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‎. Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere. Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep. Organize your notes with labels and colors. Set and forget. Get reminded about a note at the right time or place. Record a voice memo and have it automatically transcri. Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. RELATED: Google Rolls Out Sticky Notes for Your Smart Displays. With your smart display nearby, say one of the following commands: “Hey Google, create a Family Note.” “Hey Google, leave a Family Note.” Google Assistant will ask you what the note should say. Answer with the message you want on the note.

Google offers a desktop application that allows you to sync your Drive folder structure with your computer. This allows you to save directly to Drive and access already existing files from within desktop applications. Your Drive will appear as if it is an external device connected to your computer. This version of the Drive desktop application does require an internet connection to display your Drive folders and files. You can find more information by checking out the official Drive File Stream documentation from Google.

Please Note

Drive File Stream is still considered a Beta application by Google, so features may change quickly and issues may arise. If you ever have an issue logging in or accessing Drive File Stream, your Drive and all of its contents will always be available via a web browser with the use of the internet.

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Logging into the App

After you download the application and launch it for the first time, you will be presented with a Google login screen.

  • Enter your full Swarthmore email address ([email protected])
  • You will be redirected to the Swarthmore login page
  • Sign in using your Swarthmore credentials
  • Complete your Duo authentication

Once successfully logged in File Stream will begin syncing your files. File Stream will show up as an external device in your Finder for Mac users and as the G drive in your file explorer for Windows users.

Tips and Tricks

Pin the App

In order to make it easier to find the app, pin it to your Dock or Taskbar. When you launch the app for the first time, right-click on the app icon that shows up in your Dock or Taskbar and choose the option to pin it to that location. This is useful because some system updates close the application or log you out, making the folder disappear. Having the app in an easy to find location helps you get it back open and logged in so you can access your files and folders again.

Google Note Mac

Saving for Offline Use

You can save files for offline use if needed. You will need to choose which files you want for offline for the first time while connected to the internet. Files saved for offline use will create a local copy of that file on your computer so you are able to access and edit it at any time. If you do not have the internet while editing one of these files, it will not sync those edits to your Drive until internet access is restored.


Available everywhere. Try Google Keep on the web at and on your Android phone by downloading the app at What's new: Better organization. Organize your notes by adding labels to them. Transfer Google Keep notes to OneNote, hold on labels, checkboxes, images, background color. This is a 'OneNote Batch' feature, download OneNote Batch.Google Keep Google Keep is a great app with cross-platform sync, apps for Android, Chrome and the web and neat collaborative features. Google Keep lets users take pictures of physical notes and makes the contents searchable within the app. This can be a convenient time saver for those that do not want to type out the necessary info, but rather take a quick snapshot of it. Google has announced a smart new organizational feature for its note-taking and to-do list app, Google Keep. The app can now intelligently categorize users' notes by topic, such as food, books.

Transferring notes from one platform to another can be a tedious task. I just did something similar when I decided to stop using Evernote in favor of Google Keep. And believe me, the process wasn't a glorious one.

As a Google Keep user, I have to warn you that the process is not straightforward since there is no direct import or export option available. The note-taking app doesn't come with an API, and hopefully the Google Keep devs will finally provide it soon.

Continuing with our problem, let’s take a look at how to transfer all iPhone notes to Google Keep. Whether you are moving from iPhone to Android-based smartphone or you want to use both platforms on a daily basis — the notes should be in sync.

In either case, read on.

1. Upload to Google Keep Manually

This step is the simplest of all and you can easily transfer your notes to Google Keep. I hope you already have Google Keep installed on iPhone.

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Launch the Apple Notes app and open the note that you want to transfer. Tap on the share button to bring up sharing menu.

Scroll a little to the left to find the Google Keep option. As you would share a note with any other app, tapping on Google Keep here will create a Keep note with the exact title and description as your Apple Notes. Google Keep will ask you to choose an account (if you have more than one Google ID), change title or description, and most importantly, add a label so you can find the note later using the search feature. When you are done, tap on Post to save the note in Google Keep.

Do note that you cannot create new labels here and can only choose from existing options. Make sure to create new appropriate labels for your Apple Notes before you begin the transfer.

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2. Apple Notes to Gmail to Google Keep

At times, you just want to sync data between iPhone and Android, but neither Google nor Apple offers a nifty option for specific apps. Even the iPhone to Android switch app doesn't copy those Notes to Keep. In this situation, if you have hundreds of thousands of Apple Notes, it can be difficult to share them all to Keep individually. That is where Gmail comes in.

