The Best Note Taking Apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMay 10, 2013

Note Taking Apps for Android Everyone can find a good use for taking notes. Whether it’s your grocery list, or novel ideas, or a list of songs to buy, or anything else that you can think of, people as a whole all have reasons to take a note. It’s one of the rare tasks that transcends demographics. Housewives take list notes called grocery lists while a punk rock guitarist might make a list note for chords he needs to learn. So we’ve brought you the best note taking apps for Android. As always, if you’d rather watch than read, we posted the video at the bottom!

ColorNote - Note Taking Apps for Android


First on our list of note taking apps is called ColorNote. This is a solid app that has pretty much all of the features you could need in a note taking app. You can take regular text notes or list notes as you may require. They can be organized by color so if you want all your business notes to be red and all personal to be blue, you can do that. The app even has functionality to search via color so if you want to see all your red notes, you can. People seem to really like it and that’s why it’s here. To check it out, use the button below.

Get it on Google Play

Evernote - Best Note Taking Apps for Android


Evernote not being on this list would be blasphemous. It’s not only the most popular on the list, but also the highest rated. It is packed full of features as well. You can take regular text notes, list notes, picture notes, and voice notes. There are cloud storage options. It doesn’t have all the theming options of some of these apps. People generally use Evernote for its features, though, not for theming. It’s a top notch app and we’re talking just the free stuff. There are even more features if you go premium. To download it, hit the button below.

Get it on Google Play

FreeNote - Best Note Taking Apps for Android


It wouldn’t be a complete noting taking apps list if we didn’t include something for the stylus crowd. FreeNote is among the most popular note taking apps and it’s also the only one on the list that focuses around handwritten notes. Some people enjoy writing out notes by hand and some, especially tablet owners, find it easier than typing on the keyboard. FreeNote offers a variety of stylus note taking options. The free version will hound you to buy the paid version every now and then, but otherwise they both work just the same. To check it out, use the button below!

Get it on Google Play

Google Keep - Best Note Taking Apps for Android

Google Keep

Yes, folks, we are once again singing the praises of Google Keep. That’s because it’s a truly simple and powerful note taking app. You have all the best options for note taking apps. Text notes, list notes, voice notes, and picture notes. The voice notes are compatible with Google Voice Search, so you can open that up and tell it to take a note. You can organize them by color and even check them online at It’s simple, it’ powerful, and it has all the features note takers need without all the extra stuff. Use the button below to check it out.

Get it on Google Play

Note Everything - Best Note Taking Apps for Android

Note Everything

Note Everything is the first app on this list to utilize folders for note storage. So not only can you take apps, but you can use folders to get things organized. Along with that you can take all the usual types of notes. Picture notes, voice notes, list, and text notes. The app looks like it was designed two years ago, but it’s still one of the most popular and solid note taking apps for Android. To give it a shot, use the button below.

Get it on Google Play

SomNote - Best Note Taking Apps for Android


Last on our list of note taking apps for Android is called SomNote. SomNote’s main feature is its folder system. You can not only create folders within folders within folders, but you can also choose folder colors. So while ColorNote and Google Keep select your note color to help organize it, you can use this exact same thing for folder color. There are really only a couple of ways to take a note. There are text notes and then text notes with attachments. Since you can attach a picture you take with your camera right there, it technically allows for picture notes. It looks nice and works well. The button below will take you to it in the Google Play Store.

Get it on Google Play

Best Note Taking Apps for Android

The Best Note Taking Apps for Android Leaderboard

If you take a look at the leaderboard, you can see how these apps stack up against one another. Frankly, there aren’t many surprises in the list except maybe that Google Keep is the lowest one on there. These ratings aren’t our choice, they are based on the Google Play Store ratings. So this is how the people have rated them. There is no bias on our part.

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All of these apps are great for note taking. There are countless other options as well. So if there are note taking apps that you feel that we missed and should be included, feel free to comment down below and let us know! We’re always happy to hear from our readers.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    I prefer Keep for its holo-native design, nice colors and easy access from browser.
    The only thing thing i would like to see is RobotoSlab font on widgets.

