• Category: Productivity
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 9.3.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Ginger Labs
  • Compatibility: Android
76,978 Ratings
$ 8.99

Notability App

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!  Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1. Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work. CREATE MEMORABLE MULTI-MEDIA NOTES • Work with a variety of note-taking, journaling, and drawing tools like ink, highlighter, text, and audio. • Leave room for ideas with infinite page scroll. • Mark up imported or scanned textbooks, documents, forms, and images. • Add photos, GIFs, web pages, and more. STAY ORGANIZED, PAPER-FREE • Go paperless and keep your notes with you, without the weight, the hassle or the waste. • Group notes with customizable subjects and dividers. • Quickly search handwriting*, typed text, PDF text, image text, and note titles. • Secure notes using Face ID and Touch ID. HANDWRITE AND SKETCH NATURALLY • Create custom colors and match any color with the color dropper. • Ink is fine-tuned for the Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more. • Easily create perfect shapes. • Precisely erase freehand ink or shapes with varied brush sizes. RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them. • Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so you can replay what was said while you wrote. SHARE IDEAS IN PRESENTATION MODE • Present ideas in full screen without distracting toolbars when connected to an external display. • Engage the audience with all of Notability's tools including a Laser Pointer. • Use Multi-Note to view a secondary note that stays hidden from the audience while presenting. DO MORE WITH MULTI-NOTE • Work with two notes side-by-side. • Quickly switch between notes with the Note Switcher. • Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, and more between notes. TYPE ANYWHERE • Full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of fonts, custom fonts, sizes, and colors. • Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes. • Save time with keyboard shortcuts. IMPORT AND SHARE • Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so information stays private. • Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments. • Easily create searchable multi-page PDFs using the built-in Document Scanner. AUTO-BACKUP AND ICLOUD SYNC • Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes. • Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, and OneDrive are all supported! --- *Available for in-app purchase (included with Education Volume Purchase Program): SEARCH AND CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES • Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 15 supported languages. • Convert handwriting to text. • It all happens on your device, so your information stays private. MORE THEMES --- Mac app sold separately. Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

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Notability app reviews

  • Suggestions, but no complaints 5/5

    By B Chij
    I began using this app in University and would download the class PowerPoints to follow along with in lecture. I love that you can record and write notes that sync with the recording. Now that I've graduated I still use this app to take any notes. I would like to be able to view two pages side-by-side, sometimes I'll be reading a textbook and want to work out problems but hate having to scroll back and forth between the pages. Also, I would love the ability to archive old notes that are no longer relevant, but I don't want to trash so they don't clutter up the sidebar. One last but not as important thing would be the option to import templates, instead of having to copy and paste each time.
  • Great app 5/5

    By custumer Paul
    I have been using this app for over 3 years now and it has proven over and over again to deliver. My strongest uses are: + In my profession as a elite level coach; class and calendar planning , documents that my athletes need signed and emailed, this app has it all in one. + construction; 2 years ago I started building my house, and this app has delivered over my expectations in my to do’s and project management. I have used it at every step of my construction, from having my blue prints always ready and on hand, zooming the blue prints where I need to show the builder modifications and additions, recording all inspection approvals, and even walking my electrician, plumber and low Voltage cable technician through all the spots in my house I wanted my light features / facets / TV, speakers, and cat cables connections to be. All those contractors were blown away by how easy and quick we both were on the same page. Later on, I just emailed each one of them a pdf version of the drawings we agreed on and there were no hiccups anywhere. I have even used it to show my painter what trims go which colors. + family, household, and my non-profit board of directors at work, I ah e it all in this app. Everything organized in files and folders..., I cannot even start to think all the apps I would need to keep my life organized without Notability. Great product.
  • Recent Update Implementation 3/5

