How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update v1607 classic desktop version of Sticky Notes is discontinued and is transformed into a modern or UWP app with cortana integration and other features. The Sticky Notes content is now saved to a database file named plum.sqlite.

backup sticky notes sqlite

If you want to recover your Sticky Notes data from a broken Windows 10 installation in order to transfer it to another computer, here is how to do that.


Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10

  1. Close Sticky Notes if it’s running.
  2. Open the following folder. Easiest way is to copy the following path, paste in Explorer address bar and press ENTER.

    backup sticky notes sqlite

  3. Save the database file plum.sqlite to a folder.
  4. After logging into a new user profile, or to another Windows 10 computer, transfer plum.sqlite to the LocalState folder on your new profile.

Backup Sticky Notes (Older version) Data File

The classic desktop Sticky Notes program present in Windows 10 v1511 and earlier, and in previous Operating Systems, stores the information in a file named StickyNotes.snt in the following folder:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

Convert Sticky Notes data file StickyNotes.snt to the new format

There is a hidden feature in Windows 10 Anniversary Update which allows transfer or conversion of legacy or classic Sticky Notes .snt file to the new format. The Sticky Notes modern app (UWP) stores the data in a database file named plum.sqlite.

Important note: The following data file conversion method doesn’t work if you have newer builds, especially v1809. If you have a legacy data file of .snt type, you’ll need to use another Windows 10 computer running Anniversary Update v1607 and follow the procedure below.

Alternately, you can get the Anniversary Update ISO image using Rufus, install the Windows 10 build in a virtual environment (e.g., Oracle VM VirtualBox), and convert the legacy data file .snt to .sqlite format. Then you can transfer the files plum.sqlite (and plum.sqlite-shm, plum.sqlite-wal — if these files are present in the LocalState folder) to the LocalState folder on your target Windows 10 computer.

To convert the legacy .snt file to the new format, use these steps:

  1. Close all instances of the modern Sticky Notes, and then open this folder:
  2. Create a new folder named Legacy
    convert sticky notes data to new format
  3. Under the Legacy folder, copy your existing StickyNotes.snt, and rename it to ThresholdNotes.snt
  4. Start the Sticky Notes app. It reads the legacy .snt file and transfers the content to the database file automatically.
    convert sticky notes data to new format

Thanks to Donovon Lange, Engineering Manager – Sticky Notes [Microsoft] for this neat trick!

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34 thoughts on “How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10”

  1. Thank you so much. This is the first time I am writing a comment as this is the first time someone has written the correct way to solve the issue.

  2. OMG, I could kiss all of you! This has been driving me crazy for MONTHS! Worked beautifully! I LOVE smart people! Thanks! 🙂

  3. For me, it only worked when I copied the StickyNotes.snt unmarking the option ‘Hidden’ in it’s properties, before that, it would’nt work.
    Thanks for the help.

  4. When I do this and I open the new sticky notes it immediately deletes the Legacy folder and the sticky notes remain blank.

  5. Can you run both Versions, the latest App Type which got switched with the latest windows upgrade push and lost the .SNT files and the directory for it, along with the Old .exe version?

    I had a saved .SNT file I can copy if I can run both types. The old style was so much easier.

    • @Christine: Article has been updated. The procedure doesn’t work in recent builds (esp. v1809). You may need to get the v1607 ISO using Rufus, install it in virtual environment and then convert the old Sticky Notes. See “Important note” added to the article.

  6. A very easy way to transfer Sticky Notes from Win7 to Win10 is simply to copy the entire Sticky Notes folder on Win7 containing the database from Users / Appdata / Roaming / Microsoft to exactly the same place on Win10.

    But note that you must copy the folder to the same location on Win10 before you start Sticky Notes. Otherwise it will not work!

  7. “But note that you must copy the folder to the same location on Win10 before you start Sticky Notes. Otherwise it will not work!”

    If you copy only the database to Win10 and start the “Sticky Notes” in order for the
    program to create the Sticky Notes folder, this will not work.
    Then you probably have to go to “Setings/Sticky Notes/Advanced Alternatives/ and reset everything, to repair or reset the program.

  8. Good afternoon

    I have the files plum. sqlite, plum.sqlite-shm and plum.sqlite-wal of the oldest version of sticky notes, how can I open it in the new version?

    I tried but did not work.



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