Can you Handwriting in Notion? Lean how to use Apple Pen with Notion

Discover if you can handwrite in Notion, and how you can still integrate your handwritten notes into your Notion workspace. Learn more in this article.
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Giorgia Dalla Valle
February 15, 2024


If you use Notion as your note-taking app (and you should), you may be wondering if Notion supports handwriting and can replace your handwriting app like Goodnotes. In this article, I'm going to explain.

Does Notion Support Handwriting?

No, Notion does not support handwriting. So, you can't handwrite in Notion, but you can use a third-party app and then embed the handwritten note in Notion.

Does Notion Support Handwriting into Text?

While handwriting is not natively available in Notion, you can use the Scribble feature to turn handwriting into text.

Can you Use Notion with a Stylus like Apple Pencil or Samsung S Pen?

Yes, if you're using iPadOS 14, Scribble is supported. Notion supports using a stylus as an input source. So you can write your text with a digital pencil on your iPad or mobile device, and it will be converted into regular text.

Can I Handwrite in Notion with My iPad?

Only as a handwriting-to-text feature.

Are Notion Planning to Support Handwriting?

The community would really love to be able to handwriting in Notion. Just check the amount of comments asking them for this feature. In reply to the community request, Notion said that while there will be no handwriting support in the next year, it is something that is within the realm of possibility. So it's probably not something that we're going to see in the next 5 years.

Can You Store Handwritten Notes in Notion?

While we have seen that Notion does support handwriting input like the Apple Pencil, you may wonder if you can store your handwritten notes in Notion. If you love taking notes by hand and want to add them to Notion, you can scan them or save them as a PDF and embed them into Notion, or use a widget or other app to embed them into Notion (as you can do with widgets, images, or video) and handwrite your notes there. That is a sort of workaround for the lack of this feature.

One solution suggested by a Notion user is to write on your iPad (with GoodNotes, Noteshelf, Notability, or Nebo), save it as a PDF, and embed the PDF in your Notion workspace.

An example of a Notion page with handwritten notes inside (with witeboard widget)

A Workaround to Draw or Handwrite in Notion

The closest thing we can get to handwriting in Notion is embedding a widget or app that supports that. For example, we can embed a Whiteboard widget and have a block that accepts and stores your handwritten notes and use it inside our workspace.

To embed a drawing or writing board into Notion, copy the URL of the widget and paste it inside Notion. Then, select "Create Embed" and click "Save." This will embed the drawing board onto your Notion pages and can be used to write notes.

A workaround to add handrwiting in Notion is using a widget like witeboard.


In conclusion, Notion currently does not support handwriting and has no plans to add the feature in the near future. However, it does support the Apple Pencil on iPad, so you can use the stylus to write your notes and have them converted into text. If you prefer a third-party app that can convert your scribbles into text, you can easily add it to Notion. Alternatively, if you prefer the old-school approach, you can simply scan your handwritten notes and save them as PDFs to add to Notion. It's a bit of a bummer that Notion doesn't have built-in handwriting support, but that doesn't stop it from being the ultimate tool for note-taking and organization. Keep using Notion to get your life organized and stay productive. If you're interested in aesthetic note taking in notion you can check this guide on how to add custom font and color in Notion.