How to Use Evernote for Android

In this article, we’ll give you a detailed explanation of every component of Evernote, and how to use it with your Android device. If you want to know how to use Evernote on your computer, check out our tutorial on using Evernote with a web-based browser. If you have an Apple device, check out our iOS Evernote tutorial.

If you’re ready to get started, read each section below to learn about a specific component of Evernote, and how you can make the most of it on your Android device.

To sign up for Evernote with your Android device:

1. Using your Android device, open the Google Play Store

Tap on the Play Store icon to access the Google Play Store.

Open the Play Store

2. Search for the Evernote app in the Play Store

In the Play Store, search for the Evernote app by tapping on the Play Store search bar, and use your keyboard to type “Evernote.” Then tap on the Evernote app icon.

Search for Evernote

3. Download and install the Evernote app

Once you have selected the Evernote app, tap Install.

Tap Install

4. Open the Evernote app on your Android device

Once the Evernote app has downloaded on your device, tap the Evernote icon to open the application.

Tap the Evernote icon to launch the app

5. Enter your email address and choose a password for your Evernote account

The first time you open the app, you will be prompted to sign up. Enter your email address, and choose a password by tapping in the highlighted boxes.

Enter an email address and password

6. Tap to begin using your Evernote account

Tap Start Using Evernote to activate your new Evernote account.

Tap Start Using Evernote to begin

You are now ready to start using Evernote!

To Sign in to Evernote

Once you have created an Evernote account, you will need to sign in on your device in order to continue using it. To sign in, follow these few easy steps:

1.Tap the Evernote app to open it on your Android device.
2.You will be taken to the sign in screen, where you can tap the first highlighted box to enter your email address or Evernote username.
3.Tap the second highlighted box and enter your password.
4.Click the green Sign in button at the bottom of the page.

Enter your email address and password, and tap Sign in

You are now signed in to Evernote and can begin using it on your device. If you forget your Evernote password or would like to change it, read our article on how to reset your Evernote password.

To create an Evernote note with Android:

  1. Open your Evernote application and make sure you are signed in.
  2. Tap the menu button (three horizontal bars) in the top-left corner of your screen, and select All Notes.
  3. Tap the green + icon in the bottom right corner of the app.
  4. Select Text Note, the option at the bottom of the pop-up menu, by tapping on it.

You have now created a note, and can write and edit as much as you want. Read below for help on understanding the Evernote Android editing tools and functions.

Editing Evernote notes with Android

To begin editing any note, find your selected note and open it, and then tap the pencil icon. This will open the note-editing window. When the editor is open, you can complete all of the following functions:

Editing your notes

Add tags

To add a tag to your note you help you find it faster in the future, or help organize it with an identifier, click the tag icon. Begin typing to choose a new tag and then tap OK, or choose from a list of tags you have previously used by clicking the check mark next to each tag. The tag icon will be green if you have already added any tags, and will show you how many tags you currently have by placing a number beside the icon.

Add tags to your notes

Add reminders

To add a reminder, click the alarm clock icon; this will add a reminder automatically. A menu of additional options will pop up, allowing you to Mark as done, Clear reminder, or Set date – which will allow you to choose a date and time from a calendar and clock to notify you when you would like to be reminded.

Add a reminder to your note

View your note stats

The circle with an ‘i’ icon allows you to see your note properties. It will inform you when the note was created, last updated, which notebook it belongs to, which tags it has, if it is associated with a location, and who the author is. You can edit any information highlighted in green directly from this screen by tapping on it.

Check and edit your note properties

Save your notes

To save a note, simply click on the green check mark that is always located in the top-left corner of the note when it is being edited. This will allow you to exit the editor and return to all of your notes.

Save your notes

Attach a file

Tap the paper clip icon to attach a file to the note you are currently working with. This will open a menu where you can select the storage location from which you would like to add a file. Choose one by tapping on it, and then follow the instructions of the application that launches from there to attach your file.

