If you told me a few years ago that one day I’d use journal apps instead of journaling in a notebook, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. I’ve always been someone who journals to work through my feelings, and there is something uniquely satisfying about filling up notebook after notebook. But somewhere along the line, life got in the way and keeping up a journaling practice became hard. So I fell down the rabbit hole of digital journaling. And let me tell you, there are a lot of cool and useful resources out there.
Some journal apps are best suited for people who want a quick and convenient way to log important memories and events, while others focus more on mental health, self-care, and reflection. Others provide interesting prompts so you can dig a little deeper and learn more about yourself. Plus, a lot of them allow you to tag, organize, and search your entries in a way you never could with a regular ol’ notebook.
Whether you’re looking to make the switch from analog to digital or you’re picking up a journaling practice for the first time, you might just find the best journal app for the job below. Let’s dive in!
On top of encouraging a regular journaling practice by prompting daily reflection, this popular app uses positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an action-oriented mode of therapy designed to combat unhelpful thought patterns, all to teach you how to reduce stress, develop gratitude, and gain perspective in life. It also doubles as a mood tracker, thanks to the A.I.-generated journaling prompts that collect info on how you’re doing.
Use it: $10/month or $48/year; iOS and Google Play
You can use this multiplatform diary app across your devices, whether you want to tap out entries on your phone, tablet, or computer. Its interface is simple but has a lot of helpful features, like the ability to attach photos to your entries, customize the look of your journal, and organize your entries by folder, tag, or location. (Android users especially love this app—it’s currently sitting at a 4.6-average rating across over 95,000 reviews.)
Use it: Free or $6 per year for premium; iOS and Google Play
If you’re not the sort to write long, rambly journal entries but still want to keep track of your life, Daylio might be a good option for you. You can create a daily entry in basically two taps of your finger, logging your mood and daily activities. Each daily entry has a space for notes, if you do want to write about your day, reflect on your feelings, or whatever else you want to record. You can backup your entries to your cloud storage and export your entries in a PDF. Just in case.
Use it: Free or $24 per year for premium; iOS and Google Play
Users love Day One for its lovely and easy-to-use interface. On top of elegantly designed space for journaling, Day One also has plenty of prompts for those days you have no idea what to write about. While the premium version does come with some extra bells and whistles, like unlimited video and audio entries and syncing across multiple devices, the free version has what matters most: unlimited text entries for your journaling needs.
Use it: Free or $3 per month for premium; iOS and Google Play
Therapists often recommend gratitude journaling for better mental well-being. If you’ve had a hard time picking up the habit, try Happyfeed. On top of recording daily things you’re grateful for, you can upload pictures and memories to go with it. When you need a pick-me-up, shake your phone to access your “Happiness Jar” and you’ll be able to see a random day from the past.
Use it: $3 per month or $30 per year; iOS and Google Play
Just because this digital journal has a minimal look doesn’t mean it lacks features. Reflection.app syncs across mobile and desktop, makes it easy to organize and search your entries, and has a few helpful frameworks to guide your journaling practice, like monthly and annual reviews.
Use it: Free or $3 per month; iOS and Google Play
This interactive mindfulness journal prompts you to reflect daily on yourself and the world around you. Not only will that help you make a habit out of journaling, it will also provide insightful reports of your well-being over time.
Use it: $8 per month or $60 per year; iOS
This digital journaling app aims to mimic the experience of keeping a pen-to-paper notebook (especially when you use a stylus to mimic the ~organic~ journaling experience). You can use templates, stickers, and other in-app designs to express your creativity and create a beautiful journal at the same time. Plus, if you’re a person who loves bullet journaling, this is a solid app to translate that habit to a digital platform.
Use it: $40 per year; iOS
If you’re specifically looking for a diary app with plenty of prompts, Prompted Journal is full of gentle and thought-provoking “conversation starters” for “chats between you and…you.” Get to know yourself better, develop self-compassion, and reflect on your life up to now. Even cooler, some prompts recur every few months so you can keep an eye on how you’re changing and growing over time.
Use it: $1 per month; iOS and Google Play
Users love My Diary for how customizable it is—no boring digital diaries here. You can add pictures, change themes, switch up fonts, and utilize other fun tools like stickers to make the space really feel like your own.
Use it: Free or $2 per month, $20 per year, or $30 for lifetime access for premium; iOS and Google Play
Based on the best-selling Five Minute Journal notebook ($29, Amazon), this app aims to make journaling for mental health as simple and easy to maintain as possible. Each entry—designed to be completed every morning—contains three questions designed to start your day off on the right foot.
Use it: $5; iOS and Google Play
Half journal prompt generator, half social media experience, Longwalks is designed to spark meaningful connection through self-reflection. Every day you can answer a new thoughtful prompt and share your answer with your friends on the app or with the Longwalks community at large. It’s not your typical journaling app by any means, but hey, isn’t it sort of like having a really deep blog?
Use it: Free; iOS and Google Play
This guided daily journal is relaxing to use simply because its interface is so soothing in and of itself. But the content is just as good. It’s a mix of straightforward check-in questions (like how you’re feeling) and deeper prompts. The longer you use it, the more you’ll learn about yourself—not just through your own reflection but also through the app’s insights. It provides intelligent reports on your strengths, values, and more through methods drawn from solution-focused coaching, leadership development theories, CBT, and positive psychology.
Use it: Free or $6 per month or $17 per year for premium; iOS and Google Play
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