1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

  • Syncs your notes across all devices
  • Formatting options
  • Variety of inputs (text, audio, images)
  • Must have Microsoft account
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Expert's Review

"Jot it down"

Reviewed by / Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft's official note-taking app, syncs across all devices

Remember the days when you used to carry around a beat-up notebook everywhere with you, overflowing with to-do lists, old phone numbers, maps, and budgeting? Microsoft's OneNote is an app designed to replace said scraps of paper. Not only does it provide you with blank slates to jot down anything you need to remember, it also syncs whatever data you input across all your devices by linking it to you Microsoft account.

That's the big caveat, in fact: you'll need a Microsoft account in order to use OneNote, which means you'll need to hand some personal data over to the hands of Bill Gates. As long as that's palatable, then you'll get access to a digital notebook with infinite pages, wherein you can easily store your lists, notes, plans, ideas, and just about anything you'd like to organize and remember. You can even record audio and add photos, plus handwrite notes to save as images.

OneNote is a highly functional notekeeping app. If you're using multiple devices (who isn't, these days?), it could be an elegant solution - especially if you already have a Microsoft account.

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Developer's original description available here
All your notes—in one place and with you, anywhere. OneNote is a digital notebook for your to-do lists, lecture and meeting notes, vacation plans, or anything you want to organize or remember.
Type or jot down notes, record audio or snap a picture and OneNote saves it. Your notes sync across your devices so you can access them wherever you go. And you can easily share your notes with others.
OneNote has free apps for PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. And you can browse to to get to your notes.

Key Features:
•Create and update notes and checklists.
•Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, indent - format notes like you do on a computer.
•Organize your notes using notebooks, sections and tags.
•Take handwritten notes or add handwriting and drawings to notes.
•Your notebooks sync across your computers and devices.
•View notes you created on your computer, including formatting, video, and attached files.
•Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured – even text inside pictures.
•Home screen widgets let you quickly create picture, audio and text notes without opening the app.
•Get to your most recent notes right from your Home screen with the OneNote Recent widget.
•Add your favorite page, section, or notebook to the Home screen for quick access.
•Access your work notes stored on SharePoint Online sites from your tablet or phone.
Here are some ideas on how to use OneNote:
•Capture and format notes for classwork, meetings, or research.
•Take handwritten notes during lectures and have them available everywhere.
•Add audio and video to your notes.
•Snap a picture of the whiteboard and add it to your meeting notes.
•Share a shopping list with the family and mark items off when you’re in the store.
•Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation.
•Take pictures of receipts and bills to get rid of paper clutter.
•Collaborate and share ideas with your team.
•Research products and prices to make the best purchasing decision.

You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about OneNote for Android at

•Requires Android OS 4.1 or later.
•A free Microsoft account is required to use OneNote.
•OneNote opens existing notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 format or later.
•To sync your notes to SkyDrive Pro, sign in with your organization's Office 365 or SharePoint account.

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Recently changed in this version

•Take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger.
•Use a variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags on your tablet.
•Bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Comments and ratings for OneNote
  • (66)

    by Loralie Smart on 20/08/2014

    I use OneNote daily to record work activities. Taking notes on my phone and desktop, having them sync over WiFi makes staying organized much easier. Weekly notes. are easy to compile, and being able to search on keywords is fantastic. The old days of composition books are far behind me now. Love this app!

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    by Jagadish Yhenishetty on 20/08/2014

    With Inking enabled this gets stronger...

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    by Alaa Aboulhoda on 20/08/2014

    I've been waiting for the new features for a long time. I'm glad that I can use my note tablet to take notes in the onenote same as I would do on a windows tablet

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    by Mike Parker on 20/08/2014

    I like the direction that they're going. They're missing the option to save work/notebooks in a folder with the ability to search for it in a file manager, and missing an undo button. It would also be nice if they could add a shape correction feature like samsung SNote. If these grievances could be fixed, I'd purchase a paid version in a heartbeat!

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    by Van Keith B. Almazan on 20/08/2014

    Kudos to the Microsoft team for not charging us for this amazing note-taking application!!

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    by Artemy Savin on 20/08/2014

    На андроиде (самс галакси с3) немного неудобно вводить текст заметок, так как курсор иногда не слушается пальца. В целом приложение нравится

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    by hai zhuang on 20/08/2014

    I like new version