    By soiHDSGHFJKSDBiugas
    I have loved this app for years and it has remained one of the most consistent note-taking platforms for me throughout high school and college. Consistency is great, but some updates would make this app 1000x better. Most importantly, cursor support on the iPad. I can use my cursor in the app, but its difficult to navigate it because the text is not recognized like it is on Native Apple apps so editing requires a double click and delete. It would be so much more convenient if the cursor was able to change into text mode when scrolling over text in this app and I hope that is in the works. Until then, the way it is will suffice, but I cant give it 5 stars for not including one of the biggest features that has been given to the iPad ecosystem in years.
  • Great for college 5/5

    By TheMurse007
    I use this for nursing school and I wish I had a iPad and notability in my Pre-reqs because it changes the way you study and makes organizations so much easier. I went from getting high Bs to all As. It’s worth every dollar!
  • My Everything iPad app 5/5

    By PennyPerilous
    Notability is an app that I use every day. This single app makes the iPad a remarkably useful tool for me. I use it to collect research notes, annotate PDFs, mark up student work, as a presentation tool, to collect meeting notes, sign forms, store and view guitar music, and many other uses. This is truly the most useful app that I have. Apologies for being greedy, but three things would make this app even better for me: (1) The ability to hyperlink one note within another. This would provide an easy way to refer to earlier work or to keep a log. (2) Improved sticky note function. Currently, sticky notes “cover” pages, but not handwritten notes. It would be great if you could place a sticky on top of handwritten notes, writes on the sticky and move the sticky later. (3) Pop out notes would also help with annotating PDFs.
  • Good app, but it does have one significant problem 2/5

    By Christian Raith
    I’ve been using this app for almost 6 years now. However, recently, it has developed a bug, where it will randomly refresh the document you’re in and delete everything you’ve been working on. There is no way to restore any of your progress. Is will be gone forever and you will have to do everything again. This also happens sometimes when going from the document to the main menu. When you go back to the document, everything will be irreversibly deleted. Please fix this it has already cost me like 10 hours of time.
  • Best everything app. 5/5

    By Jimbo 1284563
    Love this app, have had it for years and appreciate all the different things I can accomplish with this app. Go to app for all sorts of projects, always reliable, progressive, not changing to the point of screwing up the app. Simply love the app!
  • Almost there 4/5

    By riskysqrrl
    I have been using this app for years and think there is none superior. One suggested fix: The page flip swipe in single-page view is too sensitive; when you swipe to turn the page it too often flips through multiple pages.
  • This app is the best 5/5

    By Lamesuace
    Love being able to write notes on pdf. A must have for anyone in school.
  • A wonderful and flexible note taking app 5/5

    By MusicalGnat
    I have enjoyed the ability to take notes both in the straightforward way but also on documents and pdf manuscript paper. I have been even been able to import images for use. As a basic function, the handwriting function is excellent. In addition, The search function is something I look forward to using when time comes. I have always wanted to search my handwritten notes.
  • Zoom percentages on paper 5/5

    By Meek_10
    I love this app being using for 2-3 years now. Very easy to use and pretty my looks like my writing. I do wish we could see the percentage number when we zoom In on the paper to write though. It will help a lot or if they paper zoom recognition. That way we I start to write I don’t have to zoom in everytime.
  • Crushing and not responsive 1/5

    By The Aria!
    Unacceptable from a paid app.
  • Best For School 5/5

    By RoxaneGaedeke
    Seriously saved my grades. You can import power points or any PDFs and write all over them. You can scan pictures and insert them into your notes. You can save them to google drive and share them with other people. You can also organize your notes into folders and color code the subjects. However, I wish that during one of their updates they allow you to move around the pen/highlight colors. They added a feature where you can make your own colors. I wish they would let me organize the color options however I want including the pre–set colors.
  • Amazing 5/5

    By blacbyrd
    I don’t know what I did before notability. It is integrated into everything I do. Best invest of 2020!
  • Greatest note taking app 4/5

