Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft Corporation

Productivity Education
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App last updated Jan 21, 2018
New in version 16.9

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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. 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. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices.

Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. 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. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices.

Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks. 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.

Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether you're planning a party with others or a working on a school project with your classmates. You can combine forces and all work together at the same time in a shared notebook.

Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote.

Create to-dos to keep track of your daily errands, groceries shopping, or travel planning.

Scribble your notes at a conference, write math equations in class or sketch your ideas. With a variety of pen colors and settings, you can 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.

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.

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Could be Great. But Syncing is terribly broken and is a Nightmare
rapplin on 1/21/2018
Basically the title. This has the makings of a great note taking app. But syncing is just plain broken. There are some notebooks I’ve made on my desktop that won’t open because every time I attempt to open them, the sync fails. Quite a shame. Because this would be nice in that it connects to Microsoft account. But alas. I suppose I’ll use notability.
Deleting app
Johnny$13$ on 1/21/2018
I thought this app allowed you to sketch in it but I went to the help page and it said you can’t draw on iPhone so I’m deleting the app. You guys should add sketching on iPhone.
Great app until the security does’t work
Reedk on 1/21/2018
Every month or so one note does one of two things. either it starts asking me to sign in over and over again for a few days or it stops being able to sync until i delete it and reinstall. other than that, which is just about enough to make me stop using it, i like the flexibility and functionality it offers.
Mostly great tool
ChristinaDani on 1/21/2018
I only have a couple of complaints - I wish I didn’t have to switch to “draw” to use my Apple pencil. I also sometimes have spacing issues, where I can’t add space if I add notes while on my tablet on the go, and it’s a pain to update them once I get back to my desk.
Jplloydd on 1/20/2018
I will only use this app for notes
Unfortunately it is deliberately crippled
Andrew Thompson 42 on 1/20/2018
OneNote could be great for me at work. I can use it on my Laptop. I can store notebooks on my company’s Microsoft SharePoint Server. But like hundreds of others I can’t actually open them in OneNote on my iPhone. In 2015 they removed the Open button and forced a convoluted process where one has to email a link to the Notebook to your phone and click on it. Really painful. But even that horrific workaround is failing with the entirely unhelpful: “Cannot Open Link” “There’s a problem with this link.” Google it. People have been furious since 2015 but clearly making their products work together for their customers isn’t a priority.
Never another sticky note
Izza385 on 1/20/2018
I love being able to notate meetings or research items. Simplicity of attachments with the ability to email to others. Fabulous!
4 stars
Sara pala on 1/19/2018
I LOVE OneNote on my desktop and recently discovered they have an app. I have had good luck using it and haven’t noticed anything syncing issues but I do feel like sometimes it doesn’t load correctly. Meaning, when I load a page, sometimes it copies over itself. It doesn’t happen all the time - only sometimes.
Synchronization is weak. Inconsistent results across devices.
Jdiggitydaggone on 1/19/2018
Synchronization is weak. Inconsistent results across devices.
App won’t open
angielalalalalalalala on 1/19/2018
I just downloaded onenote and other Microsoft office apps to my phone. The other apps open fine on its own but when I try to open the the onenote app, it won’t open. The app’s icon is shaded and I am not able to open it by clicking it. I have to either go to the App Store, search onenote and then open the app or I would go to another Microsoft app and open onenote by pressing “office apps”. Anyone else having this issue?
Blurry PDFs
Ginger3.14@89 on 1/19/2018
I use OneNote daily in my classroom. Normally importing PDFs has been a breeze and the image quality has been excellent. Now when I place in a file printout my PDFs the images are blurry and are very difficult to read. Please fix this! It has now become very hard to use in class and I am having to seek other sources so everyone can see. I want to keep using OneNote but will have to look elsewhere if this issue is not addressed.
No longer opens any of my notebooks
The Tophs on 1/19/2018
Useful app but constant sync errors. I’ve lost data because the app could no longer sync. Error code 0xE0000007
