Mobile (iOS, Android) Applications

Folks on iOS will appreciate 1Writer, which offers an almost-perfect mobile companion to Obsidian. Right now, the main problem with 1Writer is that it has trouble following links to foldered files. If all goes well in internal testing, an incoming update to Obsidian will offer a preference to add folder paths to links, fixing this issue for 1Writer.

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Me too! A simple version would be enough for now

On Android I’m using Draft. Is that a good choice?

Drafts? So many with similar names :thinking:
It’s not the same as the iOS app. Very simple, no markdown.

It’s a simple note app. I save the file in Dropbox on the phone as I think of something. When I get to the iMac, I copy/paste the contents into Obsidian and then do the links. Can you suggest a workflow and Android app with markdown?

Question is whether you really need markdown.
Dropbox Paper will save as .md which makes it slightly easier to get the note into Obsidian vault - if the vault is in Dropbox you can even save it directly.
But the key is probably what you find easiest for making the original note.

The main gain of a markdown app is that you have preview, if you are doing a lot of formatting.
Examples include Markor, Epsilon Notes, QuickEdit but there are many others.
I mostly don’t bother any more. I just do the note in Vivaldi (browser) which supports markdown syntax, then drag it into vault on desktop.

The key feature for me with the specialist markdown apps is whether they have quick access to the symbols I intend to use in a note, to save cycling through keyboard options.

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See How do I work with Obsidian on Mobile?

Yes the vault is in Dropbox. I just record thoughts as they occur.
Thanks for the complete answer.

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Indeed. I’d happily pay $10-20 for a full version iOS app that has most/all the desktop features of Obsidian.

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It is an understandable avenue for the developers to make money from an Open Source project too.

Anki has a similar model, the program is free on Desktop but costs money on iOS. For any avid users of it, the price is more than justified.

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My “workaround” for this is to just not use folders, and instead rely on links and quick search. The other issue I noted with 1Writer is no ability to go back to previous note - swipe from left reveals file navigation pane.

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I desperately need the IOS app too.
I have been using obsidian on Mac and PC with Dropbox.
I use 1Writer on my iPad, but it’s far from satisfying.

I’m willing to pay some money for an IOS mobile Obsidian app.

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I know this is a bit in advance of where the mobile app probably is in terms of development. Just the same, I thought I’d post this anyway.

Use case or problem

This may be planned for the mobile app already.

Still, if not, I’d love to have an option to take photos with my device camera, and have those images uploaded to my pre-defined attachments directory, and added to my note much like dragging and dropping images currently works.

Proposed solution

Perhaps enable image capture through the app, and have the image be uploaded to a synced setting for the attachment folder location, or a location we can specify in the app settings.

Current workaround (optional)

Not applicable

Related feature requests (optional)

I haven’t found anything similar yet.

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@pauljacobson Related/complementary feature for audio: https://publish.obsidian.md/help/Plugins/Audio+recorder (already implemented)

Mobile app moved from ‘long term’ to ‘short term’ today (4 January) on the Roadmap. Good news.

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Please, build mobile app so that it is able to provide following functionality:
(e.g. by being able to run corresponding future plugins)

This is rather premature, general request, just to make sure it is considered during initial phase of development, to make future steps possibly easier.

Edit: there is related discussion in another category: What would your ideal mobile PKM app look like?

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I wold love an iOS app with Google Drive sync support!

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I recently found two, currently free, markdown editor apps, TAIO and OneMarkdown, for iOS that each use iCloud to store files. It’s just a matter of setting up a folder in iCloud as a vault for Obsidian to access these files in Obsidian. I am still assessing which is better for my uses. Right now, that is just to have a mobile markdown editor on which to enter text for later use in Obsidian. Both seem to do that admirably.

OneMarkdown was written as a light editor by the developers of MWeb. It allows a split markdown and preview screen like Obsidian. There is also a MacOS version of OneMarkdown. There are notes from the developer stating that OneMarkdown will be included in MWeb at some point, but I don’t know exactly what they mean for the long-term viability of the app.

TAIO will edit files but will also record snippets, which might be useful to some. It also allows one to use Clipboard in iOS as markdown.

I am just starting to explore these. If others are interested in experimenting, we might start a new topic exploring either or both of these and follow and, perhaps, influence their development long-term.

It looks like the devs are working on a mobile app at the moment:

It just moved from “Short-term” to “Working on” :smile:

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