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How To Stay Organized with Google Keep on Android

The new service from the search giant, Google Keep is available from the Google Play Store for devices running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. It’s a free note-taking app for Android and accessible from any device with a browser and internet connection. Here are a few things you can easily do with it.

In case you don’t already have Google Keep installed on your smartphone or tablet, you can get it here, in the Google Play Store. It installs just like any other Android app, be it from your computer or Android device.

First of all, let’s see what it is. Google Keep is nothing more than clean-looking, easy to use note-taking app that syncs your notes in the cloud. It is simple, and can be useful in many situations.

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In order to make the most of Google Keep, you should use the included widget, which you can put on one of your home screens. It gives you direct access to all of the app’s features.Google Keep widget

Another essential thing is that you can always access all of your notes (as long as you’re logged into your Google account), at drive.google.com/keep, in a web browser, and said notes get synced across all of your devices.

Voice notes

There are a few possible usage scenarios. The app’s great for moments when you get an idea and you don’t want to forget it. And in order to achieve that, you can make a voice note. You just press the microphone icon in Google Keep or the widget for that, and  the note gets recorded.

Voice notes Google Keep

The groovy part is that it doesn’t just keep a recording; Google Keep will also transcribe what you said (or try to transcribe, at least, but I’ve noticed it can be pretty accurate).

Google Keep voice notes

As with every note in Keep, you can share these ones across all platforms. Also, if you use the palette, you can give your note any of the colors you want *eight options are available).

Shopping list

Definitely my favorite feature in Google Keep. Clicking the check symbol in the widget or the app will allow you to create a list of things to buy, problems to solve or whatever else you may need. You can, of course, give it a nice color (like I did below) and then tick whatever you’ve already accomplished in order to get it crossed off the list.

The advantage here is that it gets synced all over your devices, which means that, similar to Avocado, your significant other will be able to see on the computer (provided you’re using the same Google account) if you’ve bought what you promised.

Google Keep shopping list

The same as Google Now cards do, a note will disappear if swiped in the list, getting archived.

Pocket replacement

I use Pocket to remember things I want to read a little later, but Google Keep is pretty good for that, too, and works exactly the same way. You just find it in Android’s share options, and the content will be saved as a note.

Google Keep link saved

These are just a few things you can use Google Keep for. Have you tried? What do you use it for?

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3 Responses to How To Stay Organized with Google Keep on Android

  1. forresthopkinsa April 20, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Versus evernote?

  2. dpcrn November 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Does Google Keep integrate with Calendar? I.e., if I create a note that has a deadline, will it show up in calendar when I am on my laptop?

  3. Ms Hanson July 6, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Google Keep isn’t going to go the way of Google Read, is it?

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