Encrypt and Password Protect Your Notes in Evernote

How To Encrypt/Protect Notes in Evernote

Encrypt Evernote Notes

Step 1: Open the note that you want to encrypt. Now part or full text that you want to Encrypt and right click on the selection.

Evernote Note Encryption

Step 2: From the available options, click on Encrypt Selected Text. A new popup box will be displayed to you as shown in the screenshot above. This popup will only appear the first time you Encrypt your notes.

Step 3: Choose an encryption passphrase for your notes and add an optional hint if required. This passphrase will act as a password while accessing encrypted Evernote notes. It would be advisable to uncheck the box next to “Remember passphrase until I quit Evernote”. This will ensure that you will be prompted for a passphrase every time you want to access an encrypted note.

Evernote Encrypted Note

Step 4: Click on Ok and you are done. The note will now be encrypted and only be accessible when you enter the passphrase. You can encrypt other notes too now without having to create a new passphrase.

Additional Notes

Once you have encrypted your Evernote notes, you will have to enter a password to access it on any device or on the web. So choose a very effective passphrase or refer to our earlier guide on creating passwords you can remember.

Bonus Tips

When I encrypt Evernote notes, I leave some text unencrypted. This text includes keywords or phrases that will allow me to search the notes using Evernote. Evernote will not be able to search notes If you encrypt the entire text.

For example, I would live keywords such as bank name, site name etc. so that I can quickly search for it and find the encrypted notes.


This feature has been around since 2008. However, not many users are aware of it or make use of it. Protecting your data should be your top most priority and you should definitely make use of whatever encryption is available to make it harder for the scammers to get access to your data.

This feature is definitely great, but I would also love to see Evernote providing encryption for entire notebooks. If that is not possible, it could basically just add password protection for the entire app and scramble the database files such that it only opens when you enter   your Evernote username and password.

Please note: Encrypting your notes is the best option to protect your data because anyone who has access to your local database can access your notes.

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  • palusami

    thank you for this. had no idea this existed. next best thing to having encryption for notebooks or some of the other methods you mentioned. thanks again!

  • hmm

    I wouldn’t call this a great thing at all. I have a note where I type in passwords that Chrome can’t store (for secure sites) that I don’t care to remember. There is no way in Evernote to have an entire note password-protected, and that’s a big bummer for me. So now I have scattered text of the actual passwords or security question answers protected and hidden from view, but when I select all and change font or text size, for example, the password-protected text does not change. And other annoyances… Like how do I change that password?

  • TRB

    I find it very frustrating that Evernote doesn’t allow you to password protect a notebook. I travel a lot and would like to store passport, medical, credit card, information in Evernote. However it would be unsecure.

    Evernote, thousands of people have had to have made a request for password protection. Please listen to us.

    You can encrypt the text of an individual note. However you cannot encrypt an image, like of a credit card. Evernote, please allow us to encrypt images as well as notes.

  • I love that they have that feature, but would much more prefer to have a whole notebook(sans title) encrypted.
    I keep all my work notes in EN and access them frequently on my android but it’s too easy to get around android passwords(you can youtube how to do that sort of stuff!) not to mention it takes forever to unlock with any password. :(

    I don’t like locking up EN in its entirety because I’m ALWAYS using it too! I’d feel so much more comfy with just my work and financial folders encrypted!

  • A. Howard

    Evernote did not give me this option. Is this only for the paid version of Evernote?

    • @Howard – This option is available in free version of Evernote as well, can you try upgrading Evernote to the latest version and trying again?

  • Alex

    It worked in desktop version of Evernote.
    However, in web-based Evernote application I can see the “encrypted” text just fine, without any password to be entered. It also seems to have to way to encrypt text when using web based interface.
    Am I doing something wrong?

    • @bce7cd0297d9fce045919f259bcde48e:disqus I checked again and the web version as well as the mobile version both display the notes encrypted to me. Also, I need to enter the password before I can open them