Maintaining a daily diary helps you to keep yourself accountable, and it is very easy to keep a diary on your smartphone at all times on you in case you need it throughout the day.
When you write down your thoughts every day, it helps you to reflect on the positive thoughts as well as help counter that negative thinking. And even though you’re generally a positive person, keeping a diary can help you learn things about yourself and start new healthy habits!
Here are the best personal diary apps for Android.
1. My Diary
My Diary has a clean interface that is easy to navigate. There are several free themes you can switch between, or even more if you upgrade to the paid plan.
For each diary entry, you can add your own mood, picture, stickers, or change the background. You can customize the font you use as well as its size and color. There are many ways you can make this diary your own and encourage you to write in it daily.
And of course, it locks. You can create a custom passcode to enter your diary or use the fingerprint locking system so you don’t have to worry about remembering the password.
The Pro version, which gives you even more great features and removes ads, costs $2.99/month, $15.99/year, or a one-time payment of $29.99 that gives you forever access.
download: My Diary (free, subscription available)
2. Diary with Lock
The Diary with Lock app from Writediary.com has a much simpler interface than many other diary apps. It’s on point, but still stylistically pleasing.
You have a few select colors to customize the background of your diary; You can change the date style, app shortcut icon and text style; Plus, you can add emoji to both the title and text of your diary entry to help explain your day even further.
download: Diary with Lock (free, in-app purchases available)
DailyLife is a diary app, but it is much more. In addition to creating diary entries documenting your feelings and weather in emoji form, you can also upload photos, attach music, draw with a pen, and even make your entries in PDF can export.
There are a few different fonts to choose from to make your diary reflect your personality. It’s also incredibly easy to find your diary entries if you want to go back and read something. You can either scroll until you find what you’re looking for or you can use the calendar view to easily locate the previous entry.
download: DailyLife (free, subscription available)
Daylio takes a more modern, minimalist approach to a diary. Instead of writing a lot about your day, you use icons and emoji to explain your day, track habits, and improve yourself overall. If you really want to write something down for the day, each daily entry has a notes section.
Daylio is really easy to use, especially for those who find writing a diary entry a bit time-consuming. Using Daylio makes it easy to reflect on your day without having to put your thoughts into words if you don’t want to.
download: Daylio (free, subscription available)
This is another great diary app if you want something simple. There are three free color themes to choose from: white, dark gray, or pink. Dark Gray is really cool if you’re writing diary entries at night and want something more like Dark Mode.
You can lock life with a numeric passcode, use voice input to write your diary entries, and add photos to your entries. There’s also an option to export your entries to PDF if you ever want a printed version of them.
download: Life (free, subscription available)
6. Ascendik Niš . diary from
If you want a diary that’s a little prettier and more fun to look at, this diary by Ascendik Niš is a great choice. You can add up to three pictures per diary entry and those photos will be displayed on the home screen behind your entry. If you choose not to add images, you’ll only see a plain entry with the date, title, and your first two lines of text.
Plus, you can add emoji to your entries, use voice-to-text to write, and use tags to help organize everything. There are a ton of free font options to choose from and you can use a PIN or your fingerprint to lock your diary.
download: Diary (free, subscription available)
7. My Dark Diary
My Dark Diary describes itself as a vampire/dark theme. And it certainly lives up to that description. There is no other color to choose from other than dark gray for the background and light gray for the diary entries. There is however a small red color on both the menu option and the button for creating a new diary entry, which complements the vampire theme.
For those who like this aesthetic, this app does it really well. There are no fancy gimmicks or graphics, just a clean interface ready for your diary entries. There’s a font color and font type to choose from, so all you have to worry about is constantly writing stuff out there. You can also add emoji, photos and unique hashtags to your entries.
download: My Dark Diary (free, in-app purchases available)
If you think you will have trouble coming up with material to write in a diary entry, DayBook is probably the best app for you. DayBook offers a guided check-in and guided nighttime reflections that can help you figure out what to write if you’re feeling stuck. Then, after you’ve accumulated some daily check-ins and nightly reflections, you can head over to the throwback section to see everything.
Or if you know exactly what you want to write, go ahead. You can customize your font type and size as well as your theme. Then, you can set a security code for the app to keep everything private.
Another feature is that you can connect Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Telegram. Premium subscriptions are available if you want additional features, but for those who just want the free version, you won’t have to advertise.
download: DayBook (free, premium subscription available)
Using one of these apps to keep diary entries, whether they are daily or weekly, will undoubtedly help improve your mental health and help you stay on top of your goals.
Keeping a diary is something that most of us probably did as kids, but as we got older and our schedules got busy. Being able to keep a locked diary on your phone is an easy way to make an entry whenever you want and keep it safe from prying eyes.
If you tend to lean into negative thoughts, it might also be worth trying out a daily gratitude app that will help you choose especially good things about your day.
You can improve your mood by focusing on the good things in your life. These gratitude apps will help you do just that.
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