Google Keep best note taking apps for android
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!


Price: Free
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.


Price: Free / $34.99 per year / $69.99 per year
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.


Price: Free / $0.99
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.


Price: Free
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

Price: 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.


Price: Free trial / $3.89
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

Price: Free / up to $9.29
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.
Material Notes

Omni Notes

Price: Free
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.
Omni Notes


Price: Free
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.


Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $39.99 per year
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.

If we missed any of the best note taking apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! Check out all of our app lists by clicking here!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • Conner Rhoads

    I see you’re defending your choices for what programs you picked based on user ratings. I should remind you that editor ratings != user ratings. I’m not trying to come off preachy, but as a fellow blogger, I see it as my responsibility to expose my audience to alternatives they might not have considered before. If this blog post was entitled “Users top rated note taking software”, then you’d absolutely be in the right for pulling out the user ratings and going “Hey guys, sorry, its not ranked high enough to make the top 5”.

    ASUS SuperNote Pro I think could deserve a mention in this or a similar future article but I could just as easily pass it up because of who its limited to. Its limited to only those who own an ASUS product, which, arguably, is a lot of Android tablet owners. I’m sure Samsung has some apps you could make some similar arguments for and maybe a great article could be made on that alone.

    Papyrus, as I mentioned REALLY deserves some accolades because it seems like of all the guys out there, Steadfast Innovations is the only wants trying to sit down and create a science around the intuitiveness around how note taking can and should work on a tablet.

    I’ve used each and every piece of software talked about in this post (from the post itself and the user comments) as I am a person who very much tries to work towards the goal of going 100% paperless. Supernote / Gnote IMHO are really the closet thing there is getting there in today’s world, but they’re trying to take “old sciences” and jam that puzzle piece into the wrong puzzle. Papyrus, while probably not there, is very much on the right track.

    Lecture Notes, Google Keep, OneNote, EverNote — they all have value, but let’s face it — they aren’t focused on the physical act of taking notes (though they try to support that function) — they’re focused on trying to sort the data you’re keeping together.

    You see, after a fashion, there’s just a lot of things I feel like this article could have broken apart and it could have really acted like a wake up call for those companies who are stuck in the past not doing right, those companies who think they are offering one solution, but offering something else entirely and those companies on the right track.

    • JosephHindy

      Wow you really don’t understand how this works do you? Why the hell would I depend on the personal opinion of one person when I have data from millions of people who use Android every day? My list is not my opinion and the reason is because I’m not pompous enough to try to pass off my opinion as fact. My opinion is my opinion and it is only one opinion. That is a horrible base line to frame a “best apps” list. That might be able to fly on whatever website you work on, but here, I represent the opinions of all who use Android. I don’t use the popularity of this site to further my own personal agenda on what’s good or not.

      According to the millions and millions and millions of people who have downloaded and rated these applications, these are the best ones. You expect me to take your one, single (and frankly, pessimistic) opinion of that over millions of others? Just because you write words on a website? As if dude, you’re a person, no better than any other person and I have the opinions of a millions riding in my articles. That’s why mine are unbiased and far more truthful than yours. My data set is simply a million times larger than yours is. Deal with it.

      • Conner Rhoads

        My point is YOU as a WRITER should be telling people what cool things are out there, not relying exclusive on stats.

        This is learnt in Marketing and Blogging 101. If you don’t believe that, maybe you should take a step back and read the likes of people like Chris Garrett (one of the blogging greats).

        Likewise, if you can’t take criticism professionally … well ….

  • Gilles LeBlanc

    Im hearing great things about lecture note

  • Here’s my requirements for a note-taking app, if anyone has some suggestions:
    1) Plain text format.
    2) Cross-compatibility with Android, Win7, Mac10.8 (iOS access would be nice too – just in case).
    3) Cloud-sync and occasional web browser access capability.
    4) Save and update copies of files on all devices (automatically) for times when internet isn’t available.
    Dropbox does most of this but apparently, it will not automatically save a copy of a file (or update it) locally on an Android device.

    • B Saelim

      Give “Minutes Text Notes” a try. It doesn’t do dropbox sync yet.

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  • twh10d

    Catch Notes. The UI is simple and beautiful. I find apps like Evernote to be overwhelming.

  • J

    It depends on the way you take notes… and situations.

    Sometimes, you just want to drop a few words… a reminder for a short period of time, more like a to-do list, or it’s a little note which is kept for very long, e.g. WiFi password.

    OTOH, it may be a note in a seminar… it’d be long and with pics and anything… you may need handwriting feature for quick input.

    Keep, Catch, Springpad
    Note Anytime, Free Note

  • Hassan Muhammad

    there is nothing better than the S Note

  • Elfsiren

    Definitely gonna throw in my recommendation of LectureNotes. I’ve been using it for a bit over two years with my Note 10.1 in school and I’ve never been disappointed. The app runs well, gets updated and the Dev is awesome. It’s a truly perfect app.

    • wshwe

      Too bad Samsung has stopped making Note tablets.

      • Elfsiren

        Yeah. I’m bummed about that too. I’m already thinking of a contingency plan for when my Note 10.1 kicks the bucket. I plan to get a Microsoft Surface. I’ve tried Drawboard, and it’s okay, but I’ll probably just get an Android emulator and continue with LectureNotes.

