Standard Notes

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About this app

Standard Notes is a secure and private notes app. It syncs your notes securely across all your devices, including your Android devices, Windows, iOS, Linux, and Web.

Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes.

Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work. Our focus is making it easy to write notes wherever you are and syncing them with encryption to all your devices.

Our users love us for:
• Personal Notes
• Tasks & Todos
• Passwords & Keys
• Code & Technical Procedures
• Private Journal
• Meeting Notes
• Cross-platform Scratchpad
• Books, Recipes, & Movies
• Health & Fitness Log

Standard Notes comes free with:
• Seamless sync across all your devices, with easy to use applications on Android, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browsers.
• Offline access, so you can access your downloaded notes even without a connection.
• No limit on number of devices.
• No limit on number of notes.
• Passcode lock protection, along with fingerprint protection.
• A tagging system to organize your notes (like #work, #ideas, #passwords, #crypto).
• The ability to pin, lock, protect, and move notes to trash, which allows you to recover deleted notes until the trash is emptied.

Standard Notes is completely open-source, which means when we say your notes are encrypted with industry-leading XChaCha-20 encryption, and that only you can read your notes, you don't have to take our word for it. Our code is open to the world to audit.

We made Standard Notes simple because longevity is important to us. We want to make sure we're here, protecting your notes, for the next hundred years. You shouldn't have to find a new notes app every year.

To sustain our development, we offer an optional paid program called Standard Notes Extended. Extended gives you access to powerful tools including:
• Productivity editors (like Markdown, Code, Spreadsheets)
• Beautiful themes (like Midnight, Focus, Solarized Dark)
• Powerful cloud tools including daily backups of your encrypted data delivered to your email inbox every day, or backed up to your cloud provider (like Dropbox and Google Drive).

You can learn more about Extended at

We're always happy to talk, whether it be a question, thought, or issue. Please feel free to email us any time at When you take the time to send us a message, we'll be sure to do the same.
Updated on
Apr 8, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

3.87K reviews
Dale MacDougall
April 6, 2024
I've been using the free version of this app for a while and it's great. I will never need all the features it offers or be able to justify the expense. I would happily pay a one time fee of $15-20 for dark mode, super notes and folders. Please consider a cheaper/smaller alternative to your current options.
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Standard Notes
April 8, 2024
Hi Dale, thank you for your review and your honest thoughts on the current pricing of the app! We'll certainly take note of your feedback, though please know that you can email us anytime at regarding the pricing, and although we cannot provide one-time purchase arrangements, we can still look into possible discount offers!
Justin Ware
January 21, 2024
I've been using Standard Notes using their Self-hosted solution for nearly 3 years. AFAIK this is the only self-host-capable note app. It has been specifically helpful to have a shared workspace for both me and my partner to store anything from recipes to vacation plans to task lists to just those quick "sticky note" type thoughts. The app and self-hosting were a bit rocky for the first year, but they're clearly dedicated to keep improving, and I'm hopeful that it will only keep getting better.
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Standard Notes
January 22, 2024
Hi Justin, thank you so much for your detailed review and kind words for our team! We're sorry that your experience with self hosting had a rocky start, but please feel free to reach out anytime at, and we'll always do our best to assist you! 🙏
Daniel Young
March 4, 2024
I came to Standard notes to replace Skiff docs, and I like what I see. The dedicated desktop and mobile app is great and I like that you can lock documents to prevent accidental edits. Of course the E2E encryption is the primary reason I'm here. I would like if there was an easier way to share notes however, rather than requiring the blog service. I also wish that folders were a free feature to use. Still quite happy and expect to remain with Standard notes moving forward.
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Standard Notes
March 4, 2024
Hi Daniel, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the app so far! We'll certainly take note of what else you'd like to see on the app, and should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at!