How can I export Samsung memos?
Using the built-in Memo app on a Samsung Galaxy Avant, I've created several memo files, and they are saved on the device and synced with my Samsung account. How can I export the memos as text files, or some other readable file format that lets me get the text into another program (e.g. Google Keep)?
Here, in my opinion, is the best solution for this delemma. I looked everywhere for an answer to no avail. Tried several 3rd party apps for notes, including Evernote, which I didn't like. Get a free Google Drive account if you don't already have one. Then you can go into each Memo, and one by one share your notes (click on three dots) to Google Drive. This goes pretty fast actually. Some Memos you will just want to delete. Google Drive will preserve Memo's formatting (sentence returns) at least, instead of running every line together into one big glob of text (as Evernote will do). And after I did a few of them, it even started saving the Title too, as the name of the note. Now at least you will have access to your notes after you shut your Android down and switch to the iPhone. Then you can copy and paste the most important ones back into your iPhone later — I haven't got to that point yet. I had 95 Memos and was pretty pissed that after all these years, no one at Samsung has figured out how to transfer Memos to an iPhone??? Hope this helps someone.
The following applies to Memo app version 1.0.4517634 on Android 4.4.2.
The memo files are located in
/mnt/shell/emulated/0/BeamMemoand have a
.memofile is a
ziparchive that contains a
mediafolder and a
memo_content.xmlfile. The text of the memo is in the
/contents/contentnode of the
I was able to find the files using
adb, with the command:
adb shell 'ls -Ra 2>/dev/null | grep -i memo'
Depending on your model, Samsung memos usually exist with the following file extensions:
They exist in the the following folder:
A suitable workaround will be to convert Samsung memos to a text file or anything similar then extract data as plain text files either from a PC or do it from the smart phone itself. The following workarounds can extract the plain text from the memo:
1. Method 1 Extracting text from memo
- open the memo that you need to convert and tap it so that you see the cursor.
- click-and-hold the cursor (or somewhere where there is text) and choose Select All.
- click-and-hold on the selected text and choose Copy
- open your word processor (in my case Kingsoft Word) and paste the text.
- Save and then export to Google keep as plain text.
2. Method 2 Saving by exporting
open up your Memos, click on more (top right hand corner on my phone) and then select share.
You then select (one at a time) the memo you want to save/read/open, etc., and a screen will pop up asking you where you want to send the memo.
You can share to your email, or other sharing options e.g (google drive)
You can then extract them from mail e.g outlook
I was looking for an option to open .memo files transferred from my android based samsung mobile. Transferring was easy since I had only around 25 notes and did that one by one using the bluetooth facility of mobile and laptop.
After getting the files into pc, opening was an issue. Researched a bit and found that each .memo is basically a .zip file, which contains an .xml file as well as a folder for media. Hence, renamed the extension of these .memo to .zip and then unzipped to obtain these resultant files. Out of this, opened the .xml file to read in readable format the contents of my .memo file. Thanks for sharing the info which helped me solve this.