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These Journal Apps Will Help You Remember Every Magical Moment

Days are fleeting and keeping a handwritten journal can be a struggle. So, we present the best journal apps out there. Never miss a moment.

Record All of Your Memories

Life is full of amazing memories. Make sure to remember them with this app.

One of the most robust journaling experiences out there

Day One Journal

Easy entry creation

For those who want to capture their lives as they live them

Day One 2 is a beautiful and robust journaling application that lets users capture their lives on-the-go as they live them. The interface is simple and intuitive, so navigating around is a breeze. Entries can be basic text or you can have up to 10 images, and the app is smart enough to detect the date and time as well as geolocation data from your images if it is available, so you don't have to manually change any of that data when creating the entry. Organize everything with tags, see your own activity (walking, stationary, driving, etc.) at the time of the memory, and have multiple journals for everything that may come up. There is also a Day One IFTTT (If This Then That) channel so you can link up your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Swarm feeds (and more) to Day One so everything is captured through automation. The Map view lets you see all of the places you've gone to, and the Photos section is a great way to see all of your photographic memories in one place. The app also uses Day One Sync for fast and reliable syncing across multiple devices. If you are looking for a journaling app that can handle what life throws at you, then consider Day One 2.

Why we love it

It's beautiful and robust, one of the best experiences for journaling on iOS that you can get.

Only Have a Few Minutes?

Journaling is a great way to unwind, but sometimes it can be time consuming. These apps are best suited for the person who only has a few minutes to spare for their daily reflection time.

Five minutes is all you need to keep a journal

Five Minute Journal

Add a photo

For those who have trouble journaling and want somewhere to start.

Five Minute Journal is a simple app with one goal in mind: improve your life just five minutes at a time, twice a day. Together, that is just 10 minutes a day. That is 10 minutes to write out what you're grateful for, what you're happy about, how you want the day to go, and then reflect back on the day's events and how it could have been better. Take photos and add them to your entry to complete the reflection. This is a great way to get someone who doesn't normally journal to just sit down and write and reflect, because it's a healthy habit to do.

Why we love it

It's simple and a great way to get someone who doesn't normally journal into the habit of writing every day.

Keep A Journal Automatically

These apps can create a journal entry automatically just by gathering what you're already doing. Your social media posts, activity tracking, location visits are automatically gathered together.

Momento takes the legwork out of journal keeping

Momento — Private Diary / Daily Journal

Everything in your timeline

For those who like to remember all memories, including social media.

Momento is another popular journaling app that is capable of a bit more than some of the competition. While it has the basics like new text and photo entry creation with the ability to add tags and places, automatically get date and time and geolocation data from photos for the entry date, it can do more. A big difference between Momento and Day One is the fact that Momento even has support for videos, which can be a big deal to many people — videos are a much more powerful form of media that helps you relive memories, after all. There is also automatic support for social media feeds built-in to Momento, rather than going through a third-party service like IFTTT. Plus there is iCloud syncing so you don't have to worry about a third-party syncing service, where your data is stored on someone's server. However, while Momento has many more features that can be useful for people, be warned that the initial load for your connected feed data can take a while and the scrolling is not as smooth. Still, Momento is an app to consider for those who want to make sure to capture every little detail of their lives.

Why we love it

Social media is a big part of our lives and it is important to include that in our journaling experience as well. Plus the support for videos is nice to have too.

Record Your Mood

Our moods can indicate a lot about our lives when we look back on them. These apps make recording your mood easy and fun.

Record your daily thoughts and moods for pure reflection

Moodnotes - Thought Journal / Mood Diary

How do you feel?

For anyone who wants to track their moods over time for a better perception of their well-being.

Moodnotes is a beautiful app that will help you understand yourself better over time. With Moodnotes, just record your current mood with an emote, and then the app lets you write down your thoughts and feelings, which will be tied to the mood that you entered. Once that's done, the app will either give you positive feedback and ask about how to enrich your life on a daily basis, or if it's negative, you can analyze why you feel that way with some psychological questions. Over time, you can gauge how your moods are, and it is a great way to improve your life in the long run.

Why we love it

Moodnotes is a gorgeous app that is super easy to use and helps you improve your life over time.

What Are You Grateful For?

Specifically keep track of what makes you happy with a gratitude journal. Try to stop dwelling on the negatives, and taking things for granted.

Make it a habit.

Gratitude Journal ~ the original!

Start to write the list

For those who want to keep track of what they're grateful for.

Write about five things that make you happy each day. As you recount the positives in your life, it's easier to be grateful about what you do have. It can be easy to dwell on the negatives, but Gratitude Journal is all about what makes you happy.

Why we love it

If life has you down, give Gratitude Journal a try. It will truly inspire you, and it only takes five minutes a day.

Capture Your Days

In case you don't have time to write down your day, you can use video instead. Capture video clips to encompass your day.

Record your life.

1 Second Everyday: Video Diary

We may not always take the time to write a journal. 1 Second Everyday emphasizes keeping a video journal with just a one second clip for the day. You can purposefully record in the app, or import a video, and select a one second section. The app creates a video slideshow for specific time periods that are composed of all of the one second clips.

Why we love it

If you want to see how you or your loved ones have changed, download 1 Second Everyday today. It allows you to keep multiple timelines going at once, so the whole family can join in.