Using your Apple Watch for taking notes makes perfect sense because it’s right on your wrist. You might jot down something you need when you get to the office or just want to capture an idea on the go. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch doesn’t currently offer the Notes app you use on iOS or Mac.

For those who want to create and view notes anytime, anywhere, right from their wrist, this list is for you. Here are the best free apps for taking notes on Apple Watch.


Notebook is a nice app that lets you capture notes with Smart Cards, view notes with gestures, and create reminders on its iPhone app.

On Apple Watch, you can record audio notes, scribble them, and access notes you’ve have created on other devices with the sync feature. You can also delete notes from your Apple Watch if you no longer need them.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, iMessage, Apple Watch, Mac, Android, and Windows
  • Cost: Free


The n+otes app is an easy-to-use notetaking tool. Create a note, add an image, set a reminder, and share a note, all from your iPhone.

On Apple Watch, you can view your notes and add a new one with text or audio. All of your notes between your iOS devices and Apple Watch sync, so you won’t forget a thing.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, iMessage, and Apple Watch
  • Cost: Free with an in-app purchase to remove the iPhone app ads


Bear is a popular notetaking app on iOS and Mac, so if you’re a fan then you’ll love it on Apple Watch too. You can create notes with text formatting, photos, scribbles, and lists. Pin, duplicate, share, export, and copy notes on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

On Apple Watch, create notes with text or audio, access notes you create on other devices with the sync, and even edit notes you’ve created anywhere. You can also move them to the trash if needed.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, iMessage, Apple Watch, and Mac
  • Cost: Free with subscription options for additional features like all-device sync, attractive themes, and a robust export feature


Noted. is a handy app that lets you organize notes in notebooks, set up a Siri shortcut, and format notes with highlighting, photos, and scribbles. You can use the search, export notes, and use AirPlay on your iPhone.

Create audio notes on your Apple Watch, add a time tag if you like, and then access them on either your Watch or the iPhone app.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, iMessage, Apple Watch, and Mac
  • Cost: Free with subscription options for additional features like unlimited notes, PDF export, and noise reduction for audio notes

Microsoft OneNote

If you enjoy Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and OneNote, then you’ll like OneNote on your Apple Watch. Sign in with your Microsoft account to create notebooks and notes, view recent notes with a tap, and set up notifications and a badge app icon on your iOS device.

Open OneNote on your Apple Watch to view all of your notes and create new ones with dictation. Stay in sync and up to date with OneNote on your wrist and other devices.

  • Availability: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Android, and Windows
  • Cost: Free

Wrapping it up

You might be missing the Apple Notes app on your Apple Watch, but you do have other options. Check out these apps for taking and accessing notes on Apple Watch and see which one works best for you.

Do you use a different notes app on Apple Watch you’d like to recommend? If so, leave it in the comments below or ping us on Twitter.