Day One version 3 for macOS

Day One Mac has been redesigned to feel more at home on macOS. With a great improvement in performance and long term maintainability.
Day One Journal version 3 on macOS
Toolbar – Journal pane toggle, Timeline filter, Journal picker, Search, Timeline view tab bar, and New entry button. All now cleaned up and available from the Main app toolbar.

Timeline Cells – Entry list now displays a single photo from the entry with overlay information for included media, photos, and audio.

Entry View – Top bar includes date, with contextual, pop-out and dismiss buttons. Footer bar includes Journal, tags, location, weather and new Text Edit menu and Entry Content menu.

Pane management – Entry pane is no longer collapsable, Journal Drawer is toggle-able and auto collapses at small sizes. 

Menu bar entry – Simpler design, with a pop-out button to open entry in a single-entry window.

Journal info Page – Close an entry to see the selected journal information and stats.

Pop out entry – Double-click a Timeline entry, or click on the new popout button (top-right entry window) to keep as many single entries open outside of the main window.

Contextual menus – cleaned up and simplified.

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Download on the Mac App Store

Welcome to Day One

Downloading the Day One Journal app could very well be one of the most powerful decisions of your life. Keeping a journal is very much an act of love. The act of keeping a journal makes you aware of your surroundings, cognizant of your actions, and open to adapting to all the changes around you.

We’ve made Day One to allow you to capture life without allowing life to pass you by. Whether it’s the most beautiful view from your hotel balcony window or your child’s first steps, getting into your Day One journal is sure to be quick and easy.

From here on in, it’s all about you. If you’re looking to grow as a person, try creating a gratitude journal. If you need a place to vent and release some stress, try focusing on yourself and prioritizing a little self care. If you’re looking to jump start your creativity, give these five tips a shot.

Day One has been designed from the ground up to be your ever-growing companion. It’s like a living version of you.

Years from now, after the power of journaling has touched every aspect of your life, you’ll return to these first few days and pat yourself on the back.



Version 3.4: Drawing, Fonts, and Photo Layout

iOS version 3.4 is now available and adds several new features and a long list of updates. See the comprehensive Release Notes page for all the details.


Drawing has been the top feature request for a long time. We’ve been able to create a simple first version of drawing inside Day One to make it easy and fun to write words and draw using Apple Pencil on iPad, or your finger on iPhone. See here.

Three beautiful new fonts from Hoefler & Co. are now available in the editor. These fonts are specifically built for the screen using a term called ScreenSmart. Sentinel, Ideal Sans, and Whitney. (These will also be added to Mac next week.)


Dynamic Photo Layout. We’ve written an algorithm that auto arranges photos, in order, to create the best visual layout without cropping any parts of the image. The same photo group viewed on a narrow display will lay out differently on a wide display (iPhone vs Mac or iPad).


Apple Watch audio recording. We’ve redesigned the Watch user interface to be 3 pages, the center page is the main control with the same 2 buttons, New Entry, and Record Audio. Swipe left to see the recent activity feed locations and the check in button. Swipe right to see the new audio record controls. Now you can set an audio recording from 15 minutes up to 6 hours!


The recording screen will minimize to a discreet view to reduce brightness and distraction, tap once to bring up the status and stop button. Force press on the recording screen to see an option to Stop and Start New.

Let us know what you think of the new features. We hope these contribute to your goals of creating a comprehensive journal history of your life.

National Novel Writing Month and Day One

by Kathryn Marshall

So November is almost over (I know! Wasn’t yesterday July 10???) which means…National Novel Writing Month is almost over too! (Imagine a scream emoji here because that’s how I’m feeling right now).


