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Best Note Taking Apps for iOS

Looking for the best note-taking app for your iPhone or iPad? These iOS apps let you keep your notes close and your ideas in sync.

Access Notes On All Your Devices

You can stay organized and on top of things with note-taking apps available across devices and platforms. Sync with your iPhone and iPad or via the web so that your notes are always close.

Evernote - stay organized

Evernote changes the way you organize your notes & projects. Even works in iMessage

Evernote - stay organized

Choose your plan

Looking for a full-service notes app? Look no further than Evernote.

Evernote is free, universal, and an essential app to share audio recordings. Evernote now includes a 90 minute recording limit. The app even allows you to record audio in the background. Evernote can share that audio to anyone through a simple email. The audio will be instantly accessible to you on any one of your computers or devices with Evernote installed. The app also supports background playback of your audio with controls through the multitasking dock If you opt for an Evernote Premium account, you also get great tools like OCR, more storage space every month, and more. The app is simple and effective and if all you need to do is share audio recordings, then this is the app for that.

Why we love it

Evernote is what Apple's Reminder app wants to be when it grows up.


Notability is a powerful all-in-one note-taking solution.


Create smart notes on the fly

For those who need a note app that does it all

Notability - Notability's combination of numerous features, an intelligently-designed interface, a fluid, readable handwriting experience, and value is enough to make it unbeatable. Notability has virtually every feature available in other notetaking apps (aside from text conversion) and they are virtually all implemented in a highly intuitive, user-friendly manner: pencil, highlighter, a palm rest that works, a zoom mode that advances the text as you type, a typing mode with extra keys on the keyboard and the ability to type in the body of the note, a voice recording function that syncs recordings to the text typed at the same time, import from and autosync to Dropbox, any WebDAV server, or iDisk, an outline format, the option to turn and use any page in a notebook in Landscape or Portrait mode, pdf annotation, a left handed writing mode, and even the elimination of the need to turn the page by automatically adding a new page at the bottom of the last one. The one hiccup is that it hasn't been updated for the new iPad yet, but the developers have announced that an update is imminent.

Why we love it

Notability has a ton of powerful features and tools to make note-taking a breeze.

Google Keep - Notes and lists

Have Google Store Your Notes

Google Keep - Notes and lists

Google Keep - Notes and lists

For anyone who's reliant on Google services and wants to use it for their note-taking needs as well.

If you are dependent on Google services, then Keep is the perfect note-taking app for you. Keep lets users keep an infinite amount of notes in their account and all of your data is easily accessible through Google's cloud, so you can get to your notes no matter what computer or mobile device you are using. With Keep, you can even set reminders if needed on important notes, and you can share your notes and lists with friends and family. The app also supports photos and audio files in your notes, so no matter what you need to keep a note of, Keep has you covered.

Why we love it

Google is integrated into a lot of our daily lives, so Keep is a no-brainer when it comes to nicely synced notes that can be accessed no matter what platform you are on.

Mark It Up

For a great app that offers awesome annotation options, PDF support, and rich note-capturing, check out one of these full-featured tools.

Voice Your Thoughts

When you are on-the-go, there is no easier way to capture your thoughts or important ideas then with note-taking apps that offer audio recording. Effortlessly record a meeting, lecture, or your own voice.

Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

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Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

For those looking for a voice recorder for their notes with extra features.

Audio Memos Free lets you record your notes easily and offers extra features you will enjoy. You can record when your device is in sleep mode with an automatic pause for incoming calls. Then, view an advanced listing of your recordings, email them, and play recordings back with easy controls. The app is available for iPhone and iPad and provides additional features with the pro version such as stereo recordings, FTP upload, and timer activation.

Why we love it

Audio Memos Free is an intuitive app that makes recording your notes simple.

AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder

Record lectures, interviews, or simply speak your own notes with this handy app.

AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder

Easy navigation

For those who like speaking their notes instead of writing them.

