Bear is a focused, flexible notes app used by writers, lawyers, chefs, teachers, engineers, students, parents and more! Bear has quick organisation, editing tools, and export options to help you write quickly and share anywhere and preserve your privacy with encryption.

2017 Apple Design Award
App Store App of the Year 2016
“My journaling app of choice is Bear” - Kit Eaton, New York Times

*WRITE YOUR WAY* with flexible yet simple tools

- Tools stay out of your way so you can just write
- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes and lock Bear with Face/Touch ID (Bear Pro required. Learn more below)
- Easily create notes with Siri and iOS Shortcuts
- Use Apple Watch to dictate and append to recent notes
- Pick from over a dozen themes for the perfect writing space (requires Bear Pro. Learn more below)
- Support for sketching, drawing, and Apple Pencil (and other styli)
- Grab images, text, files, and clip web pages with Bear’s app extension

*ORGANIZE QUICKLY* with tasks and #tags

- Add #tags, #multi-word tags# and even #multiple/nested/tags anywhere in a note for quick organization
- Add tasks to notes to stay on track
- Archive notes to keep them around, but out of your way
- Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, reference other notes, and more
- Pick custom icons to help important tags stand out in the Sidebar
- Use emoji autocomplete to add style to your tasks, journals, headings, and more


- Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, EPUB, and TextBundle (some export options require Bear Pro)
- Copy part of a note in a variety of formats to paste elsewhere
- Easily share your notes to any third party app including Wordpress, Mail, Sparkle, etc...


- Use Spotlight to search your notes from anywhere
- Quickly find what you need with keyword highlights
- Focus on specific types of notes with powerful Search Triggers. Try @task to find all notes with todos.

*USE IT EVERYWHERE* with sync in Bear Pro

- Sync your notes between Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
- Notes sync via iCloud, not our servers
- A single in-app subscription works across all your devices


- Bear is private at its core: We cannot see your notes, tags, or anything else
- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you (Bear Pro required)
- **NEW** Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID (Bear Pro required)
- Export notes to portable formats like Plain Text, Markdown, and TextBundle
- With a Bear Pro subscription, your notes sync via iCloud, not our servers
- Backup and restore all notes with just a couple taps


One low, yearly subscription enables a variety of features on all your devices and keeps the Bear hugs coming.

- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you
- **NEW** Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID
- Sync notes between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac via iCloud
- Advanced export to PDF, HTML, DOCX, JPG
- Over a dozen gorgeous app themes to help you create the best writing environment
- More themes are on the way
- Keep the Bear updates coming

$1.49 monthly, $14.99 annually (save 18%)

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Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. After purchase, manage your subscriptions in App Store Account Settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.

$1.49 monthly, includes a one week free trial
$14.99 annually, includes a one month free trial

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What’s New

Version 1.7.6


* Dark Mode on iOS 13 and iPadOS. Bear will remember the themes you pick in Dark and Light modes.
* Work in Bear across multiple spaces in iPadOS. Open a note in Split View next to Safari, then work in a different note next Mail. Or open two different notes side-by-side!
* Annotate photos and PDFs. Circle objects in a photo or highlight important parts of a document. Also, When exporting a note to JPG or PDF, quickly annotate it before sharing to someone or another app.


* Encrypt individual notes - Set a password to protect a sensitive note, and use Face/Touch ID to unlock it
* Lock Bear - Require Face/Touch ID to access Bear
* Spotlight search comes to macOS - Search your Bear notes while working in other apps, even if Bear isn’t open
* Live Note Links - Links to Bear notes from other notes now update automatically, even if the note title changes
* Emoji auto-complete - Anywhere in a note, type a colon (:) and a couple of letters to see emoji suggestions (try :smile for example!)
* New Safari extension - Bear now uses Apple’s latest Safari extension system. On the Mac, Bear automatically adds its extension to Safari (no separate download required), you just need to enable it in Safari preferences. It should now ask for permission only once.
* Safari extension settings moved into Bear - You can now control extension behavior from Bear’s settings
* New TagCons - Many by popular request! 33 new tagcons!
* Improvements to Spotlight search on iOS - Results should be snappier
* More notes on Apple Watch - Now sync up to 15 notes to your Apple Watch
* New Flicktype keyboard for faster writing on Apple Watch
* Two new Bear Pro themes - Gandalf and Ayu Mirage

