Best iPhone and iPad Writing Apps

College is nothing if it is not a place where writing skills are going to be tested to the limit. Most courses will involve at least one report, essay, or term paper, and there is usually a thesis to complete a degree. Writing may come quickly for some, but for most, it is just short of the nine circles of hell.

Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but writing can be quite a struggle, especially students for whom English is not their first language. Given that most students (86%) have a smartphone, and more than half (66%) own an iPhone, it would be eminently practical to use the gadgets for more than taking snaps or sending messages.

Here are the best iPhone and iPad writing apps for students to help them get through college writing with flying colors.

Best Writing Apps for iPhone and iPad in 2020

#1. Pages

Pages iPhone and iPad Writing App Screenshot

To write, you need a word processor. This app is one of the most powerful iOS compatible software out there. If you are a Mac user, this is a must-have to get some work done even when you’re on the go.

It has most of the essential features you need for document making and editing, and it is compatible with MS Word. You can even save it as an MS Word document or PDF if you want.

While the iPad version has a lot more features than the iPhone version, such as Split View, the iPhone version now comes with 3D touch for iPhone 6 and up, which means you can create a new document from the Home screen.

As smartphone word processors go, this is the best for iPhone users. Unfortunately, it also means you have no excuse for slacking off on that group project when you’re not at home!

Price: Free

#2. Notability

Notability iPhone and iPad Writing App Screenshot

The best thing about this app is you can take handwritten notes (using the pencil feature) and record audio for lectures at the same time, and you can see those during playback.

This is invaluable if you have to write something about that particular class, and you need to clarify something. It is powerful yet simple to use. The handwriting feature is especially awesome, as it is optimized for precise use on the iPhone.

It is literally like having a notebook in front of you but way cooler. You can also import and edit images and PDF files, and use iCloud to sync notes on Dropbox and Google Drive, which allows you to move seamlessly from one device to another.

Price: $9.99

#3. My Wonderful Days

My Wonderful Days iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Many of the greatest writers advise struggling writers to write at every opportunity to improve their skills. This journaling app allows you to do just that, but instead of writing in a physical journal, you can do that from your iPhone.

It is a genius solution for the college student on the go for recording thoughts as they occur. Since you can back it up on the cloud with a passcode, you won’t have any problem keeping it in a safe place. It is very simple and useful for improving your writing skills.

Price: Free

#4. Pro iPhone Writing App Screenshot

Most people have had occasion to use at some point to look up the meaning and etymology of a word, which is very useful in impressing your friends.

However, having it on your iPhone can also help you find the words you need for that report or book review. It has such a large word database that you should download it over a wired connection.

Some great features include alphabetical indexing, sample sentences, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, as well as audio pronunciation. The app also has a word of the day to help you expand your vocabulary. Most importantly, it works offline and translates to 25 languages. It is a must-have for any aspiring writer. Edugeeksclub writer Ann Morescomb calls it “one of the most important apps” on her iPhone.

Price: $3.99

#5. iA Writer

iA Writer iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

This app is a simple text editor that lets you concentrate on content rather than format.

While it does allow you to do rich formatting, its full-text mode helps you refine and edit your work without distracting you with extra features that usually go with most word processors.

In Focus mode, you can highlight only the sentence you are currently working on, with the other parts of the document grayed out. It saves in the cloud, and it is also compatible with the Handoff app, which provides seamless app integration across iOS devices.

The Pro version of this app is particularly useful if you have a ton of proofreading to do, and you have to do it on the go.

Price: $4.99

#6. Write about this

Write About This iPad App Screenshot

Very few smartphone apps are designed to prompt a user to write about something, although this is only for iPad and iPad mini.

It has 125 pages and 375 prompts selected by teachers specifically to encourage young children to write. While this may seem a bit jejune for a college student, it is very useful for anyone that avoided any real writing before going to college.

Aside from helping you develop your writing skills, it allows you to share your work with your friends and create an author profile. It is like having a publishing agent on your iPad!

Price: $3.99

You have to keep writing to make you better at it. There is no getting around that. These writing apps for iPhone merely make it easier for you to do that on the go. They are particularly important if you are a college student with so many things going on. Download one or more of them, and you will find yourself writing better than ever before.

About Author: Joan Selby is a content marketer at EduGeeksClub and blogger. Former CalArts graduate and a fancy shoe lover. A writer by day and reader by night. Giving a creative touch to everything.

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