wine country girl on 1/19/2018
This is the best way to plan a trip with friends when you do not live in the same city.
“OneNote couldn’t set up your first Notebook”
Lothair on 1/18/2018
I am stuck in an endless loop. OneNote requests I log into my Microsoft account. I do. It attempts to sync, then kicks me back to the start with “OneNote couldn’t set up your first Notebook. Sign in with a Microsoft account...”
Too many issues with syncing
meiae on 1/18/2018
I use OneNote to take notes for class, and I am constantly running into issues with syncing between the iOS app and the desktop application.
Requires password several times per day
XappstoresucksX on 1/18/2018
What is this from, 1997?
Best App
Sweets0720 on 1/18/2018
I am so glad I downloaded this app. It’s great and very helpful to me because I am planning my daughter’s Quinceanera. And I know this will be helpful for other items in my life.
OneNote is amazing for school
MasterMasters on 1/17/2018
I’m a college student who uses OneNote to take notes for class. I’d suggest it for anyone who likes to take notes electronically. I take them on my iPad and it automatically syncs to my computer and my phone for studying/reviewing on the go.
Doesn’t work on my phone, sadly
Bilindahouse on 1/17/2018
I love one more on my pc, but this app simply doesn’t work on my iPhone, and the workaround just keeps popping up even after I follow all the steps. Sorry One note! I so wish I could have you on my phone!!!!
One Gets Pen Right
Nstearman on 1/17/2018
I’ve been an Evernote user for years and still am, but when it comes to pen-input, OneNote gets it right. Evernote doesn’t even come close.
Almost perfect
Jediker11 on 1/17/2018
I truly love this app. It has slowly become my one official spurce for note taking. Is there anyway that tag search features could be included in it? Then it would be perfect.
Won’t stay signed in
Stedwick on 1/17/2018
OneNote asks me to reenter my password every time I open the app. So annoying.
No ink to text
Netsnype on 1/17/2018
There isn’t an ink to text button on the iPad version. Forces you to sync to PC to convert. Very limiting. Doesn’t always work.
Indy909x on 1/17/2018
I tried OneNote years ago, and didn’t much care for it. However, now, I am finding it tremendously useful. I am able to easily sync notes across all my devices, which is helpful when I am on the go. The notebook hierarchy is easy to navigate and organize, and the price tag is great, too! After several false starts with Evernote, this is definitely my notes and reminder app of choice.
Works so well with all my devices
MT-CTO on 1/16/2018
I am such a big fan of onenote. Like all the new features... Especially being able to draw. On my iPad. Very important app for me
Almost perfect
Zeanabian on 1/16/2018
I love this app, it’s just a few features from being perfect!
Elivinicizz on 1/16/2018
Tried to load it a half dozen times and won’t function. MSWord works fine but never got this to work. I reported it to MS and twice I was told to enter my issue in a different forum. I quit.
Good and helpful notes!
Picazonet#1 on 1/16/2018
Used daily for my works to serve as a work dairy.
Slow and clunky, with bugs
claustraphobix on 1/16/2018
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.
Great tool to get you organize
coachhmarin on 1/16/2018
It help you with multitasking.
Could be better
bfarris18 on 1/16/2018
I absolutely love this app on my iPad, but if you plan to use this on your mobile phone be prepared for your battery to be drained. Within minutes of opening the app, I lose 20% of battery
Big Vaughn on 1/16/2018
Great application!!!
Need formatting tools, page reflow, text to adjust between desktop or mobile view!
Mark.19191 on 1/15/2018
It is Ana amazing. But where are the text formatting tools. Writing on a computer is different in view from a mobile. There should option for page view text reflow and text adjustments for that necessary case. Share and export options. I hoped you were going to add that like a year ago, but here you’re, still no news for any of that.
Very good!
mrreida on 1/15/2018
Personally I use the Apple Notes app regularly, but OneNote is far more powerful and works best between my Mac, iPhone, and Windows devices! Excellent!!! My only complaint is that it is slow to launch and *can* be sluggish at times, especially compared to Apple's built in app.
App keeps failing
Ksimbo on 1/15/2018
The app keeps failing and never finished syncing
Needs a tweaking
Crystalleyezedreams on 1/15/2018
I love this app, it just needs a few things fixed. 1. Ruler or something to create straight lines. I underline my notes and sometimes need a ruler but it’s hard to find a compatible ruler for the ipad. It would be great to see some sort of a ruler feature or something similar to other apps where you hold down the Apple Pencil for a few seconds and it creates a straight line. 2. I miss the color wheel!! 3. Having a defined “notebook” page would be great and efficient instead of the zoom messing up with my palm only to have to scroll up to resize the screen accurately.
One Note nice but annoying bug
RonPelfrey on 1/15/2018