When you are on the go, it is not always easy to take the time for capturing your thoughts. This is when AudioNote comes in handy because you can simply speak your notes. Along with the one-tap recording feature, the app includes traditional note-taking options with touch or text modes and a few drawing tools.

Why we love it

AudioNote is a convenient app for recording meetings at work or lectures at school. And, when you are out and about, you can record your own notes and thoughts with a simple tap.

Jot Down Your Notes

With all of the amazing apps for taking notes, some people just prefer to keep it traditional. If you like to jot down notes with a pencil and paper, then there is a mobile app that lets you hand-write your thoughts just as easily.

Sketchworthy - Notes, Sketches, and Ideas
Sketchworthy - Notes, Sketches, and Ideas

Sketchworthy - Notes, Sketches, and Ideas

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Sketchworthy is designed as a beautiful and innovative way to create and manage all your notes, sketches, scribbles, and more. Create notebooks and pages of your sketches, annotate maps and webpages, add photos, text, draw, and more. The app takes advantage of new iOS 9 technology to offer an experience unseen in other note-taking or drawing apps.

Sketchworthy is beautiful. Interfaces are clean and intuitive, and Menus are uncluttered and easy to navigate. Built-in help makes the app easy to learn and use. Yet despite its beauty and simplicity, the app packs a powerful productivity punch!

With Sketchworthy, you can capture and save maps, web pages, and photos. Anything you capture becomes a page in your notebook, and can be drawn on just like any other paper. Mark up and annotate to your heart's content with our smooth and fluid drawing engine, and bring your concepts to life.

Sketchworthy comes with a built-in paper store. You can purchase packs and download them directly into the application, and EVERY page in a notebook can be set to a different paper style paper style. This means that you can use graphing paper for 1 page, and then lined paper for the next. And with packs for blueprints, sheet music, graphs, planners, to-to lists, and much, much more, you can manage your projects in a manner unrivaled by similar applications

Simply put, there is no existing drawing app that allows the level of customization that Sketchworthy offers. Change everything from the color of your notebooks and the pages they use, to the background and appearance of the app itself.

With social networks such as Facebook and Twitter built into Draw Pad Pro, sharing your notes and sketches has never been easier. Save, email, tweet and post pages in a notebook. Notebooks you create can be printed directly from your device, emailed as a PDF file, or exported to a third party application such as Dropbox or GoodReader.

Sketchworthy is universal, giving you 2 apps for the price of 1. Own an iPhone? iPad? iPod Touch? It doesn't matter. Sketchworthy is designed for them all.

Sketchworthy offers an experience and features unlike any other, is kid and environmentally friendly, only hangs out with reputable people, and comes recommended by 4 out of 5 mad scientists. Give Sketchworthy a try!

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Draw and Diagram

For designers or those creating diagrams for work or school, a note-taking app that brings drawing capabilities is a no brainer. Sketch, draw, diagram, and keep it all together in your notes.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Swipe to stylize

For those who want to take simple notes, draw sketches, or annotate photos.

This one burst onto the scene and immediately became the darling of artists and non-artists alike. It is just so easy to pick up and start using, with or without a stylus. Its free price tag makes it an absolute must-download, though of course, in-app purchases unlock even more features. It's simply beautiful on the iPad's retina display and a pleasure to use.

Why we love it

Paper is simple to use and comes packed with a ton of useful tools that make note-taking, photo annotation, and drawing easy.

Linea - Sketch Simply

Sketch and Write With Ease

Linea - Sketch Simply

It is Simple

For those who want to write and sketch on iPad in an uncomplicated way.

Linea comes with a wide range of pre-defined colors or you can customize colors with a single tap. Auto-generated tints and shades are also included. Simplified layers are easy to merge or rearrange. A Touch Eraser allows you to wipe the screen clean with ease.

Why we love it

There's a lot of sketchpad apps on the App Store and Linea doesn't offer anything new in terms of the features it provides. However, if you're new to digital sketching, Linea is a great product to consider.