Google Keep Updated

A fresh design brings color, identity to an otherwise bland Keep

Google's endeavor into note taking, Keep, is receiving an update today that changes the interface and adds a few new features. The most notable change after updating will be a blindingly-bright yellow bar across the top of the interface, bringing Keep a bit more identity so it no longer looks like such a generic Google app. The redesign also brings a full-featured slide-in bar, adding trash, feedback and help options to the bar along with an account switcher, removing the "settings" option altogether.

There are just a few new features here as well, and they're quite useful. Keep will now do character recognition for printed text in images, and that information is now searchable within the app (much like we're used to in Evernote). There are also new settings for lists so that you can control where new or checked items go when you interact with them. A new "trash" item lets you delete notes but still access them for a while longer, just incase you need to come back to an old note.

As always the update for Google Keep is rolling out slowly. We're seeing it on a few of our devices but not others (and some are being updated with an old change log)— you'll know you have it when you launch Keep and there's a bright blue "what's new" box in the app.

There are 38 comments

Glenuendo says:

Oh the joys of a trollout!!

Ry says:



Steve Hall says:

Not seeing the OCR scanning option? Or is that what "Take a picture" does?

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vulcZ says:

Take picture, hit settings button, then "transcribe text". Had to do it a few times before it worked. Nexus 5.

Ravi Shah says:

I don't see "transcribe text" in the settings...

ajpri says:

Will this eventually replace Goggles?

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ACADM says:

You used to be able to scan images in Google Now, don't know why they removed it.

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novahob says:

Waiting for this to bring a sort by date, so I can replace Google tasks with it

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richhoops says:

that would be good, the more they update keep the more it seems likely tasks will die in a spring clean soon

still1 says:

play store is the only app with colorful top bar (based on where you are at the store)
This might be the beginning of new design standard for all Google apps. leaked gmail app also had a blue bar..

elvisgp says:

That would be good, android needs a little more color.

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TommyQ94 says:

Play music has an orange, newsstand has blue and movies red I think?

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ACADM says:

I know it's a relatively simple app but I love me some Google Keep.

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dougster123 says:

I see absolutely nothing different in the UI. Everything is the same.

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deltatux says:

Finally, the current Keep feels really crappy to use. Can't wait to take it on a spin myself.

neonworm says:

Finally, an update! This might convince me to start using it again. But of course, I don't have the update. #trollout

jerrod6 says:

Would be nice to change the color of the bar to what we want, as I don't like the lime green in the Playstore and I am no fan of the color yellow at all.

neonworm says:

I agree. Some customization would be nice.

Favorite app for quick note-taking. Really wish that I could sort them by color when the need arises though, that'd make Keep even more killer.

windoogle says:

Umm you can...that feature's been around for a long time.
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EDIT: never mind you meant sorting them by colors you've already allocated.

ralbers1701 says:

I agree. I have assigned different colors for different types of notes. Green for Android articles, blue for science and technology ala Star Trek and so forth. It would be nice to sort them by color.

It would also be great if reminders would post to Google Calendar as well.

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pacoinurreta says:

I'm so totally up for this update, the OCDR scanning will free my S4 of 2 other apps which is a win :)

sohailgagai says:

Than what is gtask pls guide, isn't that Google note app I am using it, should I go to keep pls guide thanks

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pacoinurreta says:

No! Gtask is not from Google.

sohailgagai says:

What I thought it's from Google, than for task what app we have pls guide because gtask is sync with task at Gmail. Thanks

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ACADM says:

Use Keep, you can access a web version too.

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lynmarti says:

Does Keep support #tags yet?? Please bring tags to the table!

mvp4him3 says:

I have no received the update yet.

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nicoru28 says:


Where's the update, Google?

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Eric B1 says:

love Keep. I'll be happy if they had folders in the future.

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Impulses says:

Better/custom sorting would go a long way, I guess Keep is meant more as a note taking app than a to-do list tho... But if that's true, why is the character limit per note so low?

pacoinurreta says:

Notes are suppose to be small, if you want more get any office app for long stuff.

mraiii says:

Currently using ColorNote, still waiting for Google to add password protection on individual notes so that I can use Keeps.

Ronak14 says:

Isn't an apk available yet?

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Pytt says:

Web version has now also been updated.

sohailgagai says:

I like Evernote but it's very slow and always need Internet and my gprs is Damn slow, so it's very very slow to open thanks

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bujin says:

I'd just love to have my Keep notes appear in my Google Drive and I'd be a happy camper