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Bear Alternatives for Android

Bear is not available for Android but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. The best Android alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Standard Notes or Microsoft OneNote. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Bear and loads of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to Bear are Obsidian, Notion, Google Keep and Evernote.

Bear alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Task Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Bear.
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  1. Joplin icon

    Joplin

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
    • Firefox

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
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    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Bear.

    Not user-friendly at all.

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    ChrisWayg

    Free, open source, private notes due to encryption and able to sync with the service of your choice.

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  2. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingObsidian will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Calendar ViewObsidian has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
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    Very complicated interface

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    With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownNotion supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXNotion supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Notion simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Notion.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNotion is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Notion.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNotion supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStandard Notes is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Standard Notes vs Bear opinions
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    No subtags in free version

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    Microsoft OneNote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire

    Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesMicrosoft OneNote supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Microsoft OneNote.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Microsoft OneNote.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineMicrosoft OneNote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMicrosoft OneNote supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportMicrosoft OneNote support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
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    Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Not tag-based. Much more convoluted UI. Not user-friendly.

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    It isnt free and it is SLOW

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  6. Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Android Wear

    Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineGoogle Keep can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesGoogle Keep supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGoogle Keep supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Keep can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Keep simultaneously.
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    This alternative is disputed. Google Keep is still a legitimate alternative to Bear, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    For those who must use google you can use this.

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    Keep doesn't have syntax highlighting or markdown formatting.

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    No inline #tags. Card view, no list view. No Mac app.

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    gallien

    google note allows only plain text notes, does not allow markdown formatting

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  7. Evernote icon

    Evernote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire
    • Pebble

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesEvernote can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineEvernote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownEvernote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationEvernote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Evernote.
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    Most users think Evernote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Passable alternative, but bloated, no inline #hashtags, expensive.

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  8. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownSimplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningSimplenote has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchSimplenote lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesSimplenote can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Simplenote vs Bear opinions
    Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Bear.

    Passable alternative (that I do actually use), but markdown isn't WYSIWYG or user-friendly, no inline #hashtags, sync and cloud storage aren't secure. I like it for what it is, but it's definitely not comparable to Bear.

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    Same as Bear but syncs for free.

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    beneathemoon

    Simplenote has a clean interface, markdown support, and iCloud sync.

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  9. Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.

    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with NoteLedge.
    ⚫︎ PortableNoteLedge can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesNoteLedge supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Video ImportYou can import external video material into NoteLedge.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Most users think NoteLedge is a great alternative to Bear.
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    Cryptee

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionCryptee has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedCryptee is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownCryptee supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
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