Android Apps – ColorNote

There are a lot of note taking applications available in the Android Market. Most of the ones that I tried were either too simple or had just too many features that I would never use. ColorNote solved that problem for me. ColorNote by Social & Mobile is the best application that I found that is not only easy to use but also has the right amount of features so as not to overwhelm you, add to that the very neat and clean interface, and you have a real winner of an application.

ColorNote is an application that does exactly what it claims to do and it does that very well. The note taking can be in two different formats. You can either write a simple text note in case you want to jot down something that crossed your mind or you can create a checklist or a “to do” list that you can check off as you go along. The notes can be saved in various colors and you can choose this at the time of creating the note. The notes that you create can also be stuck to your home screens as widgets. As soon as you try to add the ColorNote widget, it shows you the list of notes that you have in ColorNote and you can choose the right one at that time.

Highly recommended!

Update: Default Master Password
For those facing problems with the master password to restore your backed up notes, use “0000″ as the password to access them. Tip is courtesy Etienne from the comments.

Update: ColorNote Now Provides Online Sync
The latest ColorNote versions feature online sync with ColorNote servers. You have the option to sign up to the ColorNote Sync service using your Google or Facebook ids. I recommend that you do this immediately to avoid losing your notes. The sync feature has made this simple app really powerful and I might start using this again.

Note: The sync is in beta so please have the SD backup as well.

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102 comments
ayb
ayb

Thank you very much Cathiepixie! It's very helpful!

cathiepixie
cathiepixie

for the laboriously capable, it is possible to get the text from the notes one way.... each note has a send option on the menu button. I'm going through mine now emailing each on to myself :-/ only way I can get them all backed up out of the app!

Neal
Neal

Gah! This edit box is really on my phoneT(using a desktop user-agent so i can to a particular post). replyhis edit boxox acts I give up

enlightened
enlightened

I think I got the answer. Problem occurs when android system is changed, usually upgraded to gingerbread or ICS (ice cream sandwich) or as in my case yesterday to Jellybeans. SOLUTION: use a phone with the previous system (2nd phone as I did, or borrow a friend or downgrade for a bit) If you had moved the files for backing up: Move back the last backed up file by date: .DAT and .IDX file from old sdcard/data/colornote/backup copy them to the old system (I had actually backed up on PC) The restore deletes all current notes, so copy the notes if using an older/friend's phone first, one by one and paste them in another app and save as text file. Do the same after finishing with restored notes. I use extensive-notes-pro and back up even there which saves them as txt files on sdcard then I move to PC for more backup. It is a great app. I tried reading .DAT & .IDX files (dbase format) with some dbase readers but most failed and datview viewer on PC did not work with the password, looks colornote uses propriety encrypting not standard dbase dat/idx format. So move to another app that backs up as normal txt files. I also do not trust online synch apps as they can read my notes. Good luck.

Meg
Meg

Problem: Got a new phone, backed up color not on my old phone. When I went to import it on the new phone it simply said 'Error' Solution: Connected my old phone using wifi and did a sync (I used google, you could use facebook and there was another option). I did a sync from my new phone and was able to sync up to the old list.

dj
dj

No my color notes are showing up on my phone, but I can't retrieve them.

dj
dj

I did factory reset with my phone. My colornotes show up in the data file as DAT and IDX files. But, the do not show up on my phone when I go to the SD card backup option in the application. Anyone know how I can restore them to my phone?

Laura
Laura

i dont have the SD option to back up to my card. I did see the online sync. i opted for the gmail credentials instead of the facebook credentials. how do i know it synced? where do i log in? can i actually see the data someewhere besides my phone? i came here and it shows me that my app is installed but i cant see my data. i need to activate a new phone and junked the old one and i want to make sure the data is saved somewhere. also - is there a way for me to save to my sd card? i didnt see that option. Im not so great at all this cloud stuff and syncing thanks for your help.

Susan
Susan

THanks!!! I was freaking out, Had lots important info. Saw my notes on my SD card. I had to unmount my droid and THEN restore. It worked!! Awesome

michelle
michelle

I am so upset I had lots of notes saved and i can't even view them. i tried '0000' and another password i usually use but that doesn't work which is weird. the Auto back ups don't work only the manual backups seem to work with my password. I'm guessing the auto backups are created with automatic passwords that's why some of us can't get through :-( it really sucks I had this colornote since 2010. i took a number down from colornote it was important i can't even call the person anymore, can someone please help me get this back

Pete
Pete

@Abhilash, Thanks.

Pete
Pete

@Abhilash, Can you please let me know how to go about that?

Pete
Pete

Hi, I've restored my backup from sd card on an old phone. How do I sync these notes online so that I can access them on my new HTC Sensation XL. Help anyone.

Jon
Jon

To restore backup files from SDCARD I added more detail for those of you who may be like me and need extra info. Open colornote on your phone then click the Menu button on your phone. Go to Settings > SD card backup. Here now you’ll se a list of all of the backed up files by the date they were backedup on . On the right in the square there’s the number of the notes contained in each backup. Click on the latest backup you would like to see. You’ll see each of the notes that were backed up on that date. Long touch on each note and it will ask you to restore it. If you just tap it you can view it without the restore option. In the future use the colornote online sync option to back these up and restore automatically. Open color note. Click on the menu button on the phone. Select sync and follow instructions. If this does not work you may need to copy the files from the back up directory first. Plug the phone USB cord into the PC. Use the file manager on your PC to copy the contents of the data\colornote\backup folder to data\colornote on your SD card.

