Microsoft OneNote

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Rated 4.7161 From 469,790 Votes
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  • Last Updated: 2020-09-14
  • New version: 16.41
  • File size: 214.63 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. and Android 4.4. KitKat or later

Microsoft OneNote


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Microsoft OneNote is an iPhone and Android Productivity App, made by Microsoft Corporation. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Microsoft Corporation, with the latest current version being 16.41 which was officially released on 2020-09-14. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 469,790 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.7161 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?


Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notepad. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Write memos, make a digital sketchbook and save notes right on your phone. Sync your notes via OneDrive to access them anytime, anywhere. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. Get the complete Microsoft Office experience when you sign in with your Microsoft Account. Take notes, share ideas, organize and collaborate when you download Microsoft OneNote today. Capture Anything: • With OneNote, you can plan that big event, save ideas to create something new and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. • Save pictures of whiteboards, photos or printed documents in your notes with Office Lens. Quickly take a picture, automatically crop and insert the image into your notes. Organize, Search and Secure: • Quickly organize your notes in a way that works best for you with powerful organizational tools. • Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you use most. • Secure your notes with a password and use touch ID to quickly access them. Sync your Sticky Notes: • Quickly save your thoughts and ideas with colorful sticky notes on the go. • Sync your sticky notes to access them from anywhere on any device, anytime. Save, Share, and Collaborate: • Save to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) and access your notes on anytime and on any device. • Collaborate and work together in a shared notepad. Write & Draw on iPad: • Use a variety of pen colors and settings to create beautiful handwritten notes and drawings. • Draw with confidence with "Convert to Shapes" mode: OneNote will automatically convert hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles. • Use a stylus or the touchscreen to write notes or use OneNote as a sketchbook. OneNote is free on iPhone and many other devices. Get started today! Download OneNote and sign in with your Microsoft Account or the account assigned to you by your work or school. Monthly Microsoft 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your App Store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand. You can manage your subscriptions in your App Store account settings. This app is provided by either Microsoft or a third-party app publisher and is subject to a separate privacy statement and terms and conditions. Data provided through the use of this store and this app may be accessible to Microsoft or the third-party app publisher, as applicable, and transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or any other country where Microsoft or the app publisher and their affiliates or service providers maintain facilities. Please refer to the Microsoft Software License Terms for Microsoft 365. See “License Agreement” link under Information. By installing the app, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Top Reviews

  • Please turn off automatic capitalization


    By All_Fruit
    Thank you very much for your service. I have recently begun to write more notes for work and school using OneNote. I typically write from a mobile device, on which I definitely have auto-capitalization set to off. Unfortunately, OneNote continues to automatically capitalize my words, even upon review. I deliberately edit notes differently and often do not want capital letters at the beginning of each line or elsewhere. Moreover, I also write in multiple languages, but OneNote seems to have trouble recognizing it and will correct my writing much more frequently than other apps, becoming a great hindrance at times. Please adjust these settings or allow specific control from your application. I do actually have auto-correct and auto-capitalization set to off in my device settings. As a bonus, it would be wonderful to have additional possibilities with regard to editing the text appearance (font styles, sizes, highlights). Thanks! I appreciate your incredible work. Update: I can now expressly adjust settings for spelling and automatically capitalization within the app.
  • IPad/Win10S versions need lots of improvements.


    By Alboreira
    Crashes all the time. Slow as a crawl when handling large notes, try undoing something! Cursor positioning is erratic. Search function is also erratic and clicking on the”next find” or “previous find” buttons often misbehaves, especially after some editing. Draw needs a lot of additional functionality: ability to erase parts of an object, ability to choose adequate erasers, ability to draw shapes without needing to use the primitive “ink to shape” facility, ability to fill an object with a color or pattern, interference between draw and text, inability to peg text to a specific place in the drawing canvas. Try for example something as simple as to draw a chessboard! Inability to create links to locations in the same note or in other notes. Missing menus and features when compared to PC or Mac versions. No recovery from data accidents, I lost notes more than once because of sync issues. Inability to store notes in the Apple iCloud. Poor integration with phone/tablet hand and pencil gestures. Inability to save drawings and text together to the same PDF. No diff feature. I could go on. And ah, an unresponsive development team, I have seen Internet traffic on some of these deficiencies dating from years ago.
  • Excellent program and app, but...


