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Day One Journal

Day One Journal

Bloom Built, Inc.

Personal journal, diary, notes, photos, locations. The perfect daily journal 📔

4.7 Ratings 75K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
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Personal journal, diary, notes, photos, locations. The perfect daily journal 📔
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  • Day One has come a long way! Nov 10, 2020

    By Dejasmiles
    I have been using Day One for about 4 years now. I have always kept a journal since I was a kid but I wanted something password protected to use on my MacBook. When I first started using the Day One, it was limited and the phone app was incredibly buggy especially on iPhone. Over the years the developers have absolutely refined Day One into one of the best apps you can invest in on the App Store. I truly enjoy looking back over the years to see how far I have come. I mainly use this app as a “mind dump” whenever I feel overwhelmed and to record my dreams. Over time it has expanded into several different journals. I’m just now starting to use it to record smaller and simpler thoughts throughout the day to replace social media and it’s doing wonders for my mental health. Since it’s much more stable and reliable on iPhone it’s been a joy to use on-the-go. We all have those thoughts we just want to get out and social media isn’t always the place for that. Day One is a perfect judge-free zone where I won’t look back on a post 5 years later and feel deep regret for making that thought public. I did try out Day One Premium for 1 year because I wanted to use the video feature. I could only record a couple of minutes at a time and I didn’t end up using it as much as I thought I would. I didn’t use any of the other features in that year so I ended up reverting back to the basic package, but I’m sure those extra features will be useful for others!
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  • A request to address certain problems Feb 26, 2018

    By Maazismail
    I’ve been using your app for years, definitely one of the best apps I have ever used. However lately I have been facing problems. I have an iPhone 8. Often times when I copy or past something, the app would lag a lot and then crash and I would need to restart it. Another huge problem I have is that when I want to edit an entry, the app would instantly take me to the bottom of the entry instead of the place I already was. I write long entries so if I’m in the middle of something and notice a typo, I don’t want to fix it because it will take me all the way to the bottom. And if I slide up and tap on the text I want to edit, most of the time the app just keeps taking me back to the bottom. I think I have to double tap it sometimes and make sure I am not sliding to get it to select the text I want. It is so frustrating for me, why can this not work like google docs where it just stays at the same spot I click edit instead of going all the way down. Please, I have been a loyal customer for a very long time and I hope you fix this, or either give me an option to disable this ‘function’. Lastly, I would greatly appreciate if you guys would give us the option to sync with iCloud/Dropbox again, if we’re paying for something we really should get the option of where we want to save our data.
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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Sarah Merabet
    Really good app so far after 3 days using it. I love the simplicity of its look and usage. Very nice
  • PDF format has improved- Thank you! May 12, 2020

    By Chachaflakies
    THANK YOU for continuing to improve the PDF format! Just as I was about to give up and look for a journaling method elsewhere, the PDF format was improved and now there are multiple pictures per page, and the flow and format is a lot nicer. I also like that the text is larger and one page can even fit up to 9 pictures. It still isn’t perfect. If I could give the suggestion to make the date and time font darker and maybe a little bigger, it would be near to perfect. That is hardly visible, especially once printed out. But the picture flow has dramatically improved, and I applaud you! I am fine paying a subscription as long as these updates are being made, because I appreciate the continuous work to improve the customer’s experience. So far, to the best of my knowledge, these improvements haven’t been made to the book printing, but I assume they are working on that as well. Thank you and please, for your subscribers, continue with these improvements! It’s the only thing that keeps me hanging on to this app because a physical, printed copy is so important to me, and though I love everything else about the app digitally, I would be forced to look elsewhere if I wasn’t satisfied with the printing (via book or PDF). I’m sure I’m not the only customer who feels this way. Thank you for hearing me out!
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  • PERFECT, EXCEPT ONE MAJOR ISSUE... Apr 27, 2020