I love One Note. It really is the best Note app available for iOS. There is a very annoying bug that MS never seems to fix where it from time to time asks you to re-enter your password. No other Office app does this. It pops up at random times and seems to always be at an inconvenient time. That is the only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars.
C0l0rr3120 on 1/15/2018
I really like the format and structure of One Note, but there is a HUGE bug that is causing me to ranks this way low. Twice now, my notebooks are getting into a sync error horror. I can’t sync anything and it ends up I have to complete remove and reinstall the app. It is frustrating and flat out a pain in the butt. It doesn’t matter which app, whether iOS or desktop, once in this state, the only solution is to remove and start again. Please fix this!
Needs to convert writing to text
porkch0p31 on 1/14/2018
Pros: - I love OneNote for note organization. The notebooks, sections, pages, etc setup is great - sync with other versions by signing into MS account Cons: - hard to tell where margins are ... would be great to have an idea of where the print area is - covert ink to text feature missing (so disappointing) - wish there were copy/paste buttons in drawing mode besides iPad way of copy/paste
Love my OneNote!
naskolazarov on 1/14/2018
I could use at least two other options for keeping notes but OneNote beats them all! Easy to use and easy to share across devices, I can access my notes on the go. Sharing is also super easy. If you haven’t tried OneNote, you will not regret it when you put it to use.
Best app
martin12golf on 1/14/2018
Get it
Horrible. Beware of losing functionality of your notes
Ernest 1877 on 1/13/2018
I came across this app several months ago and was a happy using it. Over the months my notes expanded as I used it for more and more tasks. Recently however, my notes won’t sync meaning they won’t back up or can’t be used on other devices. I have spent hours trying to fix this to no avail. I’m now left with notes that I used everyday that I can’t use anymore as I need to. I’m more than disappointed I will need to rebuild these in a new program.
When it works its great
bdmn1 on 1/13/2018
When something goes wrong you are rudely reminded of why most feel the way they do about Microsoft. Consider that you are storing vital information with no option to generate a local copy other than cut and paste to another app. May you never find out why that is the Achilles heel of OneNote.
Psy898 on 1/13/2018
Notifications is week.
markymark_sanfran on 1/13/2018
Logins don’t work even though password and user ID is correct
OneNote keeps me sane
Rayziphone on 1/13/2018
I’ve used OneNote for years and swear by it. It isn’t a fad for me I use it at work and for home life. It’s probably Microsoft’s greatest secret app not sure why they don’t advertise it more.
Fix the battery life!!
imdaboss224 on 1/12/2018
This is a great app to use. Very easy and convenient. My only complaint is that it absolutely KILLS my battery. Almost at 1% a minute. I tried turning off cell data for syncing to hopefully save some but this thing drains my battery faster than watching YouTube or streaming pandora.
Syncing across devices and computer
Tigereyes144 on 1/12/2018
Debated between 4 to 5 stars. Landed on rating of 3. I use OneNote for everything in my life. To do list. Groceries. Errands. House maintenance tracking. Here is why a 3. I cannot be in front of laptop when I’m at a doc appt or away from my computer. I use my phone OneNote app. Sometimes lately it will not sync. I have to force it to sync. I have log off log on to the app. Or get home and update on my laptop then OneNote works again. Or go onto my iPad. If I change password then I have to log off all of my OneNote apps and log back into them. All 3. At least it will prompt for other apps such as Outlook. OneNote Authentication doesn’t outright explain it or pop up a noticeable understandable dialog box. I really like the app bc I can be on different platforms (phone or iPad or computer ) and I can get to 1 app to access my data. If it syncs correctly then a 4 or 5 star rating.
Great Thought But ...
Undone000 on 1/12/2018
Thank you for getting Apple to fix the Problem identitied below. I submitted it about a week ago. The problem seems to have disappeared with iOS 11.2.2 so I changed my rating and increased it to 5-Stars. Problem Fixed: OneNote App Version 16.8 synchronization is taking hours to sync. Compared to previous OneNote App Versions taking 15-60 sec during previous syncs, something must be horrendously wrong in the newest app version. If I could have given rated the newest version a zero or negative stars, I wouldn’t have hesitated one second.
Can’t stand this useless app
hotrod741 on 1/11/2018
This app is horrible in my opinion . It never syncs , on my important files it just wanders in continuous buffering every time . This app gets only disgust from me .
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  • Category: Productivity
  • Released: Jan 18, 2011
  • Current Version Released: Jan 21, 2018
  • Version: 16.9
  • Size: 248.6 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
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