While Evernote allows you to store your notes in the cloud for easy retrieval, cloud storage can be a double-edged sword: because mobile devices don’t store local copies for offline use by default, you can't get access to your notes if your device is not connected to the Internet. However, Evernote offers a solution for working offline, though it comes at a price.

Premium Power

The basic Evernote account is free, but a premium account opens up a new world of features, not the least of which is the ability to download your notebooks when you’re going to be offline. From the Evernote Settings panel, select “Offline Notebooks,” and then choose whether you want to download selected notebooks or all of them to the device. Keep in mind that the notes you make or change while offline are not backed up to the cloud, so be sure to sync your device as soon as you get back online.

Additional Benefits

While you’re going to have to pay for a premium account in order to work offline with Evernote, this type of account offers additional benefits. As of publication, the premium Evernote account gives you 1GB per month of upload capacity, allows others to edit notes you share, and provides additional search and security features.