It's a sad day for the 400,000+ active users of note taking service Springpad. After six years of battling the Evernote behemoth, Springpad is calling it quits on June 25th. The website, apps, and sync features will go offline at that time, but the team is working to help you get your data out.


An export tool is being developed that will allow users to get all the data they've dumped into Springpad over the years. The tool will create a file you can use to reference old notes on your own or migrate to another service. It's important that people take advantage of this option – there's no grace period with the shutdown. All user data on the servers is gone as of June 25th. The Android app is still available to assist in combing over any notes you may want to salvage on your own, but expect it to be removed from the Play Store next month.

The blog post didn't go into detail about the reasons for the shutdown, but it's pretty obvious Springpad's free business model wasn't cutting it. Even after a Pinterest-inspired redesign last year, the service was unable to attract a user base to rival the competition.

[Springpad Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • RRR

    thanx to google keep

  • Taylor00

    Evernote is indeed a behemoth. While it's a very productive tool and it's available on many platforms, if not most, their design won me over before anything else. Something about that hue of lime green... The Feedly integration and their clipping tool makes life so much easier on the go.

  • Sean Lumly

    Wow. One month of warning seems harsh, especially when there's nothing that can be done by users until an undisclosed time. This makes a very poor case for apps as a service, or at least those that don't have existing tools to access your data.

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    • loser

      I lost all my great ideas and notes for the last 3 years. My phone was having problems at the time there was a Samsung firmware update that kept failing in late June and had to replace my phone around that time. I did not know that Springpad was gone. This is ridiculous.

      • Sean Lumly

        I agree, it was quite ridiculous. A month of warning is certainly not enough.

  • Leif Sikorski

    It's kinda sad. I liked to use it a lot more than Evernote because of it's features and better Android & Web App.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Well, crap. I started using this because it was the only one that made sharing editable lists possible between people. My girlfriend and I used it to track the movies and TV shows we each wanted to watch.

    Also, it let me import all my Catch notes after it expired.

    NOW what? I don't want to use Evernote...

    • Guest

      Google Drive?

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Like using a sledgehammer to hang a picture frame.

        • Taylor00

          I guess you and gf are out of options then. Pitty.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Why don't you want to use Evernote?
      I think it's the best note service out there. :)

      • black

        It's bad for the note-taking industry gets monopolized.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Overblown, and bloated. Also I recall when I looked into it, it didn't do sharing the way I wanted.

        • Nora

          I have the same issue. With my boyfriend we shared everything on Springpad as it has amazing collaboration features. Now we are trying to find something else to use instead but no luck so far.
          Evernote is out, we just never liked it...

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            So far Quip is working well for us. I wouldn't say it's the world's simplest interface (some things just make no sense), but SpringPad had similar quirks. It's doing the job.

    • Marcell Lévai

      Wunderlist ;)

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Looks good, but they're apparently flooded by defectors, because their site's completely down today. I'll keep trying.

        • Nelson009

          Refugees is more like it.

    • http://www.radioshak.co.uk Shakil Shaikh

      I migrated from Springpad to Simplenote a while back. Never looked back - it's exactly what I want in a note taking app.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I'll give it a try. I use/prefer Keep for all my general use, but since it doesn't allow me to collaborate, this might work for those specific needs.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Just tried it. It's basically the same as Keep, as far as I can tell, which already doesn't do what I'm looking for: collaborative notes and lists. Actually, seems to have LESS functionality than Keep, as Keep does do lists.

    • Jakob

      OneNote has good sharing features

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        OneNote also feels like a sledgehammer for these purposes. And while I have nothing against Microsoft, I try not to tie too much of my data to their services. I do use OneDrive, but that's about it for data storage from them.

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      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Trying now, along with Simplenote. Thanks.

  • MeanDroid

    This is sad!
    Springpad is in fact a great service and shouldn't be compared to evernote.
    I see Evernote as a private and personal tool.
    But I use Springpad as a community tool, and love it since it browses and searches for what I'm looking for... movies, products, etc

    With no shadow of a doubt that springpad will be dearly missed and once gone it will leave a empty space in the market in need to be filled.


    • simone

      I used Springpad as a personal tool, but I agree that it was FANTASTIC for keeping track of movies, tv shows etc that I wanted to check out. Being able to browse and see film posters and other info that would stay in my list was great.

  • tmartin

    Really sad. I haven't really used it but sad to see it go. Nervous about other free apps like Pocket, which would be a devastating loss.

  • Jon Conley

    It's not as slick, and it can be annoyingly difficult to use sometimes, but, the only other collaborative notes program I could find is Trello. It's setup more for SCRUM-style organization, but you can setup basic checklists and "boards" (folders), and share them with various people.

    I really hope Google has bigger plans for Keep, personally. I'm tired of moving all of my data to one failed startup after the next.

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  • Ruperto17

    I was a happy SpringPad user before I switched to Evernote just over a year ago. It's sad to see them go. It's scary to think that a service that you depend on everyday can just disappear like that. Free services are hardly sustainable.

  • Gloria Tortorella

    Oh nooo... .___.

