One of the many great things about having a smartphone is the ability to take notes. You have your smartphone on you at practically all times. That makes it a prime spot to put your moments of inspiration. Or a good place to put that you need to get milk at the store. Either way, it’s a great place for note taking is what we’re saying. Of course, you’ll want the right app for that job so lets take a look at the best note taking apps for Android!
ColorNote is one of the most popular note taking apps. It allows you to create text notes, lists, and more. Its namesake feature is the ability to change the background color of notes to help you stay organized. That's a feature many other note taking apps borrowed from this one. Some other features include calendar support, backup support to both internal storage and cloud storage, and more. ColorNote also has to-do list features as well. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Evernote is one of the most powerful note taking apps there is. It comes jam packed with features. Some of them include various note types, notebook support, organizational features, collaboration features, note sharing, and cross-platform support. During 2016, it neutered its free offering. Thus, using the app for free isn't as robust as it used to be. There are also two optional subscriptions that add a variety of features as well as cloud space to store your notes. It’s still really good. However, people looking for free offerings probably have better options.
FairNote is one of the newer note taking apps. It features a simple interface, Material Design, and a tag system for easier organization. The app tries to focus a bit more on security. Note encryption is optional and it uses AES-256 encryption. Additionally, pro users can set up their fingerprint to encrypt and decrypt notes as needed. Other than that, it has most of the features you'll need. The free version comes with most of the features. The paid version removes ads, adds a dark theme, and also adds more encryption features.
FiiNote (and FiiWrite) are from developers that have had success in the note taking apps genre before. FiiNote is a fun little note taking application that provides a more authentic experience. It comes with a grid background along with stylus/drawing support. That means you can type notes, write them, or draw them if you want. You can also add images, video, and voice messages to your notes. That makes it perfect for keeping all kinds of notes, doodles, sketches, and other types of notes. It's also totally free.
Google Keep is arguably the most popular note taking app right now. It uses a very colorful, Material Design-inspired interface that both looks great and is highly functional. Notes show up as cards that you can quickly scroll through and select. The app has Google Drive integration so you can access them online if you need to. Additionally, it has voice notes, to-do notes, and you can set reminders and share notes with people. There is just enough to be super useful without being bloated. It also has Android Wear support if you need that.
LectureNoteswas one of the first really good note taking apps for students and academics. It was one of the earliest apps to include stylus support and continues to be one of the best with that feature now. There is support for OneNote and Evernote along with PDF support, audio and video recording capabilities (for recording lectures or meetings), and a lot more. It employs an open layout that's great for writing notes or typing them if needed. We recommend checking out the free trial before buying it. It's not great for general use, but it's definitely great for academia.
Material Notes is a note taking app made specifically for those who want more Material Design. Thankfully, it’s also a pretty good app for taking notes. It features a design and layout similar to Google Keep with colored notes laid out in a card-style interface. Unlike Google Keep, this app doesn’t take things much further. There is a widget if you need that and you have the ability to export and import notes as well. Otherwise, what we’re looking at here is a very simple note taking app that just gets the job done without any additional bells and whistles. It’s also completely free. There is an option to donate to the developer, but it is completely optional.
Omni Notes is another very simple note taking app with a Material Design interface. This one uses a vertical card layout that is both easy to scroll through and easy to keep track of. It also has the ability to merge, sort, and search through your notes for better organization and discovery. On top of that, it has DashClock support, widgets, and a sketch-note mode where you can draw and doodle if you want to. It has enough features to be competitive, but not so many that it’s bloated. It's one of the great note taking apps for those on a budget as well.
Microsoft’s OneNote is Microsoft’s foray into the note taking apps genre. It’s integrated into OneDrive similar to how Google Keep is integrated into Google Drive. It has a bunch of features including organization features, cross-platform support, widgets, Android Wear support, collaboration features, and support for voice, text, and photo additions to notes. It’s fairly powerful and a must-have application if you use other Microsoft apps already. The only caveat is that it’s one of the more bloated note taking apps, so those looking for something more minimal may need to look elsewhere.
SomNote is a bit of a wildcard in the note taking apps space. It caters more to the long-form note taking style. That makes it great for things like journals, diaries, research notes, story writing, and others. It has a folder system for easy organization, a locking mechanism to keep things secure, and theming options. There is also a syncing feature so you can go back and forth between devices. The free version has ads and limited cloud support. The premium subscription gives you 30GB of cloud storage, no ads, and more. The only downside is that you have to subscribe to get rid of the ads. There is no single payment option.