    By comp_herms_sci
    The app is phenomenal when it comes to note taking. It lets you keep your notes organized and categorized based on what you’re doing. The app is also great when it comes to ignoring palm detection, to the point i no longer use paper and pencil unless it deals with drawing, all my notes are now done on my iPad. The cool thing about the app too, is that even using the iPad mini, if you turn it horizontally the app feels almost similar to a notebook (if you edit your paper right). The only complain I have is the lack of integration with other devices that aren’t in the apple eco system. Sure you can sync your notes to your google drive, but it’s complicated and a big headache to deal with. It would be nice if they offered an online version to check and sync all your notes, so you can pull them up when your iPad isn’t around. Other then that, the app is amazing! Compared to any other note apps I’ve used, I can live with that small inconvenience for now.
  • This app is good but sticky notes should be added to pages for extra writing room off margin 3/5

    By monopoly playr
    The app is good extremely good. I’ve used this app for a couple years now to take notes for college. Thought the app is amazing, I wish there was a feature to add more writing off the allotted screen. For example, the addition of sticky notes that can be added on the side of the the page. It would be helpful because I downloaded lots of textbooks on notability. When you zoom out of your “paper”, there is extra space on the side that should be utilized for more writing room since the textbook words already cover up most of the page.
  • Attention all list makers! 5/5

    By Nclglsn
    Notability is a planner’s holy grail. 10x better than paper. Edits, layering, hyperlinks, photos, and imported PDFs all make this app a dream. Love it!
  • frequently unresponsive 2/5

    By xperia1ii
    once every few minutes
  • Had to switch to GoodNotes :( 2/5

    By OtterMayhem
    I’ve used notability for years and loved it! But I can’t keep having to close the app every 5 minutes because my pages will freeze and I can’t scroll or switch tools. I dealt with it as long as I could but after a week of classes and having to close the app so often I couldn’t do it anymore and had to get GoodNotes to take notes for class as it’s very inconvenient to close the app in the middle of writing something my professor is saying. I have no other problems with notability besides the freezing issue, otherwise I think it’s a great app.
  • My files are GONE!!!!! 2/5

    By ColdNick
    I’ve used Notability for years....and with this recent will not allow me access to files and the app will literally quit while in use, and now iCloud error messages with constant cycling of file so I can’t enter...I have 4 years of files on this app.... FIX THIS!!!
  • Most reliable app! 5/5

    By Chocoeliz
    Been using notability for nearly 2 years and recently there were bugs and technical issues making it very frustrating to use. However notability NEVER DISAPPOINT they just came out with an upgrade to fix every problem me and a lot of users have been having. The zooming issue of notes disappearing has been fixed, bugs have been fixed, no more lagging. So in the future I am confident if any issues come up notability will make sure they are fixed. Very reliable easy to use, best note taking app.
  • Please fix 3/5

    By 1726:8
    I use notability for school note taking, and I’ve been using it for long period of time on my iPad. It worked smoothly with no problem until last couple updates. The app constantly freeze up and I had to quit the app and jump back in numerous times daily! ! Please fix it !
  • Everything I need for Real Estate 5/5

    By JTinthehouse
    This is the best App for taking notes. I sell real estate and use this everyday. Helps to keep me organized and all of my notes are easily found. 5 stars!!
  • Classroom paradise plus perfect PDFs markup app 5/5

    By Tux Kenobi
    This app is constantly evolving and today I can't imagine myself teaching in a classroom without it. It is a true digital blackboard plus with the new presentation mode it became even better than ever with laser pointer including the ability to let the laser tail ghost on for a while longer, thumbs up really. I just wish that the laser pointer could be make larger as an extra option to make it yet better. I was looking at other apps to save markup PDFs on smaller file sizes that the gigantic ones saved by iPad native app, then I discovered that Notability can easily do it with no subscriptions required. Just the perfect app to annotate PDFs, add Giff, images, voice redords, video links, web links and after all this save a small PDF read only copy that can be easily shared by email. Just great to make corrections on student's papers and share them back. Such an amazing app, thanks a lot and please keep the good work !
  • Love it now for 8 years. 5/5

