• Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Current Version: 8.4.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 280.68 MB
  • Developer: Ginger Labs
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 21 628


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. STREAMLINE YOUR WORKFLOW • Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home. • Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability. • Drag and Drop to move files, text, photos, GIFs, web pages, and more from other apps into Notability with Multitasking. • Secure and lock your notes using Face ID and Touch ID. HANDWRITE AND SKETCH WITH BEAUTIFUL INK • Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper. • Easily create perfect circles and straight lines. • Ink is fine-tuned for 1st and 2nd generation Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more. SEARCH AND CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES • Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 14 supported languages. • Convert handwriting to text. • It all happens on your device, so your information stays private. SAVE TIME WITH MULTI-NOTE • Multi-Note lets you 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 • Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of 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 your information stays private. • Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments. • Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more, or share note content to other apps with Drag and Drop. RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them. • Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote. 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! Mac app sold separately. Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.



  • Amazing tool for managing and taking notes!

    By makejake
    These would be next level: Enable HORIZONTAL split screen of the multi note view. Make the partition thinner also. Make a tool puck with all tools that I can move and place anywhere.
  • Great app

    By Otawo
    It’s actually a great app but it needs an AppleWatch app to link to. Would make life easier for a shopping list use.
  • “Was” the greatest

    By Kibrowne
    This was my go to note taking app for class. It started duplicating notes and sometimes would erase the content. I reached out for assistance and received very little. I’ve finally had it with this program today. I started a new subject, downloaded my lectures and had taken a few notes, only for it to have completely disappeared when I reopened the app to do homework. Back to the drawing board for another. 😣😥
  • This app is so 50/50

    By BB^€
    This app is great for organising notes and writing on them. BUT IT FREEZES 24/7 on the new iPad Pro and this needs to be fixed. The only reason I have not deleted it, is because my school forces me to use it. It is completely annoying and needs to be updated. No. It is not a problem with my iPad as it doesn’t freeze while on any other app. Also there is a serious lack of customisation. Not worth $10 more like 7 or 5.
  • The “go to” note taking app that was...

    By Gonza124
    I’ve invested about 5 years worth of daily note taking with audio recording with this app for work. It’s always been the most reliable way to take down notes and record audio sessions to go back to and companies emails, write up contracts, etc. Now here we are today and for the past couple of months the reliability of note taking with this app is close to useless. I never know if I start a new note and start recording if the app will crash and stop recording while im at a meeting, on a phone call or doing a walkthrough of a job taking down notes and recording audio in the background. It’s now so bad that the app will start to make several duplicates of the current note I am on with futures dates and just “loading” while at the same time my actual current note is no longer accessible and “loading” for some reason. I’ve used iCloud syncing all the time and i don’t know if that is the issue behind all this but all I can add is that this has become very irritating. Hopefully this app gets fixed quicker or else it will be time to start looking around for another note taking app.
  • Left hand support

    By yoskin1256742
    This is a great app. And, I hope you’ll make it greater by supporting those who’re lefties. I already see there’s a setting for left hand mode, but I really think you should give us an option of having the note switcher on the right side instead of left. The palm rest works when I write in the middle, but the note switcher pops up always when I try to write on the left side of the screen. Thanks!
  • Way too many problems

    By 84723848927
    When using the writing tool (pencil or pen), I constantly have zooming bugs, or can’t adjust the box size, or end up not being able to see what I write until I exit the writing box and re enter it. For writing by hand the app is okay at best, but when it come to typing it’s the worst app ever. The spell check is the worst I’ve ever seen. If a single letter is off in a word, 90% of the time it changes it to the complete opposite of what I was trying to type or just autocorrects it to a different language... Also, it is extremely hard to put the cursor between two specific letters if I forgot a letter because auto correct won’t just fix it naturally. This app needs a ton of work before you add little features like a perfect circle.
  • Love this app!

    By Ally Binally
    I use this app for college everyday. It is really user friendly and it makes taking notes a breeze! Really wish they would incorporate some kind of flash card feature though so we could quiz ourselves from our notes. Noteability, if you read this, please make an update that allows us to make flash cards! It would be really convenient. Other than that, love the app!!
  • I love notability.... JUST LET ME ADD MORE DIVIDERS!

