Digital note-taking, simplified! Student, working professional, or a bullet journalist, Noteshelf is a perfect note-taking app for you. Take beautiful notes in your own handwriting just as you would on a notepad, but only better. You can type, annotate PDFs & record audio.

You can also personalize your notes with beautiful covers and organize them the way you want. What's more - you can sync and share them with your colleagues, friends, and family!

Experience natural writing in Noteshelf—as smooth and fluid as writing on a notepad. Choose from a range of pens, pencils, and highlighters; a wider range of colors and sizes to suit your needs. Our fountain pen makes your handwriting look gorgeous!

You can search through the notes taken on your own handwriting and even convert them into text. We provide handwriting recognition in 65 different languages.

Import PDFs, MS Office documents or images; or add them to your existing notebooks. Highlight, underline or write notes on your documents/images.

Noteshelf brings you the convenience of typing too. You can choose from many styles and formatting options like bulleted/ numbered lists, and checkboxes.

Record audio as you take notes so you never miss anything important at school or work. Add as many recordings as you want and play them back anytime, even as you take handwritten notes. Loved by students while taking lecture notes!

Open up multiple windows of Noteshelf and work simultaneously with ease. This multi screen workflow of using 2 notes side by side will work only on iPads running on the iPad OS.

Create voice notes with Noteshelf for the Apple Watch. You needn’t have your iPhone or iPad nearby. Auto-save all your recordings to the iPhone and use iCloud to sync them across devices. Take notes later as you listen to those recordings.

Sometimes notebooks might run into hundreds of pages. So, bookmark important pages, name and color them to search with ease.

Auto-publish your notes one-way into Evernote and access them on Evernote, from just about anywhere.

100s of beautifully crafted paper templates and notebook covers to go with your good notes. Get them for free when you signup for the Noteshelf Club!
Find paper templates for student notes, meetings memos, to-do lists, shopping lists, personal health trackers, journals, and many more!

iPhone and iPad support. Mac app coming soon!
Squares, circles or triangles, use auto-shapes to draw perfect geometrical shapes with ease.
Auto-backup to Dropbox & OneDrive.
Share your notes with colleagues, friends, and family. We support - Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Secure your notes with passcodes. We also support Face ID and Touch ID to lock and unlock your notebooks.
Ask Siri to create a new notebook, search for an existing notebook, or open a notebook in a snap!
Keep your personal and business notes separate. Drag and drop notebooks into groups or categories easily on the iPad OS.
We now support a dark color scheme - as beautiful as the system-wide dark mode. (Only on iOS 13 for iPhones and iPad OS for iPads).

Got a suggestion? We'd love to hear from you—write to us at noteshelf(at)!

Happy note-taking!

What’s New

Version 8.1.6

Fixed an issue where the text box couldn't be moved

Fixed issues with Global Search

We also did some minor bug fixes and UX improvements

~ Noteshelf: prendere appunti digitali, semplificato! ~

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Bre :~) ,

Much love ❤️ Room to grow!

I have so much love for Noteshelf! They continue to grow and innovate with every update to continue making this app easy, user-friendly, and compatible for all uses. I’m a teacher, and trying to find an app that works as an interactive whiteboard that is also easy to convert into PDF files and share via OneDrive or email is a nightmare. I use Noteshelf every single day, and each time there’s an update, I fall more in love with this app. It is truly GREAT for kids and learning. The most recent update allows the user to write on colored paper. It’s been shown in countless studies that students tend to focus and retain information better when using a colored back drop for their notes. For example, writing with white ink on black paper. While this works for my display, I have a dilemma now about how to export this document as a pdf to create guided notes that my students can write on. Getting rid of the back drop is easy when exporting as a PDF; however, if my ink is white, then it won’t show in the PDF. If there was a quick feature in which I could highlight pen marks and change the color of the ink, this would fix my problem. PLEASE consider it! Thank you developers of Noteshelf. You’re changing lives!

Brigandell ,

Amazing handwriting recognition

I write a lot, it’s my main purpose for my iPad. I started out using Nebo but had a ton of problems, mainly with handwriting recognition. I got this app recommended to me and it’s wonderful. My handwriting on the iPad is way worse that on actual paper. It’s so smooth and I have difficulty breaking up words. This app from what I’ve seen so far as no problems when converting my writing to text, it’s a dream. I don’t have to convert it to text, slap it in Word, and edit it again. I can just edit everything in here and it’ll be good to go.

There are two features I wish it had. First the ability to automatically switch back to the pen after you’ve lifted your pencil while using the eraser. Because of my horrid hand writing I’m using the eraser a lot and it’s a little annoying to constantly have to switch back and forth. Second, I wish you could change the page layout to scroll as opposed to flip. Scrolling to allow the bottom of the page to be the top of the page would be fantastic. I find writing on the last couple of lines to be difficult, but that’s also another personal problem.

All in all this is my new writing/note taking app. I’ve purchased A LOT of the ones available and I’ve never been truly satisfied till I ran across this one. I love it so far.

Iamphancynancy ,

Hiccups when trying to edit pictures or when using the lasso tool

I really love this app. It is simple and classy and i love the pencil and chisel pen tools. I wish they would allow cutting and pasting of pictures or handwriting or text boxes to be moved to another page or notebook. I wish they had GoodNotes ability to take a screen shot. There’s a delay when pressing on the ipad to select a picture and i wish they had the option for lasso to select handwriting or text or high lighter. I actually just wish they had those two features from goodnotes and stop lagging when switching between tools and pens. If this app worked flawlessly with the Apple Pencil like notability does, this would be worth a $30 app in My opinion.
Another thing that hugely bothers me is that every single note book requires you to edit preferences like auto back up and fonts and such,.,. It is so annoying that it cant just be like every other note app and just auto back up everything! I love the custom fonts they have too,,,. I just end up writing what i need on there then exporting it to goodnotes or notability to finish the rest. I wish it had the ability to resize pictures in a more customizable way too. Instead of a fixed shape. I do love their crop tool tho.. I’m just so torn and really hope they can do more to improve this app because I really do love it but the lagging and glitches are just... not worth the time sometimes ...

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your honest feedback! You can cut/paste images/handwriting/text to another page or notebook even now via the Lasso menu (Scissors icon). Pls email us to for more details on this. We'll be providing the Screenshot function soon. Coming to the lagging issue when switching between tools, can you kindly send us a small video demo of this to our email ID so we can identify & fix it ASAP? We appreciate your help with this! You can enable the default auto backup option for every new notebook even now, under the notebook 'Options' in the new notebook creation screen so you do not have to do this manually for each notebook. PLs reach out to us so we can help you with this accordingly.


Fluid Touch Pte. Ltd.
328 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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