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Zoho Notebook

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebook is a free app that makes note-taking simple, but to be really useful, it needs a web version and better organizational features.This free app from Zoho gives you virtual notebooks with designer covers to store card style notes. The covers make it easy to segregate and identify different notebooks. You can also choose fonts, font size and colours as per your preference. 

Zoho Notebook lets you create notes in 6 categories: text notes, checklists, audio notes, photo notes, sketches and document notes. On iOS, the app integrates with Siri. You can ask Siri to search through notes, for instance. 

Teacher Review

What Is Zoho Notebook?

Zoho Notebook is part of an online application suite that includes a word processor, chat service and other applications. As an individual, you can get a free Zoho account, which gives you access to all of the program's tools. Paid plans are available for businesses and organizations featuring multiple users. Zoho has a special website you can access using portable electronic devices, but no mobile apps.

Notebook features a single pane with toolbars and a sidebar that shows the notes you've saved to your account. Notes are organized into notebooks, which can have multiple pages. It's possible to share entire notebooks with other users, or keep them private for your own use. Users can add images, video and audio to their notes. There are also some drawing tools that can allow you to add shapes, lines and freehand drawings to your notes.

Is Zoho Notebook easy to use?

The Notebook application is one of Zoho's many functions, and it's possible for individuals to use those other functions in collaboration with the notetaking tool. For example, if you create image slides in Zoho Show, you can add them to a notebook. You can also use Zoho chat with other users while writing in a notebook, allowing for collaboration through the same application. I also like the fact that individual users don't have to pay for the service.

This combination of assets can make Zoho Notebook a good choice for students. Individuals signing up for an account in order to use Notebook may find educational uses for the program's other applications.

How do I sync my Zoho Notebook?

If you want to have your notes synced across your devices, you need to sign-up for a free account. Its not mandatory to sign up if you don't want to back up online and only want to keep notes on your current device. 

Zoho Notebook Drawbacks

We found this application's interface somewhat confusing. There is a help section that provides an explanation of how to use the program, so this confusion didn't prevent me from being able to use the program. There was something of a learning curve with Zoho Notebook - more so than any of the other notetaking programs we reviewed - but we don't think this will be a boundary for all users. Those who are less tech savvy will probably prefer a program with more streamlined, user-friendly controls, but I think Zoho Notebook's assets outweigh this particular drawback.

Overall, the free app gets our recommendation if you are looking for a simple yet feature-rich notes app.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings


Android, iPad, iPhone





Organisational and Productivity Skills


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


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Take notes, add files, create checklists, sketches, record audio, and capture moments. All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud.

The simple, intimate joy of Notebook comes from using the app. We've been meticulous in our design, paying attention to every detail. Notebook is 100% free and ad-free. A Mac app and Web Clipper are also available.


Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts.

  • Write notes. Start with text, add images and sketches, checklists or audio, all in the same note.
  • Add PDFs, word documents, spreadsheets, and more with the dedicated file note card. 
  • Create and mark checklists to get stuff done with the dedicated checklist note card.
  • Record ideas, meetings, and lectures with the audio note card.
  • Capture moments using the dedicated photo note card.
  • Sketch ideas and take hand written notes using your finger or Apple Pencil with the sketch note card.  

Content added to Notebook gets intelligently formatted into beautiful, distinct cards.

  • Recipe Card automatically pulls the recipe photo and description, creates a checklist for ingredients, and provides step-by-step cooking instructions. See for supported sites.
  • Video Card automatically pulls video preview and, once opened, plays in a distraction-free space. Works for YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Link Card pulls headline or page title, along with the main image, creating a beautiful note card.


  • You can organize various notes into notebooks.
  • Notes can be grouped together.
  • You can reorder your notes within a notebook.
  • Move or copy note cards between notebooks.


  • Synchronize all your notes and notebooks across devices and to the cloud.
  • Take a note on one device, add to it from another.


  • Swipe your notebook or note card for additional information.
  • Pinch to group note cards into a stack.
  • Flick to find the note cards you need.
  • In landscape view, pinch to fold note cards like an accordion.


  • Change the color of your note cards.
  • Choose a notebook cover or create your own.
  • View your note cards in either grid- or landscape-style views.


  • Lock individual notebooks and notes with TouchID or a passcode.


  • Search your notes within a notebook or across notebooks.


  • Audio notes are automatically text searchable.
  • Share notes with friends and colleagues through iMessage.
  • Use Siri to dictate text and checklist notes and search for photo notes.
  • Jot a note before it slips your mind with Quick Actions, using 3D Touch.
  • Get to your most recent notes from the Notification Bar.

- Share your notes through email and other options.

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