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Google Keep cheat sheet: How to get started

Get up and running with Google’s powerful note-taking app.

Google Keep / A woman uses Google Keep on a smartphone while working at her desk.
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Google Keep lets you create notes and to-do lists that sync across your computer and phone or tablet. It's handy in a variety of ways: You can record voice memos, and Keep will transcribe them as text notes. You can include images in your notes, and if text is shown in an image, the image shows up in search results. You can create time- or location-triggered reminder notifications based on your notes. You can share your notes with other people and collaborate on them.

Keep is free for individual users and included with a subscription to Google Workspace. You use it through a web browser on your computer, and it’s also available as an app for your Android or iOS device. You’ll get the most mileage from Keep if you use both the desktop browser version and the mobile app in your daily workflow, so that you can take notes and access them wherever you are. Your Keep notes will sync to the cloud through Google Drive.

This guide walks you through how to quickly start using Keep. The screenshots and descriptions of the user interface refer specifically to the web version, but the same features are in the Keep mobile app — just laid out differently.

Meet the Keep home page

Start by going to If you’re not already signed in with your Google account (with Gmail or Google Workspace), you’ll be prompted to do so.

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