1.7.6 Changelog

* Fixed text overflow problem on iOS.
* Fixed problem which caused CPU and memory spikes on both iOS and macOS devices.
* Fixed bug, which caused the note history navigation (back/forward) to behave incorrectly, resulting in the previous note not being selected.
* Fixed bug which caused trashed notes with a [[wiki link]]to be opened.
* XCallbacksURL calls /open-tag, /create, /tags, /untagged, /todo, /today, /locked, /search and /grab-url now all work when the app is locked.
* Fixed /create bug when the timestamp parameter is yes.
* Fixed bug with the external keyboard on iPad, which caused the search field not to show anything when the spacebar is used.
* Fixed problem with the emoji autocomplete on iOS, which caused the menu not to close correctly.
* Emoji autocomplete now doesn’t show inside code blocks.
* Web page importer problem with certain image paths fixed.
* Web page importer now converts relative paths in links to absolute paths.
* Web page importer bug with some list configurations fixed.
* On macOS, popovers (Styles, Links, Info Panel, etc… ) are now kept open when switching to other apps.
* Fixed HTML export bug concerning unordered and ordered lists.
* Fixed MD exporter problem with images linked with the MD Image link marker.
* Apple Watch app back button inside the note detail restored.
* Fixed problem with iOS extension, which caused Safari to behave incorrectly in certain conditions.
* Improved PDF imports.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
601 Ratings

601 Ratings

Boinky Ballabum ,

Premium bietet viel mehr Feature-Möglichkeiten!

Habe mich zum Premium Jahresabo hinreissen lassen, weil ich glaube, hoffe und mir wünschen würde, dass die Entwickler weiterhin so detailverliebtes schönes Design und mehr Pro-Funktionen als Updates liefern. Die App selbst war durch ihren Minimalismus und einzigartigen Stil schon von Anfang an super und lief auch immer ohne Fehler. Also allein deshalb schon volle Punktzahl - so sauber muss man erstmal coden können. Tolle Arbeit! Featurevorschläge: Api-Anbindung an Medium (!), mehr Funktionen für sehbehinderte Autoren (!!!) und eine appinterne Imagestockdatenbank mit mit den Illustrationen von dem drolligen Bären zur Textauflockerung. Also den Bären wie Messengersticker oder wie bei Bitmoji für Header und Editorialdesign. Bei einem Artikel über Stress z.B. müsste man dann nicht noch ewig auf Imagestockseiten nach ner berzweifelten Frau suchen, sondern hätte den Bären stilisiert mit Eis auf dem Kopf.

735M ,

Positiv überrascht

Die App verwaltet Notizen über markierte Stichwörter, die wiederum automatisch Ordner und Unterordner erstellen. Fand ich erst gewöhnungsbedürftig, hat mich aber überzeugt. Dieses System kann letztlich alles, was klassische Ordnerstrukturen können und mehr. Die Tagerstellung ist durch Vorschläge, die nach Eintippen der ersten Zeichen vom Programm gemacht werden sehr schnell und einfach. Hilfreich fand ich auch die Möglichkeit, Notizen zu verlinken, so dass man von einer Notiz durch klicken auf ein Stichwort direkt in die Nächste kommt. Ideal für Menschen mit sehr vielen Notizen. App ist sehr übersichtlich, einige andere bekannte Notizapps sollen mehr Funktionen haben, Bear hat aber auch ne Menge; ich habe jedenfalls bisher nix vermisst.

X--Bone ,

So sollten Notizen Apps funktionieren

Schnell, übersichtlich und lässt sich in den Browser integrieren. Zudem die Möglichkeit Bilder einzubinden. Abschließend sei gesagt das die Notizen exportiert werden können, sowie auch eine Import-Funktion zur Fügung steht. Die Synchronisation über iCloud funktioniert hervorragend und vor allem schnell. Ich wünsche mir, dass die Entwickler dieser App nicht zu „Tode“ weiter entwickeln!


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80.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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

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In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly Pro subscription 1,49 €
  2. Yearly Pro subscription 15,99 €


  • 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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