  • tonylee427

    so sad, springpad was really good for me,so what should i use instead?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I like how they are showing Nexus 10 with Jelly Bean software (probably 4.3) and Nexus 5 with HTC Sense status bar on those screenies lol

  • Lars Pfau

    Man, this really sucks. I just changed to Springpad a few months ago.
    Before I used Pocket, but I really liked the categorization possibilities of Springpad.

    I could never get used to Evernote, it's just so overblown. And I would probably need a premium account. Awesome clipping tool though.

    OneNote looks okay too (Windows user here), but their clipping tool for Firefox/Chrome sucks a lot. (Just a screenshot plus URL.)

    Looks like I got to get used to Evernote somehow. :(

  • jesuguru

    Unbelievable... Tried to get into Astrid, then they shut down. Soon as I got into Catch Notes, shut down. Just started getting into Springpad, bam! gone.
    Now I'll probably try to get used to (bloated) Evernote, everybody better get ready for my jinx to kick in.

    • Justin Howell

      We must've taken the same train.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    I feel this internet bubble were living in is starting to pop again...

  • ereader2012

    Just returned from vacation and catching up on news. This is really sad. I love how well Springpad meets my needs. I was able to organize my trip before leaving and access all my notes offline using Springpad. I will greatly miss this very good tool. Nothing else comes close IMHO.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    With this, Google Keep or Evernote...

  • mgamerz

    It drives me nuts when developers photoshop(device art generator) images of one device onto another device. They have an HTC device on a Nexus 5. As a developer I notice things like this all the time. If you aren't even going to put that much effort into your marketing pictures why should I put effort into using your app? Come on now.

  • http://www.chercabulasmindbox.com Cher Cabula

    This sucks! I've been loving SpringPad for a time now.

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Too bad. Is anybody aware of an alternative for a longterm knowledge service? I mean, storing useful links, pictures, files, notes for a later use...

  • Bill Peters

    As an ex-springpad user, it's sad to see them shutting down. I actually ended up switching to Zimilate a couple of months ago after using a combination of evernote and springpad for quite a while. http://www.zimilate.com

  • Otto

    "a Pinterest-inspired redesign" <- Exactly why I quit using the service.

  • zeejan

    Really sad :( just created notebooks for my upcoming school. Then now.. it will be gone. Any unlimited alternative?

    • El Calvin

      If u ask me 60 Mb monthly is more then enough if u want to keep mostly text . o.o

  • Farailde

    Bummer! I just had all my recipes organized (a couple hundred) on springpad and was thrilled by the look of it, how easy it was to look up things by using different notebooks and labels and the use of the template for the recipes which made a clear difference between ingredients, directions, servings, rating, .... I just tried evernote, but it's just like I have a bunch of online word documents :(. Any suggestions of online recipe organising tools that look similar like springpad? I already tried a few, but they all seem less handy than springpad

  • Jessica T

    Anybody have a suggestion for an alternative app for storing recipes? I want features like tagging, recipe import, and easy sharing.

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  • PlanToEat

    For those of you using Springpad to collect and organize your recipes, you might consider moving your recipes over to Plan to Eat (http://www.plantoeat.com). Plan to Eat allows you to collect and organize your recipes, drag them onto a calendar on the days that you would like to eat them, then it automatically makes your grocery list.

    Export your recipes from Springpad and import all of them into your Plan to Eat account: http://feedback.plantoeat.com/knowledgebase/articles/371073-import-recipes-from-springpad

    Recipes can be organized to your preferences and Plan to Eat’s advanced search features make them easy to find: http://www.plantoeat.com/blog/2014/05/enhanced-feature-ability-search-recipes/

    Clip recipes from all over the web using Plan to Eat’s browser bookmark tool: http://feedback.plantoeat.com/knowledgebase/articles/294716-use-the-bookmark-tool-to-import-recipes-from-the-w

    Hope this helps. For questions please email me at [email protected]

    We’re sorry to hear about this news and we wish all the best to the folks at Springpad.

  • Kristina S.

    I am beyond disappointed and miffed that: 1) I'm losing an app that I have come to rely heavily upon and, 2) my only option for the same functionality has a price tag on it! Evernote looks like it could have done the job, but in order for it to do what Springpad does for me I have to pay for the premium service. It is truly unfortunate that Springpad couldn't get funding to keep going. It was a brilliant app. I will check out Trello. Thanks for the tip @disqus_627dFjgpu5:disqus

  • Mayank pareek

    Which feature would you miss the most... I'm gonna miss the board; not sure if some other service offer something similar

  • Nate Botwick

    Check out Quip. By far the best note taking app on the market right now.

  • Lasse Søberg

    We just released an import solution for Springpad users.

    Here are some tips to get you started:

  • John Weston

    I used to use Evernote but had so many problems with the web clipperso I looked around and I moved to Diigo.
    You can share files, folders, web clips etc across all platforms and all mobile services as well.
    It's nothing like Springpad....more like Evernote I would say.
    It is free but there is also a premium service that I soon signed up for that gives you unlimited website caching and notes etc.
    I'm not saying it will suit everyone but it might be worth having a look at to see if it suits your personal requirements :)

    • John Weston

      I forgot. There is also Asana. It is free for up to 30 users and is multi platform. It is really for sole trader or small companies but it is easy to adapt for any use at all. Might be worth a look.