How To Add Custom Paper Templates In Notability

Notability is an excellent note-taking app for iOS, iPadOS and macOS users. Very few apps can compare. However, the limited page customisation cripples the app so much that others look to alternatives for their daily note-taking needs. If you are a Notability fan and want a way to add custom paper templates, here’s how you do it.

These are all the paper templates that I have in my Notability.
  1. Save your PDF paper templates to a Cloud Service of your choice (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box or WebDAV) or to the Files app.

2. Open Notability and import the paper template you just saved.

Import a custom paper template into Notability.

Hint: Create a subject for your paper templates. That way, you don’t have to import all your templates from a cloud service directly each time you need one.

Copying a page with a custom template you want to use in Notability

When you need a custom paper template, go to your templates subject and choose the template you want to use.

  1. Tap on the pages icon (far right corner)
  2. Copy or Copy Background from the page template you want.
  3. Paste it in the notebook you’re creating your notes. Paste as many copies as you need.
Image showing how to copy backgrounds of pages in Notability

Notability will recognise the templates as native if you get your templates from here. You will be able to change the colour of your added templates.

If you don’t have your own paper templates, you can download the Notability Paper Pack for free, but these will not work as native templates. You won’t be able to change the page colours as illustrated above.

If you wish to add bigger paper sizes (like A3, for example), you will truly appreciate their paper size through the zoom tool or by simply zooming into the document. That is because Notability only supports A4 paper size.

Any thoughts? Do tell, do tell!