Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes, prose, code and now sketches!

Link notes to each other to build a body of work. Use hashtags to organize for the way you think. And yet, all notes are stored in plain, portable text.

Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes, to code snippets, to in-depth essays. A focus mode helps you concentrate, and advanced Markdown and other markup options are an online writer's best friend. Full in-line image support brings your writing to life, and keep yourself on task by adding todos to individual notes.

- Requires a Bear Pro in-app subscription. Learn more below.

Bear's simple tools take the effort out of writing, whether you need to hit specific word counts and reading times, or you need to convert your writing into PDF and Word docs. With Bear's custom markup shortcuts, you can add style and links with just a tap or keystroke.

- Requires a Bear Pro in-app subscription. Learn more below.

Bear works on your devices, so you can write wherever inspiration strikes. Use todos to stay on task across every device.

Bear can instantly search all your notes, but it can also focus on specific things with Search Triggers. Use @task to find all your todos, @tagged “ideas” to find your notes that are waiting to blossom, or @files to find all notes with attachments.

• Rich previews while writing so you see prose, not code
• In-line support for images and photos
• Advanced Markup Editor that supports and highlights over 20 programming languages
• Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, quickly reference other notes, and more
• Quickly add todos to individual notes to keep yourself on task
• Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, and more
• Smart Data Recognition of elements like links, emails, addresses, colors, and more to come
• Grab images, text, files and clip web pages with Bear’s iOS App extension
• Support for Apple Pencil and hand sketching
• Hashtags to quickly find and organize notes however you like
• One-tap formatting on iPhone and iPad with a custom shortcut bar
• Focus Mode hides notes and other options when it matters
• All your notes are stored in plain text for the ultimate portability
• Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
• Custom app icons to match Pro themes
• Regular updates to keep you and your writing current


Also available from Bear:

Bear Pro - Sync and more

• Sync notes between all your devices
• Advanced export to PDF, HTML, DOCX, JPG
• Eight gorgeous app themes to get just the right writing environment, with more themes on the way
• Keep the Bear updates coming

$1.49 monthly, $14.99 annually


Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial peri​od, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.


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What's New

Version 1.5.5

Good news, everyone! We just took Bear out for a mighty successful bug hunt. Bear’s going to sit back and enjoy the meal, while you can enjoy an even smoother, faster, and bug-freer Bear experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

299 Ratings

299 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

A beautiful and flexible writing app which makes linking notes as simple as adding a hashtag.

Super Brilliant and Exciting. Versatile and Brave.


So, before I wrote this I thought I’d have a look at the one star reviews because I wanted to see what it is that I am not seeing, where is the broken parts? It might be that BEAR have taken on board what people have said, because there is now a one off payment for the pro version so that’s some of these negatives already striked out. I find their Twitter team to be charming, responsive and super fun so the complaints about tech support are confusing to me. Other than that, people are marking this down for not being Apple Notes/Evernote/Day One [delete as applicable]. It’s not any of them. It doesn’t say it is. When you read the blurb, nowhere does it say “we are taking on the establishment head on”. So if you are expecting that then you will be disappointed.

If you are looking for a simple, easy to use, forever evolving, versatile, exciting note app then you will love this. You can have multi layer tags - for example Todo and then under that ‘to buy’, ‘to blog’, ‘to pack’ whatever. It syncs across devices instantly. If you create something with a tick list it will show you how far through your ticks you’ve got. Having used all the established names in the past I’ve got to say that this takes the best of all of them and makes it better. Multiple notebooks? Check. Copy off safari? Yup. Headings, fonts, lists? Oh yes. I love it, and I am super proud to be along for the journey of BEAR.

I subscribed but didn't go past the free trial


For two main reasons I have withdrawn my Pro subscription after prematurely going for it. I love the look and complexity of Bear, apart from the limited number of fonts which is only a slight niggle. But it was a monumental task to move my many notes from Apple Notes. Notes is now a very useable app and I have been using it extensively for a couple of years. I have many hundreds of notes and the organisation is crucial.

There is a good third party utility on the Mac App Store that works importing notes - under the headings originally used. Very helpful. But Bear does not support note titles and categories in the same way, it uses tags, which is a better idea but to convert from Notes you have to modify each individual note's category with a tag. I did about a third which took hours. But lost heart when I realised at this rate it was a full days work. Really a shame.

Apple Notes is a now serious competitor for Bear, synchs well across devices and is likely to improve further so why doesn't Bear meet that challenge, and use its obvious resources to make a good flexible conversion app? I'd consider re subscribing. Conversion must be a big factor for many writers like me. But until then I'll use the free version to make notes on my watch and move those to Apple Notes - which is where I started before I noticed how interesting Bear looked. Shame it's not practical for me.


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Shiny Frog Ltd.
36.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Shiny Frog Ltd.
In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly Pro subscription £1.49
  2. Yearly Pro subscription £13.99


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