Google is responsible for a number of services that we all use on a daily basis, including Gmail, YouTube, and the initial Google Search. It’s easy for any of the millions of applications that the company publishes and manages to get lost in the shuffle.
But, despite working so well for the past eight years, there’s one app under the G Suite umbrella that just seems to get the attention it deserves.
Google Keep is more than just a to-do list and note-taking app. Here are some reasons why you should give it a try if you haven’t already.
What is this app, and how does it work?
Google Keep is a note-taking app included in the Google Drive suite. You may take a variety of notes, including those with pictures or doodles, and arrange them using labels and colors. Notes can be set to appear at a certain time or when you visit a specific location, and nested lists make tracking progress on multi-stage projects simple.
Pinned notes allow you to keep important details always at the top of the app. You can, of course, write normally in Google Keep as well. Keep lets you type in glorious shadows, and it’s easier to jump in and out of to keep writing on the go than Google Docs, which refuses to give us the dark theme we deserve on the web.
Why you may have never heard of Google Keep
The company is notorious for destroying its own items, to the point that there’s a Google Graveyard that keeps track of them all. Although Google Keep hasn’t been rumored to be on the verge of being killed, it has succumbed to the one thing the big G is bad at: deciding between two services that do the same thing.
While Google Tasks is two years older than Google Keep, it was left to wither on the vine from 2013 to 2018, when it was cleaned up and given Material Design in order to be incorporated into the 2018 Gmail redesign.
The issue is that Tasks doesn’t do nearly as much as Keep — or do it as well — and users were confused because the Keep and Tasks logos were crammed into the sidebar on Gmail and Google Docs, causing confusion.
The other issue is that, similar to how Tasks withered when Keep was shiny and fresh, Keep has received little, if any, publicity in the last two years, aside from its Chrome app being killed in favor of PWAs and the Android app.
Last year, Google Keep surpassed one billion downloads, thanks to the fact that the service is reliable, easy to use, and fully free, despite the fact that other productivity/to-do apps are increasingly moving to subscriptions.
Why you should use Google Keep
Google Keep nailed the fundamentals of becoming a great note-taking app before introducing extra features — it’s the polar opposite of YouTube Music, which nailed the fresh, niche features but lacks basic library management. The most important aspect of Keep is how simple it is to use and browse through thanks to search.
You can use Keep to store dozens of creative writing missives alongside your grocery lists and work research, and you can find them all by typing a character name, product name, or even a phrase into the search bar at the top of Google Keep.
The search results will also contain cached notes, so as long as you don’t delete them intentionally, your notes will live on without clogging up your main feed.
It’s also easy to export a note to Google Docs and share it with others. Each note is limited to 19,999 characters.
If you’re the type of person who wants frequent reminders but doesn’t want to be bombarded with notifications, Google Keep’s widget can help you keep focused. While trying to get checked in, you can make new notes with a single tap or scroll through notes to find the confirmation number for your flight.
If you’re having trouble staying on track and organizing your thoughts, give Google Keep a shot before shelling out big bucks for its competitors.
It may not be the most appealing Google service, but it is one of the most reliable in terms of track record and stability, not to mention raw functionality. Google Keep is part Google Docs, part Google Tasks, part scratchpad, and all awesome. It should be on your home screen and in your work from home workflow.