    By LJ_Blitz
    I have used OneNote for a very long time on my PC, and I’m thrilled that there’s an app! However, the last update has spoiled my workflow. Every time I want to add a new section or note I have to dismiss the ribbon at the bottom of the iPad. I use a Logitech keyboard case with my iPad because I find typing onscreen cumbersome and slow. There’s a ribbon that shows onscreen at the very bottom of the window. This ribbon contains predictive text suggestions, style options, etc. I have tried closing the predictive text in settings, but it does not remove the ribbon within the OneNote app. Before this update the new page/section button was at the top of the window. It now resides on the bottom - causing two problems. The first is that it is covered up by the ribbon I mentioned above. The second problem is that new iOS feature that you can access other apps by tapping the bottom of the window. THAT thing pops up if I am off a fraction of a hair from the button, also frustrating my workflow. Please find a way to put the buttons at the top of the app again to resolve this problem. Otherwise, GREAT app!
  • High functionality


    By Tickkick14
    This is a flexible app, as it works on every device I need (Microsoft and Apple) with high updating speed in real time so long as there is internet connection. I also have the ability to organize my notes sufficiently as an attorney, and I love that I can have multiple email accounts associated with different of my notebooks so I can access personal and work notes in my device but only my work or personal notes when logging in to my notes in the appropriate account online. Note search function will soon become invaluable. I do wish there was a broader, long-term sharing ability so any of the law clerks or attorneys in my office could see and edit notes without me having to share a notebook each time, but that might be solved when the office totally transitions to electric and we possibly have a singular work account. And I wish I could have the notes appear in certain folders (client folders) I’ve saved and organized in one drive so ALL the client info could be organized in one place instead of opening up two apps. But other than that, I really enjoy OneNote for typing, drawing, and all the other little functions as I discover them.
  • Awesome app


    By 小陈串
    As a college student, this app has saved my life! It’s so much better than the note app that came with the iPad and unlike so many other note taking apps, this is free! It allows for so much more personalization and manipulation of your notes. For example, the apple notes app only has like 5 different colors you can choose from, and 2 of the colors are too light to be note taking colors. But with OneNote, you can customize any color! It comes in very handy because I organize the different sections of my notes by different color writings. Also, it allows you to zoom in and out of the page when writing, which is so cool because I can write really small fonts by zooming the page in and then zoom it back to regular size to have very neat and clear small writing. With other note taking apps, if you want to write very small you just have to pray to god you have surgeon steady hands that won’t make the writings ugly. The one thing I would suggest is to add a ‘pencil’ feature like the notes app because sometimes when I draw math models or graphs, I don’t want every line to be a opaque ‘pen’.
  • WHY ONE STAR


    By sorry4ever
    Why is it that several notes, which I deleted, ended up in my email? What if I share my email with another person and I don’t want it to be read by the other person? I have no secrets, but what if I did? Where is the privacy? I had used this app several times before and deleted it because I didn’t like the layout. This time I liked it on my NEW phone so I started writing notes on it. But I’m learning that it can’t be trusted. My notes should stay where I put them. Why isn’t there a trash can in the app that you can put notes and delete them for good? Why are they being emailed to my Inbox? If I am deleting them, why aren’t they gone? Please explain this somewhere, as I was not able to find anything about it anywhere, and I find this to be very annoying to say the least. Thanks? PREVIOUS REVIEW This app has had updates, so I'm sure that it's better than it was when it was first developed. And I've read around here and there, reviews from people who stated that they like it. I would love to use it myself. My problem is my phone. My iPhone 5s just does not have enough room for it. Well - you live and learn. 5 Stars for an app that I can't use. It's not their fault, it's mine. So, I give the app 5 stars anyway because I'm sure that it's a great app. Thanks for reading my review.
  • Office


