Evernote and Google Drive Deliver a Smarter Way to Work

Posted by Greg Chiemingo on 12 May 2016

                More and more in our cloud-centric, mobile world, the secret to productivity lies in linking great services together. Every day, Evernote customers create millions of notes that contain links pasted from Google Drive, and they asked for a better way to connect the ideas they keep in Evernote with actions they take in Google Drive. Today, we’re proud to announce that Evernote and Google Drive now work better together, making it easier than ever to capture,     organize, and collaborate on whatever is on your mind.

Google Drive and Evernote: A natural pairing

More than half of all Evernote users also have a Google Account. Now, everyone using Google Drive can access their Drive files in Evernote. Get ready for a rich, intuitive experience where your ideas can flow. There’s no more switching between apps, so your thinking isn’t interrupted.

How does it work?

All the files you keep in Drive are now easier to access in Evernote. Now, instead of seeing only URL links, anyone can browse anything created or stored in Google Drive right in Evernote notebooks. With this integration, Evernote customers can add any file in Drive to their notes without leaving Evernote. And any changes to files in Google Drive will dynamically update in Evernote.
“Making Drive content available in Evernote was very natural for us," said Alex Vogenthaler, Group Product Manager for Google Drive. “Evernote is a great productivity tool and we want anyone using Drive to have access to their content whenever and wherever they’re trying to get stuff done. That’s the cloud at its best."
This integration opens the door for millions of Google Drive customers to experience the power of Evernote. Use Google Drive to store your ideas, memories, and work. Then, take advantage of Evernote’s powerful organizational features to make sense of them all and inspire new ideas. “Once people see how well Evernote and Google Drive work together, they’ll use both products intuitively," says Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill. “For Evernote enthusiasts, this is a natural progression. Google is organizing the world’s information, and now Google Drive and Evernote are helping you do just that with your information."

Coming soon to a device near you

This new relationship paves the way for greater collaboration between Evernote and Google, and this is just the beginning. Today, this beta integration is available for the web on Chrome, and for Android. Other platforms will follow soon. Look for even tighter integration as we strive to make our customers more successful at whatever they’re working on.

