What Are Your Favourite Apps For Taking Notes?

What Are Your Favourite Apps For Taking Notes?
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The internet and subsequent rise of smartphones and cloud storage have revolutionised the act of taking notes. It’s easier than ever to save your thoughts (since we almost always have a connected device within arm’s reach), access them from a variety of other devices, and share them with people who need to know what you’re planning. Instead of losing grocery lists or sudden sparks of creative genius you scribble down on a sticky note and can no longer find, your critical thoughts and must-do lists can live safely in the cloud.

There are plenty of apps out there that can enhance the note-taking experience. I still find myself writing things down with a pen on a notepad, but I’ll enlist the help of Google Keep and even Windows 10’s Sticky Notes app to manage my thoughts. (I find both apps’ cross-device synchronisation to be a massive help.)

In the spirit of finding the best, most efficient and convenient note-taking strategy, we’d love to hear about your most-used notes apps. Are you an Evernote evangelist? A die-hard OneNote user? Maybe you’ve stuck with the tried-and-true simplicity of Notepad all these years. Whatever you thought-jotter of choice is, let us know in the comments below.


  • I sort of bounce around between tools. Windows 10’s sticky notes is a big one, for as you say the cross-device sync is pretty good. I even get them on my Android with Microsoft’s launcher or the OneNote app. I occasionally use Google Keep because I’ll think of things in the car, and that’s where Google Assistant puts them.
    (Aside: I’m looking for a better solution for taking more long-form notes via voice in the car)

    Mostly, though, I’m using Notion. It’s a bit slow to start on mobile, but it allows me the flexibility to organize things exactly how I want (both a blessing and a curse). Plus, it looks nice and gets out of your way. I’m also experimenting with an unofficial API (and official one is in the works) so I can capture notes quicker from other sources, like the aforementioned Google Assistant.

  • If lengthy notes are needed I use Google Assist to verbally write my notes in Gmail. Assist seems to get 99% correct, and it is good with technical words too.

    Gone are the days of taking notes by hand.

      • That said I still have not found the ultimate application (app for the guest – very technical). For years I have been looking for a diary. A diary just like the traditional paper one. The app would accommodate hand written with a pen, keyboard or voice, save as a PDF, and allow flicking back and forth through the days. Simple enough, maybe someones millions if it were available.

  • I’m currently using Simplenote from Automattic. I was after a light weight note keeper with cross platform sync between Mac, Windows and iPhone. A couple of the others just felt too heavy for me, as I was used to Apple Notes or Notepad. So Simplenote met all my requirements, and it’s been running really well.

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