1. What is National Novel Writing Month?

2. What does this have to do with Day One, a journaling app?

3. Does anyone want fries after this?
(Question 3 is a lie, everyone always wants fries after this).


First begun in 1999, National Novel Writing Month is an international endeavor that challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30. The only official prize is the satisfaction of hitting 50,000 or more words before your local clock strikes midnight on December 1. Some participants have turned their NaNo projects into professional works, available for sale wherever fine reading material is sold. Others (*coughlikemecoughcough*) just do it for the Vine (oh wait, Vine isn’t around anymore? Okay, well we just do it for the lulz then).

In recent years, the Powers that Be at NaNoWriMo have loosened up the rules about what constitutes a true NaNoWriMo project: now you can work on a non-fiction manuscript or include a work-in-progress novel (but only words written during November 1 and November 30 count towards that 50k goal). Write-ins–events where members meet up for a designated time to write–can take place online or offline, offering “WriMos” companionship, camaraderie, and lighthearted competition as they race towards that 50k finish line.

The NaNoWriMo forums offer more support and camaraderie in the form of threads about plot, characterization, reference help, music suggestions, and debates about the best type of writing tool (you have no idea how many different ways there are to physically write your novel until you take a gander through the “NaNo Technology” sub-forum and its various threads extolling the merits of everything from typewriters, to Google Docs, to speech-to-text software).

2. What does NaNoWriMo have to do with Day One, a journaling app?

That is such a good question! (Really, it is. I generally avoid sarcasm in my writing because it’s so hard to convey). We all know that while Day One was primarily designed as a journaling app, its uses have grown by leaps and bounds. People use Day One for photography, gratitude, health, family stories, etc. You can have a dedicated journal for anything and Day One will not break a sweat. So why not a writing and revision journal?

Lots of published authors have kept some form of diary or journal specifically to track their work, including John Steinbeck and Virginia Woolf.

Having all of your plot ideas, character sketches, random ideas, deleted bits, etc. in one place can be a life saver for the busy or distracted writer. And after the clock strikes midnight on December 1, your amazing, fantabulous, spectacular writing journal (powered by Day One) can morph into…an editing journal! Writing one’s book is only the first step, after all. Between typing “The End” in your word processor du jour and seeing a bound, for-sale copy of your book in the local store (…or, let’s be real here) lies a whole world of writing, rewriting, cutting, copying, pasting, writing some more, rewriting some more, throwing out whole chapters in a late-night panic attack, etc. (Writing is the best profession ever, right?).

Keeping all those notes and excerpts in one place—whether it’s a paper notebook or a Day One journal—can mean the difference between a half-finished manuscript that languishes on Dropbox and an actual, published work that touches the hearts of millions. You can tag character sketches, location notes, add pictures, etc. Being able to call up your writing notebook on any device running Day One means never worrying about missing a jolt of inspiration or writing session, either.

When I set off on this year’s National Novel Writing Month adventure, I knew things would be a bit tricky. Instead of starting a new manuscript from scratch, I would be adding to an existing story (that actually first took shape several NaNos ago). The story had stalled as Real Life kept intruding and I hoped NaNoWriMo 2018 would be a chance to jump-start my brain back into novel-writing mode. In addition to the existing chapters, I had research notes, random plot ideas, character sketches, etc. that all needed to be corralled appropriately. I sometimes rely on free writingexercises and Julia Cameron’s “morning pages” before I start actually writing, because it’s like warming up before an actual race. You need to stretch your mental muscles as much as your physical ones before you start a strenuous adventure. All that can live in my Day One writing journal for whenever I have a spare moment (or a whole afternoon).

Now that we’re coming up to the end of November, I still find Day One to be an invaluable tool in my writing arsenal. I’ve added about 8600 new words to my manuscript, and mapped out plans for existing chapters. I’ve got a better sense of which revisions need to happen and where. Just the near-daily routine of free writing exercises and morning pages has kept my spirits up on days when even writing a text message seems like a bridge too far. I can’t wait to see where my writing projects take me next and Day One will be right there with me.

3. Does anyone want fries after this?
Since it’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we’re getting sweet potato fries. Trust me.

Give the Gift of Day One

Gift certificates are now available for purchase.

