Why You Should Use Google Keep for Voice Notes

Nancy Messieh 06-01-2017

Google Keep is a great way to keep your notes organized on the go 10 Creative Ways to Use Google Keep Every Day Google Keep is a simple note-taking app. But its simplicity hides its usefulness. Here are ten tips and ideas to use Google Keep for the little everyday things in life. Read More . Available on Android, iOS, and in a browser, mobile users can also capture their notes using voice recordings instead of having to tap your notes out.


While you can save voice memos using the native voice recorder on your phone, using Google Keep is far more efficient.

To save a voice note, launch Google Keep on your phone and hit the microphone button at the bottom of the screen. You can start speaking once you see the prompt to do so. Once you stop speaking, the note will be saved.


Why Google Keep?

Here is where you’ll see one of Google Keep’s advantages over any other voice recorder: it transcribes what you’ve said. So in addition to a voice memo that you can listen to if you want, you have the written out note ready to save.

At times you’ll find that the transcription is inaccurate and sometimes it feels like the app decides a little too quickly that pausing while you speak means you’re done recording. But it is one of the better transcription models available. It’s just not meant for longer than a quick note or reminder.


Another advantage to using Google Keep is that you can then access these notes not only on your phone but also in your browser, making it easy to take those voice notes from your phone to your computer without any extra effort on your part.

To see all of Google Keep’s features, check out the video below:

How do you stay on top of all the things you need to remember? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Tia
    November 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    voice recording in google keep is unusable because if you stop for a second or two to breathe while speaking it stops recording.

  2. Catherine
    September 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I can barely breathe when I take a note! Usually I only get three words out before it stops recording! It's completely useless!

    • Corey
      November 6, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Me too, it's driving me crazy! I got to this page searching for info on whether it will record for more than (I'd guess about) 2 seconds. Nobody else has this problem? Or are you happy campers only recording a few words?

      • Mittal Patel
        January 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        Yeah. This is a big issue and looks like Google is in no mood of giving setting options for audio recording. There must be option to set the pause limit so that we can record our speech easily otherwise this feature doesn't look usable for most of the cases.

  3. Ada Chen Rekhi
    January 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for this post, Nancy! I've been using Keep as a way to keep shopping lists, etc, but hadn't thought to ever try the voice transcription -- just gave it a try and found it surprisingly reliable. My go-to app for remembering things is Captio, which enables a quick email to myself. Then I treat unread items in my inbox as a to-do list.

  4. james santoli
    January 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Love it. Just one thing i wish it would have, when editing or deleting, have a "confirm" feature to ensure you want to delete or change note. Many times I'm reading a note an accidentally erase a section or note. And it's gone

  5. Ron Wood
    January 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I use it all the time. Excellent.

  6. Ross Broughton
    January 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Can't say enough about how I use and like Keep. It's simple, intuitive, and everywhere you need it. It organizes my life. And will make my transition into Alzheimer's much easier!

    • Susan LaMarca
      January 12, 2017 at 4:21 am

      A million hugs Ross

  7. Maha
    January 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    As I'm still on winter vacation, this week I used Keep to list all the batch cooking items I planned by day, made and stored. As I made them, I checked them off and added additional information - like how many of each item I made. I also created grocery shopping lists out of MyCookbook Pro - create the shopping list in MyCookbook Pro and share the list to a Keep note. I keep an ongoing shopping list and to do list pinned and have a widget on my phone so I can always see what I need to do or get at the store. I share the grocery list with my family who adds items to it from their own accounts (I keep a separate Costco list that they have access to too). I created a pantry list with expiration dates called Food to make stuff with. These are items that I want to use up before they go bad. I frequently create reminders using Google Assistant so I can be hands free. I haven't used the image feature yet, but I will at some point, I'm sure.

  8. Saikat Basu
    January 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I actually use it to record sudden thoughts...or something I want to be reminded about. I can attest to its every day utility :)