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[Android] Best free sticky notes app

Sticky notes are a great way to serve as reminders for things you need to do/things you need to remember. However, using actual sticky notes can be somewhat of a hassle. With everything becoming digital nowadays, why not replace physical sticky notes with sticky notes on your phone? Oh wait, you wouldn’t be reading this article if you weren’t already thinking of doing that. (My bad.)

This articles looks at the best free sticky notes app – also referred to as PostIt notes, quick notes, etc. – available on Android.

(Note: This article is about apps that simulate sticky notes – notes that serve as quick reminders for stuff. In other words, this article looks at quick note taking apps that have widget support. Although some/most of the apps discussed can serve as notepads, we will discuss best free notepads in a different article in the near future.)

(Note: For widgets to work, the sticky notes apps must be installed on your phone’s internal memory; they cannot be installed on the SD card. Also, if you are using a task killer [1] be sure to add the sticky notes app you use to the ignore list.)

This article is part of our Best Free Android Apps [2] repository. Feel free to drop by [2] to learn more about the best free apps across a variety of categories!

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Best Free Sticky Notes Apps

App Name: ColorNote Notepad Notes [6] [7]

Developer: Notes

Download Size: 534 KB

Version Reviewed: v3.1.2

Requires: Android 1.5 and up




Like many of the quick notes/sticky notes apps, ColorNote Notepad Notes allows users to do all the basics of note taking: Create notes; have widgets for notes; set note reminders (including putting a permanent reminder in the notification bar); share notes via e-mail, SMS, bluetooth, etc.; search notes; backup and restore notes; lock/password protection notes; mark notes as completed; etc. What makes ColorNote Notepad Notes better than the rest is…

That said, there are three features I find ColorNote Notepad Notes to be lacking:

All in all, taking into consideration the fact that users will typically want to create on-the-fly notes (i.e. create notes quickly), I feel the integrated new note and new widget feature of ColorNote Notepad Notes makes up for the features it lacks. ColorNote Notepad Notes is the best free sticky notes app.

Runner Up

App Name: Simple Notepad [8] [9]

Developer: mightyfrog

Download Size: 198 KB

Version Reviewed: v1.4.o

Requires: Android 2.2 and up


Simple Notepad is a very similar app to ColorNote Notepad Notes; both apps share many of the same features. The reason why I feature Simple Notepad as runner up is because it gives users a choice between apps: If users value the ability to create new notes and widgets at the same time and a beautiful interface, they can go with ColorNote Notepad Notes. However, if users value being able to sort notes into folders, the ability to have widgets other than 1×1, and the ability to attach images to notes, Simple Notepad is the way to go.

As I mentioned above, I see ColorNote Notepad Notes’ integrated new note/widget feature to be more valuable than the other features because of the nature of creating quick/sticky notes; however some people may not agree with me and Simple Notepad is the alternative for these people.

Other Alternatives