Personal Diary (iOS)

Personal Diary – Simple Diary / Journal / Note app

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Price: Free

Developer: Wern Jie
Latest Version: 2.4.3
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.4 stars)
Programmed in: Swift
Most Downloaded in: UK (est.)



“When all you want is the digital equivalent of a paper diary, this is the perfect one.” – goyyboy

“[…] Exactly what I needed […]” – (multiple reviews)

“Good and accessible with VoiceOver” – Allan.summers

Never write a diary because of the inconvenience to do that?
Afraid that someone will peek into your diary?
Unable to attach images into your diary?
Just need a simple & easy to use diary?

“Personal Diary” is an app that solves the above problems. Easily access all your entries in all your devices with iCloud Sync. You can write diary entries without worrying that someone will peek at what you wrote, with passcode protection and Touch ID lock. You can also import as many photos as you wish into your entries. As an addition, you can set your mood and also the weather.

– Numeric passcode lock
– Unlock using Touch ID or Face ID
– Simple & Easy to use
– iCloud Sync
– Smart Search
– Ability to pick a mood
– Ability to choose the weather of the day
– Import photos to your entries
– Auto-saves as you type
– Select a theme
– Dark Mode for better night use
– Fully supports iOS 9+ Split Over & Split View Multitasking
– Fully supports VoiceOver
– Fully supports external keyboard
– No Ads! :D

Don’t forget to let me know what you think of Personal Diary by leaving a review on the App Store! Reviews and ratings help and let other users find this app. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to send a feedback; I might be able to help! :)

Version History:

Version 2.4.1 ~ 2.4.3

This minor update:
– fixes an issue which prevents you to scroll to another area while keyboard is displayed.
– fixes an issue which causes the text cursor to jump to the end when editing an entry and not to start at where you have tapped.
– fixes user interface which does not reference Touch ID & Face ID properly.
– improved user interface when in the locked state.
– slightly improved the responsiveness of the app.
– v2.4.2 fixes an issue caused by v2.4.1 to not allow users to turn on or turn off Touch ID/Face ID.
– v2.4.3 fixes an issue caused by v2.4.2 where the “2” is replaced with “z…e” in the password field, which causes multiple users not being able to enter the app.

Version 2.4

Welcome to this new update of Personal Diary 2.4!

This new update has *so little* new features you won’t even notice. (*NO* easter eggs included)

Just download this update and you will see *nothing* new, not even faster performance, bug fixes, slight UI changes, improvements to entries created in the same day, new messages pop up and under the hood improvements. And *NO* compatibility with any new iPhone such as the iPhone X.

ps: – disclaimer, it’s the opposite.

Okay enough jokes, you should understand what’s added by now. By the way, I’m still developing an [export] functionality into the app due to multiple user requests, and it will be released in version 2.5 once ready. Stay tuned!

Version 2.3

Personal Diary 2.3 is a great release! What’s new?
– New Dark Mode!
(Dark Mode auto-enables in extreme low-light)
– Better interface redesign!
(Don’t worry, they’re just minor)
– Now with 25 different moods!
– Now with 10 different weather options!
– Added no mood & weather option.
– Improved Smart Search.
– #hashtags, “quotes” now supported!
– New Recovery Mode.
– Password Recovery.
– Data Loss Diagnostics tool.
– “Distress” email to developer.
– Adjustments to entry preview to show more data.
– Added the ability to turn off iCloud.
– Additional themes included.
– Improved VoiceOver compatibility.
– Minor bug fixes.

There, most features that you all requested are now here, plus some extras, too! Don’t worry, these features don’t disrupt the simplicity of the app, all of them are hidden away in the Settings menu or are automatically turned on.

*Note that some features requires iOS 9 and later to function properly.

Version 2.2

What’s New In This Version:

iCloud Sync:
– View & edit your entries from all your devices!
– No difference in app performance
– Pull to refresh entries in iCloud
– Entries stored in the cloud=Data Safe

Smart Search:
– Easily search keywords, dates, mood & more!

Numeric Passcode:
– 0/4/6/x-digit passcode can now be set.
– Press ‘Done’ to enter password and access entries; instead of auto complete after typing 4 digits. This is for higher security.

Images Auto-Popup:
– Auto-pops-up images if there’re attached.

Minor bug fixes
– [FIXED] Settings Not Saving Properly
– [FIXED] Occasional crashes

Keyboard shortcuts now supported
VoiceOver improvements & fixes

Version 2.1

– Icon redesigned
– Fixed a bug where entries would disappear.
– Password is renamed as passcode.
– You can now search entries.
– Added the ability to change font size.
– Added the ability to change date format displayed.
– App performance improvements.
– App launches faster than ever.
– Added some weather icons.
– Date now reflects to your current region format.

Version 2.0

– More moods to choose from
– You can now import photos into your entries
– Ability to select a theme
– New full screen editing mode (Optional)
– Improved auto-saving
– Various bug fixes
– Slight design modifications

Version 1.0

– First Release



If you have any problems or want to seek further queries, please send a feedback at the application feedback page instead. You could be anonymous if you want.

