How do I import/transfer my Library from Papers 3 to the new ReadCube Papers?

Easily migrate your Papers 3 library into ReadCube Papers while retaining all of your annotations and organization from your current Papers 3 library. You can view our video tutorial or our step by step guide.

Before you get started:

  • We recommend running this process overnight as it can take hours to fully transfer - especially if you have a library of 1000's of papers. If you are curious about the work being done behind the scenes, check out this article.
  • Before you start, please adjust your energy settings to ensure your computer isn't going to fall asleep during this process. It's also recommended that you have your computer plugged in. Below is the optimal settings for that panel for the import process; be sure that your machine is set to "never" sleep while connected to power and while using battery:

First, please check to make sure that you are running Papers 3 for Mac 3.4.25 (600) or later. If you aren't, click on the "Check for Updates" option in the top menu. 

You'll need to download the ReadCube Papers desktop app if you haven't done so yet.

Next, if you don't already have a ReadCube Papers account you will have the opportunity to create one or log in if you already have an account. Please note that you won't be able to just sign in using your Papers 3 credentials, you will need to set up a new account. 

Once in the new ReadCube Papers head to File > Import From Papers 3

The import will automatically begin. 

If you don't see the option to Import from Papers 3, you just need to change your permissions on your desktop. Here is how you do that. 

If you notice duplicates, be patient. The importer will resolve them as they upload. It can take some time before the duplicates are merged as we prioritize uploading the PDFs first. 

Once you're finished, you can go the web, desktop or mobile apps to access your newly imported library along with your collections, notes, tags etc.

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