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Best journaling apps

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Journaling can be a great habit to get into. While some journal for their own sake, to recall memories and great milestones, others journal for their families, so their children and grandchildren can have a glimpse into their lives to see exactly what they were like. Others may just want a place on paper to hash out their thoughts, and there’s so many other reasons people are drawn to journaling as well.

Whatever your reasoning is, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 journaling apps we recommend for Android. With every motive from thinking more positively to simply cataloging your days, there’s something for everyone. So without further ado, here’s our top 6 picks.

Gratitude Journal

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Whether you find yourself having a hard time thinking positively, or you just want to make a habit  of being grateful for things, Gratitude Journal is a fun, interactive journal that will set you on the path to success. With daily challenges to think on the positive and write down what you’re grateful for, there’s just no easier way to pick up such a good habit!

In Gratitude Journal, you’ll not only write down what you’re grateful for, but also the “why.” They’ve discovered that when you truly explain why you’re grateful for something, it actually sinks in and makes you think about things, rather than simply coming up with something out of the blue just to say you’re grateful. It’s definitely not too late to set another awesome goal for this year: to think positively!

Download it now: Google Play

Moleskine Journal

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The world’s favorite journals, Moleskine is now available as an app, which means we can officially say there’s an app for all things ever made. Now, I know what you’re thinking: there’s just no way the Moleskine app can compare to the feel of that fantastic leather in your hands. But don’t worry, because this is just the perfect quick, on-the-go version of Moleskine’s signature journals, to have alongside your favorite hard copy, you can have your cake and certainly eat it too.

With the Moleskine Journal app, you’ll have several different paper options to choose from, including blank, ruled, squares, and downloadable templates. And if you’re into doodling, this app is fantastic for that too, with so many different brushes, pencils, pens, and opacity. Among a bunch of other features, one of our favorites is the passcode lock, where you can lock as many specific pages as you want, or entire notebooks.

Download it now: Google Play

Day Journal

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I once met someone who was so dedicated with their journaling, that they set aside a few minutes at the end of each day just to write down a brief summary of all that had gone on during that day, so in a year, or several years, they could remember exactly what had happened and when. How awesome is that? That’s kind of the idea with the Day Journal app, but completely simplified to fit busy schedules, so it’ll work for just about anyone.

In Day Journal, you can journal as little or as much as you want. If you don’t have time or nothing all that eventful occurred that day, just do a quick entry with a small summary. Or let’s say you’re on a fantastic vacation and want to log every detail—this will work for that too, especially since you can tag entries for later, like “Vacations,” or “Cancun 2016.” Another awesome feature is “What I Did This Time Last Year,” where you can go back and look at different memories without having to search through your entire journal for it.

Download it now: Google Play

Minute Journal

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Similar to Gratitude Journal, Minute Journal will help you to focus on gratefulness and positivity, but it expounds upon it a little bit more. Minute Journal encourages you to fill it out in the morning to set the best tone for your day possible, but really, if you can manage to squeeze just five minutes in somewhere, you can fill this out any time of day and it will help you to think more positively.

If you are more structured, you can easily get into a routine and fill out both the morning questions and the evening questions. The questions for morning are geared toward setting a great tone for your day, while the evening questions are more focused on reflecting. If you’re wanting to improve your attitude, how you respond to certain situations, etc, the  Minute Journal app is an invaluable tool that can be helpful for anyone.

Download it now: Google Play

Personal Journal

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An awesome mashup between a gratitude journal and a daily journal, Personal Journal will allow you to easily record the events from the day, while also putting an emphasis on thankfulness, which is the best of both worlds! And another plus, the interface and design is extremely relevant, minimalist, and all around calming, which makes Personal Journal the perfect app to use as you’re relaxing at the end of the day.

One of the cool features of Personal Journal is the passcode lock, but that’s not all. Each day, you can insert a photo (and word) that might sum up the day, or how you want to remember it by. This feature makes it really fun for anyone who is taking part in those “photo a day” challenges, where their goal is to take one photo each day, whether to hone their craft or just capture more memories.

Download it now: Google Play

Mirror

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An all-around fun journaling app, Mirror is a great place to write out your lengthy thoughts or just quickly hash out some of your random ideas. With each entry, you can also add your current mood so you can go back and see exactly how you felt about different situations or ideas. In addition to that, Mirror will catalog the exact time you created the entry, and you can even add your location if you want.

In Mirror, you can add voice recordings, tag your entries to be compiled in specific places, and even backup your entire journal in case something happens. And when it comes to searching for different entries, not only do specific tags compile, but you can also go back and search by your location, and even the weather. Mirror is a great option for anyone who is looking for something low-fuss, but very effective.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re taking your resolutions to heart and you’re wanting to make great strides towards thinking more positively, or you’re simply wanting to jot down some fun memories here or there, each of these apps have unique features that should suit just about anyone.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • JayMatt

    “Journey” is another good journaling app, IMO.