Apple Journal vs Day One | The Best Journal App?


Hi guys. how are you, we hope you are doing well in your life. So guys we are back with another much-awaited article. So today in this article we are going to compare Apple Journal vs Day One. So guys my name is Shahid and I have been a blogger for sense 4 years. Also, I’ve been an Apple iOS user for the past 10 years.

So after Apple launched its Journal app. And if you are among those people who are confused about which app you should use for daily journaling between Apple’s New Journal app or Day One. Then read this comparison article and you will find out which app you need for daily journaling. So without wasting any more time let’s start today’s comparison between Apple Journal vs Day One.

Apple Journal vs Day One | The Best Journal App?

The Targeted Audience of Both Apps

I feel Day One and Apple Journal actually cater to two different sets of audiences. Day One is more similar to the traditional pen-paper journal and it’s for people who exactly know what they are doing. Whereas Apple Journal is more targeted to a younger and newer audience with its social media-like feed and a more colorful UI.

I was more of a night owl, I used to ignore many things I should be doing it. Due to the work pressure, I used to completely ignore my health, and to be honest I still feel that I ignore my health, but yeah, I am trying to change that.

Since then I have tried to become more mindful. I got the subscription to the Day One Journal App in June most likely. Since then I have had an on-and-off relationship with Journal but yeah, I’ve been trying to incorporate this habit in my day-to-day life. With the iOS 17.2 Update, Apple released its own Journal app.

What is The Day One

Let’s start with Day One, it has literally been one of the most popular journaling apps for a very long time. Day One makes journaling effortless with its clean and uncluttered design. The app is easy to navigate, even for beginners. It has a notebook-like feel to be honest.

Every entry you create gets organized in a date-wise format. If you pay for the subscription then you get to create multiple journals in the form of different folders. For example, you can create different folders for affirmations, gratitude journals, and other aspects of your life.

You can add photos, and voice notes and also attach your location. Or you can even take handwritten journals. If you have an iPad with the Apple Pencil then you can make the most of this. It will give you the benefits of both digital and analog journals.

You will have your own handwriting making it personal and your own. Also, you will have all the digital benefits like syncing between devices and accessing it through the cloud. It also has this feature called Daily Prompt, it will give you a different prompt daily and that can help you get started writing on it.

Really useful if you need some help getting started. One of the major selling points of Day One was this calendar view. It highlights the days when you have created journal entries. It also has that ‘on this day’ feature similar to Snapchat and Google Photos where it will show the previous journals you created on a given day.

It will make you feel good realizing where you were the year before that and make you feel good about your progress. It can be really pleasing to monitor your progress and mental state over the years.

What is The Apple Journal

Let’s talk about Apple Journal now. Your journal entries in Apple Journal will look very similar to that of your social media feeds. As previously mentioned at the start, both apps cater to two different audiences. So if you’re someone who prefers more colourful and aesthetic UI then you’ll probably prefer Apple Journal more.

Also if you are someone who is just getting started then you will find Apple Journal more useful. This is because this app offers you various prompts and you can shuffle between them until you get the one that inspires you. If you get a writer’s blog while journaling then this can actually help you get some inspiration and help you start writing.

It will also give you recommendations based on your daily activities, for example, the photos you have taken and the places you visited, and even the people you recently called. It’s basically taking out all the guesswork and providing you with all the resources you need to get started. It’s a new app hence it lacks several features that would be useful.

For example we are were able to categorise different journal entries in different folders in Day One. Here in Apple Journal, we can only filter the different entries we have made based on their type. A proper organizational system would be really useful I feel.

Since it’s a default app by Apple, you can only access it if you are in the Apple Ecosystem, the iPad and the Mac version of the Apple Journal should roll out soon. Maybe even a version for the Apple Watch. It will sync perfectly with other apps and products seamlessly.

Whereas for Day One, you can access it everywhere. There’s an app for Android as well. It doesn’t have a native app for Windows yet, but yeah you can access it using your browser. There is a web version of Day One.

Similarities Between Both Apps

You can set journaling reminders on both Day One and Apple Journal, that way you can stay more accountable. Where privacy is concerned, you can lock both apps using a passcode or your Face ID. I think Day One even offers end-to-end encryption, not really sure about that though so please correct me if I’m wrong. All alright, there is one notable factor I must mention.

The Area Where Day On Stands Out

The area where Day One will excel is because of its previous catalog. Let me explain, if you have been journaling for several years on Day One then it’s highly unlikely that you would be switching to a different app.

The entire library of your previous journal entries and experiences is stored here. If Apple somehow allows us to import our previous entries into Apple Journal then it would be a different story. But to be honest I don’t really think Apple is ever gonna do that.

That’s an area where Day One and all other journaling apps are going to excel. But if you are someone who is new to journaling then you can actually decide the right app for you based on your type.

Final Thoughts

If you are someone who is heavily devoted to journaling and you would like to have a more of traditional notebook-like experience then check out Day One. You will really appreciate the calendar view and on this day pop-ups.

And not to forget the proper date-wise arrangement and its organizational system. But if you are someone who is lazy to journal and needs some motivation and aesthetics then you can try out Apple Journal. It will be very similar to your Instagram feed.

The different prompts will be really useful for you. So which app do you think is more ideal for you? Do let me know in the comments.

FAQ Section

Yes, all of these apps are available on the Google Play store and the link we put on the bottom is the official link of the Google Play store. You can easily download any app through the link. The Link redirects you to the Google Play store.
Yes, every app that we give you the review in our article is free. And also these apps have a premium version. If you want to unlock the premium features of this app. Then you buy the premium version you can buy it.
Yes, every app is updated by developers frequently with new features and updates.
Yes, every app is working on its latest version and their developers update them from time to time.
Yes, all the apps support every Android device. It doesn't matter whether you have a low-end to high-end device. All of these apps work on every device completely fine.
No, all of these apps have very little storage and RAM. You shouldn't worry if you have a low-end device every app works on your device completely fine and doesn't take too much storage and RAM.
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