GoodNotes 5 for iPhone

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 5.7.46
  • 4.1
  • (32)
  • Security Status

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Kristina Schulz
Kristina SchulzUpdated a month ago

Document manager and note-taking app

GoodNotes 5 is a premium productivity app that was developed by Time Base Technology Limited for mobile devices. It is a cross-platform document reader and management app that works across Mac and iOS devices. In addition, it offers note-taking and markup tools for making quick edits or comments.

Similar to other document apps like Notability, GoodNotes 5 also has native support for the Apple Pencil, allowing users to take full advantage of its capabilities for drawing or creating handwritten notes on documents, including text or PDF files. What's more, all the changes made are synced across all devices.

How do I use GoodNotes 5?

First and foremost, GoodNotes 5 serves as a fully-featured and sleek-looking document management tool that allows you to create, import, and edit your files using a convenient drag-and-drop function to be able to add them easily. Organize them using folders and sub-folders. Mark the most important ones as your Favorite for easier access, and you can even create custom outlines for faster navigation and searching.

As mentioned earlier, GoodNotes also has native support for drawing or handwriting your notes using your touchpad, touchscreen, or the Apple Pencil for better precision. It provides you with various sketch tools for lines or shapes, as well as for annotations like an eraser and color picker for handwritten notes, which you can resize, rotate, or move however you want.

Lastly, being a cross-platform application, GoodNotes will sync all the changes you've made across all your Mac and iOS devices so you can seamlessly switch between and continue where you left off. If you plan on using this app, keep in mind that its main focus is on note-taking and functions that enhance it. As such, it does not work as well for those who want to use keyboards to type text.

A polished note-taking experience

All in all, GoodNotes 5 is a great app for users who do a lot of note-taking or creating annotations on their documents. It offers plenty of markup tools and management features to enhance the experience and make it as seamless as it can be across all devices. The sleek and modern design is just icing on an already great tool. Highly recommended.


  • Document management features
  • Various note-taking and markup tools
  • Support for Apple Pencil
  • Cross-platform compatibility


  • Not meant for text typing using keyboards

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GoodNotes 5 for iPhone

  • Paid
  • In English
  • V 5.7.46
  • 4.1
  • (32)
  • Security Status

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