SilentNotes is an open source note-taking tool, to-do list app that can sync the content between your Windows 10 and Android devices

May 12, 2021
Updated • Jun 15, 2021
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What do you use for note-taking and to-do lists? I use SimpleNote and Markor/Todour for Todo.Txt. Not many programs offer a way to manage both notes and tod-do lists, but SilentNotes does.

SilentNotes is an open source note-taking tool, to-do list app that can sync the content between your Windows 10 and Android devices
It is available for Windows 10 and Android, and we will be discussing the desktop version here, though the features of the mobile app are fairly similar.

SilentNotes Android app

SilentNotes has a clean interface, with a background wallpaper and a few starter notes. To add your own, click the + button in the bottom right corner, and the first option that pops up. The app will switch to its editor mode, where you can enter the text content of your notes.

SilentNotes notes editor

The editor's toolbar has basic formatting options like Bold, Italics, Underline, Strike-through, Numbered and Bulleted lists. In addition to this it supports Windows 10 emojis, which you can access using Windows + Period. And, it supports Windows' spell-check tool.

SilentNotes notes menu

Go back to the main screen of SilentNotes and add a new To-do list. Give your list a name, and start entering the items one at a time. Each task has a checkbox next to it, which you can click to mark as completed or strike it out. The to-do list editor toolbar has different options, for managing the items in the list.

You may move items to the top or bottom using the arrow icons. The no-keyboard button, is for Shopping mode, and prevents the content from being edited.

SilentNotes to-do lists

Click the menu button in the editor, to change the note color. You may optionally add a header (choose from 3 sizes), a code block, quote some text, and URLs which are clickable links. SilentNotes supports auto-save, so all changes that you make are saved automatically and instantly.

SilentNotes editor note color picker

Drag a note by clicking on its double-arrow button and organize your notes. The search bar at the top helps find notes quickly, and it can look inside the contents too. The trash can icon next to a note deletes it, but if you deleted something accidentally, you can recover it from the recycle bin.

SilentNotes encryption settings

If you want to store sensitive information in your notes, you can lock them with a password. Your protected notes are end-to-end encrypted, and SilentNotes supports three algorithms: AES 256-GCM, TwoFish 256-GCM, and XChaCha20-Poly1305. Set the encryption type from the settings, then click on Open Safe from the menu. The program will ask you to set the password for the lock. Once you have done that, a lock icon will appear over your notes. Click on it to secure the content. Unprotected notes are obviously not encrypted.

SilentNotes menu

There are a few themes, i.e. backgrounds, that you can choose from. Find the wallpaper distracting? You can switch to a solid color instead. The app can export the notes as an HTML document, with the formatting intact.

SilentNotes settings

SilentNotes works offline, but if you want it to sync the data between your computer and your phone, you can do so by selecting one of the Cloud sync options. It supports FTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, NextCloud and GMX.

SilentNotes cloud sync providers

Authorize the cloud storage account on one of your devices PC or Android, and SilentNotes will display a transfer code. Login to your other device, and sign in to the same cloud sync service, and the note-taking program will ask you to enter the transfer code that you got earlier. That's it, your notes will be synchronized across your computer and phone.

Download SilentNotes from the Windows Store and the Google Play Store. The program is open source. The only things that are missing in the app are reminders and scheduled tasks.

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  1. VInce2panam said on May 15, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I use Sticky Notes on my Windows computers, sinced with OneNote from my android device.
    It works perfectly.
    I didn’t know about Signal Note to self, thanks for the tip !

  2. Jeff M.S. said on May 14, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Telegram is the best notes app.

  3. bawldiggle said on May 14, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Sticky notes are the bane of my life. Like a real world desk littered with bits of paper.
    No thanks !
    All I want is info as TEXT, no bells and whistles to bloat my system.
    For years I have experimented with a variety of structures.
    To-Do’s, diaries, TXT files, outliners … outliners came close … “Mempad” almost suited me.

    By accident I fell over “AlephNote” while frustrated with buggy (and discontinued) “ResophNotes”

    What I like about ALEPHNOTE is …
    • Tree structure with infinite node (sub folders) branches
    • Tags
    • Filter-search all notes … highlites found text _AND_ hides all irrelevant notes
    • Local search of the active note
    • Custom shortcuts changing focus of various GUI components/panes
    • Custom date formats (pasted with custom hot-keys)
    • Custom strings (pasted with custom hot-keys)
    • URLs are automatically dynamic … double-click to open browser at the target URL
    • Can be configured to never exit even if window title-bar control [x] is accidentally clicked

    Learning to use Alephnote is an adventure of discoveries …. that is how I found many of the possabilities..

    Is supported by the developer … updates are rare, but they do occur.
    Only design flaws (IMO) are …
    • HOME key goes to start of indent, and not column #1 of note lines
    • New Line (Enter key) does not align with previous line … each new line starts in Column #1
    • No Case typos corrections … you must retype text if CAPSLOCK was on …
    there are 3rd party programs to repair typos

    Markdown is available but I don’t want it … I like to keep things simple.

  4. ShintoPlasm said on May 12, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I haven’t found anything that matches the simplicity and features of Google Keep: for me, it’s the perfect combination of access everywhere (all devices + web), ability to share and collaborate, manage notes/todos/reminders, and a lightweight UI and operation.

  5. beemeup5 said on May 12, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    For Android I’ve been using “ColorNote Notepad Notes” for a long time. I’ll give SilentNotes a try and see if I like it more. Too bad there’s no Win32 app, I’m not a fan of the Windows Store.

    Signal messenger has a Win32 app and I use the “Note to Self” feature to sync encrypted notes between my phone and PC. It’s simple and works great for what I need it for.

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