    By Ari_girl7104
    Having notability has changed how I study and take notes. I am a medical student, so this is a large part of my life. Notability allows me to take notes as I record my lecture, and organize my notes in ways that are meaningful to me. HOWEVER, one of the things that OneNote has on notability is that I can divide my dividers. For example, I am currently taking epidemiology and biostatistics within ONE class. I would love to have the class tab (overall), further divide that tab into Epi and biostats, AND THEN divide according to weeks/assignments/subjects, etc. I still chose notability over OneNote, but I would love this feature to better organize my notes! Please consider adding this feature.... we would love you forever!
  • Perfect...except

    By Pddietz
    Have used app since creation, but sooooo needs the ability to list documents by my preference! The options for creation, modification and name are good, but sometimes I need to list them according to my needs!!
  • Adding an addition

    By tebarek abdulazeez
    Please can you add a new property in the newest update .... i need to control the length and width because i upload my power points in note ability and i need more pages in the same dimensions ❤️❤️ And thank you for brilliant app ❤️❤️
  • Started great, now glitchy

    By Kugelblitz
    Last semester when I started using this product, I was thrilled with how easy its interface was. I could get most of my homework done using it, and I would never run out of scrap paper. Now however, I can’t work out a simple problem without the zoom function on my iPad being activated two or three times. I also can’t get through a problem without the ink smearing all over the paper either. It seems that notability is not tracking my iPad pencil anymore, and it definitely has no idea what is going on with Apple’s zoom function. And some I saw a five-star experience deliquesce into total lack of satisfaction. Absolute total lack of satisfaction. I cannot express how much I dislike using notability now, and having spent $10 on it it just seems like it’s a total waste of my time and money. I’m extremely frustrated, because it started out so great. But now it just feels like a bad investment and selection bias.
  • Great

    By Love is on the move
    Doesn’t get any better and the fact that the company is attentive to it users, is golden. Maybe it’s that I haven’t been able to find it, but an addition of a way to move text to the foreground, would be great. Seems it can’t be placed over drawings.
  • Please help!

    By KKSteven2938
    Right now using iOS 12.1.4, remaining free storage 6GB, with iCloud sync turned on in a stable wifi environment. Somehow once in awhile, all the notes are removed and must be re-downloaded again. This is understandable when the app needs to refresh the cache, however during a situation where you have to quick access your files on iPad, and it kept presenting “unable to open note” and asking please wait until it finish downloading from iCloud, for three hours without actually downloading them, it could be very frustrating as the only option is to peek notes through your phone, where all the files having no problem to access, but prevents the use of Apple Pencil. So far I have no idea regarding this cause, and a device reboot did not help at all.
  • So close to perfection!!

    By jells0315
    I love this app and has honestly made being a student 100 times more effective. My only tweaks would be to allow more functionality in editing shapes and text. Giving a rotate tool to text and shapes and allowing multiple selection of text boxes and images would make this so perfect. Right now if you have multiple images and text boxes and wish to move them you have to select them all individually and thats such a pain and a time waster. Also, I do agree that the app on the iPhone serves no purpose, I deleted the app on my phone because it was just occupying space. It doesn’t update and sync properly with the iPad.
  • Recording is not reliable.

    By LEO BSB
    The app used to be reliable, now the recording of audio in the notes is not reliable anymore, it keeps losing.
  • Glad I Purchased

    By hanahpa
    I was very skeptical about purchasing this app and before I purchased it I tried many other note taking apps. I found that every other app was not fulfilling my needs (I am an undergraduate student and have switched to taking notes all on my iPad). I decided to purchase this app and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made and I have never been disappointed by it. I am able to keep all my notes in one place and am so happy I decided to use this app. I would recommend this app for anyone who wants to switch from paper note taking to taking notes electronically. The only thing I wish this app offered is access to the program on windows computers. I do not have a Mac so I can only use my notes on my iPad, which is fine but I would be cool to also see them on my computer.
  • Stop

    By Tactical Donut
    Stop deleting my notes. Just stop. Don’t make me redownload them, either. My iPad is not out of storage and you therefore have absolutely no reason to delete my notes.
  • HATE this app

    By Xiwengirl98
    This app was good in the beginning but the more I used it, the more it glitched. There is a HUGE erased streak in my final study guide that was caused by a glitch so now I have to spent hours filling in the blank. My Apple Pencil also consistently glitches on this app and causes broken lines. It’s not my pencil because I use other apps with no issue. Will definitely be switching to good notes, what a waste of 10$ and 3 days of writing my study guide
  • Upsetting

    By whatsthat246?
    It keeps on freezing on me. It’s been several weeks and this issue has not been resolved by tech support. Who do I call about this? Customer support and tech support could be better in responsive and resolution.Im disappointed in this app.
  • No dot grid paper

    By Bion Howard
    There’s n0 dot grid so you cannot bullet journal easily (gotta import some pdf and copy it, meaning the name is screwed up every time)
  • 10 second forward

    By roshnip131
    Hello! This is the best app I’ve purchased for school. I love it but what would help a lot is if there was also a 10 seconds forward button and not just a 10 seconds backwards button for when you are listening to recordings
  • I use this in meetings and..