A Day One Premium membership is a great gift for anyone in your life. Share the clearer thinking, deeper gratitude, and calmer soul that come from journaling.


Purchase Gifts

Each membership is $35 for 1-year of premium access to all of Day One. You will receive an email with a PDF and a redemption code, to make it easy to share digitally or print it out and give in person.

Received a gift? Redeem here. Questions? check out the gifting FAQs.

Version 3

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We are proud to introduce the latest iteration of the Day One journaling application. Version 3 is a major update to the foundation of the app text editor with redesigned shortcut menus for text formatting and adding content like photos and tags. Accompanying this update are two new Premium features, Dark Mode and Audio Recording.

Dark Mode

Dark Mode has been applied throughout the app with a custom theme, utilizing the pure black on the iPhone X True Tone display and it looks amazing.

Dark Mode Auto Toggle setting will update Light/Dark mode based on the sunset time in your current location. There is an option to customize this or have Dark Mode always on.

Audio recording is available in 2 modes:

  • 1-Minute Transcription Mode uses Apple’s Speech dictation service. Transcription is auto-added to the entry after recording ends.
  • 30-Minute Audio-Only Mode.

Audio Tip: Long-press on the audio record button for option to select a 1-time recording mode. Default setting is in Settings > Advanced.

You may also import audio clips via share extension, or paste from clipboard (from Voice Memos, Voicemail, and more). Supported file types are .m4a


New Unified Editor

We’ve been working on a new, custom text editor for over a year as a way to unify and improve the experience of writing and composing a journal entry.

Previously we relied on 2 separate views for an entry; Edit Mode, a native text editor with some Markdown highlighting, and Read Mode, a web-view to render Markdown to HTML. The separate views created a disconnect in certain cases like longer entries, if you wanted to make an edit at the bottom while in Read Mode, toggling to Edit mode wouldn’t line up exactly where you were.

As we started exploring Audio Recording and Dark Mode, we realized a value this unified editor would bring to the overall experience in Day One. Now it’s a single view in both modes; no more HTML view. To continue support for Markdown, Markdown Tables, and HTML embeds, we came up with an interesting solution using code blocks.

Code blocks now have a toggle button to switch between Code View and Web View. Existing Markdown Tables will be automatically detected, wrapped in a code block and toggled to Web View. This preserves the rendered table and allows it to be modified and edited. The state of each code block toggle is saved to the entry and synced to preserve the desired state of each block.


Checklists are another great benefit to the new editor as you can now toggle the checklist items in edit or read mode. What you see is what you get.

Markdown basics like headers, lists, bold, italic, rule lines, are automatically converted to rich text, instantly hiding the markdown syntax. We’ve also added a new content editor menu that makes adding this text formatting easy without knowing the Markdown shortcuts.

See the full release notes here:

Review by The Sweet Setup here:

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The Way I Journal: Gilles Vautier

My name is Gilles Vautier. I am a professional photographer and I am french. I am (a little) bit famous for my work : Be Myself, people will love you.

When and why did you start journaling?

I started journaling in 2012. My first entry was written after a circus show. I included a nice photo – according to me – and just wrote : this is my first journal entry. I will try to daily put a photo with a text.

What is your journaling routine?

I am not the kind of guy who’s daily writing his journal. I don’t have the time. Or a story to tell. Sometimes, when a beautiful thing happens, I appreciate to write it down. To remember.


When I’m abroad, and it happens a lot, Day one is the tool I need. Several times a day, I like to write entries. Where I was, people I met, places I have discovered… I can add a nice photo with my iPhone. Or, and it’s even better, I can later add a beautiful photo with an export tool from Lightroom directly to Day One.

This way, I will remember. Very convenient when I feel blue or when I miss sun.

Do you focus on long-form writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

If I have something to develop, I’d rather write it on my blog ( On the other hand, most of my travel blogs articles are inspired from my Day One articles.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

No. Everywhere. With my iPhone.

