Journaling is a great way to keep track of the important moments in your life and, more specifically, how you felt during those moments. Memories fade or warp over time, but if you have a written account to look back on, it can keep all the great times of your life crystal clear.
Your smartphone and tablet make it easier than ever to keep a journal or diary, and these 10 apps are some of the best Android has to offer.
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1. Journey (Free) - One of the top rated journaling apps on Android, Journey offers a clean design and lets users capture every moment of their lives. You can view your moments in calendar, photo and atlas view, so you can see your memories in a variety of ways. The app allows you to sync with Google Drive, so you'll never lose any of your data, you can geotag specific location with Google Places, share via Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and more, plus a bevy of other features. It's a well-rounded journaling app that will satisfy most of your needs.
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2. Diaro (Free) - Diaro offers all the essentials you need to start journaling presented in a slick package. Like Journey, Diaro lets users sync their content, in this case with Dropbox, but you can also access your entries on Diaro's website. Organize your entries with folders and tags to keep your memories in order, attach an unlimited number of photos, plus share entries to email, SMS, Twitter and more. Another cool feature of the app is that it's multilingual, supporting more than 30 languages.
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3. Bliss (Free) - Unlike many of the apps on this list, Bliss comes with a distinct purpose. Instead of a simple app that lets you scrawl your thoughts at will, Bliss is built with the idea of making you a more positive person. It helps you meditate on the previous day with a series of responses and claims that, over time, it will rewire your brain to make you a more positive person. For anyone looking to improve their mental outlook, Bliss is a great way to get on the right path.
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4. Flava (Free) - One of the most feature rich journaling apps available, Flava lets users capture moments in a variety of ways, including text, voice, photo, video and more. You can sync your data with Flava's own cloud service, ensuring you never lose anything, and access your entries on Flava's website.
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5. Day Journal (Free) - Despite having several features behind a paywall, Day Journal has numerous options in its free version to make it an enticing option. Included are unlimited entries, markdown support, timeline, calendar and photo views, data backup and restore, sharing via email, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote and more. Add in a nice material design and you've got one of the best looking journal apps, as well.
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6. JotterPad (Free) - Marketed more toward creative writers, JotterPad is all about removing distractions so you can focus entirely on the task at hand. That makes it an ideal option for those who want to keep a traditional journal or diary. It's minimalist design allows users to channel their energies toward reflection, or reminiscing on a day.
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7. Penzu (Free) - Claiming to be the most popular free journal or diary, Penzu offers unlimited journaling, syncing to the cloud, the ability to lock journals with a password, write offline and more.
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8. SomNote (Free) - One of the most popular and best rated journal apps on the Google Play store, SomNote offers all the basics you could want from a journal app. Add photos to your entries, organize your journals and notes easily with folders, even lock the app with a password to make sure your entries are safe from prying eyes.
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Narrate (Free) - Narrate is perhaps the most beautiful journal app available for Android, with a clean, material design that illustrates your favorite moments in a pleasing way. You can save photos to your journal, categorize your photos with tags, add location, share journal entries with other apps and more. Upgrade to the pro version and you get syncing with Dropbox and Google Drive, local data backup and other useful features.
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Offline Diary (Free) - Don't want your diary or journal anywhere near the internet? Offline Diary is the best option for you. It gives a minimalistic look and feel that lets you get down to the business of journaling, no fuss to distract you from the process.