Attach a file

Take a photo to add to the note with your camera

To do this while editing a note, tap the camera icon to open your camera. Switch to automatic mode by tapping the icon in the top-right corner, and have Evernote find your documents for you and automatically take the picture. Click the green check mark when you are done taking pictures to save them all as one document. Reorder the images by tapping on one and dragging your finger left to move it up in the queue, or right to move it later.

Take a photo and add it to your notes

Share your note

With a note open, tap in the share icon and follow the instructions based on what you would like to do. You can type a name of contacts you have already connected with on Evernote, or you can send an email to request your contact accepts your note. Type a message if you want by tapping the highlighted box at the bottom that by default says “Take a look at this note” and begin typing. To send the request, tap Send.

Share your notes

Add shortcut

Tap the more options menu (three vertical dots) in the top-right, and select the star icon that says “Add to shortcuts. If you have already added this note to your shortcuts, the star will appear green instead of black.

Use the star icon to add shortcuts

Add to home screen

To create a shortcut on your device’s home screen that allows you a quick link to your note, tap the more options menu (three vertical dots) in the top-right, and select “Add to home screen.” To access this note easily later, tap the icon Evernote created on your home screen, which will be identified with its title, and an image if any have been added to the note.

Add shortcuts to your notes on your homescreen

Pull up the advanced editing tool bar

Tap on the “A” icon to bring up a tool bar that will allow you to make more advanced changes to your text.

Use the advanced editing toolbar to make your notes more complex

This bar will appear above your keyboard, and let you make changes to any text you have highlighted, or a line of text next to your blinking cursor. Tap and drag the bar left and right to cycle through the available options, which include the following:

Evernote for Android bold functionAdds a bold effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android italics functionAdds an italics effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android underline functionAdds an underline effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android strikethrough functionAdds a strikethrough effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android highlighter functionAdds a highlighting effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android superscript functionAdds a superscript effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android subscript functionAdds a subscript effect to text (or removes it).
Evernote for Android create checklist functionCreates a checklist within your note (or ends it).
Evernote for Android create bulleted list functionCreates a bulleted list within your note (or ends it).
Evernote for Android create numbered list functionCreates a numbered list within your note (or ends it).
Evernote for Android left indent functionIndents the current line of text to the left.
Evernote for Android right indent functionIndents the current line of text to the right.

Other items you can create using the Android app:

To create items to add to your notes, always begin by tapping the menu button in the top-left corner, and then tapping All Notes. You then tap the + icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen, and select an option from the menu that pops up. Read below to see what you can do with the Android app.

Use the + menu for more options regarding what you can do with your notes

1. Tap on the camera icon to add an image to your note.

Doing this will open your Android device’s camera, where you can take pictures of documents, business cards, and other images. Switch to automatic mode by tapping the framed paper icon in the top-right corner to find documents for you and automatically take the picture once it is in clear view of the camera.

Tap on an image you took and drag it to re-order your images, as they will be saved as one document and added to a note. Tap the green check mark icon when you’re done to save the images you want, and then choose which notebook to add it to the same way you do with regular notes.

USe the camera to take pictures of documents and add them to your notes

You will get the best results by placing your documents on a contrasting background (for example, a white piece of paper on a black table). 

2. Tap on the paper clip icon to add an attachment to your note.

From there, your device will open a menu where you can select the storage device from which you would like to attach a file. You can choose images, video, audio, and downloads from your device, or if you have cloud-based storage systems such as Dropbox or Google Drive, you can select items from there as well. Simply tap on one to select it, and then follow the instructions from the new application launched.

Attach files to your notes

3. Tap on the microphone icon to add audio to your note.

Evernote will make a sound that indicates it has started recording, and then will begin a timer in the top-left corner that tells you how long your note is. As you record, you can title the note, and add text to it as well. Click on the timer to save the note and finish recording.

