To continue with the theme of useful Google apps, this review is of the very handy Google Keep one. We are planning a seriously ambitious trip and trying to keep track of the things I need to do, the things we need to buy and the places we want to visit is a bit of a nightmare. I’ve used note keeping apps in the past – Google Tasks is one that is simple to use (you should see this to the right of your Google Calendar ( if you use this one) window in the web browser, if not just tick the Tasks box on the lefthand side), but I digress. Tasks is fine for simple lists but I wanted one that was simpler to use, had a good Android app and was a little more modern in appearance.
Google Keep ticks all the boxes, for me anyway. Here’s how it all works. Firstly, log into Gmail with your web browser on your laptop or PC (or phone / tablet if you like but that’s what this app is for) and you can find Keep in the funny wee ‘9 boxes app menu’ (my name for it not Google’s) just to the left of the little bell icon at the top right of the Gmail or Google search screen. You have to click ‘show more apps’, then ‘show still more’ to find it, but here’s an easier way – just type the word ‘keep’ into Google and chances are you’ll see it as the top result – the address is keep.google.com anyway. I suggest you add it to your bookmarks once you have the right address.
If you have never used Keep before you will just see a box that says ‘Add note’ – click in there once then click above this to enter a title then in the box below write a note that you want to remind yourself to do. Something like ‘Download Google Keep for the tablet’ maybe, then click ‘Done’. That’s it as far as writing a note goes – of course you can write a long list of things to do on one note and give it a title like ‘Weekly Shopping’ to show you what’s inside the note.
The next step is to install the app from the link below or from the Play Store app on your phone.
I told you above to use your laptop or PC to write your first note because this is a way to demonstrate how clever the app is – once you open the Keep app on your Android tablet or phone, Keep will automatically show you the note you just created on the PC!
If you are always thinking of things you need to do or stuff to buy when you are out, just open the Keep app, jot down a new note and when you get home again and in range of WiFi (if you don’t have a mobile data plan on your device) it will synchronise the notes up to the ‘cloud’ to store them safely there. From reading articles about this handy app online it seems that many people use it for a wide variety of purposes – from jotting down ideas for a novel to a shared weekly grocery list. If they use a shared Gmail account for the family, one member could jot down additions to the shopping list and they will appear on the Keep app that another family member is using as he or she is shopping – saves a phone call! In fact, the applications for this app are endless. As I said above, I have 10 or 12 lists running at the moment and all I need to do is open the app and check what I need to do. The ability to use the app ‘offline’ is a huge bonus of course.
There are other, more advanced features in the app too, but I’ll leave you to discover them although I must mention the photo note one. Just take a picture with the phone camera, add a note like ‘Receipt for dinner’ or something and it’s done. A good way to keep track of expenses or receipts.
Anyway, if you think this one might make life easier for you just download it and give it a try – of course, you don’t need to enter or view notes on a PC it can all be done on the Android device.
Here’s some notes from Google Play about the app:
– Quickly capture what’s on your mind and be reminded at the right place or time.
– Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed.
– Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily find it later in search.
– Capture what’s on your mind
– Add notes, lists and photos to Google Keep.
– Pressed for time? Record a voice memo and Keep will transcribe it so you can find it later.
– Find what you need, fast.
Price : FREE
Size : 6Mb
Needs : Android 4.0+