4 of the Best Note-Taking Apps for Android

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Smartphones are a great way to take notes. They’re always in your pocket, can be brought up in a flash, and store notes indefinitely. Of course, you don’t want just any note-taking apps – you deserve only the best that Android has to offer!

Let’s take a look at the four best note-taking apps for Android.

1. Keep Notes

Keep Notes is a brilliant choice if you own a Google Assistant device, such as the Nest Mini or Nest Hub. If you set a note to become a reminder, your phone will automatically let Google Assistant know about it. When the reminder’s time comes, Google Assistant will notify you alongside your phone.

Android Notes Keep Reminder

Keep Notes is also a powerful note-taking tool by itself. For example, you can quickly make a shopping list and tick off the items as you complete them. Keep Notes will also try to autocomplete popular entries or ones you’ve entered in the past for faster list-making.

Android Notes Keep Menu

Unfortunately, Keep Notes is tied to Google, meaning its cross-compatibility won’t play nice with rival products. However, if you enjoy Google products (and owning an Android is a good first step!) this shouldn’t be a problem.

2. Evernote

If you prefer something that isn’t tied to Google, try Evernote. This app is one of the most famous note-taking apps and has been around for years. It has cloud-based note-taking by default and works very well cross-platform.

Android Notes Evernote Reminder

Android Notes Evernote Handwriting

Evernote comes with a great selection of features. You can upload handwritten notes to the cloud or share your notes with other users to coordinate ideas. Unfortunately, the best features are kept hidden behind a paywall; free users can only upload 60MB of data a month, for instance. Still, the monthly cost isn’t too dire, so give it a try if you’re a power note-taker.

3. ColorNote

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, try ColorNote. It doesn’t have nearly as many features as the other note-taking apps, but there is one thing it’s the best at – widget-based notes.

Android Notes Sticky Typing

Android Notes Sticky Note

Once you’ve written a note in ColorNote, you can then add it to your home screen via a widget. Now you can put your notes wherever you like and sort them by color. This is very useful for people who are quite scatterbrained and need a note on their phone in order to remember things.

4. FiiNote

For something a little more academic, try FiiNote. This app is designed for taking notes to study later. This is helped by the plethora of ways you can modify and input text. You can type via the keyboard or handwrite the text for complicated notes such as equations. You can grow and shrink text depending on their importance and highlight the bits that really need your attention later.

Android Notes Fiinote Writing

Android Notes Fiinote Example

It’s not a great app for taking basic notes, however. If you need a quick app for your shopping list, you’ll find that FiiNote has more features to it than you need. For people who want to take complex notes, however, this equally-complex app does the job.

Take Note of These Apps

Smartphones are always on us, which makes them prime candidates for storing notes. Whether you’re shopping for groceries, researching a topic, or just don’t want to forget something, there’s an app for everyone.

Which app is your favorite? Let us know below.

Simon Batt Simon Batt

Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.


  1. My favorite is Joplin Note Taking which is a highly customizable application in Markdown and CSS but also with HTML
    I use Google Keep at times too.

  2. I forgot to report this app (Joplin) is also available for Windows, Linux, macOS and iOS & can be synced via Dropbox (but not only).

  3. My two favorites are Simplenote (easy to find) and Notepad for Android (by AsianProGamer(.com); I hesitate to provide Play Link because the comment may be flagged). Notepad for Android is the ultimate in no-frills text editing. At a little less than 800kb in size (no ads, no tracking), it loads instantly with a tap.

    When I need to scribble a quick note, this is my goto. I don’t even need to save, as the app autosaves into a single file. Just tap icon, type, close (or shut off device). I put all my reminders here because it’s the fastest way to write a note while on the run. It’s currently rated 3.7 because lots of users simply don’t understand the purpose of this app.

    The only thing that could be quicker, is if notepad functionality was available on Android’s login screen.

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