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The Android update is not an update it is a suicide note. 

For some reason, if I delete then reinstall Evernote, the legacy version is installed, then is updated.

So if you do this, then disable automatic app updates, you can keep the legacy version - which actually works.

 


 

 

 

 

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Many app owners preserve a legacy version of their application as a separate app in the android store (for example, Feedly). It's unclear to me why Evernote didn't do that. I still can't use the updated version (10) of the app due to very long startup times. It makes it's unusable for taking quick notes. I have more than 20000 notes in my account and the newest version starts longer than in 5 seconds on a Galaxy Note 9. I often may forget what I wanted to write when it starts.

So I've installed version 8.13.3 from apkmirror. Likely, it's still working and it's much more responsive.

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On 6/19/2021 at 6:44 AM, Pavel Sapehin said:

Many app owners preserve a legacy version of their application as a separate app in the android store (for example, Feedly). It's unclear to me why Evernote didn't do that. I still can't use the updated version (10) of the app due to very long startup times. It makes it's unusable for taking quick notes. I have more than 20000 notes in my account and the newest version starts longer than in 5 seconds on a Galaxy Note 9. I often may forget what I wanted to write when it starts.

So I've installed version 8.13.3 from apkmirror. Likely, it's still working and it's much more responsive.

Thanks for that life saving option!
Here is the exact link:
https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/evernote-corporation/evernote/evernote-8-13-3-release/#downloads

Works fine as at July 21
Copy or download  APK package onto your phone.
delete previous version of EverNote app.
Install old version from APK using a file manager app
The end of laggy bloatware and back to the ultra-lean powerful EverNote we love
Enjoy!

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Thanks for the link.

Is there any security risk, installing this not from the app store?

I get a warning on my phone saying it can be hacked and personal information taken - is this something to be concerned about?

 


 

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8 hours ago, t8769 said:

Is there any security risk, installing this not from the app store?

There is always a risk working outside the security of the various play stores. So you do this at your own risk.  However, APKMirror is well regarded and there is the link provided by Evernote to the old version. These have been used by others without problem.

Remember, Android is programmed to give you the warning so it will appear whenever you choose to install an APK manually.  If you are happy with the source of the app then you are good to go IMHO. Others I know are more cautious.

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I was able to get a link to a copy of the legacy android app from EN tech support.
It is from Play Store, so I assume it is safe, they say it is.

It works beautifully.

Quick, simple, easy to use and stable

I am free, at last, of that dreaded update.
 

 

 

 

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On 7/26/2021 at 6:34 AM, t8769 said:

I was able to get a link to a copy of the legacy android app from EN tech support.
It is from Play Store, so I assume it is safe, they say it is.

It works beautifully.

Quick, simple, easy to use and stable

I am free, at last, of that dreaded update.
 

 

 

 

Please share the Play Store link. I'd very much prefer to use an official version of the legacy app if it's available.

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Yes, Please share the link. I had managed to install it a few months ago. Turned off auto updates, etc. Not sure what happened but EN updated to Vers 10 in the last 24 hours... Don't know if it is something I did.... 

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On 7/26/2021 at 4:34 AM, t8769 said:

I was able to get a link to a copy of the legacy android app from EN tech support.
It is from Play Store, so I assume it is safe, they say it is.

It works beautifully.

Quick, simple, easy to use and stable

I am free, at last, of that dreaded update.
 

 

 

 

Hi could you please share the play store link to legacy app?

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An update.  I was coasting along great with the apkmirror legacy app.  It was such a relief.  I bought a new galaxy phone. With the latest android version 11.  Doesn't work anymore. Android 11 does not support legacy. So if legacy is important to you, do not purchase a new smart phone...lol. This was the second to last straw on the camel's cart before I jump ship.

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This combination is something I don't understand - since Notion is significantly different to EN, legacy or not.

If Notion serves you better, you should have moved before. Or do it now - but as I said, it is not the EN replacement with the best fit for a regular EN user. If it fits your need, then good luck.

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5 minutes ago, agsteele said:

I'm confused... Google updates Android which breaks the older app and that is the fault of whom? EN is responsible for many things but not changes imposed on a no-longer supported application.

Android itself has a large suite of compatibility tests. Very little ever gets removed and if it does, then with many years warning. I presume that the old Evernote app was using some deprecated APIs which eventually got removed.

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28 minutes ago, marblecake said:

OK but Legacy worked, for this reason they should have kept it going.

 

Not that i'm saying that this was the case for Evernote, but I've known companies that have been unable to update programs because they'd lost the source code and only had the binaries available.

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You need the code, and you need the people to get it going.

Plus the code was „native“, which means you need to code everything yourself. Today you usually use program libraries (like from GitHub) that do the functions - you plug them together like Lego bricks. When operating systems update, so do the libraries you use.

Legacy was a dead end, and keeping it „alive“ would have killed the company simply by falling further and further behind the competition. You can’t survive when you just serve a few hardcore users.

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11 hours ago, kkrathi said:

An update.  I was coasting along great with the apkmirror legacy app.  It was such a relief.  I bought a new galaxy phone. With the latest android version 11.  Doesn't work anymore. Android 11 does not support legacy. So if legacy is important to you, do not purchase a new smart phone...lol. This was the second to last straw on the camel's cart before I jump ship.

 

11 hours ago, marblecake said:

Well I'm jumping ship too.

I have an older phone and it stopped working also.

The only reason I stuck with EN is Legacy, but as this no longer works, I'm going ot have to move to Notion.

 

What do you two mean with "Doesn't work anymore." and "Android 11 does not support legacy."
Where do you two have trouble? Installing, login, app not opening?

I have v8.13.3 installed on my Pixel 6 Pro (Android 12) and it's working fine. Apk installation, login (via Google account) and opening app without a problem. I can see all my notes, create new notes or edit them.

 

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Legacy stopped working, when I tried to log in, I got messages saying not possible or it just froze

I contacted EN, they said it was not longer working.

I can download Legacy, but cannot log into my account once it is iinstalled - is there a way around this?

 

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1 hour ago, marblecake said:

Legacy stopped working, when I tried to log in, I got messages saying not possible or it just froze

I contacted EN, they said it was not longer working.

Ok, so login is the problem for you.
EN should provide you the needed help. They probably just want you to use v10, since they don't provide support for v8 any more. I know someone not to long ago here on the forum had similar issue with legacy login and support solved the problem.

I can login with Google button or with username/password + 2 factor authentication code with no issue.

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There seem to be Android versions that do not support legacy any longer. At least this was reported in the forum.

If this is true, it means no mor legacy - EN made it clear they will not do anything on the end of life clients.

I would say „ give it a try“. If the client installs and does not crash, think about the device limit if on Free,

If only the login fails, it may well be You are exceeding the device limit.

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18 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

There seem to be Android versions that do not support legacy any longer. At least this was reported in the forum.

If this is true, it means no mor legacy - EN made it clear they will not do anything on the end of life clients.

I would say „ give it a try“. If the client installs and does not crash, think about the device limit if on Free,

If only the login fails, it may well be You are exceeding the device limit.

My login fails. I am on the paid personal plan. And acc to Evernote, I can synch across unlimited devices.

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