Best Notes Apps

Note apps are found in this category. These apps allow the user to take and organise notes on their smartphone. Types include voice, text, and image note apps. Note apps are great for all kinds of users, from musicians to businesspeople and mothers.

Last updated 03-29-2017

FairNote Notepad
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FairNote Notepad

Android

Seller: Tarique

35 3.5

Contrary to their names, notepad apps often take a few seconds to find and then another few more to open up and browse. Those seconds, however, can make a crucial difference when jotting down points from meetings or other important discussions. However, here is at least one notepad app that focuses heavily on speed and accessibility.

It has standard organization features like color coding and custom labels. These notes can be turned into scheduled reminders as well. However, the notes you make can also be placed directly on the drop-down menu as a permanent shortcut! You can also access this virtual notepad in the same way. There is even an additional encryption feature, allowing you take down more confidential information without the risk of someone opening these notes by accident. Now, your phone can really start feeling like a tool for writing down vital details in quick meetings and presentations.

▲ Organize notes via color coding, custom labels and more.

▲ Pin them directly onto the drop-down menu and review them instantly.

Android
FairNote Notepad

FairNote Notepad

Free

Mirror (Diary, Journal)
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Mirror (Diary, Journal)

Android

Seller: Paper Clouds

35 3.5

Trying to use a mobile phone as a journal can be difficult when it looks like all you are using is a notepad. That is why this diary app integrates a few more defining details that make every entry really feel like a chronicle in your life’s journey.

For starters, it can automatically jot down both the weather and the location along with the time of entry. Additionally, you can bring up a little bar that will express the entry’s overall mood. These alone already show more details about how the day was like. Pictures can also be taken and then attached directly even as you are writing things down. Voice recordings can be attached too, whether to narrate your entries or to preserve an important sound clip.

Lastly, each entry can have several tags for better searching (especially when some entries discussed a topic important to you). The result can really look like an authentic journal filled with solid details of what you have been doing, where you have been and (ultimately) who you are.

▲ Instantly record your thoughts as they come. Throw in a picture as well!

▲ You can also include your moods and give each entry a bit of personality.

Android
Mirror (Diary, Journal)

Mirror (Diary, Journal)

Free

PaperSpan - Read Later Offline
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PaperSpan - Read Later Offline

Android
iOS

Seller: Sravan Kumar

40 4

Do you have the need to read? Gather those essential stories and articles from around the web and store them in one neat little place thanks to this app! You can switch between mobile, tablet, and desktop to access high-quality content of your choosing, wherever your day takes you, and with whatever device is near to hand!

Create and share notes on these articles to keep track of your thoughts and ideas. Close the book on bad habits and encourage yourself to read more using the in-app tracker. It will inform you on how long you have spent reading, and the number of articles you have buried into over a variety of time periods. If your saved articles are piling up, take advantage of the advanced search option to filter your library by author, notes, or text-body!

▲ Change the formatting options such as the background color and font of your saved articles!

▲ Highlight the sections or phrases that interest you, or that you want to find again.

▲ Save website articles for later - and read them on any device with this app.

Set the app up so that it automatically syncs your saved articles upon loading, and organize them into customizable categories! If you need to focus your eyes elsewhere, or simply give them a rest, turn on the listening function.

Display options can also be altered to enhance your reading experience. Increase the font size, switch between dark and bright background options, and even change the screen brightness from within the app. You can even send reading material to your Kindle! Keep your information close at hand and set it exactly how you want to read it.

Android
PaperSpan - Read Later Offline

PaperSpan - Read Later Offline

Free

iOS
PaperSpan: Save Articles to Read or Listen Offline

PaperSpan: Save Articles to Read or Listen Offline

Free

ColorNote Notepad Notes
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ColorNote Notepad Notes

Android

Seller: Notes

35 3.5

It is a handy thing to have a mobile device at the ready for all your note-taking needs, but don’t let your notes get cluttered or overwhelmed by a lack of organization. Utilize this clean, simple, and organized notepad app to create memos, checklists, or calendar events, then organize them based on color. Filter colors to quickly see certain categories: for example, set red for work, or blue for shopping. Instantly search all of your saved notes by keyword; sort notes by time, by color, alphabetically, or based on reminders. Create, find, and update your notes in an instant with this colorful organization!

Get started right away! After loading the app, simply click “Add Note” and choose your format: create new notes as either “Text” or “Checklist.” You can also set reminders for your notes; slide the screen right to quickly access the calendar and see what is coming up!

▲ Change the sorting option to see recent additions, or organize entries categorically by color.

▲ Adjust the order in your checklist by touching and dragging an item; tap 'x' to clear it.

▲ Set reminders for your notes, then access the details on your calendar.

Do you want to share your notes with other users? You can send them as email attachments, or transfer them via messenger services. On any note, tap on the upper-right menu icon and select “Send” to bring up a wealth of file-transfer options!

Whether you are transcribing meeting notes, jotting down ideas for the next great novel, or simply shopping for dinner, there is no need to have a disorganized pile of notes sorted by date. You can manage a variety of memos efficiently and effectively with an all-in-one notepad app!

