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Top 7 Best Free Notes Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Back in the old days, whenever we need to write a note, we usually use the good ol' pen & paper or use stickies all over our screen or fridge. Those days are now way behind us we have smartphones and tablets now that can be used to jot down those important snippets of information. With note-taking and productivity apps not only they are not messy, you can also easily organize and sort your notes. We have scoured the App Store to find the best free notes apps to install on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Top 7 Best Free Notes Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Best Free Notes Apps to Boost Your Productivity

7. Microsoft OneNote

OneNote Best Free Notes Apps

If you are a Windows user, then it's likely that you are using or have heard of OneNote. This particular note taking app really looks like a digital notebook. While the desktop version is no doubt that a powerful note taking tool, the mobile version doesn't quite measure up to it. To use OneNote on iOS, you will need a Windows Live account and is quite limited in usage. For starters, only the first 500 notes are free, thereafter, you will need to pay to keep using the service.

While these may seem like a deal breaker, existing users of OneNote have been wanting a mobile version of the app so they can carry their notes with them and sync between their iDevice and Windows machine.

Download Microsoft OneNote

6. Sticky Notes for iPad

Sticky Notes for iPad Best Free Notes Apps

As you might have guessed from the name, this one is unfortunately available on the iPad only. If you are not quite ready to part with your old, beloved ways of using stickies, then you can settle with the next best thing. Sticky Notes for iPad is a simple noteboard where you use digital stickies to write in your notes. Features include voice dictation, multitouch enabled, and customizable backgrounds. If you find yourself writing down short notes on a regular basis, then it is highly recommended that you check out Sticky Notes for iPad.

Download Sticky Notes for iPad

5. Springpad

Springpad Best Free Notes Apps

Over the years, Springpad has shifted their focus and has rebranded itself as the “social” web notebook. This means that it has become a note taking app that you can use to find and share information. However, you can still choose to control your privacy settings so everything becomes private. Perhaps one of the most well-liked features of Springpad is the ability to make checklists which is perfect for your to-do lists. Springpad can also integrate with your browser which enables you to save anything from the web.

Download Springpad

4. Any.DO

Any.DO Best Free Notes Apps

Any.Do is primarily a reminder (to-do) app but it does come with its own note taking functionality. To start with, it's a really beautiful app with its modern, minimal look. Aside from its beautiful design, Any.DO is fairly simple to use. The app also supports cloud syncing which comes in handy if you have multiple iOS devices. It also includes a dictation feature just in case you are feeling too lazy to type.

Download Any.DO

3. Simplenote

Simplenote Best Free Notes Apps

Simplenote definitely lives up to its name, a very easy to use note taking app that just gets the job done. Simplenote prides itself with a UI so unobtrusive, one can't help but be focused on writing. Unlike other free notes apps, the priority here is squeeze in the necessary features for a note-taking app such as tags support, viewing of older notes version, full text search, offline support and email export. It has also been recently updated to fit with the iOS 7 look, so that itself proves that it is still getting some love from the developers.

Download Simplenote

2. Fetchnotes

Fetchnotes Best Free Notes Apps

For folks who are pretty much can't live without hashtags, Fetchnotes is the perfect note taking app for them. With Fetchnotes' emphasis on hashtags, you will be able to easily sort your notes. Simply add # in front of just about any word in order to effortlessly create a category. In order to pull the notes up, you simply tap on any hashtag that you want. It's highly efficient, easy to use, and it works. What more can you ask for from a note-taking app?

Download Fetchnotes

1. Evernote

Evernote Best Free Notes Apps

Definitely the most popular of all the free notes apps listed here. It's just one of those apps that comes to mind when people talk about note taking. Evernote is simply a great option for those who are looking for a multiplatform note-taking application. It supports the iPhone, iPad, Mac, web app, Windows, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Because of this, you can pretty much bring your notes with you wherever you go. The app doesn't just support typed notes but also audio, checklists, as well as picture notes.

Free users are allowed free 60MB worth of notes, media attachments and more each month which isn't bad in itself. Should you opt for a premium account and remove the limitations, you need to fork out $5 a month or $45 a year.

Download Evernote

Your thoughts on this list of the best free notes apps for iPhone and iPad? Any app which you think should have made it into the list?

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    Helen7 years, 8 months ago

    What I’m looking for is an app which lets you edit text like copy paste and so on…

      Patrick Gumban7 years, 8 months ago


      For text editing you can use SimpleNote which is free. If you have some cash to spare, Drafts is a very good text editor that we recommend. Hope this helps!!

    Kerry Dawson7 years, 9 months ago

    You should really look at Notetabs Pro. This is a far better note app than anything you mentioned other than Evernote and. It has a benefit over Evernote. 

      Patrick Gumban7 years, 8 months ago

      Thanks Kerry, it is indeed good-looking and top-rated Notes app. I’d love to give it a special mention but it’s not a free app. :\ Thanks for sharing!!