Rin
Rin

@Abhilash I'm trying to restore notes from my old phone to my replacement. The app was set to automatically sync notes which I presumed it did because I see the notes in the backup folder. When I go to restore them on the phone, it says that it's done but no notes appear no matter which backup file I choose. The master password 0000 does not work either. I only had 1 note that was locked. I've been trying since September and nothing seems to work.

G
G

Success!!!! After bricking my phone and restoring it, I couldn't work out how to get the old backups in data\colornote to show. I deleted and re-installed the app, went to Settings and moved the App to the SD card and then all my backups appeared!!!! PHEW!

DG
DG

Anyone know where the notes are stored? I set a master password on one device, created a new note, sync'd, and then sync'd on a second device *without* setting the new master password. The sync "worked fine". I say "worked fine" because if the notes are being AES encrypted, with WHAT KEY are they being encrypted? I'm not providing one which means ColorNotes has one readily available *and known*! This in turn means that our notes aren't really private. Anyone with access to the ColorNotes source code and servers can decrypt our notes and read our data!! Proper protection requires an AES password/phrase be provided by the user and *not* stored anywhere. Can anyone elaborate on this?

Rin
Rin

I'm clearly not living right with God because I've done everything on this post and the ColorNotes blog and my notes will not restore.

Jack R
Jack R

Snowhite, you are so very right. I followed your instructions and it worked for me. Now I am very happy as well. Thanks!

John A
John A

my HTC android phone from Verizon. Stopped working I got a new phone but I lost my notes can someone help me with get them back.

Snowhite
Snowhite

Hi, I couldn´t enter the application so I deleted the application and installed it again. When I insered the 0000 password, nothing happened. Then when I decided to do a Backup and the back up finished I saw that my older back ups where there and I could click in them and view my older notes! Now happy happy!!

bh
bh

Hi, I have an editing problem. Android 2.3 Moto Defy+. When I edit a note, I place the cursor and type but the text appears at a different part of the note and changes that instead! Almost impossible to add items to a list because of this. Very irritating as otherwise it's a good app. Anyone got any ideas?

barbara
barbara

hi, just got colornotes and have a problem with the calendar. i have lists that i reuse so i did a repetition to add it to other dates on the calendar. when i go to todays date and cross out an item or delete an item it also crosses out or deletes the item on the future repetition dates. is there a way i can cross out or edit the list for today without changing the list i have on future dates on the calendar? thanks

Neal
Neal

Thanks for the tip! One day Google's going to let us down, too... But I'll just assume that's twenty years away :P

Neal
Neal

Thanks for the post snag comment replies, Abhilash! Definitely helpful for debugging this damn thing... I too lost my notes to this backup issue. I think the problem is with the backup, not the restore. Most of my automatic and manual backup files are exactly the same size, even though they supposedly have different numbers of notes in them (and different versions of those notes). But whenever I restore, I always get my notes as they were on September 29th (unless I try one of the two older backups). I was avoiding upgrading due to online sync, but I figured maybe the latest version would help. No dice... So I uninstalled... permanently. Online sync is okay, but there's not much reason to trust it any more than the offline backup, given this company's record of completely ignoring their customers' data loss complaints. I could only trust it if the files were in a format I could decode, on a server under my control. Hell, if they hadn't included a broken backup feature, I wouldn't have lost my important stuff by trying to restore something trivial! I've learned my lesson... Open formats and user-accessible files from here on out.

Rin
Rin

I've done all the directions above and I still haven't been able to restore my notes. It rejects my master password and when I do use "0000" it goes through and says "done" but the notes are not restored. I've written the support team and have yet to hear back from them. I am very displeased with their customer service.

Snake
Snake

I had six notes in my ColorNote app. Recently I upgraded from Android 2.2 to 2.3, which obviously wiped my phone. After doing this, I reinstalled ColorNote, restored my four notes from backup, and all was well. I've created two notes since then, totalling six. I accidentally deleted one of them, but I realised the Automatic Backup would contain it. I restored the automatic backup from the correct date (which shows there are six notes contained inside it), but it only restored the four notes I had from before I upgraded to 2.3. I've tried now even creating a new fifth note, creating a manual backup, and restoring it. The new fifth test note, despite being contained in the backup, does not restore. Only the four old notes restore. I even tried deleting all four notes, creating two random test notes, manually backing those up and restoring them... And still the old four original notes are the only thing returning. I don't understand how this is happening, unless somehow it's only restoring one specific backup no matter which one I click on?

android
android

to restore all ur back up you saved , open color note,click the settings button on it then click back up then on the bottom page would say sd card back up click on it, then select the date you wanted then put 0000 as default password good luck

RJSH_1727
RJSH_1727

Hi, if are Backups are located on our SD Card, shouldn't the ones I had Backed up before doing a Factory Reset still be listed? The only ones I see in my Backup list are my new ones, AFTER doing a Factory Reset. I don't see the ones before. Are they permanently gone? Thank you!

