Export your data from Springpad before it shuts down

​Yet another free note-taking service is about to shut down. There's no leniency on the expiration of your saved data, so it's time to pack up and move on.

Promo image for Springpad's service. Springpad

Back in August 2013, Android and iOS users lost access to both Astrid and Catch Notes. Both apps were highly ranked in their categories, and they both received promotion on Google Play and the App Store. Now another service is on the brink of extinction: Springpad.

After June 25, you will no longer be able to access any of your Springpad data through the Web, mobile apps, or sync feature.

As with many other service shut downs, Springpad is giving you the option to export your data from their servers before its doors close. Before you find yourself at the late-June deadline, take a moment to backup your data. The sooner, the better, especially in cases like this. Should any issues occur during the export process, you'll still have a bit of time to try again. Let's get started:

First you'll need to log in to Springpad through your Web browser. You will be greeted with the shutdown notice.

Data can be exported directly to Evernote, or an HTML file (which includes JSON format). This file can be used with other services (besides Evernote) that have an option to import from HTML/JSON. Choose the export option that best fits your needs, or both.

Export your Springpad data to Evernote. Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you chose Evernote, you will need to provide Evernote credentials to begin the migration. Springpad will display a notice that the migration has started. You will not receive any further notice about the migration, so make sure to check your Evernote account for migrated data.

You can also export your Springpad data to an HTML file to import it elsewhere. Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you chose the HTML file, input your email and then wait for Springpad to contact you when the export is finished. At that point, you will need to use the link they provide in the email to retrieve your data. You will not be able to download from the link after June 25, so make sure to grab it as soon as the email arrives.

Where will you be taking your data now that Springpad is shutting down? Will you use Evernote, or do you have another favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments.

(Thanks to Bridget W for original versions of the screenshots.)

 

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