Anthony Recenello
Anthony RecenelloDating Coach and Head of Wolf & Garden

What are the best Evernote alternatives for Apple?

After years of being an Evernote junkie, I'm finally ready to switch. Evernote would be perfect, but I can't get over the fact that the iOS app is negligently slow on my blazing fast iPhone 6s. For a note-taking app, it takes at least six seconds to startup every time I just launch the app. I'm looking for an alternative that can do most of the basics Evernote can while being able to accommodate my fast-paced note-taking style. Also, it'd be preferable if it had the ability for me to easily import all of my note into this new app.Thanks!
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  1. 8

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    DerekLead Support Engineer · Written
    I have to use evernote for work, but for personal notes I either use Bear. UI is fantastic and I enjoy using it. Compatible with MacOs and iOS
    • Justin Deardorff
      Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot Krueger
      Scot KruegerFounder of

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  2. Willie Morris
    Willie Morris3Formerly Amazon, Boeing, and Faithbox · Written
    The native Notes app from Apple is basic, but I enjoy it for quick notes and I think the functionality has improved a ton. Plus it syncs and is super fast on iOS and desktop. (Sorry, no link since it's not a download)
    I go with the standard as well. Just works! And I love that it syncs everywhere. I use it for everything.
  3. 4

    Simple, lighter alternative to Evernote

    Years and years in my homescreen. Simple, fast, available in iOS, macOS, Windows..., Markdown support,...
    • Arun Sathiya
      Arun SathiyaHappiness Engineer, Automattic

      Simplenote is one of those finest note-taking apps you can ask for. Coming from Automattic, the company behind, it enables seamless ability to publish the notes online. Great app, to sum it up!

    • Simplenote truly was the most beautiful app of its day. It completely transformed what productivity was for me. There aren't many apps you expect to still be using ten years later.

  4. 2
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Mike Luby
    Mike LubyDir of Engineering, S23NYC/SNKRS @ Nike · Written
    With the recent updates to the native iOS/Android apps I'd say Dropbox Paper is a strong option
    • zedgoat
      zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

    • Instant Expert
      Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.