Evernote Puts Limits on Free Accounts, Users Not Happy

Key Points
  • Evernote recently announced major changes to its free account offering, restricting users to 50 notes and one notebook.
  • This move aims to steer users towards higher-limit paid plans, priced at $14.99 and $17.99 per month.
  • The restrictions have sparked concerns among users, prompting them to consider alternative note-taking apps with more generous free tiers. 
  • The popular note-taking app, Evernote, recently announced changes to its free plan, affecting both new and current users starting December 4. The new rules restrict users to 50 notes and one notebook, a reduction from the previous limits. Users can delete old content to stay within these new boundaries.

    The company acknowledged that most free users won't be affected by the changes. Existing free users with more than 50 notes can still manage and export their notes, but they may need to upgrade to a paid plan or delete older notes to add new ones beyond the set limits.

    Evernote highlighted that the majority of free users already have fewer than 50 notes and one notebook. However, some users may be prompted to reconsider their engagement with Evernote due to these limitations.

    Evernote app. Credit. App Store

    This new default free plan aims to encourage users to consider the higher-limit paid plans, priced at $14.99 and $17.99 per month. The company confirmed that this new restriction applies to less than 1% of its free users who are part of a testing group. While these changes are meant to steer users towards premium options, they have sparked concerns among the user community. The company acknowledged that revisions to the free plan may lead users to contemplate their loyalty to Evernote.

    Under its new ownership by Milan-based Bending Spoons, Evernote is actively pursuing strategies to bolster its financial standing. This comes after major restructuring efforts following the company's acquisition in November 2022, resulting in the layoff of 129 employees. The decision to limit free accounts follows the company's long-term unprofitability.

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