Here’s How to Backup OneNote in Windows 10, Android, iPhone, Mac

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OneNote has many advanced features that lets you manage your notebook and notes, including backing up all notes. If you’re new using OneNote, you may probably wonder how to backup OneNote notes/pages, section, notebooks, and all personal data and app settings you set.

OneNote is one of the best note-taking app across all platform. It has many competition and yet keep getting attention from all users on the globe. It is entirely free and you can use it as much as you want. It is still being updated and gaining new features, better performance, and better compatibility every year. It even has different method for you to backup OneNote, including OneNote best keyboard shortcut.

As we know it, OneNote has many versions across different platform: Windows 10, Mac, Windows desktop standalone, Android, and iPhone. Here’s how to backup OneNote in all different devices.

OneNote 2016: How to Backup OneNote Automatically

OneNote 2016 is the only desktop version of OneNote that has been continuing. Even though Microsoft stops developing new features for OneNote 2016, the app still receives security updates that keeps you secure managing your notes using your Microsoft account. One feature that is still remain is backup feature.

If you wonder how I downloaded my OneNote 2016 back: How to Download OneNote 2016

Backup OneNote 2016 could be done automatically and manually. You can do both. In this section, you will learn how to backup OneNote automatically.

Open OneNote 2016. Click File.

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Now, just click Options. It will lead you to Options dialog box of OneNote 2016. In that dialog box, you can then backup OneNote notes, section, notebooks, to any folder you want.

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Now, click Save & Backup. It will then lead you to backup options as well as saving options. Here, you can save OneNote notes and changing the folder location to save, changing the interval of automatic backup, whether you want to backup notebooks stored on SharePoint, number of backup copies to keep, backing up manually, and changing cache location, and finally use OneNote effectively.

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To change save location folder of Backup Folder, just click Backup Folder and then click Modify.

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Now, you will have to choose desired folder location to save OneNote backup files. Click Select to confirm the backup folder location.

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Now, to set up OneNote automatic backup, you have to set the back up time interval. You can choose from 1 minute, to days, or even week.

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Now, once everything is set, click OK to save.

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Now OneNote has been set to backup automatically. Now, you can also export OneNote to another format.

OneNote 2016: How to Backup OneNote Manually

OneNote 2016 also has a feature letting you to backup OneNote notebooks manually. You may want to backup OneNote automatically, but doing that require some time depending on time interval you choose.

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If you would like to backup OneNote right now, just click Back Up All Notebooks Now at Options > Save & Backup Options in OneNote.

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OneNote Windows 10: How to Backup OneNote by Syncing Data with Microsoft Account

OneNote has another version. It is for Windows 10, and you can download OneNote directly and for free from Microsoft Store. You don’t really have to download OneNote by buying the entire Office suit, because it is now completely free. It has also has literally backup feature, and you can backup OneNote in Windows 10 by syncing it to Microsoft account, which will eventually end up in OneDrive.

If you don’t have Microsoft account yet, don’t worry, you can create it for free.

ALSO READ: How to Create Microsoft Account

To get OneNote for Windows 10, open Microsoft Store. Search for onenote. Click at the app.

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Now, click Install to download OneNote for Windows 10.

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The download process will start. You can wait for some minutes, depending on how speed your internet connection is.

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Now, you can launch and open OneNote for Windows 10.

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If you’ve signed in to your computer using Microsoft account, you will see this. Just click Get Started. It will then start syncing to your Microsoft account.

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OneNote will then open all your notes, section, and notebooks. You can also delete OneNote notebook easily.

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How to Backup OneNote and Sync in Android and iPhone

OneNote has been one of the top favorite note-taking app for Android and iPhone. It keeps competing with other note-taking apps, like Evernote. It is also completely free for Android, and it even has its own features for Android, which is Sticky notes.

You can also backup OneNote by syncing all your notes to Microsoft account in Android.

If you want to download OneNote from Play Store, click here.

Open Play Store. search for OneNote. Click Install, and then open the app once the download is done.

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Now, OneNote will open and then asking your Microsoft account email and password. Once done, click Get started.

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OneNote has a lot of features that make it easy for you to write notes, and backing them up is absolutely important. Whatever method you choose to backup OneNote pages, sections, or notebooks, it is always such a relief to save or back them up, and then you can restore and edit them again in the future for long-term use.

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