Google Keep is Google’s official note-taking service and app. It is available as a web version, on Android, and as a browser extension for Google Chrome. Since it is built into many Android devices, it is used by many Android owners as the primary note-taking app. Content is synced to the cloud, and you can open notes on the web and in the Android app.
If you want to migrate to another note-taking solution, for example because you want to reduce the number of Google apps and services you use, to migrate to an open source alternative, or if you are concerned that Google will remove the Eventually, you need to find out how to export your Google Keep data and import it into another note-taking app. In this guide, I’ll walk you through these steps (without importing into another note-taking app, but you’ll get some suggestions).
Download your Google Keep notes
For this you need to use Google’s Takeout service. Here is how it is done:
- Visit https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout to open the Takeout website.
- You must sign in to your Google account if you are not already signed in.
- Make sure Keep is selected on the page, and nothing else, for example by clicking “deselect all” and checking Keep manually. You can also export other data, but since the data is provided in a single zip file, you might want to separate the notes from the other data.
- Select Next step at the bottom of the page.
- Keep everything as is on the page that opens and select create an export.
- The export may take some time, depending on the size of the data and notes.
- Select the download links next to the export to export your data to the local system. You must enter the Google account password before the download is available.
Google keep notes on your device
Google Keep data is provided as an archive; use a program like 7-Zip or PeaZip to extract the data to your device. Google uses different types of files, for example HTML files, image files but also json files.
You can open them all on your device to view them. Some note-taking apps may support some or even all of these file types, but not all.
Google Keep Converter is an open source command line tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux that converts data from Google Keep to YAML format, which is supported by many note-taking applications.
- Download the latest version of Google Keep exporter for your operating system.
- Open a command line prompt.
- Run the command google-keep-exporter-win.exe inputDir outputDir, for example google-keep-exporter-win.exe c: Users marti Downloads takeout Keep c: Users marti Downloads
- Note that the Linux and Mac versions have a different file name, which you need to adjust.
- The conversion is done automatically.
Note: I was unable to get the converter to convert the data in the zip archive, I had to point it to the extracted content to get the converted data.
Alternatives to Google Keep
There are many note-taking apps and services out there. Which one you choose largely depends on your needs. Do you need a service with sync support, mobile and web version, desktop only client?
Here is a selection of alternatives to Google Keep:
- Joplin – is an open source note-taking app for Windows, Linux, Android and iOS. It has browser extensions and the data can be synchronized using various cloud or WebDAV services.
- Standard remarks – open source cross-platform note-taking app that automatically encrypts notes. Available for desktop, mobile and web version.
- Small list – open source web app that can be installed as a progressive app on your devices. Does not require registration, is free, does not include tracking or advertising, and can be used offline.
Now you: Do you use a note-taking service or app? If so, which one and why?