3 Types of Notes You Can Send to Evernote From Your Cell Phone via SMS

Tim Lenahan 27-12-2009

3 Types of Notes You Can Send to Evernote From Your Cell Phone via SMS evernote smsI am a late adopter, new user of Evernote note taking.  I am working on ways that I can make use of this tool.  I understand different people use tools differently and Evernote, as a tool, is no exception.  For instance, when I am out and about and something pops into my mind that I want or need to remember, my first reaction is to text a message to my Gmail account.  This worked, pretty good.  What I was hoping was that I could text messages directly to Evernote for safe keeping and easy retrieval.


Personally, I like using my cell phone.  Cell phones are great, especially when in network calling is unlimited and you have unlimited text messaging!  This brings me to the next point.  When I was checking out Evernote for the first time, I was noticing that there was no advertised way that the service works directly with SMS (short message services).  The only option they share is via some channel through your Twitter account.  Hmm, not exactly the workaround I was looking for.

Well, since I figured out you can text an email address, this has become a non issue (Aibek also wrote a post about sending email to SMS How to Send Email to Any Cell Phone (for Free) Did you know that you can send email to phones for free? Try this with any SMS-capable feature phone and reap the benefits. Read More , well it goes the other way too)!  In fact, I’m not totally sure why they have never mentioned this on Evernote’s site!  If I can text a note to my Gmail address, why can’t I text a note directly to the personalized email address Evernote has given me?  Well, I tried it and it works!  You CAN send notes to your Evernote account via SMS!  Without Twitter!

Since this is possible, and very easy to do, I have begun to send three different types of notes to my Evernote account via SMS.

1.  Jot a thought (just a text note)

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Some people carry around a small notepad and pen.  I tried that the other day but I can’t seem to remember it whenever I go someplace.  Well, my cell phone is ALWAYS on me, no matter what!  Trusty trusty cell phone!  This first one is obvious.  Has an idea about some project you are working on just popped into your head while driving down the road?  Pull over and text your Evernote account!


2.  A voice recording (if your phone allows it)

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Some people would prefer to send themselves a voice message.  There are ways to send voice messages to Evernote, and even have them transcribed 6 Ways to Add Your Information to Evernote Read More .  However, what if you don’t have time to dial the number and go through all the rigmarole?  I’m not sure about your phone but mine has an easy to find featured called “my sounds.”  Here I can easily and quickly record messages to myself (I’m sure there are other uses but this is how I use it).  You can either send the sound file immediately, or you have the option of just quickly saving it for sending when you have more time.  Either way, Evernote WILL accept a sound file (I tested it and it did for me at least).

3.  A picture message

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Well Evernote’s site says that you can take pictures of all sorts of things that you want to remember and they are right.  In fact, they say that Evernote can even recognize text within your pictures and it’ll come up in searches!  I haven’t tested this extensively yet but that is what they claim.  Either way, instead of uploading pictures when you get to a computer, why not take them with your cell phone and send them immediately?  A bit off topic, but I actually text pictures from my cell phone to my make-shift photo blog on Posterous!


There you have it… you CAN send notes to Evernote via SMS! How do YOU make use of Evernote? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. birdmanheh
    December 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Why not just install the evernote client on your mobile device and that would allow you to do all of this and more.

    • Tim
      December 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

      Good question! I guess I should have spent some time on the reason for it:) Not everyone chooses to pay for a data plan and SMS can be an affordable alternative for many activities. I'm cheap so I like finding cheap alternatives!

    • Kim
      September 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      This was really helpful. My boss texts me a ton of stuff throughout the day that needs to be handled. I can't copy and paste the texts into my Evernote app on my phone because that's for my personal Evernote account. So I just copy and paste the texts to the business Evernote email address. Almost perfect. What will be totally perfect is to get my boss to text DIRECTLY to the business Evernote email.