With its huge display, the current smartphone can be used safely as a notepad. Unfortunately, with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Note series with a stylus on mobile phones, it is not easy to write notes by hand, but using the virtual keyboard you can indulge as often as you can and save any type of text.
It is easy to do this if you have installed a known app, that is an application made specifically for taking notes and saving reminders in the form of text. There are countless for Android and iPhone, and with the most varied features.
You can save the shopping list, the date of the most important recurrence, your passwords, use them as a diary or a notebook at the university. And the beauty is that all the data of these notepad applications can be synchronized online among all the devices you want, including PC and tablet, that they have Android, iOS or Windows. And they also have convenient widgets! Depending on the terminals you own, their operating system and your needs, the perfect memo apps for you may vary. The purpose of this article is to present the best apps known on Android and iOS to take notes and reminders with maximum convenience, with the best sharing and synchronization possibilities, and with the top of the features.
All the applications you find in this guide are free apps and although some may have paid versions you can use them all for free. Please note that usually smartphones already have an app for notes installed: let’s quote for example Samsung Note on Galaxy devices. Those pre-installed and customized by individual manufacturers for their smartphones and tablets will not be included in this article, which instead contains alternatives that can give a potentially more complete user experience.
The official Google app is really something extraordinary because of the flexibility it offers. It connects to a Google account: just like the one you use to configure your Android smartphone and to download applications from the Play Store.
All your notes that you save within the application are stored in your Google account, and you can access them from any device by doing 2 simple things. The first is to go to keep.google.com (if you can not install the Google Keep note app) and the second is to login with your Google account by entering e-mail and password.
The notes you wrote with your smartphone will magically materialize on your PC or any other device, and vice versa. Since the app note is also available as a web client(so it is accessible simply from browsers like Google Chrome, you can use it on any device that can surf the internet without an installed app. With Google Keep you can also create lists, voice notes, notes with pictures, drawings by hand and more.
The famous Evernote was one of the pioneers of the known apps on Android and iOS and is one of the most downloaded of all.
The level of professionalism it offers is really high, so much so that it is suitable for those who work with the smartphone. Almost all types of multimedia files to be included in the clipboard are supported: you can insert photos, videos, audio recordings, pieces of web pages and even PDF documents. You can even attach documents created with the word processor programs of the Microsoft Office suite.
The note app also includes a scanner that works via the phone’s camera, to capture and digitize every paper document. The formatting possibilities are immense, as are the organization of texts for each area. It is also a note-based app with a password that gives you the top security to keep out third parties. Nevertheless you can synchronize with any device and the notes can be viewed with a simple access from any location.
If you mainly use a PC with Windows installed, know that Microsoft’s OneNote is the most integrated note app with this operating system. Although it integrates seamlessly with computers, it’s an Android and iOS-based app based on simplicity, with a truly capillary but intuitive organization as much as a sheet of paper.
Simplicity, however, does not mean shortcomings. There are full formatting options, support for photos, videos and lists, and many memo organizing options to find them in an extremely easy way, including a tag system. You can of course draw, there is a very efficient search function and the widgets are really comfortable. The initial dashboard is also highly intuitive and customizable. A search engine for the online products you want to buy is also integrated. It works through a Microsoft account where you can log in from any device to synchronize notes. It is also available as a known app for the Wear OS smartwatch.
ColorNote (Android only)
Another of the simplest known apps for Android and iPhone, and it is from the simplicity that has drawn its huge success. ColorNote is an application that as already suggests the name is based on the colors, which allow you to distinguish them at a glance.
But its strength is not just the colors. The note app manages to create post-it notes that are really handy even to be used as a widget, as they can be added in large numbers on the Home screen. It also integrates a calendar to better organize your day, and also an alarm system to be notified by notifications about the set reminders. You can insert notes, lists and reminders, all with the possibility of password protection. It is also possible to backup all the notes on the SD card, and you can synchronize everything online on each device.
Very popular application on Mac and iOS, it is also available on Android and is a known app that integrates in an exemplary way especially with Apple devices. There are several innovative ways to save notes and to organize the details of our life with Zoho Notebook.
In addition to the normal notes you can add images, lists, audio notes also to record via microphone and photographs. You can scan documents and always add them within app notes, as well as attach text documents made with Office or PDF.
It is therefore something very complete and above all professional. The organization side is really impressive. You can group notes in several ways: groups, notepads and various categories. There is a very fast search function and a security system that allows you to block the notes app via password or fingerprint.
Obviously the synchronization options on all devices are available, but you will have already understood this gives the professionalism of this app. And there is also a complex widget, as well as support to Google Assistant in the Android version to write notes directly to the virtual assistant through voice commands.
ABSOLUTE simplicity. If you have a smartphone that is not too powerful and if you are a bit of an enemy of frills, you should definitely try this app for Android and iOS. It only has the bare minimum and is incredibly fast.
With a very simple interface, it will make you write notes and lists in the blink of an eye, and you can identify and organize them using the fast tags. There is also a trash for deleted texts in case you do not want to delete them altogether. Through the Simplenote site you can access the notes saved from any device without even installing the application. The graphics are not complex just to maximize intuitiveness, but you can choose a light or dark theme to keep your eyes from getting tired.
We want to propose you to conclude the last alternative: Somnote. An app known halfway between speed and function. Use a very unique approach for a mobile application: folders.
You can add notes and insert them into nice colored folders to find them always according to the category you need. You can attach images to the clipboard, as well as PDF documents.
It has really excellent performances and a very immediate search mode through text. The application can be protected from access by third parties and you can also view everything online by synchronizing with any device. The automatic backup function is also excellent, so as not to risk loss of data. Its interface is very intuitive and fluid, but also customizable. You can in fact have fun changing themes and fonts.