    By ChoMAC
    Haven’t seen a comparable. Now using it with Google Classroom
  • Very Disappointed 3/5

    By SilverGalaxyWolf
    The school I attend gives us iPads (paid fees) for the school year, and they come with Notability. I enjoyed using that for class, and it was easy and straightforward to use. However, we had to return the iPads to the school, and I sill needed work done. So, I downloaded Notability to my phone without any hesitation, thinking that it would be about as good as the iPad app. To my disappointment, it has many bugs, and it was not easy to use. There are apps worse than this, but I feel like you could find a better app for a better price for iPhones and iPods. I would recommend this app to iPad users and only iPad users.
  • Great App. 4/5

    By Jonathan84865421
    Notability does a great job at turning hand written text into regular text. But doesn't do a great job at turning handwritten text in Spanish and French. I'm not sure if it's a software issue that it doesn't register accent marks, but the written text to text has a hard time turning words with accent marks.
  • Love this app! 5/5

    By Nurse Cee Cee
    I love this app I use it for absolutely everything! It’s amazing for school and I’m using it for the nursing program. I would definitely recommend!
  • Buggy 1/5

    By hhhjdkccddkkf
    App is frequently unresponsive. Sometimes fails to import images.
  • Great app 5/5

    By 97442*=#*#
    Great app for medical school.
  • Excellent App for Taking Notes 5/5

    By MadCEO FL
    I’m a business executive who finally went paperless. Meeting notes are easy to capture, edit, organize, search, and distribute. This app saves me so much time. Not to mention the dozen or so journals I filled every year that are no longer necessary. I’ve tried several other note taking apps and the search feature for handwritten notes makes this a winner for me every time.
  • Lags a lot 3/5

    By WolfInTheHood
    I have been using this app for about a year now on my iPad Pro and recently the app seems to lag a lot. It won’t let me write or move the screen around while I’m taking notes. I say this happens about five times a day. It’s an okay app, probably not worth buying it. Wish they added an option to hide my previous notes from previous classes.
  • Add better pressure sensitivity 4/5

    By Johnger1234
    5-20-2020: I am using my new 2020 iPad Pro and 2nd gen Apple Pencil. I downloaded Notability a while ago. i am just starting to try it out. So far so good. I have used both the new version of the Apple Notes app and Penultimate(Evernote) extensively. I took notes in a 1 hour seminar meeting, today. I would like to see touch pressure sensitivity added to the apple pencil. If it does Touch Sensitivity, can you tweak it so the pressure is more distinct. When I put a certain size pencil tip, I think touch sensitivity worked. But when I used a smaller Pencil size I did not see any touch pressure Sensitivity at all. That's why I am not sure if it is implemented or not.
  • My rating of notability 4/5

    By Ishaan p
    I think notability is an amazing tool for writing, drawing, and doing school assignments. I recommend this app to everyone. One thing I wish notability had is the ability to have shared notes, like on google docs. For example it would really nice if say me and my science partner are working on a project together and we want to edit a note at the same time. I would also like if I could send notes directly from Notability to Google Classroom and not via Google Drive. I would love if notability made an update so we could do those things. Overall I rate notability as 4.83 stars.
  • its perfect except one thing. the ppt. 4/5

    By klaykim
    i love this app so useful. but it doesn’t work properly with ppt file. text and style were changed itself. so sometimes i got trouble reading it . please fix it🥺
  • Glitchy 1/5

    By Jonah Harris
    This app is no where close as accessible as google docs or sheets, it is laggy, it freezes and crashes every 5 minutes and it is annoying when it wont let you move images or just doesn’t work at all
  • Best note taking app ever... 5/5

    By iamnotwriter
    I’ve been using notes (from Apple) and bought this app over month ago and let me say this is the best app purchase I’ve ever made. Zero regret.
  • I wasted my money 1/5

