App Review: Google Keep

Those that know me know that I could be described as a somewhat OCD, organizational, control-freak.  I don’t take offense to it.  It’s something I willingly acknowledge and accept.

It’s something that was reinforced in the results of a recent Meyers-Briggs personality test that I recently took.

With this in mind, it should be no surprise that I like and use several organizational apps on my Android smartphone.  One of my favorites is Google Keep.

 I’d describe it as an online bulletin board or refrigerator door; a place to keep notes, make lists, and just generally organize my life.

One of the things I like most about Google Keep is that I can access it via the app on my phone or from the web.  That’s right!  My virtual bulletin board is everywhere, just a click or screen tap away.

Getting started with Google Keep is easy.  Just download the app, sign in with your Google account, and you’re ready to go.

At the bottom of the screen, there is a place where you can just start typing to take your note.  There are also icons to tap if you want to make a list note, draw your note free-hand, record a voice note, or take a picture for your note.

Once you’ve made your note you can “pin” it if you want.  Pinned notes stay right at the top of your screen.  You can color your note if you want, add labels to it, and even send it to someone if you wish.

You can also add someone as a collaborator.  I’m trying out this feature with my family.  I’ve started a Summer Bucket List note for different things my family would like to do this Summer.  As a collaborator, any member of my family can add to the list.

Another way I’ve used Google Keep is to keep information handy that I might want on a somewhat regular basis.  

An example of this would be a picture I took of a postcard from our local ice cream shop.  They do a flavor of the week… and many times my family has wondered what it is.  Before, we’d try to find the schedule on the ice cream shop’s Facebook page.  Now, whenever we want to know I just need to open the Google Keep app.

Here are a few other ways I use Google Keep:

  • Making virtual Post-it notes of quotes I see online.
  • Keep track of Bible verses I may want to use for my weekly Bible verse blog post.
  • I’ve got a running list of potential blog topics to write about.
  • By using a Chrome extension, I save websites and articles I’d like to come back to at a later time.
  • There’s a running list of gift ideas for my family.  If they mention an interest in something I’ll add it to the list.  Then when I need to get them a gift I’ve got a great resource to draw from.
  • There’s also a list of little jobs around the house and yard I need to do when I get some free time.  

Google Keep is an app that is really easy and intuitive to use.  In fact, the more you use it the more uses you’ll find for it.

Want to try out Google Keep yourself? You can get it for free in the Google Play Store and iTunes.

Do you use Google Keep?  What are some different ways you use it?

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