"When all you want is the digital equivalent of a paper diary, this is the perfect one." - goyyboy (5 stars)

"Loving the lighthearted feel of this deceptively powerful app." - plinkplok (5 stars)

"Exactly what I needed" - (multiple reviews)

Need a simple, free, and easy to use journalling app? Meet Personal Diary!

With no advertisements, limitations nor any upfront cost, Personal Diary is your simplest and best journalling tool yet. Easily access all your entries in all your devices with iCloud Sync. Write diary entries without worrying that someone will peek at what you wrote, with passcode & biometric protection. Forgot about your diary? The app can 'summon' you back with a friendly nudge. You can also import as many photos as you wish into your entries. As an optional addition, you can set your mood and the weather, or automatically by an AI if you prefer.

*This app is developed and is managed by Wern Jie, 17.

Notable Features:
- Numeric passcode lock (any number of digits).
- Unlock using Touch ID on supported devices.
- Auto-saves as you type.
- Simple & Easy to use.
- iCloud Sync.
- Smart Search.
- Ability to pick a mood.
- Ability to choose the weather of the day.
- Mood & Weather can be automatically chosen.
- Import photos to your entries.
- Select a theme to suite your style.
- Dark Mode support for better night use.
- Simple Rich Text editing supported.
- Daily Notifications for writing in your diary.
- NO Ads & absolutely FREE! :D

*Some features may not available on the Apple Watch. All features for editing and viewing all your entries such as the Timeline view are fully supported on the watch, except for previewing images.

Don't forget to let me know what you think of Personal Diary by leaving a review on the App Store! Reviews and ratings help and let other users find this app. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to send a feedback; I might be able to help! :)

- Please do not forget your password. If you forget your password and your identity cannot be verified, you may not be able to access your data.


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This app allows you to tip/donate to directly support the development of this app through in-app purchases. No new features will be provided when you tip, it's just to support the app's development if you would like to. Selecting a Small/Medium/Large Tip will initiate a one time payment for tipping. A Continuous Tip is automatic-renewal subscription to tip every month, and will renew automatically every month unless it's turned off or cancelled (through your account settings) at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. For this, your iTunes account will be charged when payment is confirmed, and charged for auto-renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period at the selected price.

What’s New

Version 2.6.6

This is likely to be the last bug fix update before version 3.0, which will involve a rewrite of the full codebase to make it easier to include new functionality as many of you have requested.

Right now, this build provides the following changes:
- Updated to work with the latest iPhone, iPad and MacBooks.
- Minor UI behaviour patches in an entry.
- Improved diary reminder notification handling.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

traceymonte ,

Exactly what I was looking for!!!

I’d been looking for a simple-to-use, basic journaling app to record daily thoughts and this app is PERFECT for just that. I love that you can include photos and with iCloud backup, it easily syncs to my other Apple devices. The reminder option is helpful, and like that I have the option to turn it on/off. The fact that this app has NO ADS and is FREE is awesome. It’s an elegantly simple, yet very useful app. Writing things down can be so therapeutic especially during these unprecedented times; whether its a lengthy entry, or just a few words or lines. Life goes by in such a blur and I’m glad to have found a quick way to record and look back on my own impressions of daily life. My thanks to this app’s brilliant young creator, keep up the good work! 😁

Developer Response ,

Hello there,

Thank you for your review! I really appreciate the feedback.

If you have any problems (hopefully not) or want to ask any further questions, feel free to send me an email. I'd be happy to help!

- Wern Jie

DeejHames ,

Great Free app

Was looking for a free replacement with iCloud sync for Day One and found this little gem! I call it little but it actually does all I need, which includes inserting photos and the weather for the day. Diary is easy to use and syncs across my iPhone and iPad without issue. I really don’t like having to sign up for extra cloud services so the iCloud sync was the most important feature I was looking for in a journaling app. No ads and no pressure to pay but the option is there if you want to use it as I did. I’m sure that, like any programmer, the author will probably make changes over time. Just hope he keeps it nice and simple like it is now.

Developer Response ,

Hi there,

Thank you for the feedback, and glad you enjoyed using Personal Diary! :D

Feel free to send me an email from within the app if you have any questions.

- Wern Jie

1900tinalovely13 ,

Simple & great journaling app!

I’ve had this app for a while now and I really like it. I initially downloaded like 8-9 journal/diary apps, to test them out and this one won. The other ones were nice but too much going on, cost too much (i don’t like monthly fees) and just was more complicated than they needed to be. I was looking for a simple straightforward one, that didn’t cost a monthly fee. The set up on this app is clean, simple, there’s an option for a password/Touch ID and I appreciate the mood/weather tracker.
I reached out to customer service once, they replied pretty quickly and they were overall great.
I highly recommend this app!

Developer Response ,


Good to know you liked the app! I'll consider adding these functionalities in a future update.

- Wern Jie

App Privacy

The developer, Eng Tat Lim, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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