Notepad by Dmitry Nazarov

Notepad by Dmitry Nazarov is one of the best Android note taking apps out there. It checks off most all of the important features: offline first, fast, free, supports Markdown, inline images, linking notes, encryption, backup and restore, and tons of settings. He even has a Notepad.Lite version without Google Sync for those like me who want to be Google-free.




  • Attach image has to be added to one of the app folders (via the app) before you can attach it
  • No in-app help


  • No tags within a note (see Good)
  • No audio recording
  • Share via SMS does not include bullet character "- "
  • Share via email (Fastmail) did not attach images and lost formatting
  • Not WYSIWYG editing
  • No image thumbnails in note list
  • No card view in note list


  • Fast
  • Tag a note
  • Text formatting: bold, italics, underline, highlight, strikethrough, superscript, subscript, code, quote
  • Inline image (see Ugly)
  • Hyperlinks
  • Headings
  • Undo and redo
  • Discard all changes
  • Re-order bullets
  • Numbered list
  • Toolbar which can be collapsed
  • Print a note
  • Discard all changes
  • Folders and sub-folders
  • Copy a note
  • Favorite a note
  • Add note to home screen
  • A widget to show the note on Android home screen
  • Dark theme
  • Note properties shows word count, character count, line count, last modified date
  • Backup and restore
  • Trash with retention period
  • Share via SMS
  • Customize how much of the note text to show in the Note list


  • Markdown support
  • Tables
  • Themes
  • 20 font colors
  • 22 font sizes
  • 20 note colors
  • Insert date and time
  • Pin note to notification bar
  • Change character encoding
  • Color code a folder
  • Bookmark a note or a folder
  • 7 video tutorials
  • Sync to Google Drive
  • Store on SD card


  • Offline first
  • Free!
  • Inline images
  • Link notes!
  • Encrypted notes using AES-256
Code block
Quotes and nested quotes