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pdw Edit
Is a copy of the Google Drive document stored locally in Evernote? Or is this a way that I can move my large Evernote attachments to google drive so that they are still accessible, but don’t bloat my Evernote database and fill up my hard drive?
If I am not connected to the internet, what will I see? The last cached copy of the google drive document, or a blank/placeholder?
Stacey Harmon Edit
Excellent questions. Following thread…
Enrico Nahler Edit
Joining in with following this thread. Great question by pdw.
Kruno Edit
Excellent questions…. hope the evernote team, replies-
Geoff Barry Edit
While this is just the first step in our integration, it does require being online to work for both Evernote Web and Evernote Android. Content from Google Drive is not stored locally in your Evernote account, and does not count towards monthly upload.
On Evernote Android links will still present cleanly and with a title while offline, but with text that says (for example): PDF: Not available offline. You may still see a thumbnail for images while offline, but those should disappear once the app is closed and reopened. for more info.
Jack Edit
Josh Edit
Would love to know the answers to these as well!
Dennis Edit
Dropbox please
sjbf Edit
Another Dropbox vote!
Eddie K Edit
Linking to follow thread. Great question.
Giacomo Lawrance Edit
Finally! Been waiting for this for ages! Thanks so much! Dropbox next please!
Darren Huckey Edit
Agreed. I use Dropbox more than Drive.
David Brown Edit
Peter Edit
+1 for Dropbox +1 Onedrive Business
Dwight Edit
Amen to Dropbox!
Keir Edit
Would like to see this with Dropbox.
alex Edit
Glad to see such kind of improvement. Good job!
BTW, how can I get the beta version on android?
Dylan Edit
This forum post should help you get started:
Mark Grabe Edit
Why is the sharing working in this direction? If Evernote is a tool for quick resource collection and G Docs a way to write, wouldn’t it make the most sense to be able to access your raw sources while writing.
Hans Edit
I choose Evernote to be Google free. Please don’t cross the border sharing my notes with Google or other social media.
Damien Edit
Chris Edit
Amen. The day Evernote fully says “hello" to Google is the day I say goodbye to Evernote. I suppose I should start copying all my stuff over to OneNote, just in case.
Stephen Booth Edit
I do find it very amusing that the response to Evernote offering integration with Google is to say “Oh noes! Move everything to OneNote/OneDrive". Yeah, like Microsoft is the moral high ground in this. Every company is going to do things you don’t like to make money, that’s what companies do, make money. You think Bing doesn’t trace your searches then use the data to show you adverts or to sell on to marketers?
Jacqueline Edit
Palusami Edit
Damn straight. Please keep Evernote and Google separate or give your users the opt out of this.
BabsLouie Edit
Mike Osswald Edit
It doesn’t work that way. You choose to connect, and it helps insert links from Drive. Same as pasting links from drive into the body of a note.
Verity Edit
I’m with others on steering away from Google so will not be making use of the intergration and use Evernote, like others to get away from Google as I don’t like their invasive privacy infringements and back doors to unscrupulous agencies. I prefer to use Dropbox anyway.
Aleix Valls Edit
I like the idea, but when the drive window pops up to add a file, I can’t see my drive folders, instead just a mess of files. Is it too much to ask to be able to navigate thru folders in the drive instead of having a big pile of files altogether? Anyone had a different experience? I’m on chrome.
srini Edit
Yes same here. You can use the search bar on the top to find your file if you know the name (or part of the name)
Karen Scruggs Edit
Hi Aleix! If you click the dropdown in the search field and then select “Folders", you should be able to see a full list of your folders. That should be easier to navigate If you want the familiarity of your file structure, know that you can also copy-paste any link from drive into Evernote and it should convert into a visual link.
Ytzen Lont Edit
I am (or would be) very happy with Evernote-GoogleDrive integration, but (as others have mentions) it is essential that I can see my Drive directory structure to find any file. Clicking the ‘Folders’-option in the search menu doesn’t help much, because that still presents a chaotic mass of folders, and will not show them in their meaningful structure. For example, several integrated applications make Drive-directories by the number of the month, e.g. 05 for May. If I see a loose directory – or several – by the name “05", I can’t see to which application or function/goal it is connected, so I don’t know which files to find in that directory. Until the Drive-structure is integrated in the Drive-connection it is not very useful for me. So, I hope for a soon upgrade of this integration.
Del Simmons Edit
Agreed 100%. We need to see the folder hierarchy, not just a list of folder names..
Calvin Thomas Edit
Delighted with this feature. Solves a major gap in my workflow where I have large lecture videos and wanted to store them with my notes!
Kevin Edit
Dropbox next please. I have been waiting for ages….
Albert Edit
Wow Evernote, this is a step in the right direction. If you can integrate the big three, Evernote, OneDrive & DropBox, you will be in a very good position. Keep getting rid of the crap junk like Work Chat. I like this. Great job. I may renew my subscription if I see stuff like this happening.
