Day One Journal: Private Diary 4+

Gratitude, travel, daily notes

Bloom Built Inc

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Apple’s App of the Year with over 15 million downloads and 200,000 5-star ratings globally, Day One has reinvented journaling, letting you record your life as you live it. Securely save audio, video, photos, notes, and more wherever you are, whenever you want.

“Day One creates something so rare it feels almost sacred: A completely private digital space.” – New York Times

“Day One makes keeping a journal delightfully easy.” – Wired


Day One is the original digital journal app. A decade of updates and feature additions make it the most private, trusted, and easiest-to-use journaling app in the world.

• Beautiful, award-winning design
• Unlimited text entries
• Powerful rich text formatting with markdown
• Different journals for every aspect of your life*

• Automatic backups keep your journal entries safe
• End-to-end encryption, which is a fancy way of saying your entries are 100% private
• Journal entries stay secure with passcode, TouchID, or FaceID
• Export options (pdf, plain text, etc.) ensure your entries always stay yours

• Streaks and calendar view help keep your momentum going
• Programmable reminders through text message or phone notifications
• Unique, daily journal prompts help eliminate writer’s cramp
• Customizable templates save time and add organization to entries
• Today view provides a summary of where you’ve been and what you’ve done
• Integrates with the Health app to track mindfulness minutes

• Unlimited photos and video*
• Auto-importer for your Instagram posts*
• Handwritten entries or drawings*
• Voice recording and transcription*

• Cross-platform apps available on iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac
• The ability to text or email entries straight to your journal

• On This Day feature allows you to revisit past memories
• Tags, favorites, and search filters make it easy to find what you’re looking for
• Map view quickly shows all the places you’ve journaled from
• Print capabilities turn your digital journal into a premium physical book

• Time, date, weather, moon phase, and more are automatically added to every entry
• IFTTT applets allow importing data from Spotify, YouTube, Strava, Fitbit, Facebook, Twitter, and more
• Siri Shortcuts provides a powerful way to automate more of your journaling
• Share sheet allows you to add content from other apps, like Apple Photos and Safari

*Day One is FREE to use forever with unlimited entries. Additional features, including unlimited photos, videos, and audio recordings are available with a Day One Premium membership.
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What’s New

Version 2023.19

• Improved sync performance
• Improved typing performance when writing an entry

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12.5K Ratings

12.5K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

It’s hard to make the best even better, but the sequel to Day One lives up to expectations—and then some. The app keeps its interface streamlined but adds a wealth of new valuable features. Your journal entries contain all sorts of information—you can geolocate them, add tons of photos to each entry, and even see your day’s fitness activity. Switch over to the beautiful new photo view when you’re ready to see your world at a glance.

Mad rich ,

Day 1 journal

What can i say, out of all diary and journal apps i have tried this is most exciting. Love the way you can create entries and give them dates and times a good way in the past and see what the weather conditions were like at the time and location. App is so easy to use. When out and about you can create a blank entry to fill in later when you have the time. One thing i must say is that i hate the new date and time editor. I find it fiddly now and it takes much longer to change the time and date of an entry. They should have a setting where you can choose the old date and time editor. The dates minutes and hours used to go round in a loop. If i have an entry that was written at 11:58 and I want to change it to 12:01, you just had to move the hour slider from 11 to 12 and click the minutes 3 to the right. It’s not like that anymore. You now have to go back minute by minute and then adjust the hours. Dates are also fiddly to change in your new update. It’s horrible and if i am honest it has put me right off. It’s a shame as i have been using day 1 for many years, both the basic and premium version.

JudasI ,

Alas Poor v2

Compared to DOv3, v2 was pretty much perfect. I’ll gloss over the buggy release of v3, but I can’t ignore the new and “improved” editor and it’s UI. Select an entry, and it’s now immediately in edit mode. Now that might seem a good idea, right until an inadvertent swipe of the screen either removes or drastically changes an entry. Quick access to location and the photo picker has been removed, those options are now hidden away behind a file attachment icon, of all things. It does appear that swiping up on the map provides access to some functions, but neither method is as obvious or quick as it was. The new editor also handles markdown differently. It attempts to convert any markdown to rich text, at which point it can’t be changed ( I’ll gladly be corrected, if this isn’t the case ). I appreciate this might only impact a small percentage of users, but it’s aggravating all the same. I can only hope the devs relent, and add proper markdown back in. The clunky UI I can get used to, but not the loss of real Markdown support.

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The developer, Bloom Built Inc, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Purchases
  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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