You can modify this through Settings. You have the option to turn off journal suggestions completely or choose which ones you want to keep, including Activity (your workouts and exercises), Media (podcasts and music you listen to), Contact (people you message and call), Photos. (library, memories and shared photos) and Important Locations (places where you spend time). Since I don’t mind writing about my phone calls, text messages, or my locations, I turned off Contacts and Important Locations.
The diary is also included in the share sheet in all apps. So if you’re scrolling through content outside of the app, you can tap the Share button and select Journal to send content directly to the app. You can also write about new music you discovered on Spotify, a funny Twitter meme, or an interesting TikTok.
What about the notes?
if i were using The alignment system To describe the difference between Notes and Journal, I would classify the Notes app as Chaotic Good and the Journal app as Lawful Good. I still use my notes app for fleeting thoughts: story ideas, shopping lists, passwords, packing checklists, email addresses and recipes. If you scrolled through each entry, you would find a very wide range of things. There is no rhyme or reason to it. But the Journal app is strictly reserved for my memories and thoughts. There is a sense of order when you navigate it.
Unlike the Notes app, the Diary app is password protected. Depending on the iPhone model you have, you can use a numeric passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about people reading your deepest, darkest secrets.
However, there are some Notes-specific features that I wish Apple had built into Journal. For starters, it would be nice if there was a search bar to search for entries. Instead, you can only search by categories: Photos, Videos, Reflections, Places, and Bookmarked (you’ll have to bookmark entries for them to appear here manually). I imagine it will become quite frustrating over time as you accumulate entries.
I also wish Apple had extended the app to the rest of its devices. As I said before, it is only available on iPhone. Since this is a text-based app at its core, I often find myself wanting to sit down and write longer journal entries on my MacBook or my iPad using the Magic Keyboard. It feels limiting, especially on days when I’m trying to be on my phone. less. You can However, store your journal entries in iCloud. That way, if you change phones, you’ll still have access to all of them.
A push in the right direction
I wish I could say that the Journal app transformed me into someone who now loves to the newspaper. It is not like this. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from using it, it’s that I don’t have to put so much pressure on myself to write a good journal. I used to think that every entry had to be incredibly long and filled with a lot of emotion. By offering the ability to document your thoughts, feelings, and memories using a host of different types of content, I feel satisfied when I record an entry no matter how much I’ve written.
Over time, journaling three times a week began to feel more like a chore than a relaxing activity. Once a week or whenever I feel like I need to express overwhelming thoughts is fine with me. Still, it’s strangely comforting to know it’s there on my phone when I need it.
If you’re already in the habit of journaling using a physical notebook or regularly use another journaling app, I wouldn’t switch, unless In fact You want to embed content from your phone or often have a hard time deciding what to write about. But it is easy and intuitive to use. You can express yourself with TikToks and songs, not just written feelings. And if you ever get stuck, it gives you directions so you can always have something to write about. If you, like me, have never journaled because you found it overwhelming, it’s a good place to start.