    By yufasa
    What a fantastic idea...take some shorthand notes while recoding the meeting and then you come back afterward and jump right to the are you want to review by selecting the shorthand in your note. On top of that the writing experience is great with zero latency and the ability to search your notes even if your handwriting looks like mine:)
  • Very unreliable

    By Commands don't work at all.
    Hello. I have written a few times before but now the problems are getting so bad that I will have to switch to a different app for school. I was very happy in the beginning, but I saw through the updates over the past 4 years, stability has not really improved. Instead, the features just keep coming with little to no bug fixes. Really. The app crashes all the time and when I’m taking a note, the iCloud logo pops up and deletes what I wrote. Sometimes even PDFs get cleared, except for what I have written. I need to sit for 10 minutes waiting for the notes to appear when I am locked into Notability in class. Wow. I’d actually pay $9.99 for a more stable iOS app, and I haven’t even gotten the Mac version. Maybe it’s more stable, but I’m probably not paying another $10 now. Hopefully this app and iCloud sync get fixed so these wonderful features can actually be used.
  • Awesome!!!!! Best app 2019

    By gonzagallard
    This application is **** amazing, thanks for adding the recognition for circles, I am an engineering student so just THANK YOU GUYS! and the new zoom, Omg precious!!!
  • Soooo nice. But a little problem with battery usage

    By dimensionbuster
    Great. Can do almost anything. Record, write, turn into text, write on a pdf files etc. It really absorbs battery when you record something tho. Imma collage student and whenever I record 1h 15m lecture, it drains almost 13~15% of my ipad pro. It’s still an amazing app wanna give thumbs up for the developers.
  • Problem with the app

    By isabellarios16
    Hello, I’m having problems using the app. I downloaded some pdf files and I have been taking notes on these files and while I’m writing, it suddenly kicks me out of the app. Could you please check that problem?
  • Love app. Hate icon😊

    By HitMaker
    Need a new app icon! Really does.. You need someone to address this!
  • Feels like i lost my money

    By yasir wassan
    Pros- its a simple note taking app with less learning curve Cons- are many ..shape tool worst in the world ..highlighter tool needs improvement .. page styles are uniformly applied to all pages..which is not good if someone needs customization to individual pages notability lakes big time ..shapes and photos comes with background that’s annoying .. if shapes are annotated..and you suppose to move by selecting them. It treats them individually and you have to move them separately. I’m giving one star and anticipate the number will grow. Because I believe the notability team will come up with better update
  • Good program for writing on PDF file and drawing

    By Muawiya Mohammed
    I want to add Arabic to the app
  • iPad Pro 2018

    By danxahh
    I generally like this app but it can be better. I used it with the new iPad, the one without the home button and it can get annoying at times because I can be writing something with my hand resting on the screen and when I take my hand off what I write just disappears, like it was never there. Thank god it only happens with one or two words and not a whole sentence. Also, when I write part of the tip of what I wrote just disappears. In addition, the app keeps freezing at times and sometimes the added pages don’t show on page preview. In general this is good app, although I wish that I could select multiple pages and insert multiple pictures. The app does the job.
  • File Management Holds Notability Back

    By PhilipM98
    Although notability is my favorite note-taking app, I am planning to switch to goodnotes 5 when they release OneDrive or Google Drive support. Although notability allows for backups, the subjects/dividers system does not allow me to properly manage my files. Ideally my personal, financial, work, and school notes should be with their associated projects or subjects. Unfortunately notability's file tree is only level deep, which makes managing my projects more difficult. Goodnotes 5 has a full file management system. I love your app, but the subjects/dividers system is borderline unusable in cloud storage, please just make a directory tree. It can even have roughly the same UX!
  • Great app...please add

    By B3rryR0se
    I use this app daily for journaling or simply taking notes...i love the ability to change my paper and pencil color! I would LOVE to see more paper selections added or the ability to add our images or import other paper options! Thanks for listening!! ☺️
  • Fantastic App with a Simple, but Awful Flaw

