Tot 4+

Your tiny text companion‪.‬

The Iconfactory

    • 4.6 • 227 Ratings
    • Free



Tot is an elegant, simple way to collect & edit text across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s your tiny text companion!

⁕ Less Is More
Tot’s single window design and simple formatting controls mean no more hunting for that chunk of text. Seven color-coded dots let you organize your notes while keeping them from getting out of hand.

⁕ Dark / Light Mode
Designed to look stunning both day and night, Tot takes full advantage of iOS and macOS themes.

⁕ Small Footprint
Stays out of the way on the desktop with minimal chrome and can even be controlled via the Menu bar. On mobile, each dot is just a swipe away.

⁕ iCloud Sync
Seamlessly syncs your text across iOS and macOS using iCloud so you can capture thoughts wherever you are.

⁕ Markdown Support
Full support for rich or plain text and even automatically translates text to Markdown for handy use on the web. Have an RTF file you need marked up? No problem!

⁕ Killer Keyboard
Tot puts common text operations on the keyboard and keeps track of word and character counts as you type.

⁕ Accessible
Tot takes accessibility seriously with affordances for color blindness and full support for VoiceOver.

Available for iOS and macOS.

What’s New

Version 1.4


• Smart Bullets:
- Perfect for creating TODOs and checklists
- Click or tap on a Smart Bullet to toggle its state ON/OFF
- Bullets are normal text that you can copy & paste into other documents
- Easy to share Smart Bullet lists as plain text
- Optimized for both platforms:
macOS: Pick Smart Bullet using * button in status bar
iOS: Set which Smart Bullet to use via Quick Keys in Settings
- Check out What’s New in Help for a video overview and more info


• Fixed a crash when viewing plain text in Help [Yay Terry!]
• Fixed a problem with popover window not appearing over a full screen window [Yay Adrian!]
• Added “Paste and Match Style” [Yay sharprichnorth!]
• Fixed an issue displaying links on the most recent version of macOS


• Support for Widgets:
- Multi-dot for viewing a summary of all of your dots [Yay Everyone!]
- Single dot for viewing a snippet of a configured dot [Yay and their dog!]
- Widget content can be updated via iOS Shortcuts
• Links now open directly in Tot:
- Use Settings to turn this feature off and open links in Safari instead
• Improved pointer interactions on iPadOS when using a trackpad
• Fixed current selection in character picker

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Drlcm ,

The app you need (but don't know you need)

I rarely leave reviews, but this little app deserves praise. I ran into this by mistake, downloaded it and forgot about it. I opened it the other day just to see what it was about and haven't closed it since. I had no idea I even needed this, but it is unbelievably handy!
I am a researcher and writer, and I have numerous writing apps for organizing and writing. I didn't know what I really needed was a quick note-taking app for snippets and passages that can function as both a holding pen for stuff that needs permanent filing and a quick-file for stuff I need at my fingertips.
Aside from the infinite uses for this app, the aesthetics and functionality are on point. I appreciate the time the developer put into this app. It works flawlessly and is carefully designed to be customizable but not overly so.
This is one of those apps you can't work without once you have it. It really should be a part of the mac ios.
Thank you for a great app!

npydyuan ,

elegantly crafted gadget

I love apps like this because they don't promise anything they can't do, and they do everything they promise. They don't add stress to your relationship with your computer; they make it more delightful. Apps like this, it's like a tiny little brain massage, a healthy microdose of dopamine, every time you open them up.

I have one 'tot' per day of the week. When some random passing thought occurs, I grab it and stick it in the day's tot, so that I don't have to obsess about where it goes or what it means or what i'm eventually going to do with it, if anything. It's just an instantaneous word-satisfaction device. Then every now and then, as I'm skimming through the days in a free moment, I find a fragment and it now makes sense where it should go or what I should do with it. So then I do that thing, and can delete it out of Tot. It's like a little hatchery for useful idea-trout.

Would buy again! :)

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your kind words and support. It means a lot to a small developer like us. Please enjoy and thanks again!

Random Human a15 ,

Incredibly useful and has nice features

Let me start off by saying that I'm a student with a bunch of research projects. These projects require me to take notes, and this app is beautifully designed and so useful for doing that! The 7 dots (or notepads) that you get are all color-coded, and they're awesome since I can use one for each class, and at the end of the day, I can just erase them and write something else the next day. The app also has a ton of cute (but useful!) little features, like a dot going gray when nothing is written in it, and the app icon changing to the color dot that you're on. The app also makes use of the touch bar, so if you have one, then changing your color text, bolding, italicizing, etc. becomes very convinient. Using my notes app and filling it up with all my research notes can become annoying, so I love using Tot instead!

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