Collection: iOS/iPadOS Support

Welcome to Digital Planner 101 for iOS and iPadOS!


1. Downloading and Importing (GoodNotes on iPad)

*Syncing video for iPad is in General Usage questions below.

Downloading and importing your planner into GoodNotes 5 is different depending on the OS that is currently installed on your device. To determine which version of OS is installed, go to the Settings app > General > About > Software Version. The software version will appear as a number–for example, iOS 13.3 will appear simply as "13.3." After you have determined the version of OS your device has installed, continue with the respective instructions below.

iOS 12 and Lower

iOS 13 and Above

Getting Started with GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes is a note-taking app that lets you write, draw, doodle, color, highlight, and more…

You can add all sorts of information to each planner page and create rich, multimedia notes: Handwriting, typed text, images, sketches, photos, screenshots, and more. At the same time, using the app is as simple and straightforward as writing on paper. Just pick up a stylus and start writing.


Basic Features

Taking notes and writing in your digital planner is super simple. Just like writing with a pen on paper. When you open your digital planner in GoodNotes 5, you’ll see two bars at the top of the screen.

The upper one in dark color is the nav bar. The navbar, as indicated by its name, lets you perform navigation actions or actions that affect the document as a whole. You also notice the Read-Only Mode is now located at the nav bar.

The lower one is the toolbar. You can select the tools or colors by tapping on the icon once. The selected tool will be represented in color, whereas inactive tools are colorless. Tapping on the icon of a selected tool a second time will reveal additional options or tool-settings.


Tools Overview

Here are all the tools in the toolbar listed as they appear from left to right in the image above.


Zoom Window Tool:

Magnify a part of the page to write neatly and precisely.


Pen Tool:

Write on the page with your finger or a stylus. Other pen styles can be selected in the pen options.

- Fountain pen: Pressure-sensitive pen style

- Ball pen: no pressure sensitivity

- Brush pen: create artistic ink and notes with this highly pressure-sensitive pen style (works best with a high thickness)


Eraser Tool:

Erase ink strokes or highlighting on the page.



Highlight notes or texts.


Shape Tool:

Draw perfect geometric shapes or straight lines.


Lasso Tool:

Select objects on the page to reorder, resize, or edit them further.


Image Tool:

Insert images from your photo library and edit them.


Camera Tool:

Take photos with your iPad camera to add them to the page or create a whole page from a photo.


Text Tool:

Create a text box by tapping anywhere on the page to type with your keyboard.


Contextual area:

On the right side of the toolbar, you’ll see the “Contextual Area”. Each tool has its own quick actions that appear in this area. The pen, the highlighter, and the shapes tool show a set of shortcuts for adapting the color and thickness. You can select more colors or change the thickness of the strokes by tapping on these icons again. Other tools, like the Image tool, have different quick actions in the contextual area.

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