    By Hey buddy!!!
    I have used Notability regularly for years, but have recently come across an issues that has been incredibly inconvenient to say the least. Notability gives you the option to require a password for note and I have used this feature for some notes with sensitive information. When you do not use the app for an hour or so, it requires you to put in the password again as you would expect. However, if you come back to app with the document still open, it allows you to interact with it, but does not save the changes as it has locked itself. I have lost several hours of work to this issue already and it has only affected me twice. I sincerely hope that notability can fix this issue as soon as possible.
  • Must Have App..But There’s This Terrible Bug

    By toddknowsbest
    I absolutely love and trust this app for all note taking and annotations, however, I’m experiencing a terrible bug in which when a .note or .pdf is being open with notability on my iPad Pro 10.5, I constantly get a blank page. The only work around is to “open in this note”, but a new note keeps giving me a white blank page. Thank you for the most recent update!
  • Notes lost

    By CraftsmanX
    This has happened numerous times, where after a long session of note taking I exit out of the page, only to find that my notes was not properly saved or backed up, such that when I go back into my notes, nothing was updated or saved.
  • The best note-taking app

    By winitzki
    Notability is the best app of them all for note-taking with the Apple Pencil! Other apps don’t give the fluid and productive experience of Notability. Especially good is the scissors feature- you can rearrange your handwritten notes on the page,stuff you don’t need can be deleted and the free space can be reused. Pieces of earlier notes can be copied to later pages for reference. This is great for mathematical calculations for example. I tried other apps, but this one is better.
  • Need to add space or page before what I wrote

    By Lei555555
    Need to add space or page before what I wrote
  • Nice basic app

    By Chemorgo1
    I teach chemistry and we need more than just circle. We need pentagons, hexagons and option to convert handwritten equations to a nicely looking typed math. Also it would have been nice if instead of the eraser we could have scratch/delete option and option to delete a a portion of the stroke and not full stroke like it is now. Other than that this app is nice.
  • Lol

    By readme101
    I got a new iPad. All my notes are gone. But my custom colors are saved. 10/10
  • Great but still needs some improvements

    By ThomasNguyen2602
    This is my to-go app every time I open ,y iPad. I use it for both school and work. It’s great. BUT there is one thing I would like to be improved. THE HIGHLIGHT FUNCTION of Notability is worse than Goodnotes. When you highlight texts or written notes, it makes your characters less clear, because the highlighter is put upon the texts. I’d prefer putting the texts above so that it’s easier to read and focus. Goodnotes does a good job with that. P/s: I’ll keep updating this review in the future. Let’s see whether the app will improve or not.
  • No tabs within Subjects

    By VCUnexus
    Noteability is great. I’m in dental school and all my classmates and I use it to write and share notes. The one major flaw in the app is the lack of organization within subject tabs. For example: if I was taking an anatomy class I would like to ideally have one Subject for anatomy but then be able to organize within that subject with different tabs for exams 1,2, 3, and final exam. Instead you can only have one Subject tab (anatomy) and all your notes get mixed together. It makes finding new resources difficult because I have to sift through all of previous notes I’ve added throughout the semester. The only alternative is to assign each exam it’s own Subject which really clutters my Subjects list. Please add this feature! I know at least 100 people in my class alone who would directly benefit from this small addition.
  • Buggy

    By pyrora26
    All my notes disappear and then take forever to load.
  • Love!

    By AliP01
    I love this app and wouldn’t use any another app for taking notes! I use it regularly in class. It’s simple to use and it gives you the option to record your lectures while taking notes in class!
  • App keeps crashing

    By feziwoma
    Each time I open the app it always crashes. And when it restarts, I don’t see all my notes. Everything reads zero. Then I have to wait and pray for it to download everything again from iCloud. It is really annoying. Now I am regretting investing all my time on this app. Pls fix.
  • Notability keeps crashing

    By 1v1?
    This app is continually crashing and deleting all my work. Fix this.

    By Fix voice note button
    First, I would like to have different types of erasers, and not just stroke. For example, an eraser that will erase based in size chosen. Second, I would like to insert shapes in an easier way because the current feature do not merge good with the background and it is time consuming. Third, I would like to be able to access all the pages at once (zoommed out feature) where all the pages will be shown in a little box, so this way it will be faster to access on large documents (100 pages or more). Thanks a lot, and keep up the good work!
  • The best note taking app ever!

    By 王铧庆
    Love it!
  • Please improve highlighting feature. Its just horrible.

    By Hasibul alam
    Why the developer dont pay attention to this very important of the highlighting feature? When you highlight something the subject becomes deem. Please improve highlighting feature. Its just horrible.