How do I create and import backups of my Standard Notes data?

Backups are an important part of the Standard Notes ecosystem, and allow you to keep your data safe and under your possession with full independence from our own circumstances.

Our applications allow you to easily export your data in both encrypted and decrypted formats.

How to create backups of your data:

  • In the desktop or web application, select Quick Settings icon in the lower left corner, then select Open Preferences. In the Backups section, go to Data Backups, choose your preferred format (encrypted or decrypted), then press Download Backup.
    • If you choose the Encrypted option, one file will be downloaded. This file may be imported back into Standard Notes at any time, and contains all your data, like notes, tags, extensions, and preferences.
    • If you choose the Decrypted option, a zip file will be downloaded. The first file in the zip file is a decrypted backup file that may be imported back into Standard Notes at any time. The other is a folder containing your notes in individual plain text files along with other information about your account.
  • The desktop application creates automatic backups every day while it's running. To access these backups, open the desktop application, then click Backups in the top-level menu. Choose Open Backups Location to access your backups.
  • In the mobile application, tap on the hamburger menu button located in the top left corner, then tap on the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Look for the Export Data section, tap on your preferred format, then choose to either have it sent via email, or saved to your device's disk.
    • Backups from the mobile app will always be in the form of a single importable text file.
  • Daily email backups. Email backups are available to paid subscribers. When enabled, you will receive an email every day containing the entirety of your encrypted data.
  • Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive backups. Automatic cloud backups are available to paid subscribers. When enabled, encrypted backups files will be automatically stored in your cloud provider of choice every night.
  • Note history. Revision history for notes is available to paid subscribers. Note history tracks changes to your notes, and allows you to restore notes to previous versions.

Now that you safely have backups of your data made at regular intervals, you'll want to know how to recover data from backups if necessary.

How to recover data from your backups:

  • On the desktop or web application, click on the Quick Settings menu icon in the bottom left corner. Select Open Preferences, then select Backups on the left hand side, and go to the Data Backups section. Choose Import Backup and navigate to your backup file on your device.
  • On the mobile application, tap on the top left hamburger menu icon, then the gear icon on the side menu. Once you're in the Settings menu, tap on Import Data and select your backup file on your device
  • You can also use the offline decryption tool.

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