Add voice recodings to your notes

4. Tap on the alarm clock icon to add a reminder to your note.

This will open a window where you can type a reminder to yourself. Tap on the notebook title to open a window with the names of all of your notebooks, and tap on one to choose which notebook the reminder will be applied to. Then tap the calendar icon to open a window, and choose a date by clicking on the calendar square. Tap the word Time to then select a time of day to be notified with the reminder. When you are finished, tap Set.

Add reminders to your notes

5. Tap on the pen icon to add handwriting to your note.

In this window, you can write using your finger as if it were a pen on your screen. To change the colour of the text or the thickness of the letters, tap the pen icon again. To erase, tap the eraser icon. Tap the dashed-line square to select your words by drawing lines around them. You can then tap on what you’ve encircled and move it around on the page.

The arrow pointing left will undo your most recent addition, and the arrow pointing right will redo something you have undone. Tap the green check mark icon to save the note. You can edit these just like regular notes by tapping the pencil icon when looking at your handwriting note.

Add your own handwriting to your notes

The Work Chat

Evernote allows you to instant message with other Evernote users you have connected with by sharing your notes. This makes it easy to collaborate for work or on group projects. Once you have shared a note, you will automatically be able to begin a chat with your new Evernote contact. To find the Work Chat, tap the menu button in the top-left corner, and tap Work Chat.

Use the Work Chat to instant message with your Evernote contacts

The blue + icon allows you to start a new chat by tapping on it. You can then type the name of the person you want to chat with, and tap their name to select them. If you have already started chatting with someone, you can find their name listed under the heading “Suggested chats,” and can click on their name from here to select them. Tap the highlighted box that currently says “Add a message” to begin typing your message. When you have finished, tap Send.

Start new chats or continue ongoing conversations in the Work Chat

Create a notebook stack

Access your notebooks by tapping the menu button and selecting Notebooks. Select a notebook you want to add to a stack, and select either Move to stack if you’ve already created a stack, or Move to new stack if you would like to create a new one. Your notebooks in one stack will not be linked together.

Access your notebooks

You can imagine a “stack” like a binder filled with all of your notebooks that are related to each other. It adds a level of organization. An example of when this would be useful is if you use Evernote for school; you can create a notebook for each one of your courses, and then create a stack titled “School Work.”

To change your Android Evernote settings:

Tap the menu button, and select the gear icon titled “Settings.” From here you can change aspects of many of Evernotes functions, including your camera, notebooks, search, connected accounts, notes, work chat, tutorials, synchronization, storage, notifications, and your account info. Alter the settings of any one of these by tapping on it, and then following further instructions. To enable settings, make sure the check box next to it is selected by tapping on it, and to disable it, make sure the check box is empty.

Change your Evernote settings

To delete an Evernote note for Android:

Locate the note you want to delete by tapping the menu button and selecting All Notes. Press and hold on the selected note you would like to delete until it is highlighted and shows a green check mark on the left side. Then let go, and tap the trash can icon which will have popped up at the top of the screen.

Delete your Evernote notes

To access deleted notes, tap the menu button, and then tap the garbage can icon that says “Trash.” You can restore any items you did not mean to delete (for a limited time) by tapping and holding a note until it is highlighted, tapping the more options menu, and finally tapping “Restore notes.”

Restore and find your deleted notes

To delete an Evernote notebook for Android:

Tap the menu button and select Notebooks from the pop-up menu. Tap and hold on your selected notebook to bring up a pop-up menu with additional options. Tap the option that says “Delete.” Then type the word “Delete” into the highlighted box with your keyboard and tap OK to confirm you want to delete this notebook.

Delete an entire Notebook

To sign out of Evernote:

Tap the menu button in the top-left corner of the application. From here, tap Settings, and then Account Info. Use your finger to swipe to the bottom of the screen and tap Sign Out. Signing out of Evernote is that easy! Make sure you sign out every time you are finished with Evernote to protect your privacy.

Sign out of your Evernote account


And now you know how to use Evernote! To learn how to use it on other devices, check out our tutorial on Evernote web, or using Evernote on an iOS device. If you’re looking for a way to make your use of Evernote more efficient, consider reading our article on Evernote tips and tricks!