Evernote Tests Free Plan Limited to 50 Notes, Pushes Users to Upgrade

Evernote is testing a new plan that would limit free users to only 50 notes, pushing more users to upgrade to paid versions of the service. The change, which is not yet final, was discovered by an Evernote user who logged in to a pop-up message that informed them that unless they upgraded to a paid plan, they would now be limited to only 1 notebook and 50 notes. This change would dramatically limit the service for longtime Evernote users who have accumulated hundreds or thousands of notes over the years.

The move to limit free users to 50 notes is part of Evernote’s efforts to push more users to upgrade to paid versions of the service. The company has been struggling to meet usage and revenue targets, leading to steep cuts to personnel earlier this year. The new plan is part of the platform’s feedback-focused process, aligning with its plans to focus on essential features and reverse unsuccessful changes.

Despite seeing the messaging in the app itself, the Evernote website’s pricing plans page didn’t indicate there was any such limit on free plans, which made the pricing bump seem like a hidden fee change that Evernote didn’t want to publicize. Instead, its website still lists the free plan as offering up to 100,000 notes.

The move to limit free users to 50 notes has raised questions about the future of the platform and the impact on longtime users. Some users have suggested that Evernote should add a basic tier for users who find the free plan useful, rather than restricting free and leaving those users no option but to pay or leave.

Evernote is testing a new plan that would limit free users to only 50 notes, pushing more users to upgrade to paid versions of the service. The change could impact longtime users and raise questions about the future of the platform. As the platform continues to struggle to meet usage and revenue targets, it remains to be seen how this change will impact the user base and the future of Evernote.