Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes.

Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work. Our focus is making it easy to write notes wherever you are and syncing them with encryption to all your devices.

Our users love us for:
• Personal Notes
• Tasks & Todos
• Passwords & Keys
• Code & Technical Procedures
• Private Journal
• Meeting Notes
• Cross-platform Scratchpad
• Books, Recipes, & Movies
• Health & Fitness Log

Standard Notes comes free with:
• Seamless sync across all your devices, with easy to use applications on iPhone, iPad, Mac, web browsers, and other platforms.
• Offline access, so you can access your downloaded notes even without a connection.
• No limit on number of devices.
• No limit on number of notes.
• Passcode lock protection, along with Touch ID and Face ID protection.
• A tagging system to organize your notes (like #work, #ideas, #passwords, #crypto).
• The ability to pin, lock, protect, and move notes to trash, which allows you to recover deleted notes until the trash is emptied.

Standard Notes is completely open-source, which means when we say your notes are encrypted with industry-leading XChaCha-20 encryption, and that only you can read your notes, you don't have to take our word for it. Our code is open to the world to audit.

We made Standard Notes simple because longevity is important to us. We want to make sure we're here, protecting your notes, for the next hundred years. You shouldn't have to find a new notes app every year.

To sustain our development, we offer an optional paid program called Standard Notes Extended. Extended gives you access to powerful tools including:
• Productivity editors (like Markdown, Code, Spreadsheets)
• Beautiful themes (like Midnight, Focus, Solarized Dark)
• Powerful cloud tools including daily backups of your encrypted data delivered to your email inbox every day, or backed up to your cloud provider (like Dropbox and Google Drive).

You can learn more about Extended at

We're always happy to talk, whether it be a question, thought, or issue. Please feel free to email us any time at When you take the time to send us a message, we'll be sure to do the same.

What’s New

Version 3.6.24

• Fixed: The application would prompt for a password when attempting to import a decrypted backup.
• Fixed: When an editor failed to load, the “Unable to load” message would not show the editor’s name.
• Fixed: Highlight on pressed notes when scrolling through the notes list.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

anitantony ,


I came across Standard Notes while searching for alternatives to Google Keep. I wanted to remove google from my day to day data. And Standard Notes is the best. I tried several apps and came across some shortfalls in everything . This app can’t be a total replacement to Evernote, but basic note taking, tagging, sharing and archiving, this is at par with Google Keep. I hope they introduce Dark Mode. Truly loving Standard Notes.

Responsible4 ,

Good one

I was searching for a note keeper which is simple yet, has many useful functions like excel sheets, and it should be encrypted at device level.

I still feel Google keep is very very user friendly and it visually looks very good. But the fact that it’s a privacy nightmare, I have not been using it.

This app is still being developed and I request the developers team to improve it but by bit.

Uje_sh ,

Please enable dark mode

I’m using notes app mostly in night. As iOS 13 mainly concentrating on dark mode, your app is still in the previous version. Kindly make a software update with dark mode feature.

Thanks for the stable version. 😇

App Privacy

The developer, Standard Notes Ltd., 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:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

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


  • Family Sharing

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

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