Google Keep Tips and Tricks
1. Set reminders
One of Keep’s most powerful features is its native integration with Google’s cross-platform reminder system. When you want to remember to look at a note at a particular time or place, just tap the little string-around-a-finger icon in the upper-right corner of the note-editing screen.
2. Check pending reminders
Can’t remember what reminders you have pending? What a predicament!
The simple solution: Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) in Keep’s upper-left corner and select “Reminders.” There, you’ll see a list of every note you’ve snoozed and exactly when and/or where it’s set to alert you.
You can also access the same info within Google Now or Inbox — or simply by typing “show me my reminders” into any Google search prompt.
3. Label to keep organized
In typical Google fashion, Keep relies on labels rather than folders or notebooks to make your info manageable. You can add a label to a note by tapping the menu icon in the lower-right corner of the editing screen and selecting “Labels” — or by touching and holding the note in the main list view and then tapping the label icon in the upper-right corner of that screen. You can also just type a label directly into a note by prefacing it with a hashtag (e.g., “#BusinessIdeas”).
If you want to browse through existing notes by label, tap the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner of the app and then select whichever label you want to view.
4. Add color
In addition to labels, Keep lets you organize notes by color. Maybe all of your work-related notes are green and your personal notes are blue — or maybe urgent notes are red while all others are gray. You can come up with any number of systems to make the colors useful either on their own or in conjunction with the regular text labels.
To change a note’s color, tap the menu icon in the lower-right corner of the editing screen and then touch whatever color you want to apply. From the main list view, you can also touch and hold any note (or combination of notes) and then tap the palette icon in the upper-right area of that screen.
Want to browse your notes by color? Tap the search icon in the app’s upper-right corner, then tap the palette icon. You can then select any color and filter your notes to see only those with a certain hue attached.
5. Speak to keep
You think of something important while driving — or maybe get a brilliant idea while walking down a city street. What do you do?
Next time, instead of looking at your device (when you should be looking at where you’re going), just speak your thoughts aloud. Keep works with Android’s native voice command system, so as long as your phone supports always-listening voice control, you can simply say: “Okay, Google, note to self” — followed by whatever it is you want to jot down. (If your phone doesn’t support always-listening voice control, you can still dictate notes into Keep; you’ll just need to tap the microphone icon on your home screen or in Google Now first to start the process.)
Keep will transcribe your words into regular text and also attach an audio file of your voice.
(Note that you can choose to use apps other than Keep for this voice command function. If you give the command and your phone doesn’t ask what app you want to use, tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the “Note to self” box to select from a list of available options.)
6. Turn any note into a list
Speaking of lists, you probably know you can start a new list by tapping the list-like icon in Keep’s floating action bar — but did you know you can also convert any existing note into a list with a couple quick taps?
While editing a note, touch the plus icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and then tap “Checkboxes.” That’s it; you can now check this off your list.