61 thoughts on “Personal Diary (iOS)

  • November 25, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Hello. My name is Nhung.
    I used your app “Daily” for a month.
    I think it very good.
    Icon system very cute and very easy use it to save memories of my life.
    Thank for your app.
    I hope you can create many things better than app Daily in future!

    • November 28, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Thank you for your compliment. Your feedback gives me motivation. I also hope to continue to create more apps in the future.

  • December 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    I love this already and I only started today! But it is not allowing me to turn on touch ID? How can i fix this?

    • December 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      Are you running iOS 8 or later? If so, did you turn on Touch ID in iOS Settings? If you do, It should work.

  • December 30, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    I really like this app!! I have used it for two days now any its better than any other diary-notebook i’ve ever used!! I love the simplicity and the features!! And only 12!! You are amazing!!

    • December 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Thank you. I’m very happy to receive your feedback. I also hope the app will benefit more people out there.

  • February 1, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    I like the app. But can I print my entries?

    • February 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, you cannot print your entires as this app is designed for private use. I will try implementing this feature in the next few updates.

  • March 8, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Wouldnit be possible to have a version that can sync between mutiple devices, ie iphone and ipad? Thanks

    • March 8, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      Thanks for your feedback. OK, I will make a version of the app with the ability to sync between devices.

  • March 12, 2016 at 2:28 AM

    I love the app but just one problem sometimes I could not open it just go back to the home screen and I wasn’t able to open it. And on top of that every time I made a new entry then close it out then reopened it it was gone. But overall my personal entries are kept private.

    • March 12, 2016 at 1:04 PM

      Hi John,
      What iPhone model and iOS Version are you using?

  • July 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Hi! I love this app, but it won’t load anymore. It would open and let me put in my password, then it begins to load, and well it shuts off and send me straight back to the homescreen. I don’t want to reinstall the app because im afraid to lose all my entries, I really want to keep them.

    • July 1, 2016 at 6:48 PM

      Sorry for your problem. A reply has been sent to you via email.

      • July 5, 2016 at 5:16 PM

        I have the Iphone 6 and the iOS Version is 9.3.2

        • July 8, 2016 at 11:54 AM

          Hi Diana,
          Please go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnosis & Usage, then:

          1. Tap ‘Automatically Send’
          2. Tap ‘Share with App Developers’
          3. Go back to Personal Diary, type your password. This will send the crash report to me, allowing me to understand the problem.
  • August 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Dear Wern I have been using the personal dairy for sometime. It is a wonderful gift . Thank you. But just read your account on Star. You are a marvelous child and very precious gift to your parents and to society. God loves you and has a purpose in your life. May God bless you

  • August 24, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    I’m 67 years old and trying to leave a diary to my son and grandchilldren so they can read my experiences and laugh or cry with me. I found your app. And I love it, perfect for me. Am amazed how young you were to develope this, I am very proud of you!
    Thank you so much,Woody

    • September 11, 2016 at 1:45 PM

      Thanks for the compliment. Good to know you love it! :)

  • September 8, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I lost my iPad which means I lost my diary. Is there any way, to retrieve that information?

    • September 11, 2016 at 2:03 PM

      Sorry, you can only retrieve the data if you have an iTunes or iCloud backup of your phone.

  • October 9, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    I’ve just started useing this and am impressed with layout and NO ADDS. Thank you and I’m sure I’ll comment along the way!!! Keep it up young man!!!

  • October 26, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    what a lovely simple app. sometimes less is better and this works a treat !
    well done and good luck.

  • November 6, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    I forgot my password. Is there a way i can retrieve it? I don’t have Touch ID enabled.

    • November 7, 2016 at 9:07 PM

      Sorry, you cannot retrieve the password if you forgot it, as there is currently no way to verify that you are the one who wrote the entries.

  • December 6, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Dear Wern,
    I just downloaded you app and it’s seems a great app and easy to use! Love your ideas in this app. Unfortunately I didn’t see any way to share and to backup… I’m afraid to move all my old notes to this app…
    Backup it’s very important to me…
    Many thanks and keep up the good work!

    • December 6, 2016 at 2:28 PM

      Hi Sandy,
      Thanks for your feedback. I will include support for backing up entries in the next update.

  • January 22, 2017 at 1:37 AM

    I am enjoying this journal because I am suffering from rare form of cancer and decided to do daily updates and pain progress from treatment.
    I have tried to find a way of transferring or synching with my new phone an i6s but cannot even though this is Apple I pad.
    So please can you help me

  • February 1, 2017 at 2:58 AM

    The version 2.2 was insalled automaticly last night. This norning imy passcode no longer works so i can’t enter any thing”

    • February 1, 2017 at 6:55 AM

      Hi Tom,

      In version 2.2, you’ll need to press the done button to finish typing your password and access/enter your entries.

  • February 15, 2017 at 1:07 AM

    Is there a way you can discover your password when you have forgotten it?

    • February 15, 2017 at 8:56 PM

      Hi Sha,

      Sorry, but it isn’t possible yet to recover your password if you lost it. I will include this in a future update.

      • February 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM

        Thank you and i hope it will be soon.