  • Modman

    I know galaxy note is a niche device. But snote is not mentioned at all. None of these apps are as natural as galaxy note s pen, when handwriting notes. If people had half a brain they’d realise iPad is a huge ripoff. It really is beyond them to see the usefulness in a handwriting productivy tablet.

    • 56456

      its a niche device

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  • If you use a device with a stylus, such as the Samsung Note Series devices then you might want to check out MyScript Smart Note. You can use this on non-dedicated stylus devices to, but it shines with a real stylus since you can set it to ignore anything else. Where is excels is you can hand write notes and it will perform OCR and save it as text that is searchable or can be cut and pasted into other apps. There is Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote and even Samsung’s own S-Note app. It’s really good at deciphering chicken scratch.

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  • Elite_Warrior

    Where is Parchi by Microsoft ?

    • JosephHindy

      I actually couldn’t find it, also, pretty sure that’s not available in most mainstream markets.

  • Abdullah Amir

    Omni Notes worth mentioning as well

  • Leonidas

    What about my favorite app MEMO WIDGET!!! its amazing you can have fully transparent notes on your home screens with just text over your wallpaper. Even change fonts and even orientations and sizes of text to your liking. You dont always have to have freaking the shape and color of a sticky note to do the same thing.

  • s2weden2000

    that’s right!

  • ChristianRVA

    I just use Gmail drafts. Talk about cross-platform support. Plus it’s (obviously) linked to my Google account. I put a gmail widget to my drafts folder on my phone’s desktop. You can label things, apply attachments, links, embed pictures, or just type! And it’s one less app clunking up your phone.

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      Wow…that’s just, genius.

  • Alex Maslov

    How about Raloco Notes? Its beautiful, simple and unique because among other popular features users can set custom font style as well. Handwriting, typewriting.. One of the most important things – writing style is somehow missed in other popular notes apps.

  • usert456

    I prefer A+ Notes.. its easy to use and embed pictures and format font. i also like that you can move app to sd card

  • akshay

    Wunderlist is not there i am shocked!!!!

    • Aleindra Mieramadhian Syah

      lol??? so u using wunderlist to taking note???????

  • Aleindra Mieramadhian Syah

    monospace is a nice option that should be mentioned in future list.

  • Don Draper

    Writer+ is fantastic

  • saksham

    wheres s note i think its one of the best one


    Google keep & Microsoft’s One Note does the job for me.

  • Aki I.

    I use OneNote because its available and syncs on just about everything, feature rich and powerful (they call it bloated) and its good with pen enabled devices. It just has a higher learning curve to the interface and features but after using Snote, Google keep, Evernote, it is was the best option for me all things considered like cost, features, and usability.

  • Jonathan King

    Only problem with Google Keep is if you accidentally delete something (within a note) there is no way of getting it back, otherwise it’s perfect.

  • Jake

    I’m surprised that S-Note didn’t make it on the list as it’s available for other devices on the Google Play Store now.

  • Locked In a Box

    Google Keep +1

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  • Jan Howell

    I just got a note 5 phone. When the clerk switched all my stuff over my note pad didn’t come over. Anyone know what I can do? I’m lost without my notes!

  • guest

    i like wiznote. Works well for me.

  • Cassiopia5

    I use MixNote now. It’s simple as I imagined a note should be.

  • AndyJ

    Thanks. Pretty good selection of apps! always forgetting stuff ))
    I was using evernote for about two weeks but I find it a bit overloaded with functionality though quite professional. Tried Wunderlist for some time too. Now testing Notibuyer – will see if it’ll be handy in a week. At the moment I like the design and quick voice memo access feature

  • Vivek Rameses

    I use Omni notes as my primary note taking app as it fits my privacy concerns. Ia writer and jotterpad were also good but it seems development has stopped. Samsung Notes is actually really good as well.

  • Lano Doko

    I use SteloNote because it is simple and easy to use. And this new app has advance features such as text formatting, importance filtering, and real-time scheduling.

  • Vivek Rameses

    Fairnote is new and really good.

  • Thanks, I used all. But I also love MixNote. For me the voice notes and and the trash are the best ones , as i am very lazy so the voice notes are better to take notes and trash make some sense once you want to recover ur deleted notes

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    • Rogen West

      Why? Like I agree. I way prefer using Soundbite.

  • sanilaS siuL

    color notes is great! been using it for almost 2 years

  • Juan Ortiz

    You forgot to mention that Material Notes also had fingerprint lock for notes and that you can back it up to Google Drive to use it across many devices.

  • Antonino Rimbaud

    What about mentioning the fact that Omni Notes is open-source too?

  • I used MixNote. good note app

  • Alfonso E.M.

    I use (a lot) simplenote. But I recently discovered Standard Notes. Encrypted notes get synced among my phone, laptop (linux) and web client. And It is opensource!

  • I think MixNote notepad notes is the best notes app for android.II have tried a number of different note taking apps such as EverNote, Onenote, Google Keep etc. but they all were flawed. So sloooooow, always depend on your Internet connection. This was just horrible. However, MixNote is a great alternative! It is only 2.8MB. It’s so much faster. Never crashes (at least when your operating system works normally). MixNote allows you to quickly take your notes manually, clip them with a shortcut from almost anywhere and later categorize those notes with tags.
    And what is more important there is a free version avaliable on Play store.