Abhilash
Abhilash

@scott @dizzledaddy You can try and open the .dat and .idx files in notepad on Windows or in similar program on other platforms. It should be able to show you the note contents along with a lot of other gibberish though.

Scott
Scott

Help!! I had to rest my wife's HTC Incredible 2. I back up Colornotes to our PC (and there were auto backup files on the SD card). I reinstalled Colornotes and retored the data files but only 5 of the 7 actually backed up. When I back up for a previous file set ther is a "7" to the right of the screen, which I assume meand there are/were 7 notes. Any ideas on how to get all of the notes to restore? All of the arhive files were automatic and we never passworded any of them. Is there any way to use an external file editor/reader to look at the .dat and .idx files? Thanks in advance, Scott

As Technician, Massapequa NY Vzw
As Technician, Massapequa NY Vzw

It should work for everybody 0000 I did it just now...to a customer ...even know were not allow to work in third party applications... If you put a master password reset it.. hit settings scroll down to the battom and reset by using the 0000 in the two spaces that are requiere ...you must remenber the old passworld that you save it if you did?, if you did not used a different memory card from somebody else in you family it should't creat any damage to it it won't then you will be able to start fresh with a new master password to set up , that's how I finally got it them you will see it being save. them remove the memory card and put it back in the new phone and it should pop out right away...

RAQUEL
RAQUEL

I used the Astro and the ColorNote was in the section called "Phone Only" so I couldnt save the application to the sd card but I did back up.

Raquel
Raquel

The back up is in the file manager but somehow im not seeing it in Color Notes.. :(

Abhilash
Abhilash

I have had to do this just now since my wife broke her Android phone. I reset my Android phone for her, put in her SD card and SIM, installed colornote and looked for the backups. They were all there I was able to restore the notes with the default "0000" password.

Neal
Neal

That's disgusting :( I'm with you on using plain-text and avoiding apps with mystrious online sync. Hmmm... I wonder if I could get Vim my phone

Abhilash
Abhilash

The ColorNote sync does not have an online location which you can access, as far as I know. It's somewhere on their servers but not accessible for users. You may want to sync on the new device with the same credentials and that should get you the notes back.

Abhilash
Abhilash

@pete this is all I have for now. I don't have an android device on me anymore so I can't give you the exact steps. Update: ColorNote Now Provides Online Sync The latest ColorNote versions feature online sync with ColorNote servers. You have the option to sign up to the ColorNote Sync service using your Google or Facebook ids. I recommend that you do this immediately to avoid losing your notes. The sync feature has made this simple app really powerful and I might start using this again. Note: The sync is in beta so please have the SD backup as well .

Abhilash
Abhilash

@pete this is a setting that's available in the app options. I believe that you need to use your google credentials to activate cloud backup.

Abhilash
Abhilash

@rin My suggestion would be that you scan through the comments on this post and see if one of the solutions there helps out. I don't have an android device any more to test this as of now.

Abhilash
Abhilash

@DG the notes are stored locally in the folder /data/colornote/backup No idea on the encryption or how/where they are storing the synced notes online.

Abhilash
Abhilash

@Rin Can you tell us what you are trying to do?

Abhilash
Abhilash

@John The comments on this post are sure to provide you a solution.

Abhilash
Abhilash

Specifically for notes, I switched to Springpad to start with and I am now almost exclusively using Google Tasks :-)

Abhilash
Abhilash

@rin Unfortunately I am not using this app any more so I wont be able to give you any first hand inputs to your problem. Other people in the comments have also had the same problem. As far as the support for the app is concerned, dont expect too much since it is a free app and they are not obliged to really give you any. They have not responded in the past as well.

Andy
Andy

I'm having the same issue and were you able to find a solution?

Abhilash
Abhilash

@rjsh_1727 a far as I have seen, the updates are incremental. Your latest backup file will have all the notes.

admin
admin

@raquel I didnt face any problems in accessing the notes backup on the new phone. Let me check on this and see if some has a solution or a reason why your ColorNote is not showing the backups.

RAQUEL
RAQUEL

HELP!! Abhilash can you help me. I have to switch phones. My LG Revolution is not keeping a charge so Verizon just shipped me a new one. I backed up my notes, switched sim, sd card and battery. Downloaded the Colornote on my new phone,opened app, clicked menu, then clicked back up and nothing is there. Did I do this correctly?

DG
DG

Thanks! I knew where they were on the SD card. My issue is completely with the 'cloud" storage and encryption.

admin
admin

#raquel that's exactly the way I did it. ColorNote on the new phone saw the existing backups on the old SD card and I was able to get them back with the "0000" default password. Can you see your notes there on the SD card through the file manager?

Raquel
Raquel

No, I am not able to see the back up in ColorNote. I already made a master password before I took out the sim and sd card on the old phone. I thought I had to do it in order to back up. I didnt have a file manager. I guess I need one. I will download Astro File Manager now. Lets see what happens. Thanks.