Rating Notability - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 18+
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About Notability

Notability is a versatile note-taking app designed for iOS and macOS devices. It allows you to take handwritten or typed notes, annotate PDFs, and record audio. Notability app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Notability Review

What is Notability?

Notability is a simple note taking app that provides a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools, enabling you to capture any particular detail.

Notability also records audio and lets you take notes at the same time. So, you could be having a reading conference with a student, or testing their reading fluency with the audio recorder, while taking notes at the same time on your iPad. Notability integrates Dropbox, Google Drive and Box drive. 

Notability is great for all kinds of individuals. Teachers find this application useful for sharing or creating documents for students. Students find this app useful for recording lectures and annotating PDFs.

Notability provides an email for support, and a form to contact customer support through the app's help bar.


  • Integration of handwriting, photos, and typing in notes.
  • Extensive note-taking and sketching tools.
  • Ability to organize and easily find notes.
  • Options to share notes through various platforms.
  • iCloud support for note synchronization and security.
  • Variety of page templates with color and size options.
  • Advanced OCR for handwriting and text recognition.


  • Efficient organization and accessibility of notes.
  • Easy access to custom colors and templates.
  • Intuitive and minimalistic user interface.
  • Diverse tools for note-taking and drawing.
  • Effective syncing of audio recordings with notes.
  • Handwriting recognition in multiple languages.


  • Confusing notebook creation process post-update.
  • Limited toolbar capacity for pen tools.
  • Unintuitive icons and placement for some features.

How much does Notability cost?

The paid plan is $2.99 per month or $14.99 per year, with a special offer of $11.99 for the first year, then $14.99 yearly.

Is there a free trial for Notability?

No, there is no free trial for Notability. Notability has a free version that lets you use many helpful features without paying.

Is Notability available for Android or Windows?

Notability is not available for Android or Windows but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. 

Our Experience of using Notability

Notability app integrates handwriting, photos, and typing in a single note so you can make it easy for people to apprehended your projects. Notability app provides a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools, enabling you to capture every single detail.

Creative and Flexible Tools

You can use these tools to create beautiful, hand-crafted notes and sketches. You can also scale, rotate, and recolor your ideas and sketches to map out any of your ideas more clearly. You can also explore the big picture by combining sketches, outlines, and type.

Organized and Shareable Notes

Notability app allows you to easily organize your notes so you always know where to find what, especially when it matters most. It also lets you share your notes with colleagues or study partners through Google Drive, AirDrop, Email and Dropbox. You can even markup photos, annotate PDFs, or create original content to broadcast your vision to the people that matter. Though with free, note-taking powerhouses like Evernote and OneNote out there, Notability is the winner here. The way it handles audio is far superior to any other handwriting notes app currently available.

Collaborative Feedback

Notability app enables you to receive verbal and written comments or feedback from your team for easy collaboration. On top of that, it allows you to review audio comments that are linked to written feedback on your iPad, iPhone and Mac.

iCloud Integration

iCloud helps you stay organized by letting you keep all your notes in one place so it can be accessible from anywhere, in the office, at home, or on-the-go. It also updates your data library regularly as well as keeping your data secure. Notability provides a perfect platform for creating and organizing your work.

Comparison with Other Note-Taking Apps

Notability vs Goodnotes

Display and user interface - Both apps make it easy to find and navigate content. GoodNotes 5 will display your notes, folders in either a list or grid layout whereas Notability displays notes on the right side and folders on the left side.

Document Management and Creation - With Notability, document management is straightforward. With GoodNotes, when opening a new note, you can import a file (like a PDF) or open a blank new document and apply a paper background template, like graph or standard lined paper. Both apps are designed to help you annotate PDFs, take handwritten notes, and keep track of these smaller documents.  

Taking Notes - Notability supports split-screen view whereas GoodNotes supports document tabs. Notability offers a unique audio recording feature for note-takers which GoodNotes doesn't.

Storage & Backup - By default, both GoodNotes and Notability use Apple’s iCloud sync to back up your notes. Also, both apps permit searching text within notes, importing data from a number of sources, and exporting notes to a variety of sources.

Pricing - Notability will probably cost you less in the long run because GoodNotes requires users to purchase the new version of their software upon each major release. 

Notability vs Evernote

The biggest difference between the two is that Notability provides an integrated note taking experience. You have 4-5 different sources – audio, scribbled notes, drawings, typed text, imported images, and PDFs – and Notability binds them into one whole contextual bundle. 

If you’re a student, you’re going to love Notability. When you create a new note, you get a big white area that you can draw, scribble or type on. You can also add images, PDFs and audio recordings, and you have the ability to highlight.


Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to take handwritten or typed notes, annotate PDFs, and record audio.

Is there an alternative to Notability?

Yes, there are several alternatives to Notability. Platforms such as Apple Notes, Goodnotes, Evernote offer free versions that provide students and users with a variety of interactive notetaking features. While the free versions might have limitations in terms of the advanced features, they still provide a robust set of tools for engaging learners.

Additional Information



iPad, iPhone




Organisational and Productivity Skills


In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No


Ginger Labs

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Total number of downloads: 12,500 downloads

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