Best Journal Android apps – updated January 2023

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Keeping a diary / journal is a great way of keeping memories, first and foremost, and for some people, it’s a way to relax, and get what’s on their mind to paper. Well, if you’re not a fan of keeping a physical journal, you’ll be glad to know that there are a ton of apps available for Android that allow you to do the same thing. In this article, we’ll list our 10 favorite journal apps for Android, these are some of the best ones you’ll find in the Google Play Store.

There are 10 apps listed below, though do note that they’re not listed in any specific order. All of these apps have really good ratings in the Play Store, and pretty much all of them deserve it. Aside from app names and links, you’ll also find some additional information about each of the apps, such as a short description, the cost of in-app purchases, app size, official video/image, and so on.

Best Journal Android apps 2023

Below is a quick overview of the best journal Android apps for 2023, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
Simple Diary
My Diary$0.99-$59.99
Mind journal$9.90-$28.99
Grid Diary$2.49-$25.99

Best Journal Android apps 2023 downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.


Daynote app grid image 2023

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $1.99-$59.99
  • Size: 37MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Daynote is without a doubt one of the best journal apps in the Play Store. This is also one of the best-rated apps from this list, it’s currently holding a 4.9-star rating. This app looks great, and it has all the features you’d expect out of a journal app. It allows you to jot down your memories, in a really nicely organized way. Passcode protection is also included as a feature, so that nobody can read what you wrote in here.

That’s not all, though, this app does allow you to customize themes and fonts, so that you feel comfortable sharing your memories. You can opt for a dark theme as well, as the app does support it. You can export your notes in .txt or .pdf formats, if you want, while Daynote also works while you’re offline. This is a great journal app, and definitely one that you should try out.

Download Daynote


Simple Diary

Simple Diary app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: 28MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

If you want a truly simple journal app that will put great focus on your content, and put everything else to the back seat, this is the app for you. Simple Diary gives you this immersive UI when you’re noting down stuff, it looks great. The developer does promote this app as a truly simple journal, for people who don’t want extra functionality, or anything of the sort. Now, just to be clear, there are some added functions, but only basic ones, that you’d want to have.

For example, you can switch between light and dark modes in this app. Dark mode has become a standard in Android apps in the last couple of years, and many people do prefer it. In addition to that, you can set a passcode on this diary, so that nobody can snoop around. And the third feature is the calendar view, which allows you to see your diary entries in a calendar form. That’s basically it.


Download Simple Diary


Daylio app grid image 2023

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$32.99
  • Size: 21MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Daylio is a bit different than most other apps on this list. This app will help you keep a journal without typing anything. Are you confused? Well, this is not your regular journal app. This app will keep track of your mood, your activities, and much more. All you have to do is tap on different icons that represent different moods and activities. Yes, you can add new activities to the list as well.


The app looks great, and it’s essentially a mood tracker and a journal all in one. You can even view your stats in the calendar view, to see how your days went. The goal of this app is not only to help you keep track of what you did and what your mood was at the time, but to help you improve your mood in general. To see what you can improve, and to work on it. Reminders are included in the package as well, by the way.

Download Daylio

My Diary

My Diary app grid image 2023

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$59.99
  • Size: 26MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

My Diary is another journal app from the list that has a truly high rating. This app has 4.8 stars in the Play Store, and there’s a good reason for it. It’s a proper journal app with all the features you’d expect, and it also looks really nice on top of that. This app is quite customizable. There are a number of themes that you can choose from here, and yes, dark mode is supported.

You can sync your diary entries to Google Drive, so that you never lose your entries. Including pictures is permitted, so that your memories end up being even more memorable. The eye protection mode feature is included in this app, while this app doubles as a mood tracker as well. You can include tags to your journal entries, export your entries, and also set a passcode to protect the data.

