OneNote Android Missing Key Features [Oct-2019]
OneNote on Android is in desperate need of an update!
Well, the tablet version at least.
It's lacking so many features that the Windows and iOS/iPadOS have built-in. I recently bought a Samsung Tab S6, it would be great if the Android developers of this Microsoft product spend some time in this space. This is the best Android tablet in a long time, it would be great to see some of the basic features added such as:
Insert toolbar missing features
- An insert table button !!!
Draw toolbar missing features
- Maths!!! draw to text equation support
- Ink to shape
Basic S Pen support would be good as well.
Please prioritize the development of these features. If not make the code open-source and ill contribute to the project :P
Aikram Uddin commented
Keyboard shortcuts would also be nice to add
Laelia Latifah commented
I disagree, some versions have been significantly improved to be suitable for all devices that users can use.
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Not sure if it's been mentioned but I'd love to see the Pencil pen tool cause I use that for annoting my diagrams on my notes. 120Hz display support for the Samsung Tab S7/S7+ too would be fantastic! All the other features here are stuff that I'd love to see on the android version because it make my daily uni life so much easier. Essentially OneNote Android = OneNote for Windows 10!
Well, the list of missing functionality for onenote for andriod can go on. The basic functionality like fullscreen mode is missing in android. Such a shame on microsoft.
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I also have a tab S6 and cannot use the basic keyboard shortcuts such as ctrl+B, I or U. Even making a start on these would be great!
Pete Wane commented
Would really love to see symbols and ink to shape features!!
Erik Wright commented
You can't even sort notes by date or name yet, something that Android file manager apps have been able to do since 2008.
I get that features take time to roll out to different platforms - there are priorities in software development. However, releasing the app without core features across each platform creates such feature disparity that your users won't buy your product.
It's little things like these that keep me from forking over my cash for a Microsoft 365 subscription.
I really agree with you I have also s6 tab
Alot of feature missing like inserting multiple photos while drawing
If I insert a photo and start editing or writing with s pen on it then I can't insert another pic or PDF
Kay Wojnarski commented
It would be really nice to see the Classroom menu features from iPad available on Android.
I couldn't agree more - I am a mature student and have used one note on my laptop for years, recently it died and I went for something smaller and more streamline the Samsung S6 Tab - I love this little "Tabtop" what I don't love is the drastic loss of function of the microsoft apps on the android platform!
Whilst having to review my notes post lecture to ensure I have concepts correctly noted dow, I find that I am spending a huge amount of time my formatting the document, so that I can add in α, β and γ (I am a bio-science student so use these regularly), these should already be included, additionally shortcuts like ctrl x and ctrl v do not work either - which is most frustrating
These little things, when you are frantically trying to keep up with the lecture and work load are quite important and are a massive shortfall for people like me who like to use one note for lecture notes.
I 100% agree, the android version of OneNote is unusable... As much as I love it I can't tolerate it on my tablet; I use Samsung Notes and Squid.
Luke Sewing commented
I am pretty disappointed with OneNote for android. The drawing functions are so limited with the android version. If I can find a good alternative I will switch to another note app. Why do they have this discrepancy between the IOS and WIndows app compared with the android app?
Completely agree. Allowing drag and drop of text between apps in split. mode would be great too (similar to what they added recently to the todo app and all other office apps). It's a functionality that saves so much time and makes tablet experience soooo much better. I am almost dropping onenote for other note taking app.
Christian Muehle commented
I totally agree, I own the exact tablet. A friend of mine has an iPad pro and uses one Note. This are different worlds! Custom pens, improved functions to move content. Connect it to MS todo for reminders.
The Android app is embarrassing compared to the app on other platforms and I can't understand why. No tag support, terrible ink support, and this should be one of the easier platforms to put features into. I can only hope that the upcoming Surface Duo has them take the Android app seriously.
Judging by the comments here and in Reddit, Onenote has had subpar support for years. There is a severe lack of basic functionality like not being able to select more than 1 note at a time or, believe it or not, NO SPELLING CHECK in a NOTES APP. The incomprehensible amount of low quality bugs, even involving selecting and copy and paste, is mind boggling. It's really embarrassing how they've left android users dry. The iphone version is solid so there is no excuse.
Two other desperately missing features are Reminders (please include hourly reminders, not just daily, etc) and an Evernote-like tagging system. Also it would be quite useful being able to set a security lock-key to single notes. Please make OneNote even more useful & practical.