Flow: Sketch, Draw, Take Notes 4+

Notebook & Pencil Case

Moleskine Srl

    • 4.2 • 6.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


New color palette, customizable page backgrounds and more!

Flow helps you make beautiful notes and draw with realistic ink and paper.

Take notes, sketch, journal and plan all within the one app. With Apple Pencil, writing and drawing in Flow feels incredibly responsive, and you can even collaborate on documents with friends and colleagues.


- Infinite width documents, just swipe and keep writing and drawing
- Secure storage, synced between your devices
- Create your own unique set of drawing tools
- Colored paper with dot grid, squared, lined or blank styles
- Customizable gestures
- Advanced Apple Pencil support
- Organize your documents with customizable notebook covers
- Elegant minimal interface that puts everything at your fingertips
- Export images and timelapse videos
- Multitask on iPad with Split View, Slide Over and drag-and-drop

Membership with Flow includes realtime cloud storage and backup for your documents and tools across all of your devices.


Download Flow to try it free for two weeks. After your free trial, Flow requires a subscription which provides you with regular app updates and realtime cloud storage of your documents. Monthly and yearly options are available, with yearly subscribers saving 50%. After your trial, you will not be charged unless you purchase a subscription. If your subscription lapses, Flow remains available in read-only mode.


We love to speak with users, so feel free to reach out at any time via the Flow menu under Help > Contact Support.

If you have a feature idea, please let us know at https://bonobo.canny.io/flow.
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What’s New

Version 3.2.2

Version 3.2.2

We've fixed a handful of rendering bugs, worked on app performance and fixed a couple of minor crashes.

Version 3.1.1

This update introduces a great new way to use color in Flow, customizable background colors for documents and a whole bunch of little UI improvements.

Flow has a new option to display a set of colors on screen for quickly switching color whilst you stay on the same drawing tool. You can setup these colors however you like, and the palette will be saved as part of the document you are working on.

Tap the new ‘document colors’ button at the top of the screen next to the undo button to turn the document colors on and off. (Note: the ‘reset zoom’ button has been retired from this top menu.)

Tapping on one of the colors will set your current tool to that color, and you can tap a color twice to open a color picker. You can also press and hold on a color to get the eyedropper and choose from a color somewhere on the screen.

On iPad you can choose where on the screen the color palette goes by dragging it around, it can snap to either the top or bottom of the screen, or next to the Tool Editor. Just drag on any of the colors towards the center of the screen and the snap locations will appear. On iPhone the colors only display at the top of the screen.

You can return the colors to the default set by pressing and holding on the colors button at the top of the screen.

You can now customize the background color of your document using a color picker. The 16 default light and dark options are shown as smaller circles next to the large circle that shows the current color. Tap one of the small circles to choose that color, and tap the large color circle to open the color picker and customize it.

When you have a drawing tool selected, the tool editor now displays an icon at the top indicating the pen type. You can press and hold on this icon to bring up a list of pen types and swap to it.

The layers menu has been updated:

- The layer color indicator is now a bar instead of a circle
- New icons for the buttons at the top to choose between side docking or floating
- New ‘switch’ style button instead of a tick icon for showing when layers are active or not
- A new option to drag and choose the height of the layers panel when it is floating, the drag bar becomes available once you have more than 4 layers and will remember the height you set
- Layers will now hide on iPad when you’re in pencil case mode
- Improved the layout when shown on iPhone in pencil case mode

The pasteboard screen has an updated look that now shows your pasteboard content in a grid layout with two columns, and button to enable edit mode for removing content. The icon has also been updated.

The set of default tools has been updated to be more suitable for note-taking.

- Simplified the eyedropper ui to focus on just showing the new color being chosen
- Updated the look of the color swatches shown when the eyedropper is active and it now shows a grayscale range of color options if you’re on a gray color
- Layers UI now hides and unhides when the pen editor is opened
- Updated the tool editor size control style to make the currently selected size more prominent
- Added a new ‘disconnect pencil case’ icon when pencil case mode is on
- The pen sets screen now uses the dark interface mode if it is on
- Updated the pen sets button icon
- Lowered the position of the pens at the bottom of the screen on iPhone to make more room to see the document
- Updated the pen editor style on iPhone to dock completely up against the top bar
- When choosing a background pattern for a document the pattern size and opacity controls now fold away if you have chosen no pattern

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6.4K Ratings

6.4K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Have you ever written on magic paper? We have. You might know Moleskine for its world-famous notebooks: pages of creamy paper that feel amazing under your pen. Flow by Moleskine brings that experience to your iPhone and iPad.

tcoake ,

Great for Remote Teaching

I have hastily tried around 20 different apps in search of a suitable application to perform remote teaching once Covid had forced me out of the classroom. I’m a math professor and needed an application that allowed an unlimited page length. I attempted to get by with others that had other helpful drawing tools, but having to open a new page every couple minutes ultimately made those apps a deal breaker. Now, apples notes was working well, but the inability to save in a format other than its own proprietary file system left me in search of a solution. At this point I discovered Flow which had almost everything that I needed. There is always room for improvement, but the developers seem to be on top of all that while making continual updates as well as creating new features (rulers as of late). I would like to see the ability to draw a strait line without having to open the ruler for that, but this is something users can ask for and the developers appear to listen. That one aspect alone is a huge game changer for me. I’m just not used to using software where the devs listen to the customer/users. All in all, flow and it’s other apps have proved to be absolutely essential for teaching remotely. I could go on and on about how I use the features to create a learning environment that makes the remote learning process much less painless for both me and my students, but I’d suggest give it a try.

Developer Response ,

Hi - thank you so much! It is always nice to hear positive feedback from our customers. Those words definitely motivate us to do better and better. Cheers, Anj

everette23 ,

Don’t add much, just make it better.

Learn from 53, Flow team. Once upon a time there was an app called Paper, by 53. It failed to improve and progress the way it’s users needed it to and now it’s a piece of crap. You guys are riding a very thin line with having minimal tools and options while still remaining relevant and having a very elegant app that’s a joy to use. As long as apps like Procreate exist, where you only pay once and can be as “pro” or as basic as you want with it, Flow is going to be a challenging sell. You’re riding on brand and aesthetics and that may not carry you forever.
But I get the vision of Flow and I personally love it. I’m a graphic designer, so it’s nice having a digital space to draw and think while not worrying about layers or being too granular with my sketches. Flow gives me permission to be messy, and I like that.
The paper formats are nice, I’ve found myself using the ruled format from time to time to take notes since Flow has my favorite interface (and sounds!) of any drawing app...so why not? Tools are great, I love the color picker and lack of total freedom while still having a TON of options. I don’t feel restricted with color.
I’d be wary with adding much in the way of functionality, but new tools from time to time would be fun. I’m looking forward to the app getting better at what it already does as opposed to becoming more feature-heavy.


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