Search Is Getting… Searchier

We want you to be able to find your notes more easily so you can spend less time locating and more time note-taking. Enter: advanced search.

Download the latest version of Simplenote and you’ll be able to search your tags, search notes by tag or – if you’re a legendary note tagger – combine multiple tags in one search.

We’ll also be adding sorting options directly to search, so you can find that one note you made in February 2011, or maybe it was in April 2013 that you’re sure you used the word “astronauts” and contained something important.

To start using the new search features, make sure you’re running the latest version of the Simplenote app. Then just start searching and you’ll get tag suggestions based on what you type. Currently available on iOS and Android, if you don’t see the new search yet, keep your app updated – it will be with you soon!

Got feedback? Don’t hesitate to tell us what you think.

Get the App

New to Simplenote? It’s free, and you can download it here.

We hope you enjoy using Search, and happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team

How many tags do you have in Simplenote? Tell us in the comments. The person with the most tags gets to feel good about their exemplary organizational skills.

Simplenote is Back!

After a short hiatus, Simplenote is actively being developed again! We’ve been busy cleaning up the user interface, bringing old code up to date behind the scenes, and fixing some long-standing bugs. Check out the recent release notes below.

Android

  • Added search sorting by date created, date modified, and alphabetically with search history and suggestions.
  • Added a resizable note widget to view a note and open it in the app from the home screen.
  • Added an option to the Theme setting to follow the system day/night mode.
  • Updated dark theme with darker colors for less eye fatigue and better battery life.
  • Fixed multiple bugs with cursors for notes with checklists, syncing for deleting tags and emptying trash, and networking causing interface slowness.

Full Release Notes for Android

Electron (Linux/Windows/Web)

  • Added a sync indicator to show changes that haven’t yet been sent out to synchronize with the server and other devices.
  • Updated styling all around the app: icons, dark mode support, and various fixes.
  • Replaced the old web app at app.simplenote.com with the version deployed on the desktop.
  • Added tag suggestions while searching and tweaked the search results.
  • Fixed a nasty bug that caused note corruption when local and remote updates crossed paths.

Full Release Notes for Electron

iOS

  • Added Siri shortcuts allowing you to open the app, open existing notes, and create new notes directly from Siri.
  • Added new swipe actions available in the notes list: Pin and Share.
  • Updated the user interface for login/signup, notes list, and note editor.
  • Fixed a bug that affects tap detections over links.

Full Release Notes for iOS

macOS

  • Fixed multiple bugs with checklist icons, sizes, and fonts.
  • Fixed a bug causing the entire document to become linkified.

Full Release Note for macOS

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One particular bug was plaguing Simplenote for years: a specific set of circumstances in which seemingly harmless edits would crash the app or corrupt a note. This was more likely to affect notes written in certain languages with complex scripts and notes containing emojis. Representing human text is hard, but this should no longer cause you any trouble. Special thanks goes out to our users who write poetry in early dynastic cuneiform – you can now express yourselves again without issue.

Join the Android and iOS Beta Programs

Do you enjoy the Simplenote apps? (We sure hope so!) If you like exploring the latest features and wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with us, join our beta testing program!

We beta test each new update for two full weeks before releasing it. Although our team tests the apps extensively, your testing helps us find even more ways to improve, whether that’s fixing a bug or simplifying a screen. 

Ready to join in? Here’s how.

Get the beta apps

On your Android device, head to Simplenote in the Google Play Store, scroll down to the “Join the beta” section, and tap “Join” to opt in to the beta program. You’ll get the latest beta as an update in the Play Store.

On your iOS device, join the TestFlight beta program — open that link on your iOS device and follow the instructions on that page to opt in. You’ll get the latest beta in the TestFlight app.

In both cases, the beta app will come with details about what’s new or changed, so you know where to focus your testing.

Share your feedback

Once you have a beta version of the Simplenote app installed on your device, you’re ready to go. Use the app as you normally do, or push the limits of the changes in each release. Then, let us know when something goes wrong. You can submit feedback through the Google Play Store (Android) or TestFlight (iOS) — or contact us if you’d like more help.

Thank you

To all our passionate and loyal users, thank you! We’ve got some exciting ideas planned for the future of Simplenote and we can’t wait to share them with you. We’ll be posting release notes and new features on this blog, so stay tuned for more info.

We greatly appreciate all our open-source contributors as well! If you’re interesting in contributing to Simplenote, check out the repositories below.

– The Simplenote Team

A Better Way to Keep Track of Your Tasks? Check!

Simplenote is great for keeping your life organized without getting in your way. Now, it gives you a whole new way to stay on top of your tasks: Checklists! Here’s one in action:

Adding a checklist in the macOS app.

On our mobile apps, you’ll find a new button in the editor toolbar to add a checklist. On Desktop, head to Format → Insert Checklist. Nested Checklists are also supported, in case you need an extra level of organization.

A nested checklist in the iOS app.

Checklists are compatible with the GitHub task lists markdown syntax, so Markdown users will see their existing lists automatically transform to checkable lists in the app! You can see this in action by typing “- [ ]” in a note.

And as always, every update to your checklists will get synced with all of your devices, for free.

Collaborate on a Checklist

Did you know you can collaborate on a note with other Simplenote users? With checklists that becomes even more powerful — use shared notes to working with others on shopping lists, to-dos, and more. To share a note with another user, add their Simplenote account email address to the tags field of the note, or use the Sharing menu in the app.

Get the App

New to Simplenote? It’s free, and you can download it here.

We really hope you enjoy using Checklists, and happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team

Markdown Added in Latest iOS App Update

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Today we’re excited to announce that Markdown support has been added to the latest update of Simplenote for iOS.

To enable Markdown for a note, just tap on the ‘Markdown’ button in the note info panel. You can then swipe on the note editor to view the Markdown preview. Once you’ve enabled Markdown for a note, all new notes you create in the future will have it enabled by default. We hope you enjoy this handy new feature!

Download Simplenote for iOS

We’ve also received a great response to our recent open sourcing of the apps. Thanks to everyone who has been submitting issues and pull requests on GitHub.

Happy noting!

– The Simplenote Team