5 Amazing Note-taking Alternatives to Evernote


Evernote has become almost an industry-standard tool for storing all manner of information online. Data can be easy accessed from any computer with an internet connection and a range of mobile apps allows for access on various devices as well.

Whether you are working on your own or collaborating as part of a team, Evernote is a flexible tool that can be used for everything from project management to storing recipes. But it is not going to be to everyone’s taste. If you are looking for something that can be used to store notes online, take a look at these Evernote alternatives and see what you think.

1. iA Writer

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

Making a lot of noise in recent years is iA Writer, the minimal typing app that actually doubles up very well as a note-taking app too. It keeps everything in traditional typewriter font, eschewing fancy colours and typefaces in favour of something that just lets you write.


It may seem like more of a word processor than a note app, but it supports Markdown, lets you flick between pages quickly, lay text out coherently, and quickly look for text with a search feature. It flourishes more when writing medium- to long-form notes, such as lectures, talks, conferences and so on.

2. Google Keep

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Browser

It’s a very simple tool, but for basic lists this is a great tool. It can be used for storing reminders rather like sticky note but there is also scope to use it for note-taking. This is a Google product, so it should come as no surprise that there is not only an Android app (which has a wonderfully useful widget), but also a Chrome extension as well as an online version.


It is delightfully simple, and everything is kept in sync so you can access your notes no matter which devices you happen to use. Google Keep is really an Android app and the Chrome extension and online version are just nice extras — few people will feel enticed into use the extension on its own.

3. Quip

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Browser

Quip is a note tool that’s available for iOS and Android and well as Mac, PC and online. This is a tool designed with collaborative work in mind and there are plenty of features that relate to this. Files, or folders filled with files, can be easily shared with others and there is an integrated chat feature that is great for group projects.


There is the option of keeping some notes private if you want to use the tool for business and personal tasks at the same time, but it is the real-time collaborative work that really makes Quip shine. There are nice touches such as Twitter-style mentions, and read notifications so you can keep an eye on who has seen the changes you have made.

4. OneNote

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux Browser

Microsoft’s note-taking offering OneNote is something that has developed a great deal over the years. Available as part of Office 365, the tool can also be downloaded separately for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, and Android free of charge. Note-taking can take a number of forms: lists, photos and voice notes, and all will be synced for easy access on different devices.


Mobile widgets mean that accessing the app is quick and simple, helping to eliminate the risk of forgetting what you wanted to jot down. The ability to create notes based on pictures, or even with your voice, makes this a highly flexible tool, and while it may not be as feature-packed as some Evernote alternatives, it is still well worth a look.

5. Simplenote

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux Browser

Simplenote lives up to its name and keeps things very simple indeed. There is a web app available but also dedicated apps for iOS, Android, Kindle and Mac, and much like Google Keep this is not a tool that is weighed down with extra features; it’s here to get a job done with as few distractions as possible. Every note you create is automatically backed up and synced online so it can be accessed from other devices, and there’s a lightning fast search tool to help you to find what you’re looking for.


Note organisation is also helped by support for tags. An extremely interesting option is versioning. If you make changes to a note which you later regret, you can step back in time to an earlier version. While there is not scope for collaborative word through Simple Note, it is possible to share note with others — and to other apps.


So, if you’ve tried Evernote and found that it is not quite the tool for you, there are plenty of other apps and services to choose from. Take them for a test drive and you’re sure to find something that suits your needs perfectly. If you think we’ve missed an important tool from the list, let us know!

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