Parents' Guide to

Google Keep - Notes and lists

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Record, save, and share info seamlessly with Google Drive.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Works great!

Goes to drive, on every device. Really Customizable

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

If your digital life is highly tied to the Google environment, this is the note-taking, jot-it-down-quick tool for you and your family. The interface is gorgeous: It's convenient to see all your notes, images, and to-do lists at a glance as a series of colored tiles, and the design makes reviewing your grocery list almost like viewing a Pinterest board. Google Keep is deceptively simple; it's only when you continue to drill down that you discover remarkable features, such as the "grab text from image" feature and the location-based or time-based reminder features. Once you've made a note, you can change its color or add a label; either way, you can customize how you choose to stay organized. You also can copy your note within the tool or convert it instantly to a Google Doc. As you might expect from a Google product, the search features also are stellar: When you remove a note, it's archived by default, so it's still searchable and easily retrieved if you need it later, and you can search by text or by note color.

Though these features are exceptional and powerful, they're not instantly clear or intuitive, making this a better fit for adult users than for kids. The built-in notes that list tips for easy use are a big help, but younger users who haven't honed their organizational skills might miss the tool's powerful potential. However, with helpful scaffolding and the right devices in place, this also could be a great tool for kids who are learning how to get organized.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Chromebook
  • Skills: Self-Direction : set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently, Communication : conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 18, 2014
  • Category: Productivity
  • Publisher: Google
  • Version: 2.2018.38303
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0 or later.
  • Last updated: November 6, 2018

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