Del Simmons Edit
Agreed that this is great, but don’t get rid of work chat. Some of us like it!
mystrangeworld Edit
dear evernote team,
I will try it out.
One question beforehand: does it allow mutliple Google acounts?
I am more an Box aficionado – so waiting for it 😉
Stephen Booth Edit
I have a personal Google account and one through IEEE, I’d like to be able to use both.
Dropbox and Onedrive integration would also be useful. Don’t want to sound greedy but I’d really like all of my online services to work together, so I can be chatting with someone in my works Skype for Business and share an Evernote note with them that contains a document I wrote in Google Drive and one shared with me by a supplier in Dropbox.
More realistically I do hope the Evernote strategy team are looking through IFTT to see what the popular recipes there are and seeing if they can make some of the Evernote ones native.
Mostafa Edit
Dropbox is more popular, any for it someday?
Robert A. Hampshire Edit
Please tell me we Are headed toward realtime collaboration in Evernote notes that I share with others
Patrick K McCarthy Edit
+1 for better collaboration. I had 8 premium business users for our small company and everyone but me and another person stopped using Evernote because of the poor collaboration. Duplicate notes, synching issues. I don’t understand why this still isn’t possible.
Dustin Johjnson Edit
Just like I have to email addresses associated with evernote, one for personal and one for business, I have two google accounts, on personal and one business. Is there a way to connect evernote with both in this beta version and where can you change the account it’s connected to?
Nate Edit
+1 for being able to connect to multiple Google accounts
Magezi Edit
+1 I would love to connect multiple GD accounts to my Evernote account.
Frank Edit
I can browse through Google Drive files to link to via Evernote web’s Google Drive toolbar icon… but I don’t yet see any search results when doing an Evernote search. Is there some other authorization process I have to go through for web… or is this an Android feature?
Frank Edit
Never mind… I see that GD docs are only searchable once they (links) have been manually added to an Evernote note.
Marcelo Sabia Edit
Since more than half of all Evernote users also have a Google Account, it will be fantastic to integrate Evernote with Google Calendar. I actually use SUnrise (with integrates with Evernote) but it was bought by Microsost and is shutting down on August 31.
Peter Edit
Marcelo, perhaps you should take a look at taskclone ?
Himanshu Singh Edit
Hi, how do I get this to work ? I cant seem to find the Google Drive icon on my Evernote App on Mac or on my phone ?
prosen Edit
Thanks for writing in, Himanshu. Take a look at the help page at Also, it only works on Evernote for the Web and on Android right now, but further integrations will be coming soon.
Lauren Edit
When do you think you’ll be integrating the Google Drive feature into the Evernote app — not the online version?
Dave Edit
Need help
prosen Edit
Dave, be sure to check out our help page on how to get started. Please note that for now, it only works on Evernote for the Web and Android.
Tai Edit
Well, I think you guys just brought me back to Evernote. I stopped using it in favor of OneNote. I’ll be logging back into my Evernote account to get things situated again today. Great improvement
Arie Bagus Bagus Edit
It would be nice to not only save notes in Google Drive but also in Yandex Disk and Dropbox.
Adam Edit
Is there a timeline to bring this to the Windows client?
Jason K Edit
Evernote devs rock. way to get this working. very slick!
Bob Edit
This is great! Are their plans for Google files linked in EN through this new service to open the Google applications in iOS (docs, sheets, slides). This integration is very helpful. I look forward to its progression.
Lou Edit
I would love to see this same feature for Office 365.
Nate Edit
Jean-Philippe Chetcuti Edit
I’m a Onedrive user besides an Evernote super user. Would be great to see Evernote integration with Microsoft – I’m sure it opens up to more enterprise level applications.
Wil Case Edit
I’m probably pretty dense here, but isn’t this just a graphical representation of a hyperlink? I’m failing to see what the big deal is. I was able to do that before, but it just didn’t look as pretty. If anyone sees something I do not please let me know.
Thiago Oliveira Edit
I agree, it seems just a graphical representation of a link. You can’t search for keywords inside the file, so there isn’t a real integration. Hopefully, they will implement the search at some point.
misterbreen Edit
When will other clients support the integration? E.g. Mac?
Kenneth Lawson Edit
I haven’t been able to find a GDrive icon on either my Android app, or my desktop program, where is it?
Gerwin Schalk Edit
When I search in Evernote, can I find content from inside of the attached Google Drive-files?
Jaden Kim Edit
But why? I hate Google’s nosy behavior … Ugh
In this case I have to say goodbye to you, Evernote
Ashton Mouton Edit
Why go from basic to Evernote Premium!
Bill_____ Edit
I have stopped using google drive because the client software seems to be problematic in that it doesn’t shut down properly when I turn off my computer. Searching online forums, it has been a problem for years. Make sure your partners are the best of breed.
