Using the BlackBerry MemoPad app in your everyday life

By Jared DiPane on 23 Sep 2011 02:45 pm EDT


I'll be the first to admit, when it comes to many of the stock applications on my BlackBerry device, like Password Keeper, Brick Breaker, etc, I prefer to remove them right off the bat for extra space. One application that I have always found a good use in my personal life for is the BlackBerry Memo application, and it led me to wonder if everyone else saw the same real life uses. Let's hit the break and take a look at some of the different occasions of which I use the memos app in my everyday life.

Using the MemoPad app to keep organized lists

Often times while cruising the web, or looking through magazines I notice a number of things that I woud like to purchase, especially music and quite honestly, my memory isn't always the greatest and I tend to forget. As soon as I find something that interests me, or that I may want to purchase I add it to the list, usually I organize lists by like "Music to Buy" "Books to Buy" Odds & Ends" and any other occassion at the time. What is great about using memos is that the lists are easily accessible and they can be edited on the fly, so if I purchase something off the list it can be removed, or if something needs to be added it can be done easily.

Keeping organized lists helps ensure that things are not forgotten, and quite honestly, who wants to be carrying around a pad and pen to keep track of their lists when they can do it right from their beloved BlackBerry device?

Using the MemoPad app to capture important information on the go

Ever been out and about and got an important phone call where you needed to capture some information, only to realize you didn't have a pad and pen to write it down? Yeah, me too -- recently and luckily the MemoPad application was there to save the day and allow me to easily capture all the information and have it stowed away safely with me while on the go. While it may not be ideal for everyone to use memos while on the phone, since it will require you to put use the speakerphone or be on a bluetooth, if you can get past that it will make things much easier.

Once you activate the speakerphone, or if you are on a bluetooth, you simply launch the MemoPad app, start a new memo with whatever the topic is and then input the information and don't forget to save it. Using the MemoPad application to keep notes of important account numbers, reference numbers or call back numbers makes life so much easier since you aren't left looking for a scrap of paper, or a pen to write information on your hand while on the go.

Using the MemoPad app as a calendar replacement

To me I find the calendar app to be a bit cumbersome, adding new appointments often times takes longer than I prefer, and I end up forgetting to add things because of it. When I want to add an appointment I want to put a date, put a note about the appointment and move along, I don't want to be scrolling through various options, struggling to make sense of it all, I want it to be simple. 

Organizing your MemoPad app by dates can allow you to easily add and remove appointments, as well as keep various notes about the appointment, whether before it happens or adding a recap of the event.  Being able to keep all the extra notes about each event and being able to easily update them at anytime definitely wins my vote over the stock calendar app.

Using the MemoPad app for random odds and ends

Another great thing about the MemoPad application is that it isn't limited to only adding memos but you can also add tasks, keep diary type entries, store contact information or just about anything else you can think of. I have known people who have written books, wrote songs, kept tasks lists and many other things, which is part of why I love it so much.

Sure, there is a separate tasks application built into the BlackBerry OS but I constantly find myself using the memos application instead since I store so much other stuff in there, it works best. No need to open another application to add a task, and then hop back to memos to update a list, why not do it all in one place?

While the uses of the memo application vary by user, and some users have probably yet to even figure out what they would use it for, to me it is one of the most under-rated parts of the OS. So I challenge you to try out the memo application in your everyday life, see where it fits best for you, and be sure to let us know your experience as you go through it!

Jared DiPane Jared DiPane "News Writer for Mobile Nations
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Using the BlackBerry MemoPad app in your everyday life


I use it to store my app's activation codes. Makes it easier to cut and paste after installing a new OS.


I do the same to, but i have so many notes in my note pad o gosh, from music,movies to download it comes in handy when you are in a BlockBuster and you dont wanna rent a movie, i put it on my not pad and if is on Netfilx i watch if not Internet is my friend, some time i take notes for a thing i have to see online or if i wanna check a product in more details, cause on the BB you cant see that good what you can see on the PC.

Aren't we smart? ^^

I only wish there was a way to sync stuff in there (I don't use Outlook). On that note, OTA sync for Tasks app would be awesome too.

@Jared: Yes, Memo Pad is great, for memos. But you don't get reminders for appts as you do in Calendar. And I certainly would never remove PW Keeper, nor keep passwords anywhere but in PW Keeper. That is a 'MUST HAVE' app, as is the memo pad, and Calendar.

The MemoPad is an invaluable app and I use it constantly. Also when syncing with Oultook every every memo stored is backed up.

I call MemoPad my 'short term memory'.

I use it all the time to write down addresses , interview dates and locations for job search and other odds and ends.