    By beckyrvilla
    I tried using this to take notes for my summer class and it is only the second day using it and it constantly glitches. I just tried to press out of it since it was in the middle of glitching (moving the screen around and highlighting everything instead of writing like it is supposed to when the pencil icon is selected) and when I went back into the app it deleted everything that was highlighted. I used the regular apple notes app before this and now I have to go back to using that.
  • I love the app but... 3/5

    By Jeborea78
    I am a second year medical student and I use notability for all of my note taking needs. I use my Apple Pencil to take notes in class as well as record so that I can go back to listen to lectures. As of late, this app keeps “sticking” and becomes unresponsive. I literally have to exit the app and re- enter just to resume work. It is frustrating since sometimes the app crashes before it could store which means that when I re-open the app my work is lost and I have to start again. Developers please fix with a new update. Additional please add more paper designs and inks. I’ve been using this app for a long time and I am getting by the paper and ink options. One note has beautiful glitter ink that is so vibrant. It is time to step up optics of notability. I would love to keep using the app into residency....
  • 超级辣鸡 1/5

    By l大屌
  • Slow and sometimes buggy 3/5

    By hdfridge
    When the app is working, it's great. It's got some nice note taking features and I especially enjoy the pencil support. However, I'm using this on a 2017 iPad Pro (which is not a slow device) and it's very laggy at times. It'll take up to 10 seconds to open a document. It'll sometimes freeze while scrolling or zooming. I'm not sure why it does this, but I'm hoping they lock these bugs down to make an ok app truly great.
  • Great, but doesn’t work well with spotty internet 3/5

    By Daniel the Tiger of the West
    Tons of great features and helpful organizing systems... doesn’t really matter if you can’t access your notes.
  • Works ok but very buggy 2/5

    By Queen j po
    Audio recording usually works except when it doesn’t, which isn’t cool for classes. The program freezes regularly when listening to audio and taking notes. It’s also lacking some basic functionality (shape fill, rotation) that would make it better. Overall I am tired of this crappy program and will be trying something else.
  • Keeps crashing 1/5

    By YellowJimbo
    Been using notability to write on PDF's and the app keeps crashing deleting some of my notes
  • Only worked well for one day 1/5

    By dezign arch
    All app functions are seemingly locked on the scrolling icon- without a stylus that is all I can get the app to do%. The marker function is not working well either. Is there any way to buy this app and actually keep it working. Thank you
  • No text-to-speech 1/5

    By Alive in Durham
    Being a visually disabled person I use apps a lot. I spent hours creating and storing documents in Notability using voice to text. When I go back to access those documents text to speech does not work. I am not able to hear what is in any of the documents I stored I’m very disappointed I was hoping that this app would help me to be more independent and functional. I wish I could get help with this problem. Notability is not working with Voiceover in the Apple operating system.
  • clears large notes, turns them into blank white pages 1/5

    By FlyingWalrus_
    I take notes in large PDF files of textbooks, and in the middle of taking them, the cloud indicating iCloud backup shows up and when it goes away, my entire file turns into blank white pages that don’t show my notes. I tried toggling iCloud backup off and on, keeping the notes stored in iCloud, but it still gives me the same problem. this is very frustrating and I am losing a lot of work with having to redownload the files and redo it.
  • SO GLITCHY 1/5

    By allieplummer
    The app glitches every five seconds and closes itself and when I open it back up whatever I was writing is deleted. It’s so ridiculously annoying. Didn’t pay money for this app to have to rewrite the same sentence 50 times in ten minutes only for it to keep shutting down.
  • Intuitive Design Lacks Basic Needs 4/5

    By Ballyhoooooo
    This is without a doubt the premiere note taking app on the IPad platform, still bested by Microsofts OneNote in certain areas. Intuitive pen sketch features like pressure changing pen sensitivity and line snap are just a couple of the great features. However, this app lacks basic text functions like paragraph alignment and adding a custom table. A table is a staple feature necessary for organized notetaking and its a feature that has been asked for numerous times. Notability has responded to this criticism years ago saying it was coming. Its 2020 now and there is no excuse for not having a table function anymore get it done Notability.

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