    By sadsia
    My favorite journaling app. I was never able to commit to journaling— I’ve tried keeping physical journals, I’ve tried other apps, but this app was the only one that was able to keep me committed to writing. It offers so many useful tools and options, like templates, the ability to add photos, etc. (I do have the paid version btw.) There is one problem I have with this app though, and that’s privacy. The app does allow you to have a passcode, but I’ve found that if you go to your device’s home screen and use the spotlight search to search on your device, you can actually use keywords to search for your entries and read them from there (therefore bypassing app’s passcode). For example, if you wrote an entry about apples, you could search “apples” on your device and the entry will show up there, where you can read the title of the entry, as well as a good portion of that entry’s content. This has actually gotten me into a good bit of trouble at home because someone else was able to search for keywords on my device and read my private entries from my device’s home screen. I really, truly hope this is fixed. I love this app and would hate to have to stop using it for this reason.
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Slade Badenhorst
    The ios version of this app is amazing, full of features and well supported. That's what prompted me to buy it on android, it was a mistake. The android version is almost a different app, void of features and updates that go beyond bug fixes. Templates was added into the ios version in late 2019, this is still not a feature on android and they are continuing to add more features to ios. It feels like the android version was made and forgotten. It's made worse by the fact you can't get a refund.
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Aleny Guajardo
    If you don't pay for a premium membership, you'll have to only post 1 picture per entry. Which is not great, but I was willing to put up with it until I realized that sync in turned off too. Yes, if you have more than 1 device that you wanna journal on, this is not the app for you. Having sync is such a basic feature that I'm baffled 'Day One' charges for it. Deleting and looking for something better
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  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Siddharth Sid
    Annual subscription for basic features like cloud sync and storage + apps available on all platforms ? Is this what you think we're gonna pay you yearly for ? Google has been offering all this for free with better integration and compatibility across OSs than you can possibly fathom. Either come up with better features or offer a more sensible/palatable one-time purchase price.
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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By Alan Creed
    Who knows why they would launch end-to-end encryption on ios but not android. So syncing between my ipad and android phone is not working properly. And the only proferred solution is a clunky workaround. I got this app because it promoted ease of syncing between all devices - simply a false and misleading statement. So now I have to try and export nearly 100 journal entries and find another solution. Let's hope that actually works as described.
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  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Paula Czarina O'Connor
    Keeps on crashing. I'd love to get the premium version but unfortunately this app is just disappointing at the moment. I think this shouldn't be in the play store if it's not optimised for android users. From the reviews I've read, it's mainly for ios users which is such a shame as it alienates the rest of us who do not have an apple device.
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  • Day One has come a long way! Nov 10, 2020

    By Dejasmiles
    I have been using Day One for about 4 years now. I have always kept a journal since I was a kid but I wanted something password protected to use on my MacBook. When I first started using the Day One, it was limited and the phone app was incredibly buggy especially on iPhone. Over the years the developers have absolutely refined Day One into one of the best apps you can invest in on the App Store. I truly enjoy looking back over the years to see how far I have come. I mainly use this app as a “mind dump” whenever I feel overwhelmed and to record my dreams. Over time it has expanded into several different journals. I’m just now starting to use it to record smaller and simpler thoughts throughout the day to replace social media and it’s doing wonders for my mental health. Since it’s much more stable and reliable on iPhone it’s been a joy to use on-the-go. We all have those thoughts we just want to get out and social media isn’t always the place for that. Day One is a perfect judge-free zone where I won’t look back on a post 5 years later and feel deep regret for making that thought public. I did try out Day One Premium for 1 year because I wanted to use the video feature. I could only record a couple of minutes at a time and I didn’t end up using it as much as I thought I would. I didn’t use any of the other features in that year so I ended up reverting back to the basic package, but I’m sure those extra features will be useful for others!
    more
  • A request to address certain problems Feb 26, 2018

    By Maazismail
    I’ve been using your app for years, definitely one of the best apps I have ever used. However lately I have been facing problems. I have an iPhone 8. Often times when I copy or past something, the app would lag a lot and then crash and I would need to restart it. Another huge problem I have is that when I want to edit an entry, the app would instantly take me to the bottom of the entry instead of the place I already was. I write long entries so if I’m in the middle of something and notice a typo, I don’t want to fix it because it will take me all the way to the bottom. And if I slide up and tap on the text I want to edit, most of the time the app just keeps taking me back to the bottom. I think I have to double tap it sometimes and make sure I am not sliding to get it to select the text I want. It is so frustrating for me, why can this not work like google docs where it just stays at the same spot I click edit instead of going all the way down. Please, I have been a loyal customer for a very long time and I hope you fix this, or either give me an option to disable this ‘function’. Lastly, I would greatly appreciate if you guys would give us the option to sync with iCloud/Dropbox again, if we’re paying for something we really should get the option of where we want to save our data.
    more
  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Sarah Merabet
    Really good app so far after 3 days using it. I love the simplicity of its look and usage. Very nice
  • PDF format has improved- Thank you! May 12, 2020