    • Jawad Ahmed

      Just use it till gogle announce to shut it down. Also how you organize your notes on google keep?

      • Vitaly Streltsov

        Jawad, generally they are assorted. I use colors to mark some of them

  • vgergo

    How could you leave Lecture Notes out of such a list. With over 10,000 users it is the one app that takes advantage of the S-Pens in capable devices and does the whole nine yards. Audio + video recording, special stationary, write with pen / erase with finger, shapes, fonts, etc etc. If you have a note taking capable device this is the one to use. The developer is very resonsive, I’ve sent him a couple of feature requests and he implemented them within a few days!!!

    • JosephHindy

      The free version was rated as a 4.2, and the lowest (google keep) was rated as 4.4. The paid version of lecture notes is rated as 4.8 but the only people who can justify buying it are people with a stylus or one of the Note devices so we couldn’t include it.

      • Rohit

        All good products are not famous. All famous products are not good.

        • JosephHindy

          That’s why I use multiple metrics.

  • Humberto R.

    if you have a stylus, you need one app and one app only: lecture notes

  • Will Stewart

    I use Google Keep, it’s really a more simpler & whiter version of EverNote, but it works really well. The only criticism I have is that EverNote uploads notes to the web after exiting whereas Keep requires Sync to be on.

    Also, Google have released an official desktop Chrome app.

  • Conner Rhoads

    Really guys? You’re REALLY going to leave out some of the best note taking tools?

    First off you’re missing the only writing software who I think is REALLY making huge efforts at making tablets intuitive for note taking and thats Papyrus.

    Asus’s SuperNote is no slouch either but I can honestly see not counting it because you can only get it if you have an Android device, at least legitimately and if you have it illegitimately you’re missing out on a lot of new features you need an ASUS account to utilize.

    Lecture Notes is good, but not great. It does the job but has tons of room for improvement.

    Gnote is highly comparable to SuperNote.

    and honestly …. you really can’t do a note taking top anything without at least mentioning OneNote, though I’d probably agree it fell off the radar.

    Heck, I’d say you could make argument for Swiftkey being part of this post.

    • JosephHindy

      ASUS SuperNote is a 3.8 and OneNote is a 3.3 in the play store and not rated nearly high enough for this list. That’s why they weren’t included.

      Springpad and Papyrus were 4.3’s and just barely missed out being on the list :(

      • 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 ….

          • Mirza Gazali

            I agree with Conner. If you rely on stats of user ratings then i don’t need to read your article, Joseph. I want to know what’s the unfounded gem out there that i don’t know.

          • JosephHindy

            Mirza, we do a weekly feature called Diamonds in the Rough that address this very concern. The weekly article is literally dedicated to finding gem apps in the Play Store. I highly recommend you check that out (we do them every saturday).

          • JosephHindy

            Conner, I’m beginning to think that your entire experience with blogging is what you learned in college and you have very little experience doing this on your own. So let me give you some helpful tips from someone who’s been doing this for awhile.

            1. Know your audience. I know my audience and I know why people come to these kinds of articles. Not for Joe Hindy’s opinion, but for something quantifiable. Ergo, my methods reflect the concerns of my audience.
            2. Do NOT pass off your opinion as fact. Do NOT pass off your opinion at all (unless you’re writing an opinion piece)
            3. You do not walk into the article of another professional, bash his work publicly in the comments, then turn around and try to call it criticism. You sound like a troll.

            In the real world, people come to these articles for facts and they expect those facts to be backed up. Above are the 5 most popular and highly rated note taking apps available for the platform on Android. It is backed up by their Google Play Ratings and their download numbers. That is as close to fact as you can come in this field. If you don’t agree with that, it’s whatever, but that’s your opinion. There is no reigning authority on what a note taking app should be. So what you think is bad, others may think is great and vice versa. Since there is that conflict, you go for the highest rated apps because those apps satisfied the greatest percentage of their users. Don’t attack my work when you have absolutely no better way to judge which apps are the best (I did a considerable amount of brainstorming before I started doing this…and I know for a fact you have absolutely no better way to judge apps).

