Importing data to Day One

Day One supports importing Plain Text and JSON file types.

Day One has importing options on iOS, macOS, Android. While the importer is not specific to any particular source, we try our best to get your data imported as separate entries. The data in the file you are importing must match what Day One expects. Because of the different export options from other sources, you may have to manually edit the file before importing to Day One.

Please see this guide for importing into Day One on Android.


On iOS, you can import data from the Day One Classic (version 1) app, JSON files, or CSV files. For Text-Only Auto Backups, please see this guide.

Go to Day One > Settings > Import/Export > and choose the option to import.


On Mac, you can import the following:

Details about the import file types.

JSON exports is the manual/export option from Day One. JSON files can contain all entries, media, and metadata. The JSON file format must match what Day One is expecting. On iOS and Android, the JSON file must be stored in local storage in order to import the file. For macOS, it is recommended the file be in the Downloads folder.

  • CSV import (iOS only)

Not all headers are required. Only date and text are the required headers for the CSV import. Dates must be in ISO 8601 format. The file needs to have the .csv file extension like myJournalImport.csv. The file will need to be stored on local storage on iOS in the Files app.

  • Plain Text (macOS only).

Media cannot be imported via the Plain Text import. Though, exporting from Day One to Plain Text can include media when the option is selected.

The option for Plain Text requires that each entry must have a date stamp in this format:

Date: June 24, 2016 at 10:59:06 AM MDT

See an example below. Note that location or weather are not required for importing. There must be two carriage returns between the date and the entry. Then two more carriage returns between the end of one entry and the next date. 

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