Digital note-taking, simplified! Student, working professional, or a bullet journalist, Noteshelf is a perfect note-taking app for you. Take beautiful handwritten notes just as you would on a piece of paper, 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 paper. 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 your handwritten notes 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.

Taking notes in a hurry might be difficult sometimes, so record as you write! Add as many recordings as you want and play them back anytime, even as you take notes. Ideal for recording lectures and those impromptu business meetings.

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.

Be a part of the extended Noteshelf family by joining our Noteshelf Club.
As a Noteshelf Club member, you get access to hundreds of free papers, covers, access to early betas and 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 6.1.12

Double Zoom Levels!
With twice the zooming capacities, you can now add finer details to your notes. How cool is that!

We also made some stability improvements and fixed some minor bugs.

~ Digital Note-Taking, Simplified! ~

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Gingamegs ,

Tried a bunch, liked a couple, love this one

I’ve tried a number of notetaking apps, but I wish I’d started with this one; it would have saved me quite a few dollars, plus a whole lot of time and frustration. Noteshelf 2 is exactly what I need for my brain. There’s no steep learning curve, yet it is pleasantly sophisticated, really pleasing on the eye, and with some lovely customisation options. These developers put a lot of time and love in to this app. They’ve even added clip art to help make our pages even prettier. I did more with this app in the first day having it than I did with all the other apps in a week.


Lost it’s appeal

I’ve been using Noteshelf for more than a year now and loving it. I thought Noteshelf 2 is an upgrade, instead, it seem to have ditched its differentiating appeal from its competitors. I really like the look and feel of the original version, the ability to flick beautifully from page to page by tapping the bottom corner of each page creating a notebook-like motion. The real-life looking notebook background, realistic looking covers and shelf designs in the original version which lived up to the app’s name - all lost in this new version. The ‘convert to text’ and ‘handwritten search’ functions are handy in the new version but even Notability, Good Notes, Evernote and other apps had them before but I still chose Noteshelf because of its stunning simplicity and close to real-life experience when using the app. I was so proud showing it to colleagues and friends that I’m writing on real notebooks, instead digitally! In this new age digital world, having real-life experiences, becomes novelty and is what should be considered as cutting edge tech. Noteshelf 2 is now just the same as others, with even less features, complex navigation and unappealing UIs. I’m disappointed and regret purchasing this new version.

thefiveow ,

Tried them all - love this one best ATM

I am a professional who manages a number of client files on a regular bases. I also undertake studies and attend at conferences and training course on a regular bases.....and I also keep a personal journal. Up until a few months ago I was regularly using Goodnotes 4 which is also an awesome product with similar functionality to this app however it was missing a couple of minor things that I prefer about this app and one major thing that I prefer about this app. Firstly the minor....I prefer the beautiful UI aesthetic of this app, the menu systems and the pen selection tool. The major thing I prefer about this app is the ability to password protect the notebooks.

The app gives me the ability to quickly import PDF course notes or docs etc and annotate them with my Apple Pencil during lectures/conferences/meeting etc. I can also easily categorise and sort the notes and notebooks into relevant groups. Keep up the good work guys and thank you.


Fluid Touch Pte. Ltd.
311.1 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

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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