  • March 11, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    I read about you and your work in the Star Newspaper today. Then I downloaded your Personal Diary app. It is simple to use just like the Notes App that comes with iPhone. I think I will enjoy using this Diary app. I wish you all the best. And thank you for creating stuff that people find useful.

  • April 8, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Help please! I love this app and ha e so much recorded. Last night I changed the passcode and despite confirming, the passcode now (next day) doesn’t work.
    It’s now a 9 digit number Is that too many characters? Or have i just lost everything?

    • April 8, 2017 at 6:48 PM

      Never mind last post. I downloaded the app on another device, entered my passcode and all my journal entires were there . So I deleted the app from the first device, powered on/off and redownloaded it…now the passcode works and I again have access to all my journal entries. I’m guessing I locked myself out and needed to power on/off to reset.

  • May 1, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    I just logged in to find all my entries have vanished. I am very upset about this. Has anyone else had this happen? Is there a way to get them back?

    • May 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

      Hi Raven,

      Sorry for your experience with the app. Can you please check if you recently changed your iCloud account settings? If so, turn Diary on in Settings > iCloud Account > iCloud, which usually fixes the problem.

      Please let me know if it works, thanks.

  • June 5, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Just begun to use this and am impressed but really want to be able print is that possible ?

    • June 5, 2017 at 1:20 PM

      Hi John,

      Sorry, but it is currently not possible to print entries. I will try to include it in a future update.

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    I have been using this app for almost 4 months and I like it very much, it’s simple and easy to use.
    May I suggest some improvements.
    It would be useful if the icon which displayes the date and the month also shows the day of the week.
    Also some sort of search facility would be good so you can find a diary entry on a particular subject or key word.

    • September 9, 2017 at 3:46 PM

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your feedback. I will try to include that in a next update.

      Just so you know, you can easily search keywords by typing quotes on the search bar like so:
      “Birthday” “Adam”

      Or attempt to find a topic by typing:
      Adam Birthday 2017

      Hope this helps!

    • September 15, 2017 at 10:05 PM

      Thanks for pointing out the search facility, I don’t know how I missed it.

  • September 15, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    Nice app! Have used it to replace the usual scribbled holiday journal.

    In particular, I like the synch aspect.
    Have you thought of an OSX version?

    Thoughts (in reverse order)
    1: Could you arrange for the colour scheme to have a couple or so options.
    2: Could the date /calendar icon have a time shown and be available in a pure text version. Also, maybe an option to make the icon smaller.
    3: Mainly, could the journal be exportable to say, DOC, CSV, PDF, etc?

    Hope this helps.

    Keep up the good work!


    • September 15, 2017 at 12:39 PM

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll try implementing those when I can! :)

  • September 27, 2017 at 1:34 AM

    Further to my previous suggestions of 15SEP17.

    I seem to remember that when I set my Passcode there was no ‘Verify’ step.
    It would be so easy to absent-mindedly fluff a single attempt and then be unable to log-in. Not so much a problem for a new ‘install’ and could be solved w/- a delete app and re-download. But, if changing a Passcode, this could be a distaster. I haven’t (dared) to try this step yet, but if here isn’t that verify step, then it would be a very good idea to provide it.


    Hope that helps.

    M Davies

    • September 27, 2017 at 12:27 PM


      Thank you for your suggestion. FYI, changing your passcode does require a verify step, but I’ll also include that in the new password setup.


  • October 20, 2017 at 5:03 AM

    Hello!, I deleted all my entries from the I cloud, is there a way to get them back? Thank you!

    • October 21, 2017 at 4:43 PM

      Hi Anna,

      Sorry, as of version 2.3, if you deleted entries in the app, it cannot be recovered.

      • October 27, 2017 at 2:20 AM

        thank you for responding!

  • November 10, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Hi, before I download this App is it possible to print certain days, pages et cetera … sometimes it’s thoughts of the day which is nice to get hard copies of.

    • November 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

      Hi Shawn,

      Sorry, it is not yet possible to print the entries as of version 2.4.1. This feature has been scheduled for version 2.5, once it’s ready.

      Thanks for your feedback!

  • November 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    hello I use the application Diary and since the update yesterday this application does not work well I can not open my notes it appears “downloading” but it does not show

    • November 16, 2017 at 4:42 PM

      Hi Leyla,

      First of all, sorry for your experience with the app.

      FYI, the updating of the app to version 2.4.1 has nothing to do with the “downloading” status. It has not been changed since the feature is released on version 2.3

      You may force a download by “pull down to refresh”.

      Do also check your storage and see if you still have any more space.

      It also downloads in the background, so when it’s ready, you’ll see all your entries appear.

  • November 25, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    I really like this app.
    I have a question: does the app allow us to export our diary entries to the computer.

    I also have a list of improvements, I would you to make please:
    1) allow us to choose more emojis, can you put all the emojis
    2) allows us to export and save our entries to the computer

    Thank you

    • November 25, 2017 at 9:10 AM


      Thanks for your feedback.

      The app currently does not support exporting but it’s scheduled for release on version 2.5.

      I’ll also include “Custom emoji selection” in future releases of the app.

      Thank you for using the app! :)


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