Save Mobile Links to iOS Evernote Quickly With This Workaround
NOTE: This post previously mentioned Android Evernote having the same issue with saving links but an Android user on Reddit informed me Android devices will save just fine. This article now refers to the issue on iOS only.
You happen across an interesting article while browsing your phone but you don’t quite have time to read it at the moment. If you’re like me and save articles to read later in Evernote but hate how iOS sends articles to Evernote, this workaround will change all your articles to neatly formatted links.
The process of saving links from Chrome/Safari iOS is really not as seamless as it could be.
On desktop Chrome, the user selects how they want the page saved using Evernote’s Web Clipper app. Bookmark is my go-to. Click, click, done. The web clipper is even good at guessing what EN notebook you want to put that article and how you would tag it, based on your other notes. Magical!
Things aren’t so easy on Chrome for mobile. You can quickly and easily send websites to Evernote but it saves them as a PAGE—a poorly formatted page. Most of the time, those pages are unreadable. There’s basically no point in saving Medium articles at all because text just disappears once it’s in Evernote.
Thus, I went on a hunt for a way to save links to Evernote quickly. I tried a few apps and an iOS Shortcut/Workflow but all were incredibly clunky. The method I landed on is incredibly fast and simple. It’s a bit of a pain to set up at first but once it is, saving articles on Evernote is quick and easy.
YOU WILL NEED:
- an Evernote account (obviously); optional: a folder where all your articles land by default
- a free Pocket account
- a free IFTTT account
1. Once you have your accounts set up on Pocket and IFTTT, you’ll need to add Pocket to your iOS device and also as a sharing app. (Here’s how to do that.)
2. In IFTTT, install this applet: Save Pocket articles to Evernote
You will need to allow IFTTT to have access to your Pocket account and your Evernote account. (That’s kind of the whole deal with IFTTT: it lets two apps “talk” to one another and get tasks done, depending on the specifics of the applet.)
Once you turn on the applet, you can choose which EN notebook the link will save to, how the link is formatted, and—if you want—what EN tags to add to the link.
3. Now, to save a link to Evernote, you share it on your device and just tap the Pocket logo. Saving is now instant. Everything saved to your Pocket account will then be additionally sent to your Evernote folder of choice. (This part isn’t instant—it can take a few minutes, but that’s OK. We’re saving it to read later anyway, right?)
That’s all there is to it!
Do you have your own workaround for saving links to Evernote quickly and efficiently? Do you use Evernote with any IFTTT applets? Let me know in the comments below.
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.