here/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote
  • Appstore download on Mac with a fusion drive
    Users/Your Username Here/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data/Library/Application Support/Evernote/account/
  • 5.6 Version of the Direct Download
    /Users/Your Username Here/Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote/accounts

If you are having trouble finding your “library,” take a look at this shared note that gives detailed directions and screenshots.

Also, it appears that Evernote is now beginning to incorporate a link to the database in the app itself. On the current beta (5.5), go to “Evernote” in the menu, click “About Evernote,” and then go to “Open database folder.” If you have your Finder showing the path bar (Finder -> View -> Show Path Bar) then you can see exactly where the database is on your drive.

Step 2: Quit Evernote and Delete the App.

Make sure to quit the app and quit the little elephant icon in the menu at the top of your screen. Go to Applications, drag the Evernote icon to the system Trash, and empty your Trash. Some people stop here, but I prefer to go through the files myself to make sure everything is gone, or use something like AppZapper to get rid of the files ( Besides the location of your database mentioned above, some users (all users?) will have data located at ~/Library/CoreData, so I’d delete this folder as well.

Step 3: Reboot your Mac (optional).

This is probably unnecessary, but I always do this just in case when deleting and adding apps.

Step 4: Download and install.

Go to the Evernote site. At this moment, pressing on the big green button will take you to the appstore version, but you have to press the tiny arrow to get to the direct download one (see the screenshot below).

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