Although I still use my Calendar App for my appointments, I love Memo Pad. Everything that I need to remember goes there...

I'd also like to point out that we are not alone:

In an interview, rapper Drake said that he uses his BlackBerry's Memo App to write down all
of the lines that he comes up with.

Sooo, "one of the most underrated parts of the OS (according to Jared)" is responsible for creating music!!! =)

What? You don't use Password Keeper?

That's one of the few apps I've been using, and still do, from the first time I got a blackberry.

I use it all the time, it is also handy for a DIY guy like me, i save oil filter numbers, wiper blade sizes etc, also i have found it handy for saving measurements for projects like windows or doors, so when im at my favorite home warehouse store i have all my info handy, no lost paper notes

exactly what i use it for... measurements, config params like remote control codes at my parents... things you need handy sometimes but can't memorize.

Memo pad is truly one of my BlackBerry's most used functions. I keep all kinds of memos, lists and all in there.

I have my Memo pad icon right next to my Calendar and I use both equally in conjunction with each other.

I keep everything that doesn't have another spot in memo pad. Love it! If I would lose the info I have stored in that app I'd be screwed.

I used the memo pad for my work schedule , to write down passwords & when I get long messages from my wife that I wanna save . The copy pasting makes things really easy .

I find it interesting that you delete your native apps. For me the only ones I don't use are blackberry maps and voice notes, both of which have enough potential use that I keep them around.

On topic though, I use MemoPad all the time. The killer feature for me is that I can be writing a memo on my phone, then if it gets ridiculously long I can move to my PlayBook to read it and it's automatically there.

I should use it for more everyday things but I do have a lot of info stored there: Birthdays, Childrens immunizations & Dr appts are the biggest ones. Password Keeper is a must I agree!!

I use this everyday... All important stuff is in there keycodes, passwords, important notes.. Love it.. I like everything in one place so I don't use password keeper for that reason!

I'm a Memo everyday user too. I use it for long term stuff to remember (gate combos, settings for devices, ect). Personal information management is still one of BlackBerrys strong points, and one of the reasons I still own one.

I use it exactly this way, except that with the Playbook, I don't need to worry about the inconvenience if I am on the phone. Just a nice bonus for Playbook owners, certainly not a reason to rush out to get the Playbook (although I do recommend that you do!).

I too use Memo Pad a lot but recently found an app called SpeedNotes that adds lots of functionality. You can create a note without having to click on New Memo, just start the app and start typing. It saves it automatically when you close. You can also choose to Save to MemoPad, Calendar, Task, send as Email or SMS. Great little app for $1.99

I use it so much, it's on my convenience button. It syncs to my Outlook Notes. It would be perfect if you could link a note to a contact(s) or calendar event (much like Lotus Organizer used to).

I too keep everything in the memo pad. My most used note is titled "Wife's Food" and has all her options for takeout stuff such as subway selection, harveys etc. I never get take out wrong on the way home!

Delete Password Keeper?! That's one of the applications that is on my list of things that brought me back to using a BlackBerry.

Didn't read all the comments so not sure if it was mentioned or not..

Memo pad when using BES(x) shows/syncs in the Notes section of Outlook..

That alone makes it even more of a usefull tool..

For those who use memopad as much as some of us do, look to get AddTo...... Have not used a single productivity app so far that's as simple and as useful as this one!!

It allows you to create memo's out of emails, tasks, calendar entries, calls, etc. Also converts emails, memo's etc into calendar notes and tasks. VERY SIMPLE & VERY EFFECTIVE :-)

I could not due without Password Keeper. Every new password I create for software on my Storm2 goes in there. I also use it for some pc passwords as a backup to Last Pass. Memo pad has definitely proved its' usefullness. It's great for notes and events that are awkward for the calendar.

I recently had a phone conversation with my boss while out an about.He called out three telephone numbers that he wanted me to check on. I didn't have any paper our anything to write with close by so I told him hold on while I "get something to write with. Within 20 seconds I had the memo pad open and him on speakerphone ready to get all the numbers from my boss! Just another reason why I heart bb. :)

I use memopad for... Well everything. Things I need to do, things I want to do, who I want to do, haha j/k j/k, what I want, songs I like, and most important my hours I worked so when my cheap ass boss tries f*ck me over I can shove it in his FACE! Told me to go home till my additude changes. Which btw happened today. Hate that douche bag. But not as a calendar. No, I use a calendar


Are there any ways to sync or backup MemoPad if you're not a MS Outlook user? Google perhaps? Any other alternatives?? thx

Unfortunately not.
I sync calendar and contacts to Google but still sync memoPad and tasks to Outlook.

