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Notebook Taking Notes

The 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.


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

The biggest addition in the update involves handwriting. You can now search handwritten notes from the Library and within a specific note. Any handwritten note can now also be converted into text. Just to note, the first time you launch the app after updating the library will be scanned and indexed for handwriting. If you have a significant amount of handwriting, that process may take a while. With the Multi-Note feature for iPads, you can work with two different notes side by side. And a new note switcher makes it easy to switch between notes quickly. That feature even supports audio recording and playback. In the Library, you can view a new recent notes features that shows the 10 most recently opened notes. An updated Help Center also features articles and tutorials to learn the finer points of the app. Designed for the iPhone and all iPad models, Notability can be downloaded now on the App Store for $9.99. Notability's combination of numerous features, an intelligently-designed interface, a fluid, readable handwriting experience, and value is enough to make it unbeatable. The app has a host of great features and they are virtually all implemented in a highly intuitive, user-friendly manner.

Why we love it

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


Draw, diagram, and be creative with your notes.


For those who want a note app with sketching and diagram features.

ZoomNotes is a wonderful tool for creative note-takers. The editable guide lines help you to scale, rotate, and flip objects in your diagrams. Unlimited paper sizes, styles, and colors give you complete freedom. And, the various pen types, shapes, and symbol library provide you with great flexibility. For sketches, diagrams, and note-sharing, ZoomNotes is a terrific app.

Why we love it

ZoomNotes provides an array of robust features for sketching, note-taking, and creating diagrams with ease.

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.

MarkNote - Markdown Note

MarkNote - Markdown Note

Shumin Sun

Write documents with markdown.
Sync documents into iCloud.
Access your documents with any of your mac or iOS devices.
Share your story with your friend.
You can easily embed photos, format text, create tables, send rich formatted mail message, and share and edit notes from any devices.

- Embed photos and images into note
- Live preview while writing
- Auto save
- Send mail with rich format
- Swipe to delete a note
- Syntax highlighting
- Embed code snippets and mathematics formulas
- Click to update the task status in todo list
- Review and edit your notes from any web browsers or smart devices
- Sync your notes into iCloud drive, and share with all your devices. You can read and edit your notes with marknote app on iPhone/iPad or marknotes on mac
- Publish your note as blog posts
- Import web page shared from apps like mobile safari, save in markdown format, so that you can read it later or edit it later

You have complete control to your data.

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MetaMoJi Note

MetaMoJi Note

MetaMoJi Corporation

MetaMoJi Note is a note and sketchbook app, PDF annotation tool, voice memo and digital scrapbook for your life. Capture your ideas anytime with quick voice recordings, advanced handwriting recognition and handwriting to text conversion(*), or annotate Office and PDF documents.

(*) Requires purchase of mazec Handwriting Input Method for this functionality.

Use the app as a high resolution sketchbook with a vast color wheel palette, pastel colors and advanced calligraphy pens. MetaMoJi Note is a virtual whiteboard for sketching, annotation, scrapbooking or digital mashup of notes and voice.

MetaMoJi Note is the only note-taking app available across all major mobile platforms. Winner of multiple awards: Tabby Award for Best Personal Productivity App - Silver Stevie® Award for International Business - Finalist for Appy Award for Productivity - #1 Productivity App in Japan

Key Features

NEW – Gold Service is a premium add-on that allows you to make advanced use of the MetaMoJi Cloud and the app itself. It includes:
- The Shared Drive capability allows co-editing of documents
- Auto sync intervals to ensure your notes are always backed up
- Additional storage for the MetaMoJi Cloud
- Unlimited access to optional inks, premium items, papers and note styles
- Customizing the navigation bar

• Write, sketch or draw notes with a variety of pens, paper layouts and graphics, including calligraphy pens and inks
• Grab your great ideas quickly with voice memos which you can tag to your visual content – convenient audio editing features allow you to index voice cues to any document or part of a document – even drawings, annotated graphics or PDF documents.
• Scale your document up to a whiteboard or down to a sticky note while still maintaining 100% visual integrity
• Import images, graphics and Microsoft Office files via Google Drive
• Import a PDF file, mark it up as needed, and save it as another PDF file
• Share creations by email or upload to Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr
• Easy file storing and sharing via Google Drive, Evernote and Dropbox
• Sync all folders to the MetaMoJi Cloud, a cloud service that allows you to save and manage your documents (up to 2GB for free)
• Save drawings as individual JPEG graphics in the items library for later use
• Interactively browse the web from within the app and mark up sites
• MetaMoJi Note Lite is free to download and use. This version, MetaMoJi Note is a paid app, has the great features above, along with the following advanced capabilities:
• Password protect your notes to ensure your information is kept safe
• Advanced pen styles including highlighters, fountain pens and brushes
• Enhanced Jump functions allow for you to assign visual points to easily navigate around complex compositions while you are presenting
• Shapes tool provides editable shapes
• Smart cropping tool vastly extends photo editing

Here are some ways to use MetaMoJi Note for your personal and business life:
• Generate quick notes and to-do lists, add voice memos and tag for easy retrieval later
• Capture and markup website pages
• Sketch drawings for illustrating lesson plans
• Mark up and sign contracts and critical business documents in PDF form
• Use as an interactive whiteboard to brainstorm and present during team meetings
• PDF and photo annotation
• Review/edit documents and share feedback through email
• Draw a mind map or flowchart of ideas and assign audio files

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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.


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


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.

Audio Memos SE

Audio Memos SE

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Audio Memos SE

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.

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.

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 WeTransfer

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by WeTransfer

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.

Drawings Pad: Digital Painting

Drawings Pad: Digital Painting


For those looking to doodle whenever and wherever you want.

Unleash your creative streak on a virtual drawing canvas with Drawing Pad! Drawing Pad is a cool doodling app that allows you to draw, sketch, doodle while you are traveling or just relaxing a home. DrawIng Pad Color provides a photo desk for creative editors and allows your to export your artwork.