Need to get more organised? Meet Google Keep: save your thoughts, wherever you are and with who you want to


Google Keep has been on my mental list for some time but I hadn’t got around to using it until now. Why did I wait so long?!

Keep can be downloaded as an iOS or Android app for use on your phone or tablet, accessed as a Chrome extension or via your browser.

I’ve been exploring Keep on my phone as this will be my go to device to add notes on the go. From the app you can:

  • hand write notes using your finger (includes an eraser and highlighter)
  • add audio notes
  • take photos
  • pin your important notes to the top
  • give your notes coloured lables
  • add collaborators to share notes with (from your contact list or via email)
  • set date/time or place (location) reminders
  • archive or bin completed tasks/notes

From your desktop there are some useful keyboard shortcuts:

Keep keyboard shortcuts

Keep keyboard shortcuts

Capture what’s on your mind
Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep. Quickly capture what’s on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family. Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search.

When and where you need it
Need to remember to pick up some groceries? Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.

Share your thoughts with family and friends
Next time you go to the store, share your shopping list on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. No need for text messages back and forth. Get things done together, faster.

Find what you need, fast
Quickly filter and search for notes by color and other attributes like lists with images, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes. Find what you’re looking for even faster, and let Keep do the remembering for you.

Always within reach
Keep works on your phone, tablet and computer. Everything you add to Keep syncs across your devices so your important stuff is always with you. (Syncing across your devices requires internet connection.)

For further tips and support visit the Google Keep Help Centre.

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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