Go to Settings and tap on Passwords & Accounts. Tap on Add Account here.

Select Google from the menu here and enter your login credentials. Your Google account will be added to your iPhone now. At the time of setting up, you will be asked to enable sync for different services. Toggle Notes here.

After adding your Google account, download the Gmail app from the App Store and sign in using the same Google ID. By default, your notes sync to iCloud. Now, they should be syncing to Google too. When you open the Gmail app, you should see a new label called Notes where you will find all the notes.

Going by our example, you will now see the note under a new label Notes in Gmail.


If you want to change the default settings so that all new notes are now saved in Gmail and not in iCloud, open Settings and tap on Notes where you will select Default Account option.

Now tap on Gmail to choose a new default account to save new notes in Apple Notes.

Open the note in Gmail on your PC and you should see Keep shortcut in the sidebar.

Google Note Mac

You will have to open Keep there and manually copy the contents of the note from Gmail to Keep. Repeat this for each note on Gmail that you want to see in Keep.

Note that Apple Notes that are synced to Gmail, and not iCloud, will not appear here. It is also one-way sync so you can’t edit notes in Gmail and expect the changes to reflect in the Notes app on your iPhone. You can only view it. However, if you delete notes in Gmail, it will be deleted on your Phone too. That's rather odd, isn't it?

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3. iCloud to Google Keep Manually

The last method in the list is the iCloud method. Open Chrome or any browser on your PC and launch iCloud and Keep in two separate tabs or windows. You will now have to manually open each note in iCloud, copy its contents, and create a new note in Keep to paste the same. You can then add labels, color code them, and add additional info if you want.

Notes to Keep

I wish things were different and there really was a more straightforward way to transfer all your iPhone notes from the Notes app to Google Keep. Unfortunately, as popular as Google Keep has become, Google still doesn't offer an easier option to do that. However, we always have the above methods to do it without losing out any data or involving any third-party app.

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Next up: Want to know which is a better choice? Google Keep or Evernote? Here is an in-depth comparison.

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Done with Apple Notes and looking for a way out? You can try Google’s excellent note-taking app, Google Keep. It’s now a robust notetaking service available everywhere from the web, Chrome, Android to iOS. Here’s how to transfer your notes from Apple Notes to Google Keep.

Apple Notes makes it extremely difficult to export notes. And Google hasn’t created an automatic importer. This means you’ll have to manually import notes from Apple Notes to Google Keep. One by one.

How to Transfer Apple Notes to Google Keep Using The App

The official way to do this is by using the Google Keep app. It’s a workaround, but basically, you use the share extension to transfer notes from Apple Notes to Google Keep.

Step 1: Open a note from the Notes app after installing the Google Keep app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the Share button. Here, swipe all the way to the end, tap on More and enable the Google Keep extension.

Step 3:
Select the Google Keep extension. You’ll see a popup. Here you can choose which account to add the note to. And then tap on Post. The note will now be added to your Google Keep account.

Follow the same process for all the notes you want to transfer from Apple Notes to Google Notes.

How to Sync Apple Notes to Gmail

Google Note Machine

There’s a setting that lets you use Google as the syncing engine for notes in Apple Notes. This doesn’t mean all your notes show up in Google Keep automatically. They can merely be seen from Gmail app and you can then copy/paste to Google Keep manually.

There are a couple of caveats involved. Even after you enable Google as a source for Apple Notes app, it doesn’t actually start syncing all the notes from your iCloud account. It will only sync notes that are in the Gmail folder. To make matters worse, I couldn’t find a way to move notes from iCloud folder to Gmail folder.

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Google Keep Mac App

So this is what the workflow would look like:

➤ Manually copy text from a note in the iCloud folder.
➤ Create a new note in the Gmail folder and paste the text.
➤ Open the Gmail app or Gmail website and find the Notes label.
➤ Open the note in the label.
➤ Manually paste the text in a Google Note on the web.

This route is also manual. The bright side is that you can do some batch processing. And you can paste the text in Google Keep using your computer, which makes things faster.

To set this system up, follow the instructions:

Step 1:
Open Settings on your iPhone and go to Accounts & Passwords.

Step 2: If you haven’t already, add your Gmail account.

Google Keep Note App

Step 3: Then select your Google account and turn on the Notes syncing feature.

Google Keep

Step 4: You can make the Gmail your default account. To do that open Notes section in Settings and tap on Default Account. Now select Gmail.