What makes Standard Notes a great Evernote alternative

Evernote was acquired by Bending Spoons in November 2022.

  • Bending Spoons is an app development studio focused on developing camera and fitness apps for mobile devices.
  • Prior to their acquisition, Evernote struggled to reconcile their venture capital backed nature with the natural and organic development pace necessary to nurture a user experience that prioritizes user peace of mind versus rapid capitalization.
  • In 2016, Evernote introduced a controversial amendment to their privacy policy that would allow employees to read user notes and use them for AI training purposes. This move was rolled back after mass user upheaval.

Standard Notes was built piece-by-piece to be a more respectful, private, and safe place for your notes.

Features Comparison Table

EvernoteStandard Notes
Employees can read your notes
Hackers can read your notes
End-to-end encrypted
On-device encryption
Encryption in transit
Encryption at rest
Third-party security audited
Two-factor authentication
Source code is publicly viewable
Password Protection for Notes
App Lock (Passcode, Face ID, Fingerprint)
End-to-end encrypted file storage
Text Notes
Rich Text
Tasks & Todos
Nested Folders
Note Pinning & Archiving
Easy Data Import & Export
Custom Smart Views
Inline images
Bi-directional note linking
Plugin support
Daily email backups
Integrated Blogging Platform
Desktop application
Web application
iOS application
Android application
Web clipper

Detailed Comparison

  1. Security and Privacy: Standard Notes leads in security with end-to-end encryption, on-device encryption, and being third-party security audited. In contrast, Evernote lacks these advanced security features, highlighting Standard Notes as the better choice for users concerned about data privacy.
  2. Encryption Strength: Both apps offer encryption in transit, but Standard Notes takes it a step further with encryption at rest and end-to-end encrypted file storage, ensuring superior data protection at all stages.
  3. Transparency and Trust: Standard Notes provides publicly viewable source code, affirming its commitment to transparency and trustworthiness. Evernote's source code, on the other hand, is private and proprietary.
  4. Functionality and Usability: Standard Notes supports markdown, nested folders, custom smart views, inline images, and bi-directional note linking, features absent in Evernote. These functionalities offer more flexibility and control over note organization and presentation.
  5. Extended Features: Standard Notes stands out with unique features like plugin support, daily email backups, and an integrated blogging platform, providing a comprehensive note-taking ecosystem. These features are not available in Evernote.


Considering the comprehensive feature set, advanced security, and privacy-focused design, Standard Notes emerges as the superior choice over Evernote, particularly for users who prioritize data security, transparency, and a rich array of functionalities in their digital note-taking experience.


Switch from Evernote today to enjoy a richer, more private note-taking experience

Start using Standard Notes completely free on all your devices, with full end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication. Upgrade only when you need more power.