10 best note taking apps for Android

by: Joe HindyNovember 12, 2015

Google Keep best note taking apps for android
One of the many great things about having a smartphone is the ability to take notes. Gone are the days where inspirations were lost because you couldn’t find a notebook and you now carry your grocery list in your pocket all day, every day. Of course, you’ll want the right app for that job so lets take a look at the best note taking apps for Android!

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ColorNote best note taking apps for androidColorNote

[Price: Free]
First on our list is ColorNotes. This is a simple note taking application that 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, a feature it had long before Google Keep came out. Some other features include calendar support, backup support to both internal and cloud storage, some task reminder features, and more. Best of all, it’s completely free.

Get it now on Google Play!

colornote best note taking apps for android

evernote best note taking apps for androidEvernote

[Price: Free / optional subscription]
Evernote is pretty much the upper tier when it comes to note taking apps. It is loaded with features of all kinds, including various note types, notebook support, organizational features, collaboration features, note sharing, and, of course, cross-platform support. If you get the optional subscription, you’ll get more storage space, offline access, PDF annotation, and more. It’s powerful and it’s definitely worth a shot if you need something a little more than just a basic note app.

Get it now on Google Play!

fast notepad best note taking apps for androidFast Notepad

[Price: Free]
Fast Notepad is a relatively newer option in the note taking space and it’s already getting some seriously positive reviews. This Material Design-inspired application is just a quick note taking app. There are no extra features, no ads, and nothing to bloat the app whatsoever. It works very quickly and well enough for what it’s designed to do. It’s a great option for people who just need something simple and quick. Of course, the caveat is that to maintain quickness, the app does lack some features.

Get it now on Google Play!

fiinote best note taking apps for androidFiiNote

[Price: Free]
FiiNote is from the same developers who did FreeNote which used to be on this list many years ago. 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 so you can type notes, write them, or draw them if you want. You can also add images, video, and voice if you want to. It’s free to use and comes with a decent set of features for those looking for a hybrid note taking experience.

Get it now on Google Play!

fiinote best note taking apps for android

Google Keep best note taking apps for androidGoogle Keep

[Price: Free]
Google’s note taking app is called Google Keep and it’s one that you’ll hear a lot of people recommend. 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 is integrated with Google Drive, allows for voice and photo to be added to notes, and you can even share notes and set reminders. It’s a good note taking app that has just enough features to be super useful but not so many that it’s bloated.

Get it now on Google Play!

lecturenotes best note taking apps for androidLectureNotes

[Price: Free demo / $3.59]
LectureNotes is a popular, highly rated, and powerful note taking application. This one isn’t so much geared toward general note taking as it is geared toward things like academia and professional use. It was one of the earliest apps to include stylus support and remains one of the best ones to have this today. It has support for OneNote and Evernote along with PDF support, audio and video recording capabilities (for recording lectures or meetings), and a lot more. It’s a seriously good app.

Get it now on Google Play!

notepad+ icon best note taking apps for androidNotePad+

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Notepad+ bills itself as a universal application for taking notes, drawing, doodling, sketching, and all sorts of other stuff. It’s a bit different from other apps in this category thanks to its free-flowing nature. You can literally do anything from doodle a picture to take actual notes and pretty much everything between the two. It comes with various color themes, unlimited notes (limited only by your own internal storage), multi-page notes, and even a passcode feature for security.

Get it now on Google Play!

onenote best android note taking appsOneNote

[Price: Free]
Microsoft’s OneNote is a standalone note taking app that works on the OneDrive surface similar to how Google Keep works on 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 Microsoft’s series of productivity apps.

Get it now on Google Play!

simplenote best note taking apps for androidSimplenote

[Price: Free]
Simplenote, as the name implies, is a simple note taking app. Must like Fast Note, it intentionally removes a lot of the features you’d see in other apps in favor of speed and to help keep the app lightweight. Unlike Fast Note, it does have some other features. It offers syncing between your devices and also an organization system that works off of tags and pins so you can quickly find the notes you’re looking for. All of it is also totally free.

Get it now on Google Play!

simplenote best note taking apps for android

SomNote best note taking apps for androidSomNote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least on our list is SomNote. This note taking application has quite a few features and caters more to long-form note taking rather than simple things like grocery lists or reminders. 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. It’s a good, solid app that does what it says it does.

Get it now on Google Play!

SomNote best note taking apps for android

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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