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.

• 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.

• Use a variety of colors to draw perfectly straight lines or activate zoom-writing for detailed work.
• Ink is fine-tuned for Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet.

• 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.

• Multi-note lets you work with two notes side-by-side.
• Quickly switch between notes with the Note Navigator.
• Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, and more between notes.

• Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors.
• Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.

• Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more.
• 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.

• 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.

• 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, and OneDrive are all supported!

Mac app sold separately.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

What's New

Version 8.2.3

*** Bug fixes in 8.2.3 ***
• Fixed a bug where the destination subject wasn’t being respected when importing notes
• Notability now honors the text-to-speech speed setting
*** Bug fixes in 8.2.1 & 8.2.2 ***
• Fixed a crash that could occur when using Force Touch to open a note on iPhone
• Fixed a crash that could happen when dragging and dropping a subject while editing the name
• Fixed a crash when importing documents from could services (iOS 10 only)
*** What’s new in 8.2 ***
• Custom fonts and more default fonts now supported! Fonts populate in Notability based on the device’s locale and preferred languages
• More fonts available for non-Roman alphabets
• Recently used fonts appear in the first font menu for faster note taking
• Improvements in Text-to-Speech where the language of the selected text is detected and enunciated with the correct voice
• Sped up searching on long notes
• New subjects will be created below the currently selected subject

*** Bug fixes in 8.2 ***
• Fixed a bug where the search results would not update after adding or removing a page
• Fixed a bug where “Keep iPad Awake” could fail
• Fixed a bug that caused search highlights to not show
• Sometimes when searching in Multi-note, the page manager wouldn’t open for the note opened on the right side

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

273 Ratings

273 Ratings

Editors' Notes

Annotate documents, sketch illustrations and more.

Everything you need for note taking

Geiger Von Fellstorm

I’ve been using this for while now and have found it to be the perfect note taking app for me. It does the basics extremely well. After all, you would expect a note making app to be excellent at being able to take notes right? The handwriting experience when using the zoom box feature in conjunction with a decent stylus is flawless in my opinion, and notes look and feel like you have hand written them on paper when you’ve done. A good selection of pens and paper and an effective system for managing your notes and notebooks, all synched with your cloud solution of choice, of course.

I showed this to my daughter when she started university and as well as now using it for all her lecture notes (sometimes with the recording feature), including annotation of PDF handouts, she has turned its use into an art form! Her notes, sketches, inserted diagrams and hand written formulas are beautiful to look at, and now form an effective part of learning.

This is a great app and would highly recommend it.

Great app, missing a few features


It's great for reading my lecturer's notes and slides. Almost all pdfs, PowerPoints and word files are imported without a problem. Only occasionally an old word file won't import correctly however this issue is solved by using the Microsoft word app to update the file to a newer format first.

There are some things it could do better though. When I copy Questions/diagrams into my notes they have a white border around it. It would be nice if this could be filtered out since I prefer using the off-white paper. Also being able to save favourite pen types would be nice so I can quickly swap between writing and annotating my work. Finally I don't find the organisation of my notes particularly intuitive, sometimes I can't name a note something because another note has the same title, despite it being in a different divider. It confuses me that subjects are within dividers, as I want to divide up my subjects, not put the subjects into dividers. Also I would like to see circling content with the eraser to delete it


Ginger Labs, Inc.
232.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Ginger Labs, Inc. 2018
In-App Purchases
  1. Spring £1.99
  2. Bubblegum Pack £3.99
  3. Fall £1.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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