Multitasking and Performance Improvements in Latest App Updates


Hello, Simplenoters! New updates are now available for iOS, Android and OS X.

Here’s what’s new in each app (in addition to a spiffy new app icon):


We’ve fine-tuned the app for iOS 9: Simplenote now allows multitasking on supported iPads using both Slide Over and Split View modes. Multitasking is a very handy way to get information copied to and from Simplenote quickly! We also greatly improved the performance of the app when working with large notes and added support for additional languages.

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The Android update includes many tweaks to the Material Design-based theme of the app. You’ll now see more native components throughout the app which gives it an even cleaner look. The light theme is also looking better than ever with a new white toolbar. We also tweaked the tablet layout by moving the create post button to the list while viewing in landscape, so it doesn’t get in the way of the note editor.

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In addition to many bug fixes, the OS X app has received a huge performance upgrade in the latest update. You can now work on very large notes without issue.

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What’s Next?

We hope you enjoy the latest Simplenote updates. We’re continuing to iterate on the app and have some great ideas stewing for the future. Be sure to follow us @simplenoteapp for the latest!

Dark Theme Now Available for Mac App

Dark Theme for Mac

A few months ago, we launched new versions of our Android and iOS apps that included a dark theme. Today we’re happy to announce that the dark theme is also now available for the Mac app!

The dark theme really helps ease your eyes during those late-night writing sessions. To switch to the new theme, simply select ViewThemeDark from the top menu. Note: you must be running OS X Yosemite or higher to use the dark theme.

You can get the new update on the Mac App Store. Enjoy the update!

– The Simplenote Team

New Simplenote App Updates for iOS, Android, and Mac


Today we’re announcing some great updates to Simplenote for iOS, OS X and Android. Here’s what’s new:


  • An optional dark theme, perfect for late-night note-taking and battery saving. Enable the dark theme by going to Settings.
  • Additional privacy for notes: You can now protect notes by requiring your Touch ID whenever you return to the app.
  • Bug fixes, including a fix for a common crash when returning to the app and a fix for the history slider on the iPad.


  • Adjustable font size in the note editor: Select View->Font Size in the menu to change the sizing or to reset it back to the default size.
  • Alphabetical sorting: You can now sort your notes alphabetically. Choose View->Sort Order in the menu.
  • Printing from the app has been fixed.
  • Bug fixes, including better full screen mode in OS X Yosemite.


  • New material design updates: You’ll find a new toolbar at the top and a redesigned navigation drawer. Settings can now be found at the bottom of the drawer.
  • Optional dark theme: You can enable it in Settings. It’s Batman approved.
  • Font-size setting for the notes list and editor, now available in Settings.
  • Voice command: Say ‘Take a note’ in Google Now or Android Wear to create a new note with your voice.
  • Bug fixes.

We hope you enjoy the latest updates, and don’t hesitate to contact us @Simplenoteapp with any feedback!

– The Simplenote Team

Publishing and List Assist in Latest Android Update

Howdy, note takers! We’re excited about the latest update to the Android app which includes some great new features:

Note Publishing

Got a note that you want to share easily with others? You can now use the new info panel to publish a note to the web. Just tap the i icon when viewing a note, then tap Publish. Within seconds you’ll be able to share a link to get the word out.


List Assist

Do you make a lot of lists in Simplenote? We sure do. That’s why we added List Assist, which makes it a lot easier to create lists by inserting bullets/numbering after you start creating a list. (Tip: Allowed characters are *, , and +.) (The star, minus, and plus symbols.)


What Else?

You’ll see that we added a note word count to the new info panel. You’re welcome! The update also includes some bug fixes, including a fix for searching on Android 4.0 devices.

Up next, we’re looking at adding a widget as well as Android Wear support. Stay tuned!

In other news, we were excited to see Simplenote on The Verge’s “Best Note-Taking Apps” list for both Android and iPhone. Hooray!

Recent iOS update

Recently we released an update to the iOS app. Unfortunately this update had a bug which caused users to be signed out of their accounts once they upgraded. In addition, if you had any changes that hadn’t been saved yet to our servers, those changes were likely lost. We’re very sorry about this and are working on a process to prevent this from happening again.

Because we haven’t had an issue with accounts since we introduced them in 2010, some users either don’t remember their original account or have a typo in their email address. If you’re having trouble signing back in to your account or don’t remember what email address you used, please email us at, and we’ll be happy to help.

Syncing improvements and neat features to discover

Since the beginning of February we’ve released new builds for OSX (1.0.6), iOS (4.0.5), and Android (1.1.2), improving syncing and fixing bugs on our apps. Now your notes will sync even more seamlessly than before, and with fewer performance issues.

With the improved apps released, what better time to explore some of their neat features? We know you love the simplicity of the note-taking experience, but each of the following three can enhance it even more:

  • Add an extra layer of security to your iOS app. Did you know that you can add a passcode to protect your notes? Go to the app’s settings, click on “Passcode,” and set your 4-digit PIN.
    iOS Passcode Setting
  • Track and restore earlier versions of notes. On the iOS and OSX apps, you can easily go through previous versions of your notes to track any changes you’ve introduced. You can also restore a note to an earlier version.
    • In iOS, click on the information button from any post, then choose “History.”
      iOS note info
    • In OSX, click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the app for more options, and select “History.”
      OSX note info

    In both cases, an easy-to-use slider will appear, letting you navigate through your note’s different versions.

