Being on the go is all about working as efficiently and effortlessly as possible. And if you’re a power tablet users, you know that having the right tool to do the job is tantamount to successful mobile
work. Sometimes, however, the right tool might be a bit deceiving. Such is the
case with Google Keep. This particular Google application allows you to create
and save quick text notes, audio notes, and pictures. Other features include:

  • Voice notes transcribed automatically
  • Home screen widget for capturing quick thoughts
  • Color-coded notes
  • Swipe to archive
  • Turn a note into a checklist by adding
  • Access your notes anywhere from Google Drive

Let’s install Google Keep and get up to
speed with this marvelous tool.


As you’ve come to expect, the installation of Google Keep
is quite simple. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Google Play Store
  2. Search for “google keep” (no quotes)
  3. Tap the entry for Google Keep
  4. Tap Installation
  5. Tap Accept

Once the app is installed, you’ll find the Google Keep launcher on
your home screen. If not, open up the application drawer, and you’ll find it

First run

When you first launch Google Keep, you’ll have to
associate a Google account with the application. This will be in the form of a
simple selection window (Figure A). Tap the Google account you want
to use, and then click OK.

Figure A

Google Keep on a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Note

Once you’ve added the account, you’re ready to start using
Google Keep.


With Google Keep, you can add text, voice,
or picture notes from the main window (Figure B).

Figure B

Here you see lists, text notes, audio notes, and pictures.

Each type of item is fairly straightforward:

  • To create a text item, tap the page icon (to
    the left of the checkmark)
  • To create a list item, tap the checkmark
  • To create an audio item, tap the microphone
  • To create a picture item, tap the camera button

Of course, there’s more. Say, for instance, you want to take a text item and turn
it into a list item. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Single tap a note to open it
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner
  3. Tap Show Checkboxes
  4. Add your checkbox items

That’s it! You’ve now turned a standard note into a check
list. You can also add checkboxes to audio and picture items.

The sync between Google Keep on
your tablet and your Google apps account is automatic. This means that you can
access and edit those items from anywhere that has a browser. You don’t have to do anything to convert audio notes to text
notes — both versions of the item are automatically saved to your tablet
and your account. Just keep in mind, the longer the audio note, the longer it
will take to sync. You can
download the audio portion of the note, which will appear as a .3gpp file (a Google streaming format). Most audio players will play these audio files, but you can’t edit them.

It may seem that Google Keep is too simple an
application to be considered useful for business-minded power users, but that’s not the case. Google Keep is one of the best of breed for note-taking tools.
Install it, associate it with your Google account, and enjoy the power given to
you by this free app from the makers of everything Google.

Do you use Google Keep? Share your experience with this app in the discussion thread below.