          • Staz

            Conner you really sound like a little bitch, stfu man.

    • Jawad Ahmed

      OneNote is great, the only missing feature is using online storage other than skydrive, dont want to loose my notes due to loosing my account.

  • xDumi

    The ONLY note taking app that can go side to side with Evernote was forgotten… Yes, I’m talking about Springpad! Please guys… C’mon!

    • JosephHindy

      Springpad has a 4.3 rating in the Google Play Store and the lowest app here is 4.4.

      So the people who review this apps (hint, that’s all of you guys) don’t agree with your assessment here. Sorry :(

  • Gilles LeBlanc

    Im hearing great things about lecture note

  • Paul Allen

    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.

    • Toby Cheetah

      Evernote is what I use. You can add tags to your notes and have folders, and search by either. And best of all, it automatically will sync with the desktop version. You can also edit or add notes in the desktop version, including text formatting, and sync with your phone. Not sure it will work with Apple products. And it’s free.

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    • YodaNote

      Catch Notes is closing,you should try YodaNote.

      YodaNote store you notes into your own storage like Dropbox,never lose your data,never shut down. YodaNote for Android will come out a month later.

    • Guest

      Yer I can’t believe this is closing… it was great for me because it was one site I could get to from work that was not blocked!!

  • 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

    • Rohit

      u r right Hassan , S Note is the best

  • Sudip Majhi

    I have been using Colornote for last few days. Its just great since you can lock any particular note with a master password.

  • Faith

    Interesting item including app that were selected. At this point, I use the iPad a lot to manage my tasks, share files, my notes, follow the progress of projects .. For that I use beesy, is there someone who has the equivalent of android?

  • Jawad Ahmed

    Google Keep have no organizing method, what will i do with hundreds of un-organized notes?

  • Yjgalla

    Been using Catch and loving it. Ended up here looking for an alternative. This article is missing an overview stating system requirements.

  • olaf

    I left Evernote and Catch for WorkFlowy. There is no Android agent still but online through Chrome works well.
    WorkFlowy – simple online text database with a tree-like structure. Some organazing and viewing options make it optimal for plain notes and big text projects

  • jayadev senapathi

    can i know the free n best handwriting apps around in the play store

  • GalaxyNoteFan

    I have to say lecture notes is my favorite for real note taking. I’m still waiting around for notes plus to make it over to Android, even without a digital pen it still blows the competition out of the water (hint: it’s the closeup box that makes the difference).

  • Xavier
  • Rohit

    you forgot the greatest and smartest note taking application – S NOTE (preinstalled in Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and 3)

  • Edgar Liu

    YodaNote 0.3 For Android provide real WYSIWYG editor you have not ever seen before on Android.
    YodaNote not provide storage but save your notes to your own Cloud Storage,such as Dropbox or Box.
    YodaNote has many features other than any note-taking software.

    ■ CardView-style note preview and editing.
    ■ Edit-in-place,on Android or PC.
    ■ Real WYSIWYG editor,based on HTML5 and JavaScript,on Android or PC.
    ■ Sync your notes with your own Cloud Storage
    ■ Free to change background color and image of notes.
    ■ Free to change icon of Category.
    ■ Easy to insert ASCII char,Emoticon and GIF image.


    • SRT

      WYSIWYG editor on Android is realy cool.

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  • Arun

    Another suggestion – Sec-Notes.

    Easy to use, fully secure (password, pin or pattern locks), auto backups to Google Drive and Dropbox, Rich text editing, Undo/Redo options, multiple notes (notepad, spreadsheet and checklists) and more..

  • Mike

    Extensive Notes Pro version is what I use. It has everything you could possibly want in a note taking app plus the kitchen sink.

  • Sunho

    ‘ClevNote’ is the best text based notepad for those who looking for a text based app!