Android
ColorNote Notepad Notes

ColorNote Notepad Notes

Free

OneNote
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OneNote

Android
iOS

Seller: Microsoft Corporation

40 4

Remember those ideas and thoughts you had? Did you highlight the important information during the meeting? If not, you better take down notes next time! This amazing app developed by the Microsoft Corporation will transform your smartphone device into a digital notebook where you can write, draw, capture and clip information from the web!

This app is a total package for teachers, students, and white-collar workers out there. Tap the "Write" button onscreen to begin writing your list of errands too important to forget. Share your notes and collaborate with others across multiple devices anytime, anywhere.

Android
OneNote

OneNote

Free

iOS
Microsoft OneNote – lists, photos, and notes, organized in a notebook

Microsoft OneNote – lists, photos, and notes, organized in a notebook

Free

Google Keep
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Google Keep

Android
iOS

Seller: Google Inc.

35 3.5

When an idea hits you, it rarely waits for you to grab a pen and pad. With this all-in-one memo tool, take multimedia notes on the fly — as texts, drawings, or photos! Access them anywhere and invite anyone to collaborate by syncing through Google Drive.

To start, simply tap a category: Create a typed memo, a checklist, a drawing, a voice recording, or a photo. Upload a picture, or take one with a built-in camera! Use vector-based drawing tools to color on an existing image without affecting it: you can undo, redo, or move parts of your sketch any time. You are a creative thinker, so don’t limit your notes to a text-based, offline format! Do more on the go!

▲ Quickly access your multimedia notes with a simple tap in a built-in visual browser.<br>

▲ Create checklists; entries can auto-complete based on common items, such as groceries.

▲ Add or take photos, and then edit them with a vector-based drawing tool and comments.

Worried about being overwhelmed by a massive pile of notes and pictures? Utilize a smart search! Tag your notes to later locate them by type, label, or category. Change the browser to view entries as a collage or item-by-item in a single, scrollable page. Find what you need in two quick taps!

Whether you are grocery shopping or writing the next great novel, don’t let inspiration or necessity pass you by: type it, sketch it, or snap a photo!

Android
Google Keep

Google Keep

Free

iOS
Google Keep - Your thoughts, wherever you are

Google Keep - Your thoughts, wherever you are

Free

Colorful Diary Memo & Notepad
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Colorful Diary Memo & Notepad

Android

Seller: Coocent

35 3.5

Do you like expressing your thoughts and feelings through writing? This diary and notepad in one may come in handy to you. Be able to write down your thoughts and jot down reminders without having to deal with the bulkiness of an actual notebook - this app will give you what you need right in the palm of your hand!

Other than it being a diary and notepad in one, another great thing about this app is that it is colorful, which helps in kindling your desire to use it. You can also decorate and customize it to your liking!

Android
Colorful Diary Memo & Notepad

Colorful Diary Memo & Notepad

Free

Frank-remark Sticky Notes
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Frank-remark Sticky Notes

Android

Seller: peso.apps.pub.arts

40 4

Feeling upset about the work that slipped your mind? Remembering can be a difficult challenge with so many activities to occupy ones mind. So why not make that task easier with this memo pad widget for your mobile device? Tap on the note and input your to-do list, things to remember, your schedule or even upcoming plans. No forgotten tasks anymore!

Change the app’s background and menu with various wonderful and colorful designs and adjust the font size too. Moreover, you can set an alarm to give you a gentle prod. To set this adorable app as a widget, tap to hold your home screen. Keep yourself constantly in check with the daily errands and make today productive!

Android
Frank-remark Sticky Notes

Frank-remark Sticky Notes

Free

strumlish
4

December 14, 2016

Adorable!! The characters are sooo cute and I use it all the time. I'm studying Japanese so I can read a little of what they are saying, but would be even better if they had English too. Waiting for new designs!!

Notes
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Notes

Android

Seller: Nithra

35 3.5

Jotting down ideas and drawing a concept can take a long time when you use a pen and paper. With this app, your ideas will never be limited. You can capture amazing photographs and place them in the notepad, and add a side note to it.

To use the app, press the + button to start writing down important notes. Add the title of the note, and start writing down your ideas. Press the gallery button to add pictures on your note and press the microphone button to record the words and convert it into a text format!

Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets
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Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets

Android

Seller: Quip, Inc.

30 3

Burdened with an impossible amount of school or office tasks? Tired of the inconvenience of having to meet up with your friends when you can work together online? Worry no more! This working superpower in the form of a collaborative platform is here to make your whims go away.

Built to provide spreadsheet and editing functions, this tool has a wide array of options you can choose from to work on your tasks. You can do simple things like sharing grocery lists to your loved ones, or set up a schedule or task-tracking document to monitor your team’s progress towards your goals. Downloading the app on all of your gadgets is readily made convenient as well – there is no need to sync data.

▲ See everything that you have to do on one simple grid!

▲ Access your team folders for more convenient task-managing.

▲ Have yourself notified about any recent changes made to documents by any of your team members.

Android
Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets

Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets

Free