    By SFZack
    Firstly, Is it Office 2016, Office 365, or Office? The answer is blowing in the wind my friends and they are unequal and separate. Secondly, Office Lens is NOT part of OneNote by it doesn’t have Business Card capability to convert business cards into contact card; however it is part of OneDrive where it will take picture of a business card and convert it into a contact card, and guess what, saves the results to OneNote. Now the arduous process of bringing The scanned card into Contacts takes endless trial an error process to save the generated card. I had to trick and deceive to finally save the scanned card to contacts. Never again and save yourself the heartache. If Microsoft was serious about making Office useable by IOS it would have simply added the business card functionality directly into OneNote, having not done that tells you the whole story. OneNote is the most powerful utility bar none. Outlook is the force of global communications, the Outlook Administrator granted me my request to allow editing contacts in iPhone. Now it is someone’s quest to bring Office and its lens to OneNote.
  • Slow and clunky, with bugs


    By claustraphobix
    Slow, clunky, and after a while you really start to get annoyed with this app. I used OneNote for the longest time on my computer, so I was excited when they made an app. I use OneNote for quick and simple note-taking, usually just for jotting down ideas. But for that, this app fails. It always takes several seconds to open, in which it shows you the purple landing page. Often I wonder if it's going to open at all. Switching pages takes time as well, and there's these weird bugs where the page won't load correctly and will just look weird. There's also a personal annoyance for me that you can't switch off Auto-Capitalisation. It's already off in my iOS settings, but OneNote overrides it, and that's annoying. Finally, every time you exit the app, let's say to go to another app that you were using, OneNote will close the keyboard automatically. I often switch back and forth between two apps and that is really annoying to me. I know all of the above sounds like petty things, but after using this app for a long time, I have decided to move away from it to something like the in-built iOS Notes app simply because it's faster and it doesn't have any of the annoyances of the above.
  • Amazing. Especially since it’s free. But there’s one thing...


    By Nyah Ewan
    This app is awesome. I actually deleted by other note taking app that I spent money on to switch to OneNote. But there is one thing that I have noticed that I believe can be easily fixed. The app tends to have lots of glitches. Things that were erased are appearing again, entire notes that were deleted and back on the app once I have returned to the app after closing it, and there are even white streaks that tend to appear on the screen as a write. Another thing that happens is that when I am using the undo button, the page automatically jumps to the top of the note and I lose my place. I believe this is a simple big issue and I can’t wait for a seamless experience in the future. Please, please, please someone fix this! Sometimes it gets a little embarrassing when my friends are impressed how I manage to do everyone on the iPad, but when these glitches pop up they seemed to be turned away from the idea entirely. Thanks so much!
  • Very Glitchy, Too Risky


    By MacUser165
    I’ve used OneNote for the past 3 or so years. My primary use is for taking notes and scratch paper for homework. I’ve always had issues with the app freezing, glitching, and crashing but I usually found some workaround to get it working again. I only use this app because of my school’s integration of Office365; other than that it has no further benefits. After this last update and iOS 12, the app has become unusable. The keyboard frequently (twice a minute) pops up while I’m writing. The pen can’t be reselected after the keyboard pops up until I select the eraser or another color pen which lag behind. The app freezes after it feels like I’ve written enough, which is constantly. Notebook, section, and page graphics constantly scroll and bounce when I’m trying to work with them or add more. I’ve tried restarting my device, reinstalling the app, removing and adding notebooks, and contact support multiple times with no success. These issues cost me time and effort, and when fast pace notes and homework are involved, this app becomes too much of a risk. Just pay for GoodNotes, like me, or just use the Apple stock Notes app, either is at least 100% more reliable. Best, your University student, BS Mechanical Engineering.

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