I recently started using Evernote to store all of the notes I take on a daily basis across platforms. Evernote allows me to take notes and sync between numerous computers, my T-Mobile Blackberry Curve, and my iPod Touch. One thing that Evernote lacks is a solid method for accessing my notes when I am out of range of an Internet connection. I was pleased to learn that you can actually access your notes offline via IMAP and even though it is not ideal its good enough for now since every other part of Evernote is top notch.
Follow the directions below to view your notes when the iPhone or iPod Touch device you are accessing Evernote with is offline. We will configure an Evernote Offline IMAP account similar to how we would configure a Gmail account on your iDevice.
- Login to iDevice: Unlock your iPhone or iPod touch.
- Settings: Click on the Settings icon on the home screen to launch the Setting configuration.
- Mail, Contact, Calendars: Now you should see “Mail, Contacts, Calendars near the bottom of the initial Settings window. Click on this line to open the Mail, Contacts, Calendars configuration window.
- Add Account: Now under Mail, Contacts, Calendars you will want to touch “Add Account…” to start the configuration of a new IMAP Account.
- Account Settings: The first screen will require you to choose a type of Account so select “Other”. This will take you to the Other configuration window where at the top under Mail you will select Add Mail Account. Now you will be required to fill in four bits of information including Name, Address, Password, and Description. Some examples of what to fill in here include John Doe for Name, firstname.lastname@example.org for Address, type your Evernote password in the password field, and a description like Evernote Offline. Once all four fields have been filled in properly click the Save button in the top right corner.
- More Account Settings: After the initial Account Settings page you will be sent to a second Account Settings configuration page titled New Account. Make sure IMAP is selected and the first three fields will contain information you filled out in step five. Now add www.evernote.com for Host Name and your Evernote user for the User Name field. The Password should also be filled out from the previous screen. You will need to use another mail accounts Outgoing Mail Server settings. I recommend using Gmail’s SMTP settings if you have a Gmail account set up. The Host Name would be smtp.gmail.com combined with your username and password for your Gmail account. Click the Save button to finish configuring the account and then click the Home button on your iDevice to test the new configuration.
**UPDATE**I forgot to initially include the settings that follow so thanks to Pablo in the comments section below for pointing this out. The settings for IMAP over SSL are required for this to work from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Before clicking the Save button in the above step click on the Advanced link to open the screen shown in the image above this update. Scroll down to Incoming Settings and turn SSL on, make sure authentication is set to password, the IMAP Path Prefix should be /, and the Server Port should be 993.
- Verify Evernote iPhone Offline:Now that the account is configured click the Mail icon on your iPhone or Touch desktop to launch the mail application. Select Evernote Offline or whatever you named the account to drill down into the folders. You should be able to see each one of your Notebooks as a different folder in the mail client.
Please note that you cannot edit these notes directly however you can forward them to your Evernote email address and the additions will be added as a new note in your default notebook. Your Evernote email address can be obtained from your Account Settings page on www.evernote.com.
I will be writing a detailed article about setting up T-Mobile Blackberry 8320 Curve Evernote remote access via IMAP access in the near future.