Download My Diary


Mind journal

Mind journal app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $9.90-$28.99
  • Size: 42MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Mind journal is another compelling journal app, but not exactly what you’d expect when you hear the word “journal”. This app focuses on your mental health, that is its main focus, without a doubt. Its goal is to track your mood and help you improve your mental health along the way. It essentially serves as a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) journal, as it uses a number of proven techniques.

The app will try to find out what time of day causes a bad mood, what activities are responsible for your negative thoughts, and it will also try to pinpoint ineffective behavior. The app’s design is really simple, and some may even refer to it as “calming”. If you’re feeling unhappy, but you’re not sure why, this app may help you get to the bottom of it and also serve as an anxiety relief tool.

Download Mind journal

Grid Diary

Grid Diary app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $2.49-$25.99
  • Size: 18MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Grid Diary is a journal / planner app that offers a slightly different UI than what you’re used to. As its name says, this app focuses on a grid format, and that format is flexible. In other words, you can tweak it, to an extent. The UI in this app also looks really nice, it’s clean, and useful. Different parts of the app are accessible from the bottom, there are five different tabs you can opt for.

This app will help you record your mood, develop various new habits, improve your productivity, manage stress, and more. You can, of course, jot down your thoughts and feelings, while the app will provide you with questions that are based on positive psychology. This app also comes with a sync service, which will keep your notes and data backed up online, while it will also be encrypted.

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Diaro app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $2.99-$9.99
  • Size: 29MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

If UI design is important to you, and you like the look of news reader apps, this app may be of interest. Diaro is a journal app, but its main layout looks much like a news reader, which is not a bad thing. Thea pp actually looks great, and it also comes with some color coding which represents your mood on certain days. It allows you to attach pictures to your entries, while it also offers passcode protection.

This app does serve as a regular diary, but it also keeps track of your moods, activities, events, appointments, experiences, and so on. This app does come with sync backup support. Themes are also supported here, while you also have some custom personalization options. The app is available in over 35 languages, and it’s available on the web as well. It also comes with a search function, and much more.

Download Diaro


DailyLife app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $2.50-$28.99
  • Size: 40MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

DailyLife is a journal app that comes with a ton of features. This app does look very nice, as most apps from this list do, but it does offer a lot of features as well. The app allows you to attach multiple pictures with every entry, while the calendar view is available. In that view, you’ll see what your mood was on a specific day, and various other information. The app does allow you to change the font format, just to make the app adapt to you a bit more.

Reminders are included, so that you never miss an entry. You can search for a specific entry via a search function which is included, while you can also tag some entries thanks to the hashtag function. This app even allows you to attach music to your entries, and you can even jot down some stuff with a pen if you want. DailyLife allows you to import/export notes, and a lot more.

Download DailyLife


Daybook app grid image

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $1.99-$94.99
  • Size: 8.7MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Daybook is another compelling diary / journal app, and it has one of the best designs we’ve seen. Your entries will be organized in a nice-looking like, which gives you a nice preview of what’s written in a single entry, as you can see in the image above. The app also comes with a built-in mood analyzer, and it will gather information from your activity log and mood log to provide insight.

You can utilize passcode protection here, if you want, while the app is really easy to use. The calendar view is included in the package, and the app will automatically backup your data, so that you don’t have to think about it. You can even use your voice in order to write. The app is even marketed as a daily expense tracker, and so much more than that. You can even activate some of its features via Google Assistant.

Download Daybook


  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $1.49-$28.99
  • Size: 15MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

The last app on the list is simply called “Diary”. This is also a journal and a mood tracker at the same time. You can use it to jot down your feelings, track daily tasks, create shopping lists, and much more than that. One of the app’s goals is to help with mental health. The app does offer various themes and fonts, giving you some options in the customizability department. Yes, you can set up a passcode if you want.

Habit reminders are included in the app, while the app can create backups of your entries in either Google Docs or Dropbox. There are also various achievements you can reach in the app, by being consistent with your entries and whatnot. There are a lot of additional features inside the app that you can delve into, such as font editing, which is well implemented here. This app is so highly rated for a good reason.

Download Diary