Free Note-taking Apps For iPhone and iPad in 2022

iPhone and the iPad have made note-taking more flexible and powerful. Although it’s not exactly as easy and clutter-free as jotting down stuff with a pencil and paper, it’s much more powerful. There are tons of note-taking apps out there in the App Store. In fact, it’s super-saturated. But there are free apps for taking notes that are really amazing with clear interfaces, great features, and a smart way of functioning. This is a list of such apps that make note-taking on the iPhone and iPad quick and easy.

1. Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

Microsoft OneNote is a powerful note-taking app for iOS. What I have personally liked the most in this app is the simple interface. The makes it pretty easy to capture ideas, sort notes and keep them fully organized.

Often forget to carry out some essential tasks? You can also create to-dos and keep an eye on them with ease to never let anything go out of your radar.

The app syncs your notes with OneDrive and SharePoint to keep them secure and also more accessible. Better still, you can use OneNote in several languages including English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and more.


2. Evernote

Evernote iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

Evernote is a class apart both regarding functionality and features. It’s the ideal app you would want to prepare notes with utmost ease and manage them with absolute perfection.

It lets you take note in many formats such as text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings, etc. Plus, you can also create memos, agenda and prepare your best presentation.

Make to-do lists so that you will be able to carry out everything in time. And with the timely reminders, it keeps you alerted about what you have to do.


3. Notebook

Notebook iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

“Notebook” is immensely effective when it comes to creating notes, checklists, and sketches. You can organize your notes in the best possible manner and sync them across your devices.

You also have the option to customize your notes. For instance, you can select a nice note cover or create an impressive one. As the app also works with Siri, you will be able to carry out several things faster.

What’s more, it allows you to scribble notes and record audio notes right from your Apple Watch.


4. Notes: Supernote Recorder

SuperNote iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

“Notes” is ideal for interviews, conferences, and meetings thanks to the ability to make the note-taking process fast and easy. You have several color-coded note templates to choose from.

With the availability of topic related note templates, you will be able to make any type of notes. All of your notes are auto-organized and sorted by date or category. Furthermore, you can set reminders on your note to not forget to carry out important tasks.


5. Bear

Bear Free Note Taking iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Having given a long spin to “Bear,” I know how efficient this note-taking app can be for you. The app keeps everything straightforward so that you can get your work done without any complications.

Take advantage of easy-to-use tools to write with complete peace of mind. There is a custom shortcut bar that makes formatting super convenient.

You can add tasks to notes to keep yourself at pace with your workflow. With a good many themes at the disposal, you will be able to customize your stuff in a way. Moreover, Bear provides multiple export options including TML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG and EPUB.


6. Simplenote

Simplenote iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

The simplest of all, Simplenote is as simple as a note-taking app can get without crossing the limit of minimalism. You can tag and pin notes for easier categorization/classification.

Enjoy working with your friends on a project? Simplenote lets you collaborate with your friends to help you complete your tasks perfectly.

Based on your workflow, you will be able to sort your notes and keep them fully in sync with your needs. Further, it’s compatible with many languages like Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and more.


7. Drafts 5

Drafts 5 Note-taking iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

When you are in a meeting, tapping around the iPhone screen to take notes is a tedious task. Drafts solves this problem. It opens keyboard and you can start typing instantly. Also, you can ask Siri to open Drafts and start taking notes. The notes you make on this app can be shared easily using multiple sharing options.

In addition, you can also dictate your notes in Drafts and it will convert it to text. This comes in handy when you have to lot of things to note quickly. Lastly, there are lots of text editing options to use and make the most out of your note taking experience.


8. Google Keep

Google Keep iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

Simply put, it would have been a blunder to not include Google Keep in this covetous list of top note-taking apps. Whether it’s handy features or top-notch functionality, this app can go toe-to-toe with the best in the business.

Some of the most appealing features that I have found in “Keep” are the ability to instantly record a voice memo and have it automatically transcribed. The other coolest feature that I like in it is the option to neatly organize notes with the use of different labels and colors.


9. MetaMoJi Note Lite

MetaMoJi Note Lite iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

Whether you want to take note, annotate PDF or record ideas, MetaMoJi Note is what you should use to simplify your task. With a variety of pens and paper layouts available, you will be able to create impressive notes.

You can sync all the folders or selected folders to the MetaMoji cloud (up to 2GB free) to easily access and manage your files. The premium version of the app includes important features like voice recording, handwriting recognition, text conversion, automatic synchronization of documents, etc.


10. Notoriety

Notoriety iPhone and iPad Note Taking App Screenshot

Designed with the modern yet simple interface, Notoriety is one of the highly user-friendly note-taking apps. You can intensify your productivity, create quick notes and customize them as per your needs.

It lets you organize notes based on tags to find out them quickly. There are different themes offered to suit your style and taste. With the use of the handy extension, the app allows you to quickly access notes from other apps as well.


So, these are our top note-taking apps for iOS!

Your pick?

So, use these top note-taking apps to your advantage to take notes, create checklists or to-do lists more conveniently and fast. Through in-app purchases, you can unlock premium features and have a better user experience. I’m sure these apps can live up to your expectation.

Check out the below app roundups as well:

Which is your favorite note-taking app for iOS and why? Shoot your feedback in the comment section.

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