What are the best handwriting to text apps for iPhone or iPad?

Transcribing one's handwriting to text can consume so much time and make your hands numb. Well, don't worry because it's possible to convert handwriting to text with the right apps below that will not only help you maximize productivity but also make your life so much easier!

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    Noteshelf is an app for iPhone and iPad which can turn writing into text. On the app, users can look for their handwritten notes and convert them to text since it provides handwriting recognition for 65 different languages.


    iOS, Android


    Jessica Wu
    Written on August 16, 2018
    " I like the versatility of this writing to text app! It doesn't just convert my handwritten notes to text but I can also draw and sketch in Noteshelf. 🙌"
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    #2Bamboo Paper

    Bamboo Paper

    Bamboo Paper is a writing app developed by Wacom for the iPad. The app lets users sketch or write on photos, annotate their notes with images, use the zoom function to write more content, and write notes on the go.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Beverly Lucas
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "I have been wanting to find a handwriting to text app so that i can easily take notes using my phone without using my keypads on the phone. With this i am even faster whenver i have to write down my ideas/notes!"
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    Notability is a writing to text app for the iPhone and iPad wherein users can convert handwriting to text along with fifteen supported languages. The app's other features include multi-note, importing and sharing, sketching, and more.



    $9.99- with in-app purchases

    Timothy Ellis
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "Hi @Maciej Zawiasa Notability supports 14 languages from English. Dutch, French, Italian, German and i dont know the others but that's what i know so far because i use this to convert my convert my handwritten notes to a text on this app."


Did you know that ancient hieroglyphs were once called “the words of God”? In ancient times, the Egyptians used these symbols as an attempt to record words. Hieroglyphs are picture symbols that represent a combination of alphabetic and syllabic sounds. These symbols then convey specific meanings. Of course, the alphabet did not exist at that time yet and these hieroglyphs were a tool they used to write and tell their stories. For people who have already lived in modern ways, such a way of writing could come as a marvel. Those ancient ways are much different from the ways of this era - an era of handwriting note apps and whatnot.

It was during Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 that these ancient writings were discovered. That signified the start of human inquiries to understand those ancient Egyptian symbols. Then in 1799, the Rosetta Stone (written in hieroglyphs and Greek) was discovered. This marked the start of understanding such writings, and the rest is history. Fast forward to the 21st century, deciphering handwriting is not a concern anymore. In fact, there are existing apps that can turn writing into text there are even apps where you can handwrite in Chinese. Thanks to the ancient hieroglyphs, people were inspired to innovate and create ways to recognize handwriting. People can now write to text in the easiest ways possible.

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    #4Microsoft OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote is a write to text notetaking application available for the iPad and iPhone. The writing app offers a free-form canvas wherein users can design their notes by formatting text, adding tables and shapes, and sorting sections.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Virginia Gutiérrez
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "Uhhmm.. i dont think i would be able to convert handwriting to text notes through the Microsoft OneNote. Why is this even here eh?"
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    #5MyScript Nebo

    MyScript Nebo

    MyScript Nebo is a handwriting to text converter app for iPad where users can format text, use Apple Pencil to take notes, draw sketches, pasting seamlessly from other apps, and more. The text can also be converted to different formats.


    iOS, Android


    Billy Gutierrez
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "This is a really great app for converting handwriting to text. I like how it allows you to format it, create flow sheets, and basically, it just helps me to keep all my handwriting nice, and clean, and legible. It's not very expensive either, and it's really easy to use. It's a little harder, in my own opinion, to write with your finger if you don't have your stylus nearby, but that can't be helped. I think it works pretty well for all the things I use it for (mostly writing notes and making lists)."
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    #6Pen to Print

    Pen to Print

    Pen to Print is an app that scans and converts handwritten notes to digital text. The file can be shared on WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, and other messaging apps. This app features handwriting optical character recognition (OCR).


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    michelle brown
    Written on August 5, 2018
    "This is a great app converting scanned handwritten notes to text. I was looking for this kind of solution for ages and I'm thrilled I finally found it."
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    Penultimate is a free iOS app for handwriting and sketching as if you were using pen and paper. It uses Evernote's sync and search feature so users can have documents in all his/her devices, and organize and find them easily.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Chao Liu
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "I started using Penultimate in College to take notes during my classes because I did not want to have to type all the time and I enjoy writing in general. It made it a lot easier to keep track of all my notes and organize them for when I needed to pull them up to study. Overall I enjoy using this app to have my written notes to text and it has made my note taking much better."
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    #8Notes Plus

    Notes Plus

    Notes Plus is an application for devices running an iOS system. It is capable of converting handwriting to texts and also has support for various devices such as Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.




    Howard Garcia
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "Notes plus does exactly what it should do and then some. I love how it quickly incorporates my notes and makes my handwriting readable. Definitely one of the best handwriting to text apps i have used. Worth the money!"
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    Mazec is a handwriting recognition mobile application which is an alternative to your phone's keyboard to write an email, or jot notes on your phone. Through this, the user will be able to handwrite the message. 



    $12.99- with in-app purchases

    Keith Stanley
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "It has always been hard for me to type on my phone whenever i am on my class so thanks that i discovered Mazec. My life is now better because i can write and then turn it into texts. Never regretted buying this app. "


Best What are the best handwriting to text apps for iPhone or iPad
1NoteshelfApps 4 Paid
2Bamboo PaperApps 2 Free
3NotabilityApps 0 Paid
4Microsoft OneNoteSoftware 0 Free
5MyScript NeboApps 0 Paid
6Pen to PrintApps -1 Free
7PenultimateApps -1 Free
8Notes PlusApps -2 Paid
9MazecApps -2 Paid

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