    By Chachaflakies
    THANK YOU for continuing to improve the PDF format! Just as I was about to give up and look for a journaling method elsewhere, the PDF format was improved and now there are multiple pictures per page, and the flow and format is a lot nicer. I also like that the text is larger and one page can even fit up to 9 pictures. It still isn’t perfect. If I could give the suggestion to make the date and time font darker and maybe a little bigger, it would be near to perfect. That is hardly visible, especially once printed out. But the picture flow has dramatically improved, and I applaud you! I am fine paying a subscription as long as these updates are being made, because I appreciate the continuous work to improve the customer’s experience. So far, to the best of my knowledge, these improvements haven’t been made to the book printing, but I assume they are working on that as well. Thank you and please, for your subscribers, continue with these improvements! It’s the only thing that keeps me hanging on to this app because a physical, printed copy is so important to me, and though I love everything else about the app digitally, I would be forced to look elsewhere if I wasn’t satisfied with the printing (via book or PDF). I’m sure I’m not the only customer who feels this way. Thank you for hearing me out!
    more
  • PERFECT, EXCEPT ONE MAJOR ISSUE... Apr 27, 2020

    By sadsia
    My favorite journaling app. I was never able to commit to journaling— I’ve tried keeping physical journals, I’ve tried other apps, but this app was the only one that was able to keep me committed to writing. It offers so many useful tools and options, like templates, the ability to add photos, etc. (I do have the paid version btw.) There is one problem I have with this app though, and that’s privacy. The app does allow you to have a passcode, but I’ve found that if you go to your device’s home screen and use the spotlight search to search on your device, you can actually use keywords to search for your entries and read them from there (therefore bypassing app’s passcode). For example, if you wrote an entry about apples, you could search “apples” on your device and the entry will show up there, where you can read the title of the entry, as well as a good portion of that entry’s content. This has actually gotten me into a good bit of trouble at home because someone else was able to search for keywords on my device and read my private entries from my device’s home screen. I really, truly hope this is fixed. I love this app and would hate to have to stop using it for this reason.
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  • On This Day Preview change is horrible! Dec 18, 2019

    By Unforgivnn
    I am sadly going from 5 stars to 4 stars after the change to On This Day. The old interface, which showed the map and the complete content with media for each day in a nice scroll pane was fantastic! One of my favorite parts of the day was being able to look at what I did on this day in previous years. Now, with the preview without media loaded, it is FAR more difficult to look over previous years. Having to manually click on each entry. It’s a huge hassle to the point that On This Day is now totally useless. Having all the entries fully loaded to scroll through is what made On This Day so great. Yes, I know that each day you can click the On This Day button on the main screen and get the old interface. However, sometimes it randomly disappears. And even if I do manage to click it but want to see On This Day again, I can’t. It is a one and done thing. I sincerely hope you will consider bringing back the old (full) On This Day screen and scrap the terrible summary without media. Or at least add the option for either. That’ll definitely bring this back to five stars from me!
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  • Really very good, not perfect though Oct 10, 2020

    By dgazr
    This app is a very serviceable personable journal. I believe it’s worth the annual cost for the premium features if maintaining a journal is something that you find beneficial to your well-being as I do. I appreciate the synchronization between my devices more than anything, and the security seems adequate for such personal data. I also enjoy the metadata tagged in each entry (location, weather, activity, etc) which I feel will be very interesting in the long run as I review older entries. My biggest ask is that I very much wish the developer would make the journaling canvas more free form by allowing entries to contain mixtures of text, handwriting, photos, and drawings similar to how iPadOS notes works. As it functions at the time of this review the entry is more like an e-mail composer where you enter text, and then can attach photos and drawings in a somewhat rigid manner. Unleash the creative potential of the journaling canvas and I’ll call this the perfect journaling experience worthy of five stars! Unless something else comes along with that capability though, this is likely still your best choice for a journaling app.
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  • Don’t Get This For The Book Printing May 13, 2020

    By kasecam
    I love journaling!! I came to Day One because a friend shared on social media about a book she printed over a year ago. I was so excited to finally move away from handwriting my journals, but still have a physical copy. For a year I’ve recorded about the birth of my second son and all our family’s adventures! I love it! But now that It’s time to print I’ve wasted a whole day (seriously, so many hours carrying my phone around and retrying to upload and enter the payment information) trying to order the book to no avail. I was given a few suggestions by the support team, but none of those worked either and I’m so sad! This was the whole reason I downloaded the app and now I feel like I won’t have a physical copy of all the things I journaled this year. I hope they sort something out ASAP for the book printing so I can come back one day and print all my memories. So for that, I have to take a star away, and let the book printers out there know that it may not be the app for you if a physical copy is your goal. But if you’re happy with the digital copy, then this app would be amazing!
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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Robert & Robin
    Clean designs, uncomplicated, takes dictation. Include photos and location. Wonderful export feature. If there is a way to insert punctuation, like tabs, when starting a new paragraph, please let me know, (on Android). I'd give it 5 stars then.
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  • Feb 19, 2021

