Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work? Are there any tutorials?

Brian (personal development YouTuber and CustomJournal fan) has created a tutorial series:

App Tutorial the Basics
Getting Started and Customizing
Journaling My Way

Do you have any more template ideas?

Here's some inspiration and templates that you can use right away:

Journal Templates for Productivity
Brian's Templates

How can I share a template with a friend?

On the Manage Template page there will be a menu option on the top right corner with the option to Share Template. Click that and select a method of sharing (email perhaps). Your friend needs to have CustomJournal installed. When they open it on their mobile device, they should choose to open it with the CustomJournal app and not their web browser. From there they will be able to save the template and start journaling with it right away.

You can take a look at this link for more details

How shared templates work: shared templates are not uploaded to the website. I never store or log any template data. All the data is encoded into the url itself which you can send directly to the recipient. The url is the data and the app simply decodes the data for the recipient without needing to contact any server. This also means you can feel free to post any shared urls to a website for others and they will be usable regardless of if this website exists!

How do I schedule a template (weekly, monthly)?

On the Edit Template page, there is a SCHEDULE tab right below the title bar. If you click this you get to the template scheduling menu. You can schedule a template to show on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. If a template is scheduled for the day, it will show up in a 'Scheduled Templates' section on the current day's entry to remind you to use that template. If you purchase Premium, you can also schedule a notification alert for each template.

How do I change the background image?

To change the background:

  1. Click “Change background image” from the settings menu and choose an image.
  2. A new window will pop up allowing you to crop the image. Just press “CROP” on the top right.
  3. You will have to do this twice, once for vertical and once for horizontal. So just hit “CROP” again.

That’s it. The image should be set as your background.

How do I add another template?

After you add a journal entry, a menu will appear in the top right. There is an option to Add Template

How do I sync my journal entries? (for premium users)

There is a settings option called 'Sync via Google Drive'. When you enable this you get an option in the top right menu to sync. This will sync the file using your Google Drive as the server. So you can sync up on one device and sync down on the other device. It merges changes between both devices by taking the most recent updated journal entry (Be careful here to sync first if you are editing the same entry simultaneously).

Where is my sync data located on Google Drive? (for premium users)

Google reserves a special app data folder for data created by an app. This prevents accidental deletion and added security. You can't see the data being stored in the app data folder. However, if you wanted to delete the sync file stored there you could:

  1. Go to and login using the same Google account that you used to sync
  2. Click on the gear Settings icon on the top right and select Settings from the menu
  3. Click on 'Manage Apps' on the left side nav drawer
  4. Select the Options button dropdown and it gives an option to delete the app data

How can I save my PDF/Backup to or restore from Google Drive?

Make sure you have the Google Drive Android App installed. This should give you the option in the menus to access Google Drive

When is the iPhone version coming?

The iOS development is in progress! If you want to be notified or would be willing to help out as an early tester for an iPhone version, please sign up through the link on the main page.

Are there any plans for a web based version that will sync to the app?

A web app is a great idea and I’d love to get to it but sorry, no plans for this in the immediate future. There are still a lot of pending features (stay tuned) for Android and release of the iPhone version.

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