Download OneNote 2016, OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, Android and iPhone

Downloading OneNote 2016Downloading OneNote 2016

If you have installed Office 2019 or Office 365, you would have noticed that OneNote is missing from the installation. Microsoft is ditching OneNote 2016 in favor of the OneNote app bundled with Windows 10.

OneNote is an all in one note-taking, information gathering and multi-user collaboration tool from Microsoft. It supports notes, drawings, handwriting, screen clipping, audio, and video, etc.

Download OneNote 2016

Download OneNote for Windows 10 from Windows Store

This link will open the Windows Store. This only works on Windows 10.

Download OneNote 2016 64-bit for Windows Desktop

Download OneNote 2016 32-bit for Windows Desktop

The above-mentioned links are web installers. You will need to run the installer to download and install the latest update of OneNote 2016. OneNote 2016 works for all versions of Windows including Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7.

Download OneNote for Mac

Download OneNote for Android

Download OneNote for iPad

Download OneNote for iPhone

How to install OneNote 2016

Once you have downloaded the setup file, run the installer and wait for the download to complete.

Downloading OneNote 2016
Downloading OneNote 2016

Once installed, you can search for OneNote from the Start Menu and you will find two entries, OneNote app and OneNote 2016.

You will need to sign in with your Microsoft ID to start OneNote 2016.

Uninstall OneNote 2016

Both these apps can be used side by side. But if you want to completely remove one app, you can do it from Apps and features.

  1. Open Apps and features (Windows key + X + F)
  2. Search for OneNote
  3. Select the app you want to uninstall and press the Uninstall button.
    Uninstalling OneNote from Apps and Features

Difference between OneNote 2016 and OneNote App

OneNote 2016 was released as a Desktop app that came with Microsoft Office 2016 Suite. OneNote for Windows 10 comes as a pre-installed app in Windows 10.

Microsoft is stilly porting all the features of OneNote 2016 to the new OneNote app. From March 2020, the new OneNote app will be bundled with Office 2019 and Office 365. So it’ll still come as OneNote for Desktop app.

Here are the features of each app:

OneNote App

  • View all notes sorted by when you last opened them
  • Preview your notes without having to open the page
  • Transform your drawings into shapes automatically
  • See who’s working with you on a shared notebook
  • Share a single page instead of the entire notebook
  • Write out an equation and solve it using Ink Math Assistant
  • Use pencil ink to draw or sketch
  • Windows 10 integration includes:
    • Take notes with Surface Pen even when the device is locked
    • Tell Cortana to take notes with your voice
    • Quickly jump to a new page by selecting the Note button in Action Center
    • Write on a webpage in Microsoft Edge and save your annotations to OneNote
    • Share notes with any app with the Share button
    • Use the device’s camera to capture documents, whiteboards, receipts and more directly into OneNote

OneNote 2016

These are the features unique to OneNote 2016. Microsoft is slowly adding all these features to the OneNote app.

  • Capture a screen clipping and add it to your notes
  • Print anything on your computer directly to OneNote
  • Office Suite integration includes:
    • Insert meeting details from Outlook into your notes
    • Insert an embedded Excel spreadsheet into your notes
    • Create tasks in OneNote and have them appear in Outlook
  • Save or backup your notes on a local hard drive instead of the cloud

Migrating Notes from OneNote 2016 to OneNote App

Since Microsoft plans to continue with the OneNote app, it is advised to migrate all your notes from OneNote 2016 to the OneNote app. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Open OneNote 2016
  2. Go to File menu –> Options –> Save & Backup
  3. Click on the Back Up All Notebooks Now button under Backup.
  4. All data will be backed up in the folder mentioned in the Save section.
    Backup OneNote 2016 notebooks

You can take this backup on any PC and place it under your Documents folder. The new OneNote app will automatically detect the new notebooks.

  1. Open OneNote app
  2. Click on the currently active notebook name
  3. From the drop-down, select More Notebooks…
  4. Here you will be able to see a list of all your Notebooks.
    Choose notebooks to open in OneNote app

Please note that the notebooks you copied from the backup will have (On this computer) label in front of them. Once opened, you will need to select a Microsoft ID where these will be uploaded. Unfortunately, the OneNote app does not work with local notebooks.

OneNote backup restore upload to the cloud
OneNote backup restore upload to the cloud

Which tool do you use for note-taking? OneNote is my favorite app for taking notes and organizing my data. Now I’m moving to the new OneNote app which comes pre-installed with Windows 10. Will you still use OneNote 2016 or move to the new app?

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Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.


  • Win11Geek

    Microsoft has a knack of confusing its loyal users. Last year when I checked, Microsoft had decided to replace OneNote with OneNote for Windows 10. But now I’ve learned that Microsoft has reversed its decision and will continue with OneNote and not it has become a part of Microsoft 365. If you download the latest Office suite, it will come with the latest version of OneNote? Is this the same as OneNote for Windows 10?
    I’m using Windows 11 and when I search for OneNote, it brings two entries: OneNote and OneNote for Windows 10. Which one should I be using???

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Win11Geek you’re right. There was a lot of confusion surrounding which version of OneNote will stay. Actually, the UWP platform Microsoft tried to force onto app developers didn’t succeed. Microsoft moved OneNote to the UWP platform, releasing OneNote for Windows 10. Right now, if you are using Windows 11, you should use OneNote and not OneNote for Windows 10. OneNote for Windows 10 is deprecated, while the OneNote app will continue to be developed.

  • Keir Briscoe
    Keir Briscoe

    The Onenote 2016 for MAC link takes me to the latest version of Onenote. Which defeats the point of this article. I specifically need the 2016 for Mac version. Not the most recent version.

  • BDawn

    BTW I love Outlook integration in OneNote 2016 which isn’t available in the UWP app. I’ll keep on using both until Microsoft makes this feature available on the OneNote app.

  • BDawn

    Fantastic migration steps. It becomes so easy for me now!
    One tip from me too: Enclose a page name in double square brackets to create a hyperlink to it. Also works to create a new page & link. For example: [[TestPage]] will create a new page called “TestPage” and create a hyperlink to the new page.

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