The Best Note-Taking Apps of 2021

The Best Note-Taking Apps of 2021

Jotting down important points in a meeting, making a to-do list, planning to write a blog, or working on a project with a team, note-taking apps make all this easy. Using note-taking apps has become very common. Whether you are a student, a working professional or owns a company, you have a habit of writing down points and taking notes. 

Gone are the days when people used to maintain a diary to make notes. There are numerous apps available out there that work as your little digital diary. From writing simple texts to including audios and images, and collaborating with people, note-taking apps have taken the note making task a notch higher.

We have created a list of some of the popular and very helpful note-taking apps for you to use.


Image Source: Evernote

Evernote is one of the most recommended and impressive note taking apps. It has been long in the business and widely used by individuals, students, working professionals and businesses. You can create simple as well as complex notes and keep your work organized by using different features provided by the app. 

For example, Evernote’s Web Clipper Extension feature allows you to save entire web pages. In addition to this, you can set reminders, present your notes in PowerPoint style, merge them, etc. 

Evernote provides flexible access to your notes, therefore, you can access your notes on your phones, laptops and even on the web. 

Evernote released its updated version last year for iPhone and iPad. There are three plans. The basic plan is free and has limited features. Other two plans are paid, the Evernote Premium plan for individual users, and the Evernote Business plan for businesses. 

Microsoft OneNote

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OneNote is rich with features. It provides users with a myriad of features for free. To use this app, you will have to create a Microsoft account which is absolutely free. It is compatible with Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, and can also be accessed on the web.

OneNote provides ample storage. The free plan has 5GB of space. Though the free plan has many good features, you get some more in a premium paid plan like Sticker and Math. Several features of the app look familiar to other Office apps. 

OneNote lets you add images, links, symbols, tables, and audio files to your document. The audio files can be either uploaded or recorded. You can edit the image, shrink it, enlarge, make it as a background image, etc. 

Digital Ink is an awesome feature which lets you draw diagrams and images using a stylus but only on a supported device such as a Surface tablet. OneNote is very helpful for businesses, as it allows you to view upcoming meetings listed in Outlook Calendar while taking notes about them in OneNote.


Image Source: Ulysses

Ulysses is a brilliant note taking app for Mac users. It is not only meant for taking short notes but is equally equipped for taking long-form notes also. Notes are written and stored in the app’s proprietary Markdown style, which allows for inventive use of headings. You can also add images with your notes, but the images will come in the form of a link rather than being displayed in the text. So to view the image you will have to double click on the link. 

Notes written on Ulysses are saved on iCloud. It also allows you to export your notes to other formats too, like, PDF, Word, doc, ebooks, and HTML. However these advanced options come in the premium plan which is paid. 


Image Source: Simplenote

If you want to escape the complexities and take notes in the most simplest way, then this is the right app for you. Simplenote provides its users the simplest way to take notes. Its easy-to-understand user-interface makes it simple to take notes. You can even publish or share your notes with others. The app also creates a backup of the previous version so you can easily retrieve the earlier one. 

Simplenote is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux, with data synced automatically. Unlike other note-taking apps, Simplenote doesn’t have many advanced features but it is without a doubt an ideal app for simple note taking. And most importantly, it is free.


Image Source: Bear

Bear is undoubtedly the best note-taking app for Apple users. It’s relatively new in the business but is very elegant. It is giving a tough competition to various other apps and lies somewhere between Evernote and Ulysses. You can create notes which are saved on iCloud and synced across various Apple devices.

One cool feature that Bear offers is that it allows you to arrange notes by applying hashtags. It also lets you insert links into documents without displaying the full URLs just like Ulysses. Moreover, you can insert images directly into notes. So, if you are a part of a job or project that requires pictures along with the text, then Bear suits you perfectly. The latest additions to the app include features like Tag autocomplete, light and dark themes, annotation of PDFs, encryption and app lock. 

You can use the basic features for free but in order to switch to more advanced options, you will have to go for a premium plan. 

Dropbox Paper

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Launched in 2016, Dropbox Paper is known for providing a collaborative workspace. It works across the cloud platform’s mobile suite for Windows, iOS, and Android. You will find several note taking apps with common features, but what separates Dropbox Paper from the rest is its collaborative approach. It allows teams to work in collaboration and share ideas, images and videos for projects.

Dropbox Paper is also integrated with productivity apps such as Google Calendar, Slack as well as Spotify. Some of the features like creating mobile folders, archive, etc.have recently been added to the app which makes it more efficient. Dropbox Paper is a very useful app for businesses. 

Google Keep

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If you wish to jot down points or make simple notes quickly, Google Keep serves the purpose best. Each note you make is displayed on the interface just like small sticky hand written notes lying on a table. 

You can add labels, pin notes to the top, add colors and reminders. Google Keep also provides  speech-to-text functionality which lets you dictate notes rather than write. This feature makes note taking easy and quick. Comprising a very minimal setup, Google Keep is truly a keeper. 


Image Source: Atom

Atom is primarily used for coding, but its capabilities has made it work as a text editor too. You can create any visual theme that you like by working on its CSS stylesheet. For example, if you want to write in Markdown with a solarized color scheme, then you can download the Markdown Writer extension and choose from hundreds of themes.

Atom is not fully a note-taking app since it lacks some standard features like grammar editor. But it can be put to great use, if used at its full potential. The app is compatible with Windows, iOS, and even Linux. 

These were some of the popular note-taking apps. I hope the list helps you find your best writing companion.

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