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5 Free Digital Whiteboard Alternatives to Google and Microsoft’s Whiteboard Apps

Mihir Patkar 21-07-2018

A whiteboard is an essential collaboration tool in any office for teams. Now that the office has gone remote, it’s time for the whiteboard to go digital too. Here are some of the best digital whiteboard apps you can use for free.


Microsoft has recently launched a whiteboard app, but it’s not available to use on non-Surface devices yet. Google has its own Jamboard for teams, but that’s a paid app as part of the G Suite. If all you need is a simple whiteboard to use with your colleagues, there are better options available right now.

Crayon [Broken URL Removed] (Web): The Simplest Shared Digital Whiteboard

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Out of all the digital whiteboard apps, Crayon is the simplest one I’ve seen. Go to the site, start a new whiteboard room with your name and a room name, and share that link with anyone you want to invite.

Click and drag on the blank canvas to start drawing, much like any paint app. Crayon also lets you use multiple colors, so you could use a simple trick like assigning one color to each person. Double-click anywhere to open a text box that you can type in, which will then be imprinted on the canvas.

Crayon is perfect for when you need to quickly use a whiteboard with your team. It’s one of those excellent no-signup collaboration tools 10+ No-Signup Collaboration Tools You Can Use in 10 Seconds Collaborating online can save you and your team both time and money. Collaborating quickly can save a bit more. These tools are ready to go when you are. No registration required. Read More that you should bookmark for future use.

Witeboard (Web): Automatic Shape Detection for Good-looking Whiteboards

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Witeboard integrates with Slack 25 Weird & Wonderful Slack Integrations You Need To Try After many sleepless nights scouring the depths of the Internet, and drinking far too many Red Bulls, I have managed to come up with a list of 25 Slack integrations (down from 45) you should... Read More , powering up the chat app for your team. But Witeboard’s main feature is shape detection.

Drawing on a trackpad or with your mouse isn’t as accurate as using your hand on a whiteboard. But when you trace the rough shape of a circle or rectangle on Witeboard, it automatically turns that into a perfect circle or rectangle. You end up getting a good-looking whiteboard instead of one filled with badly-drawn figures and shapes.

Witeboard also saves all the boards you have drawn on in your browser’s cache, so you don’t need to remember the link or go searching for it again. Of course, these boards will be wiped if you clear your cache.

This app is as easy to use as Crayon while adding these extra elements. However, it doesn’t have post-it notes or any system for comments.

Ryeboard (Web): Add Images to a Digital Whiteboard

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When the whiteboard has gone digital, it naturally makes sense to add other digital elements to it. Why shouldn’t you be able to add a photo to your whiteboard? Ryeboard is the app to use if you want to attach images.

Ryeboard gives you three types of elements for the whiteboard: note, image, or drawing. Drag and drop the element on to the canvas and add text, photos, or start freehand drawing. You can change the size of the note or image, and lock it on the screen when you’re done. For images, you will need to upload them from your hard drive as Ryeboard doesn’t let you grab links directly.

Like the others, you can share your whiteboard with a simple link. You’ll need to register to use Ryeboard, but it’s a small site, so think twice before using a social login Should You Think Twice Before Logging In Using Social Accounts? Read More .

Draw.Chat (Web): Multiple Whiteboard with Video, Audio, and Text Chat

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When you’re collaborating with your team on a digital whiteboard, you might want to chat alongside. Draw.Chat adds text, audio, or video chat to the whiteboard process.

Draw.Chat is not exactly a whiteboard, it’s actually more of a paint app. But that works just as well when you need a whiteboard, right? Being a paint app actually gives you more tools, like drawing shapes, lines, and even using an ink dropper if need be. Draw.Chat also lets you add images.

Plus, with Draw.Chat, you can create multiple whiteboards within your main link. So you could have one whiteboard for a flowchart, another for your brainstorming, and so on.

The only drawback is that this tool might be a bit much for those seeking a simple whiteboard. It does a lot, and in turn, it consumes a lot of resources while using.

Aww (Web): Packed With Features Like Templates and Board Saving

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If you see yourself using whiteboards frequently, then Aww might be the best app for you. The whiteboard part is as simple as the others, giving you a blank space to draw, add shapes, add text, or post-it notes. But once you sign up, you can even save your boards for later, and duplicate them too.

Aww also saves you from the daunting blank space by providing templates for common whiteboard uses, like a kanban board How to Manage Tasks Using Japanese Kanban Technique Kanban is a Japanese recipe for getting things done. It's an organization technique originally developed for Toyota's production line. We show you how you can implement it for yourself or in your team. Read More , a user story map, SWOT analysis, and more. You will actually end up using the whiteboard more because of these templates.

Aww has other features like the ability to manage which users can see which whiteboards, embedding whiteboards in web pages, basic text chat, and so on. Try it out, it might even be worth it for your company to buy a premium plan.

Other Online Team Tools to Use

A digital whiteboard is an excellent tool for teams who work remotely or mainly collaborate online. Apart from the whiteboard, you should also check out these other free online meeting tools for teams The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate with Your Team Small teams don't need expensive enterprise apps for collaboration. Here are six fantastic tools that you can use to manage your team's data, communication, and more. For free. Read More to boost your productivity.

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  1. karthik
    March 4, 2019 at 5:54 am

    any opensource ?

  2. Akshay
    October 30, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for this comprehensive list of alternatives! We too are working on a Word alternative called Bit allows users to create rich, dynamic, and awesome looking documents, with built-in tracking and collaboration capabilities! Do check us out :)

  3. HoraceSciep
    July 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm


  4. Felipe
    July 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Information on Microsoft Whiteboard is innacurate. It's open to all devices for download on Microsoft Store, not just surface devices. However, at least one participant must logged on an Office 365 account.