  • Pin your most important notes to the top of the list. If you have a long list of notes, or when a time-sensitive task is approaching, highlight the notes that matter most by pinning them to the top — they’ll be impossible to ignore.
    • In iOS, pin a note by hitting the information button, then choose “Pin to Top,” and press “Done.”
    • In OSX, click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the app for more options, and choose “Pin to Top.”
    • In Android, while viewing the note, tap the circle in the upper right to pin.
      iOS note info

Stay tuned for more Simplenote news in the coming weeks!

What’s happened since the relaunch

In the few weeks since we relaunched Simplenote, usage has been skyrocketing. We’ve enjoyed some great press coverage across the web, along with strong user ratings and top 5 rankings.

A few problems remain, and we’re working hard to fix them. In particular, some people have reported unexplained note deletions, particularly from the Mac app. We’ve submitted possible fixes, and we’re preparing a solution that recovers these notes. This’ll be ready soon, and we’ll update this post when it’s ready.

Meanwhile, it’s taking a bit longer than we hoped to release the new Simplenote web app to everyone. We’re continuing to identify and fix some pesky layout issues with different browser versions.

Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about Simplenote. We’ll keep working to clean up these remaining issues, and then take a look at some of the top feature requests we’re seeing.

Update: A Simplenote Mac update is now live. Please update to this version. If you were affected by unexplained note deletions, and you’d like to access a backup of your account, you can sign in here and choose Download .zip from your account menu. All your notes (including those deleted in the past month) will start downloading as a .zip file. This is a manual process for now. We’re also working on a way to restore the affected notes automatically.

A new Simplenote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac


Major new versions of Simplenote are now available for iOS 7, Mac, and Android.

All new design

When we first used iOS 7, we knew it would set new expectations for great apps — not just on iPhone and iPad, but across all platforms, including desktop and the web. We’ve redesigned Simplenote based on the principles we think are most important:

Focus on content. We wanted your thoughts and ideas to be front and center. The user interface has only what it needs, and otherwise stays out of your way.

Sense of place. Going from here to there inside an app should always leave you with a feeling of whereness. Where did I come from? Where am I going? Where did I end up? We paid careful attention to structure, placement, and animations to help maintain a sense of where you are at all times.

Harmony. The redesign is borderline stark, but there’s a lot going on to bring it all together: thoughtful typography, careful attention to spacing and grids, consistency where it matters, and a balance of subtlety and emphasis to help direct your attention.

Coming up next

In the coming weeks we’ll release minor updates and go into more detail about our design and development process. We hope you enjoy these new versions in the meantime.

Simplenote for Android

Our relaunch is now underway, starting with Simplenote for Android. You can download Simplenote on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Our new version for Android has the same focus on speed and efficiency as the existing iOS app.

If you’ve previously used Simplenote, you can now use all your notes on your Android phone or tablet. If you’re a new user, you can create an account right within the app.

A little twist

We’re trying something a little different. You don’t need an account to use Simplenote for Android. You can download it for free and use it locally right away. When you’re ready to backup your notes online and sync with other devices, you can create an account at any time.

Coming up next

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll complete the relaunch of Simplenote by releasing Simplenote for Mac, a redesigned Simplenote for web, and a completely rebuilt Simplenote for iOS 7. We’re really excited about our new family of apps, and can’t wait to show you what else we’ve been working on.

For app developers

In addition to the app, we’ve released a Simperium library for Android. Simperium is a service for seamless syncing across devices. It powers all the storage and networking in Simplenote and is available for any other app developer to use as well.

The new Simperium library for Android is open source and makes it really easy to add Simplenote-style syncing to your Android apps. It’s a bit like iCloud but works across iOS, Android, and the web.

Simplenote relaunch

Earlier this year we announced some big changes were coming to Simplenote. Since then, we’ve been quietly working on new versions of the app together with server improvements that make it even faster and more reliable.

New versions

We’ve been beta testing new versions of Simplenote for Mac, Android, and iOS 7. They look a lot different: cleaner, simpler, and more lightweight. Our approach was to return to first principles and build anew.

A side effect is that some less frequently used features won’t be available, at least at first. Some people will cheer. Others, like those who adore sorting notes by reverse chronological creation date, may mourn. More details are coming soon.

Server improvements

Simplenote is now running on Automattic’s own servers with better tools to help identify and resolve problems. This lets our Systems team take care of Simplenote servers with the same resources available to sites on (like TechCrunch). Less downtime, better security.

Better syncing

Simplenote is powered by Simperium, a service for syncing data that we’ve been continuing to improve behind the scenes. Simplenote Mac and Simplenote iOS 7 take advantage of a major Simperium update to further improve the speed and reliability of your note syncing.

Meanwhile, a new Simperium library for Android will make its debut alongside Simplenote Android. For any developers in the crowd, this combo allows seamless, iCloud-style syncing across device types — from Core Data on iOS/OSX to sqlite on Android and back again with a minimum amount of fuss.

Changes to Simplenote Premium

Did you know about Simplenote Premium? Probably not. We’ve never focused on encouraging people to upgrade. We’re pausing premium upgrades for now while we figure out the best way to offer more features to power users. If you’re already a premium user, you’ll get a free extension in the meantime.


This is happening in the coming weeks. We’re excited to start sharing more. Stay classy, stay simple.