Where do you write your thoughts or daily plan or even the name of a movie that someone recommended? Whether inspiration or ideas strikes when you are at home or on the go, a note-taking app provides an easy and convenient way to store all this information in one place.
Note-taking apps are equivalent to physical notebooks that can do more for you than paper ever. They allow you to snap photos, upload files, record audio, and create clip pages from the web. What’s more, the note-taking app also includes text search, so in a matter of seconds, you can find any note you need. Most of these apps can store your notes in the cloud and sync them across multiple devices.
Below is the rundown of the best note-taking apps. You can click on any app to learn more about why we chose it or keep reading for more reference on the note-taking app.
The best note-taking apps
- Google Docs
- Evernote and OneNote – For taking all kinds of notes
- Anki – for Better Memorization
- Cite This For Me – for Bibliography Building
- Apple Notes (iOS, macOS) – Best note-taking app for Mac users
What makes a great note-taking app?
To find the best note-taking apps, we started with a list of about 20 contenders and made our way down to the nine best based on some criteria. All the apps selected for this list were easy to set up and use. We have also highlighted the features of each app as to what the app has promised to do. Other factors to consider included price, especially because many of the best note-taking apps charge a membership fee for access to all of their features. We also strongly like apps that work on all major platforms including the web.
The Best Note-Taking Apps in 2020
1. Google Docs
Google Docs is a word processor incorporated by Google within its Google Drive service as part of the free, web-based software Office Suite. It comes free with every Google account which you can run even offline in your Chrome browser and have Google sync them with your account once you’re connected again.
Google Docs also shines when it comes to collaborating, allowing you to share notes with others in a few clicks. You can then edit, comment, and suggest changes with other users. This is perfect when you need to collaborate on a project, but not everyone can stay in one place all the time.
While KEEP has been a separate note-taking app for some time, there is a new way to use this note-taking app. It is now integrated with Google Docs so you can note your ideas and easily turns them into full-blown projects. You can also take notes without leaving Google Docs.
Evernote lets you create “notes”, which can be text, pictures, voice messages, videos, PDFs, and almost anything you can save. You can sort those notes into notebooks, create stacks of notebooks that fit a certain subject, and tag notes to organize them into categories. You can also create a to-do list in Evernote.
The best feature to enhance your note-taking, however, is Evernote’s search capabilities. Type in whatever you are looking for in the search box, and Evernote shows every related note on that topic – you will never have the hard time finding information for that concept.
OneNote is also ideal if you have a tablet PC, you can sketch or write by hand directly on your device—and this app will let you convert that to text or even make your handwriting searchable. Snap photos of whiteboards or slides to quickly capture that information for later. Record audio directly in OneNote and you can also search those audio files (nifty!).
Perhaps OneNote’s most compelling feature is its interface. OneNote also mimics the classic binder with notebooks, sections, and tabs to organize your notes.
Anki is a desktop, Android, and iOS app that lets you create digital flashcards that are easier to remember than traditional flash cards. Anki uses a system called “Spaced Repetition,” which assesses how well you remembered each flash card and figures out when you need to review it again.
Once you create cards using text, photos, audio, or video, you can use Anki’s spaced repetition system to show you flashcards right when you’re about to forget them, instead of looking through every flashcard every time. This not only saves you the time of reviewing cards you already know but also makes sure that you aren’t skipping over ones that you might have forgotten. And since Anki offers smartphone apps, you can review your cards on the way to and from class.
5. Apple Notes (iOS, macOS)
Apple Notes for Mac users, built on macOS and iOS, is easy to use, provides impressive features, and is basically integrated with Apple’s voice assistant, Siri. You can create a new note directly in the Notes app or you can also ask Siri to create one for you.
You can create checklists, scan and sign documents and add attachments such as photos, videos, or web links. With iOS 11, Apple Notes gained the much-needed ability to format text – now you can add a table, title, title, or bulleted list. You can also bold, italicize, underline, or strike-through the text.
While the desktop version of Apple Notes works, the iOS app is the real winner. The User Interface is cleaner and user friendly, allowing you to embed images from your photo library or take a new photo or video directly from the Notes app.
You can also attach content directly to a note from Safari or Apple Maps. Apple Notes can sync with iCloud, making all your notes available across devices.
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