GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ##
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.

## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ##
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.

## Better Than Paper Notebooks ##
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.

## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ##
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.

## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ##
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.

## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ##
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ##
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.

## Protect Your Valuable Data ##
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive automatically.

## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ##
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.


The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3].

What's New

Version 4.12.16

With this update, we fixed an occasional crash when writing

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

158 Ratings

158 Ratings

Needs more to be truly great.


Needs more to make it truly great.

I love taking notes, so I was really excited to buy this. But it is missing so many simple functions that other note taking apps have as standard.

1. Lock functions: I’d love to be able to lock the note books that contain sensitive information.

2. A colour pallet function that allows you to save colours that you love to use, instead of having to constantly renter the codes for them.

3. Fonts - the ability to import your own fonts.

4. The use of different styles of pens and pencils. Sometimes I want my books to look for sketchy and want to use a pencil. Sometimes I want a calligraphy pen. This would be so useful and helpful.

5. Easier function to import pictures to make your own covers, or better cover designs.

6. The page function is really good right now, but some of my pages are cream and some white, and it’s actually a bit annoying

7. Just easier to customise your own notebook to really make it feel personal and like yours.

I feel like I’ve paid good money but don’t have what I would class as the basics. I maybe wrong and it may just be me but. All the above would make me recommend this app to friends. Download it to other devices and give it 5*.



I’ve used this app for over a year for work. I honestly don’t think there’s anything else out there as good for note taking. I’ve never received any issues with the app and it has been incredibly reliable. The synchronisation between iPhone and iPad is great. If I’ve found a web page or some research on my iPhone I find myself saving it as a PDF and storing it into a folder into GoodNotes so that I can read it and highlight things on my iPad during work hours. So it’s also become my research library! Lots of different uses and it’s reassuring that everything automatically gets backed up. Well worth the investment if you’re not a fan of pen and paper.

So far, seems okay


So I finally decided to download good notes after hearing good things on it. After owning notability I wanted an app that will support tabs, highlight texted that stands out and handwriting to text.

However, there are something’s that are there that is really annoying. I like to use the zoom feature as I do not own a Apple Pencil, so I use a stylus I bought online so accuracy is a problem and I use the zoom feature to deal with that.

1. Writing in zoom is not in sync with the paper. I join my letters so my words pop up after I have finished writing, if it was syncing ‘live’ to the main paper, it would give me an overall idea as to how my notes will look and not after every word. (It makes it seem as if there is a lag)

2. When using the zoom feature, when I have reached the end of the page it skips a couple of lines when trying to write on the next page. I have to manually scroll back up.

It may seem small but for me the zoom feature is important to make sure my notes look neat. If this can be fixed it would be great. Thanks

Developer Response

Hi there,

thanks for taking the time to submit your rating and review.

1) Would you mind sharing a screen recording with us to It seems odd because the words should appear on the page at the same time as you're writing them into the Zoom Window.

2) You might need to set the Zoom Window return height to a different height. This is necessary for custom templates.

We really appreciate that you took the time to write this review. Our support will do their best to help you with your problem and we would be very happy if you could adapt your rating after we have successfully solved the issue you were reporting. Thanks a lot in advance!


Time Base Technology Limited
201.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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