    By A Google user
    So easy to use. I like that I can upload photos and it's easy to navigate.
  • Feb 8, 2021

    By ice hockey ryan
    The android app has lots of limitations, no option to print a photo book so have now moved to a new app. Shame as I really liked Day One but the photo book option was a deciding factor for me leaving
  • Great app but this update is... Aug 21, 2020

    By Arokh123
    I've used this app for years and this last update has me clicking more buttons just to complete an entry. I used to like that in the activities tab would have a check mark to tell you you've already made an entry about this location/photo, etc and I could keep track of what I haven't written about because sometimes I'll go a week without an entry. Also I wish that instead of having to choose an address when in activity section you could bring up the map and select it based on where on the map. How am I suppose to know what the address is related to what event/memory? I keep having to select a random address and then see where it is via the entry and if it's the wrong address, then I have to delete the a entry and start over. It would be so much easier to geotag an entry seeing a map and remember what happened then. Hopefully bring something similar to what the old activity section had with the new features. Because this update has me so frustrated I don't even want to write anymore. Thanks guys!
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  • Pinnacle of perfection - if subscription was optional Jan 14, 2020

    By lauraberry7
    Anyone else feeling the burnout? I love day one, and have used it consistently since 2012. Not gonna lie, it’s a fantastic, league-of-it’s-own app. But I can’t give it five stars, because it, like many other apps out there, charges a subscription without a monthly benefit. I would gladly pay a one time purchase cost of even $100 for this app, because as I said, it’s excellent. But to be charged monthly or yearly simply so they can host it on their servers and provide the occasional update, seems a bit ridiculous. But companies continue to do it because not enough customers complain. So complain with me, guys! I’d happily host it myself or choose my cloud storage preference, especially for something like my own journal, which I’d prefer not to have in a small company’s hands anyway. Having said all that, if you don’t mind being overcharged and having less control about where your journal is, the app itself is near perfect. I can’t think of any faults. It’s phenomenal.
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  • Better than classic Jun 8, 2019

    By Azankino
    Holds more photos and more data to input. There seems to be a more added options to tailor the data better and this is very good. I highly recommend this app for organization and your life logging. Update. Taken 2 stars off simply because the devs tend not to include information in what they take out so a user will know if to up date or wait for the next version. Disabling things that a user is use to using on a daily basis is no cool, I use templates on a daily basis, they are fast and I don't need to retype things all over again and they also remind me as well at a certain time frame, very inconvenient for them to just turn it off it's not broken so why do that? Also the way to add locations has changed its more difficult to get a good on where you are if it's not saved this use to work flawless in early versions before iOS 12 they never seem to bring it back. Also you really need to pay for one black theme? Really? Hopefully iOS 13 will fix this nonsense.
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  • I want to like DayOne but . . . Oct 16, 2018

    By daveterry
    The issue for me is that it doesn't sync with iCloud, a cloud service I already subscribe to. Yes, it's true that iCloud has had issues in the past but it's very robust now. It's also encrypted in transit and at rest. The subscription model is an issue with me too. Especially since the three day outage and loss of data around the time I signed up. Also, the sync between the Mac and iPad was always running into non-connect issues. I worked with the developer on this, sent many dumps, but nothing was resolved. When I discussed the issues I was having with my devices not syncing (iPad, iPhone, MacBook) I discovered that the developer didn't have five 9s (high availability) and this was scary to me. Also, the files are not stored individually but rather in a location I can't access. This ties me to an export function should I decide to move journaling apps. Although I'd been with DayOne since the beginning and upgraded to DayOne's subscription service, I decided to cut my losses and move to iA Writer which supports sync with iCloud (and it's encryption) and write individual files in markdown (no special format) thereby future-proofing my 20 years of journals. I can at any time view my journals/journal entries and open them with any markdown or text editor. Apple's new "Shortcuts" (workflows) makes adding a new entry or updating an existing one a breeze. For me this is the best journaling solution. Your mileage may vary.
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Slade Badenhorst
    The ios version of this app is amazing, full of features and well supported. That's what prompted me to buy it on android, it was a mistake. The android version is almost a different app, void of features and updates that go beyond bug fixes. Templates was added into the ios version in late 2019, this is still not a feature on android and they are continuing to add more features to ios. It feels like the android version was made and forgotten. It's made worse by the fact you can't get a refund.
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  • My entire entry was deleted Mar 24, 2018