What was your first entry in Day One?

How many entries do you have in your journal?


What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

I really do appreciate to see the daily notifications about what happened one year ago, two years and so on… Today, it happens to (re) discover souvenirs from five years ago !

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

Mostly my iPhone. And sometimes with my iMac to export beautiful pictures from Lightroom to Day One.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

No. When I want to write.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

No, not really. Day one has a feature I particularly appreciate. With my Apple Watch, I can instantaneously create an entry. This way, it will automatically record the place I am in. Later, I will write and insert pictures.

Et voilà.

Thanks Gilles. You can see more of his photography at


The Day One Podcast

Welcome to “Day One” of our podcast! Today we talk about what we intend the podcast to be, a little history of Day One, roadmap info, recent issues, and a tip to help users get the most out of Day One.

Adam Daly is the Lead Customer Support and Social Media Manager at Day One. Brett Nord is the Creator of Opportunities at Day One (a new role in business development).

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The Way I Journal: Zach Weismann

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Zach Weismann and I’m a Partner at Connective Impact. Additionally, I am the Co-Founder of a healthcare startup called CancerQ.

When and why did you start journaling?
I started journaling in September of 2014 after losing my mom to only a 4 month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was an extremely difficult and challenging time for my family and me, and Day One provided an immediate outlet.

Zach Weismann and mom

What is your journaling routine?
One of the things I’ve found most helpful is using the Day One iPhone app to capture thoughts while on the go. I’ll open the app when a thought or memory pops into my head and jot down the thought, perhaps add a picture if relevant, and remind myself to go back and write out the full post when I am back at a computer and can use the Mac desktop Day One app. I love being able to use it this way because its like a safe place for cherished memories and thoughts that I don’t want to forget. It’s eased a ton of tension / grief for me.

Do you focus on longform writing, or in capturing small memories of life?
A little of both to be honest. The ability to post photos, and add short or longform writing is great. Not to mention the syncing so that I can pick it up at any time and not lose a step.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?
No I don’t but that’s the beauty of Day One. I travel quite a bit and I can take my journal with me everywhere I go! I have the app on my iPad, iPhone, and desktop.

What was your first entry in Day One?
It was actually a pretty emotional post, only 2 weeks after my mom passed away. Looking back on that time now, nearly 3 years ago, you can really see how raw and open that wound was. While it is still tough and emotional, it does help me continue to build confidence to see how far I’ve come and the journal does a great job of showcasing that.

How many entries do you have in your journal?
I have 203 entries thus far and over 26,000 words.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?
Hmm, tough question! I would say the geo tagging, the custom tagging as well as the photo uploads.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?
I definitely tend to capture ideas on my iPhone and iPad, and do more of the long form writing when I am at a computer.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?
Yes. Rule: write often and freely. Don’t judge yourself too hard. Just put fingers to screen!

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?
Absolutely. One of the craziest thing about grief is the journey it takes you on. It is a rollercoaster of emotion, anger, sadness, reflection, appreciation, and more. Therefore it leads to all sorts of thoughts, memories, and realizations that pop up unexpectedly. Having a place to put those emotions and thoughts has helped me so much not only in the grief process, but in the emotional and physical rebuilding after losing a foundational piece to our family. The Day One app has been a serious tool in my grief journey. For that, I sincerely thank you guys.

Zach is an amazing person, we are thankful for his time to share his story and how he uses Day One. Check out his work on

Day One on Android

Download on the Play Store.

We’ve expanded Day One to the Android platform with a solid initial release. It was over a year in development to get all necessary features required to be on par with the iOS app. If you have an Android device, give it a shot.

Our roadmap for updates include: End-to-end encryption support (currently end-to-end journals will not sync to Android), Rich Editor, Tablet / Chromebook support, RTL Languages, UI translations.

Journal from here, there, everywhere.

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Day One app on iOS and Android devices

A Day One companion app is available for Android on the Google Play store.