ruff: a writing companion

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About this app

🏆 Winner of Google's 2019 Material Design Award

💎 Winner of Google Play's Best of 2019 “Hidden Gems”


ruff is your pocket-sized best friend that aims to make writing on the go fun and sharing it fast & easy. It's a single sheet of text with your progress automatically saved and restored between sessions — no file management to worry about here! You can set aside (aka stash) text to come back to later via a left swipe. Or you can pass it on (aka share) via the FAB.

ruff doesn't want (or need) to replace your text editor, to-do app etc. With its original blend of utility & versatility, ruff is the ideal springboard for all your writing on the go: drafts, notes, lists, ideas, thoughts etc. It's a pleasure to write in ruff, and effortless to move the writing out 💪


Still not convinced? Check out what the experts have to say ;)

« Ruff’s straightforward brand identity empowers the app’s note-taking users to quickly capture their thoughts in any style. Prioritizing function and clarity, Ruff’s consistent use of typography, shape, and color create an inviting themed experience. » — Google Design (

« If you like to write and wish you could do so from your Android device without any distractions, then look no further than ruff. The app contains both a light and dark theme, and it even works on Chromebooks, which makes it a great option for portable writing. Saving your content is easy. All you have to do is swipe to the right, and the app will save your progress so that you can easily pick up where you left off, even if you switch to a different Android device. » — Android Police

« It’s a bit of a niche product, but it looks nice and it works as described. » — Android Authority


Throw a bone 🦴 by upgrading to ruff+ to unleash the following:

• Gain full screen estate by removing ads

• Set aside (aka stash) as much text as you like (as opposed to the basic 10)

• Read the entire content of your text from your home screen widget (it's a full screen preview on the basic widget)

... you'll make an indie developer and their digital pup happy too! ♥
Updated on
Jul 13, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

733 reviews
Ian Hobson
March 22, 2023
So far so good. Just wanted a note pad widget for my daily todo lists. Easy to set check boxes, check them off and clear the note at the end of each day. 2 suggestions though: Would like to be able to edit the widget text from the widget (without having to open the app) and if there was an option for a 'checked' bullet to also strike through the text, that would help with my OCD tremendously. 9/10 app for what I was looking for. Will be using this for a while.
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A Google user
March 30, 2020
If minimalism and elegance had a love child, it would be this app. Should be a model for many other apps (tasks, calendars, etc). One recommendation: I would LOVE a desktop version to sync with. So many times I've had that impulse, and yet, alas. It's easy enough to export content, though cross-platforming it would be even more dreamy.
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Third Culture Apps
April 1, 2020
Wow Nick! Thanks so much for the positive vibes. Music to my ears 🎶 Sync is something I'd love to introduce later this year, but I can't promise this as I think it may be a big job and if I can't offer rock solid sync then it's not worthwhile. Rest assured though, I'll try my best!
A Google user
February 6, 2020
It is a beautiful app, and I loved it in my first impression then I got the peremium version. But… but the good things wouldn't last, after that my text getting longer and longer, the app goes slow, each time slower than before. And also, in my point of view the stash mechanism is rediculous. So I've changed my rate from 5 to 3 stars. Update: I have added a few line to my text and I can't even open the app anymore, can you imagine that I can't restore my texts?! Also, export option won't work!
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Third Culture Apps
February 6, 2020
That's awful. If you can't open the app anymore, how do you know the export option isn't working? Was it not working even before the latest issue? Would be helpful to know how long was your text. Please get in touch via email ( to assist recovery of your text. has a bit on cloud backup.

What's new

Targeting Android 12 and upgraded to latest Google Play billing library for better performance + security + compatibility.