    By bridgetbates17
    I like Day One and have used it off and in for a few years now. I just redownloaded it a few days ago and wrote my first new entry this morning. It took me about 30 minutes and after I was done I was searching for a way to indent the paragraphs, so I selected the entire entry and was surveying the options when I accidentally pasted a link I had copied. Everything was deleted because I pasted the link when the entire entry was selected. Here is why I’m giving two stars: there is not an undo button or back button. I feel as though it is imperative and, quite frankly, obvious that a journaling app, centered around writing and composition would have a feature that allows you to undo the most recent change to an entry. I haven’t journaled in months and this easily avoidable accident does not make me very optimistic about trying it again any time soon, especially with Day One if there is a chance this could happen again. I would happily continue using the app if an undo feature was added, but for now I am too shaken up from those memories being deleted and having no way of getting them back to use Day One again without doubting that this will happen to any of my future entries.
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  • Upload issues with multiple devices Mar 2, 2018

    By Chip2.0
    I think the layout and the format is fine but the device needs to work on how it handles uploads. I’ll use an example of an issue: I begin an entry on my iPhone but then I go to finish it on my Mac. Should be no problem with cloud storage. What’s happening is the app will often re-recognize uploads from other devices as your working on editing an entry and will completely overwrite your work with the previous upload. So in my example, if I’m picking it back up on my Mac. After 10 mins of typing my uploads will resync and it wipe all my work I was doing. And this is a very frustrating issue. The only way I’ve prevented this is by closing all other instances of Day One when working on another device. But this could be fixed by having user prompts for conflicting iCloud uploads for similar entries. I have seen other apps simply have a message pop up saying they detected multiple instances of the same thing and asking for me to choose which one to continue working on or delete. Why is it so hard to utilize that kind of feature? Anyways that’s a big issue for me. Especially when your typing something that’s a journal replacing pen and paper thats subscription based.
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  • What happened Dec 18, 2019

    By how do you get a nickname
    I absolutely love Day one. It has met my journal needs for years. It has been so easy and intuitive and such a rock solid dependable, almost friend. I don’t understand why the designers and developers have to do updates that make a perfect thing go bust. This last update has driven me crazy. It seems like everything has been changed. I love to work on an entry and then see what happened on that day in the past. I used to have one click to bring up all the entries from multiple journals in a simple scrolling list that I could review. Not so now. In order to find a list of all the entries it takes about 3 or 4 clicks and searches and then the entries come up in backwards order from what it was so that the newest is at the bottom. Navigating in Day one one used to be simple and easy and now with this latest update it just feels so disjointed. If this was my first experience with Day One I would say no thank you. Since a huge chunk of my life is put down in it’s pages, I will have to get used to a whole new way of getting around. I just wished as with most updates that those who do the updating would leave things alone. Don’t fix something that is not broke.
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  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Yi
    Good app but I can't open my exported pdf because it says the file is corrupted.
  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Aleny Guajardo
    If you don't pay for a premium membership, you'll have to only post 1 picture per entry. Which is not great, but I was willing to put up with it until I realized that sync in turned off too. Yes, if you have more than 1 device that you wanna journal on, this is not the app for you. Having sync is such a basic feature that I'm baffled 'Day One' charges for it. Deleting and looking for something better
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  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Siddharth Sid
    Annual subscription for basic features like cloud sync and storage + apps available on all platforms ? Is this what you think we're gonna pay you yearly for ? Google has been offering all this for free with better integration and compatibility across OSs than you can possibly fathom. Either come up with better features or offer a more sensible/palatable one-time purchase price.
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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By Alan Creed
    Who knows why they would launch end-to-end encryption on ios but not android. So syncing between my ipad and android phone is not working properly. And the only proferred solution is a clunky workaround. I got this app because it promoted ease of syncing between all devices - simply a false and misleading statement. So now I have to try and export nearly 100 journal entries and find another solution. Let's hope that actually works as described.
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  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Paula Czarina O'Connor
    Keeps on crashing. I'd love to get the premium version but unfortunately this app is just disappointing at the moment. I think this shouldn't be in the play store if it's not optimised for android users. From the reviews I've read, it's mainly for ios users which is such a shame as it alienates the rest of us who do not have an apple device.
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  • Jan 2, 2021

    By Dominik Pietruszka
    This app is hopeless. It deleted my entries twice and they can't help me with retrieving them. It's always a big entry that gets deleted and I'm wasting time writing there. I'm migrating to Google docs or something won't loose my work and time. The sync between android and osx isn't working. They said they're working on it 6 months ago and it still isn't fixed. When writing posts they don't save and delete. I have spent 30 mins writing my last entry and it's gone.
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