Good Luck

I'm actually just getting acuanted with notepad. I'm a huge password keeper and calendar user. Notepad is awesome on the go so when you have any kind of thought you can save it. I wish one of the buttons on the screen when on a call was to memopad because you can take the notes real quick and if it is a task, calendar scheduling or password information you can copy it down and not lose a beat.

Oh and it came in handy when I had the parent teacher meetings when they came up with some comments I didn't want to forget.

Yeah, Password Keeper is very handy. I deal with banks a lot, and I keep safe combinations in Password Keeper. Safe and secure, yet handy.

As for Memo Pad... You know all those annoying frequent customer cards that clutter up your wallet? I keep the numbers in MemoPad. When I go to Chapters, or wherever, I can just read out the number at the till.

I used memopad To save Everything that Important For me, Recently chat, Theme's Link, I prefer Memopad For blackberry, Bc I can Backup it Easy and restore everytime i need...

I used memopad To save Everything that Important For me, Recently chat, Theme's Link, I prefer Memopad For blackberry, Bc I can Backup it Easy and restore everytime i need...

I use it all the time for multiple things similar to those listed above. I keep lists of items I need to buy, grocery lists and notes for work as well. I run BES through work and run a Playbook on the side so all of my meeting notes go into a memo and then are synced with my outlook. I reference back to it multiple times throughout the day. I do not however store passwords on there seeing as there is no way to lock the memo pad application.

Yeah add me to the list of Memo pad users and for most of the reasons given ..... also can Forward the notes as Email, or Text Message, or BBM contact or BBM Group, or Pin, or Social Feeds or Twitter etc. You can't really beat this app for functionality.

Also a big user of Password Keeper - very different functions to memo pad. Don't know why you've mentioned them in the same context.

Also, Tasks is excellent for what it does ....

And, Voice notes is an excellent native app for recording the info when for whatever reason it's easier to say it rather than write it.

Yeah .... I use my bb heaps, lol!

i use it all the time for things i need to remember like my printers cartridge numbers and things like that it

Random odds and ends, yes!
Things that I don't have scheduled for a definite day or time for calendar, a "To Do" (when I have time) list.
Plus other lists of things. Not shopping, because the "Our Groceries" app is simply amazing and I can even share it in the cloud with hubby. But other lists, odds and ends, printer cart is great example.
Like it says, it's a memo pad! :)

I use Memo pad all the time - to keep lists for work of different logins and passwords for certain apps, who's on which committee, my XM radio ID....I'd be lost without it and I like that you can forward them to other people if need be

I use Memo Pad heavily. I use the app Atomichelix Notify -- it puts a "Save to Memo Pad" option in the email menu, and copies the message text to a new memo. Handy for retaining specific info.

I also use Memo Pad to keep track of my kids' bowling scores, soccer scores, hockey scores, and so on. I keep an ongoing "wish list" for each as well.

Its a lifeline thats for sure, A couple people here mentioned using it for notes while on the phone. When on the phone I use the phone based memo feature because it links/stays on the phone history for easy retrieval and time stamping.
(when on a call select speaker phone/ hit bb button and choose memo and type away. its stored in the phone call history. ) or perhaps you already knew this, no?

There was an app that I had on my Blackberry years ago that was awesome - I cannot remember the name of it and that's the problem However, you could save emails and/or attachments straight to the Memo Pad. Can anybody tell me the name of that app? Does it still exist? That being said, I use the Memo Pad everyday. Thanks.

I use my Memopad daily, its very useful for keeping important info (but not sensitive stuff thats what i use password keeper for) & with universal search its easier to access a specific memo from the home screen. BUT i must say i have NO use for the Tasks app.

Remember you can easily add the date to any memo without having to type it. Just type the letters LD and the a Spacebar and it will insert today's date. Same thing for Time; just type LT and then the Spacebar and the time will also be added. Very handy when adding additional information to an existing note.

I have been using memos for years. Activation codes, eh? hmm.. maybe. I just usually save the emails on the BB.

I do use Keepass to store my pswds.

Memo is also great for :

other shopping lists for :
i)birthday/christmas etc . present lists
- listen or do it all during the year so you know what to
ii)get before the last minute.
iii)books/music/movies to buy/read/listen/watch
iv)For planning travel itinerary
v) storing travel info for hotel/air/car rental conf codes, phone numbers, addresses, etc.
vi)Travel planning checklist
vii)Travel packing checklists - Use a master template for fun or business & copy & paste.
- I never forget anything but I usually overpack. lol!
viii)Lists of things to talk to Doctor/dentists, etc.
- You only see them once or twice a year. just add to it + look at it 5 mins before ur appt!