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 8.4.4

Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
351 Ratings

351 Ratings

Ross J C ,

The Best

I have used Noteshelf since 2012, beginning with Noteshelf 1, which is when I effectively abandoned physical notebooks. I thoroughly discontinued use of note paper with the advent of Noteshelf for the iPhone. This is, unequivocally, my “go to” note taking app. I have been a walking advertisement for Noteshelf, as I am continually asked “What app is that?” I recommend Noteshelf to anyone who asks! Even for each of my grandchildren, from whom I have computer drawn artwork, some from as young as 18 months.

The Noteshelf capability is so multi-faceted and complete. They leave very little to the imagination. If you find a feature that you’d like to have added, just send an email requesting it. I’ve done this for several years. I send requests for features I encounter in other note taking apps. I describe the feature and provide the app name, so the Noteshelf developers can experience exactly what I want. I’m telling you, over the years, I have seen them add every feature that I’ve requested. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one requesting, but it’s certainly wonderful to feel as if you’ve been heard.

If asked, I would describe myself as a “come-back-every-time” loyal Noteshelf customer. I continue to try new note taking apps just to see what new features are on the market. Each time, I find myself coming back to Noteshelf within the free trial period of the new app.

In my experience, Noteshelf cannot be beat! Try it! You’ll love it!

mike 242 ,

New Version - One Positive—One Fixed

There seem to be a couple changes made on the recent upgrade. The positive: you can now add a new page by scrolling vertically down the page. The negative: the “shapes” option (where you can add a square, rectangle, etc.) has suddenly become super sensitive. It used to be easy to quickly create a square or rectangle. You didn’t need to be super precise. But now it is very difficult to create either. You have to draw an almost perfect square or rectangle for it to create one. What you get instead is odd quadrilaterals that follow the exact lines you drew almost exactly. It makes it unusable.

Update: They fixed the problem with the “shapes” option I described above. Thank you!

amteixeira ,

Noteshelf is really great, just one thing keeps me using Goodnotes

Writing on Noteshelf is simply a pleasure, it is so smooth, the virtual pencil options are very elegant and well designed, it even seems my handwriting becomes (barely) legible. Evernote integration is very handy, much easier than exporting each note (though it could be much easier if you could set it to sync all new notes by default...), it was what made me buy it.

There is one small detail that makes me continue using Goodnotes: the paid Mac app, which costs $9 (while Goodnotes offers it for free for its iPadOS paid users). Given the limited function a Mac handwriting app has (how many of us have a tablet, my older Mac won’t even run Sidecar), it seems really foolish to pay extra just to be able to see and export my notes from an app I already paid for. Change this and I will become an active user and an advocate...

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