Day One Journal: Private Diary 4+

Notes, photos, voice recording

Bloom Built Inc

    • 4.8 • 536 Ratings
    • 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 7.16.3

• iOS 16: You can now add a Day One Streaks widget to your Lock Screen
• iOS 16: Day One now comes with default Siri shortcuts. Just say "Hey Siri, write in Day One" or "Answer the daily prompt in Day One"

• Removed a disruptive alert in the Instagram settings screen when not signed in to Day One
• Side Menu: If there has only one journal, All Entries will not be shown
• Side Menu: The “New Journal” button is now displayed at the bottom of the journals section

• Fixed an issue that prevented the filter tabs in the Media Timeline from working
• Book Printing: Fixed a crash when clicking 'Checkout' on the book cart view
• Fixed an issue where the timeline keyboard shortcuts didn't work
• Fixed an issue with an entry not being saved when created from the Photo Library without using the media’s location and date
• Fixed an issue where you couldn’t sign in from the Premium upgrade screen
• Fixed the Activity filter count in the search screen
• Fixed an issue that caused Day One to request Photo Library permissions when opening the metadata screen for an entry

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
536 Ratings

536 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.

RogiPo ,

One Day Premium

worth paying subscription. for the modest yearly value the subscriber supports developping team.
sound recording up to 90 minutes really helps when on meetings and seminars. Very well integrated Apple Watch application, handy and usefull, perfect sync between devices including audio recordings and puctures. higly recommended,
I would appratiate text enhancements one day

Running owl ,

Not secure and expensive

From support: "All of your data is stored locally. The passcode can be set to prevent access to viewing your data in the app itself.

The files and folders can be accessed without the app, yes. That is how the data is currently stored. We recommend using different user profiles if sharing a computer. You can also enable FireVault to encrypt all of your data."

The same is true for iOS, presumably, although would require jailbreaking to gain access (easily and commonly done). Consider if you feel it's OK that your entries, including photos and audio, are stored in plain sight before subscribing.

I give the app a star for being a pleasure to use and another for the responsive support. I take one each away for storing entries as plain text, the high price and the lack of some basic features that should be present by now, especially for the price such as video. I'm looking forward to all these things being worked on and being able to give it two more stars.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review. Your local data is encrypted by iOS. We also provide full end-to-end encryption as an option for your data synced to Day One Sync. Please see here:

App Privacy

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

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


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