Tova Yemin Edit
Sounds great!!!
Scott Edit
This is an awesome next step. I don’t use Google Drive. Is there any chance Dropbox will soon be added?
Uzi Edit
Does not work on a mac other than the beta flag that does nothing…
Cara Edit
Absolutely fantastic! My client’s and I use Evernote and Google Drive heavily in our workflow and typically have to keep notes with links to the Google Drive docs we’re working on.
This will dramatically improve ease of use overall.
Thanks for thinking of us!
Tom Henricksen Edit
This is going to be really helpful. Looking forward to using this soon. Great work!
dan Edit
I guess HIPAA compliance is totally out of the question not for sure.
Joe Edit
One of the frustrations of using Evernote for me has been the differences between the clients for various platforms. I don’t use just one platform! I work in Windows a lot at my main office and I work on Mac OS X when I work from home, which is quite a lot. I also use IOS when I’m somewhere in the middle and they all work so differently. You folks really need to pull the features and interface together so they all work as expected when using different devices.
Amanda C. Edit
This is what’s keeping me from getting into evernote. I keep trying because it should be excellent for professional (teacher) and personal use, but trying to learn 4 systems is frustrating, online, app for pc, ios app, mac.
Anna Edit
Is this only for paying/Premium people. I do not see any Drive folders.
Charles Babcock Edit
Great idea, but why do you announce it when a large portion of your clients can’t use it and there is no instructions on how to get the two to communicate.
eyeonthescreen Edit
I dislike the Madison Avenue approach…here take this you’ll like it, even if you didn’t want it in the first place. Stop futsing with Everynote, I like it the way it is (was).
GLA Edit
Evernote continues to have the most useless videos. I know the the creators know the Evernote functions, but we don’t. Providing background music and rapid, unexplained cursor movement explains nothing. People seem to learn Evernote in spite of the training videos.
Amanda C. Edit
Glad I’m not the only one. I feel like less of an idiot.
Damien Edit
THANK YOU! I didn’t even know I wanted this—or that it was possible! Woohoo!
Yosef Edit
Great feature! Looking forward to using it
Valery Fradkov Edit
For me, a real integration would mean that I can access docs kept in Evernote and Google Drive through the same interface, so that their location is mainly transparent for me.
Docko Edit
Let’s be clear here. I use Evernote because it has (had) nothing whatever to do with Google and Microsoft. That seems to be changing. If one bit of my information finds it’s way onto a Google server I’m outta here. Please say it ain’t so…
Joel Edit
Awesome! good to hear, look forward to using it.
John Edit
I am working on the website Evernote, changed to beta and still can not see the google drive. The article is not helpful to me, or I am overlooking something. HELP
Bruce Maples Edit
Two quick questions:
1. When will it go the other way? When will I be able to access Evernote notes from within Google Docs? If I use Evernote as my resource folder, and Google Docs as my writing platform, I need it to go that way.
2. When will we see the same integration with Dropbox?
Luca Edit
Need this feature in Mac!
Anastasia Levina Edit
But Dropbox would be great!
mike miller Edit
How long until it’s available for IOS?
JudL Edit
Nice work Evernote. This could really streamline my workflow and solve my duplicates conundrum!
Will Edit
I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.
Greg Edit
I’d love to see Evernote integrate with Things and multiple cloud storage solutions – iCloud or Box.
Leo Edit
Dropbox support should be implemented next!
Sorin Edit
Awesome news, coherent integration! Congrats!
Bob Garbett Edit
What about evernote for iOS?
Steve Gresty Edit
It would be brilliant to see this facility with Dropbox.
Kazeem Ayodele Okusanya Edit
That is good idea. because hacked can get your data in different websites. so is good thanks you guys. not like security in matter of web
AQ Edit
Dropbox next please
Bert Breeman Edit
Dropbox next please.
And after that: Box.
Then the integration will be more complete!
jimmy Tan Edit
Raffy Edit
They must have transferred some cash to get this done.
Can’t even use Evernote web on Android Chrome!!!!!
Anupam Edit
How about doing the same thing for One Drive users?
rwl Edit
Tried to load several times. Kept getting an
“aw snap"
rwl Edit
Looks like you have to be in the “new" EN web version. Otherwise called by me ENUSELESS 1.0. If this is true I’ll never use this feature.
prosen Edit
The Google Drive integration is available for the web and on Android right now. Look for additional integrations to appear soon.
Paula Edit
I’m really excited for this thanks for coming together you two
VK Edit
This does not make sense. We have google drive for searching stuff on GDrive and Evernote for our notes. Instead of using Evernote I would use Google Keep if I wanted integration!
Mfahrenreich Edit
I am implementing my own cloud file access. Would I be capable to use my own storage in the cloud? Do I have that choice?
I have both Google and Dropbox accounts, but see the same issues everyone is complaining about. Hence going with my own storage online. Does anyone have an answer for that?

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