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Why Senior Citizens (And Not Just Milennials) Should Use Google Keep

Updated on July 16, 2017
Seniors can use Google Keep just like millennials do, but for their own special purposes.
Seniors can use Google Keep just like millennials do, but for their own special purposes.

Google Keep is something non-techies and Senior Citizens can use just as well as millennials. I just discovered Google Keep today while browsing through my Android. It’s a yellow square icon with a light bulb on it and the bottom right corner is folded in. That description should tell you why you should read this hub. I’m not very techie, but I can make techie stuff sound fun and normal and easy to understand. The first thing you have to do is learn how to get this free app.

Whatever works best for you.
Whatever works best for you.

How to get Google Keep

  1. Open the Google Play app.
  2. Download Google Keep. (Remember? The yellow one with the light bulb and a folded corner)
  3. Press install.

Google Keeps it nice and easy

This software is free and does so many wonderful things.
This software is free and does so many wonderful things.

What does Google Keep do?

  1. It saves everything you input. Google Keep is a place to keep your lists, notes, memos, happy pictures with captions, drawings and the like. It could be a shopping list, a to-do list, notes to self, et. al. You can even upload or take pictures and add a photo caption. All of these are automatically saved on Google Docs, so nothing you put on Googe Keep gets lost. Let’s break down the functions a bit more.
  2. To do lists. If Billybuc was going to make a “To Do” list, he might have things like “Feed my chickens. Check for Quail eggs. Write a new hub to answer all the questions on my Writers Mailbag list.” Or, if you were Mel Carriere, you might list down “Read this great new book so I can write a hub about it.” You can also set a time, date, and location so that the to-do list will pop up when you want to see it.
  3. Take a note. Tap, prosaically speaking, “Take a note.” Then, write your note. For example, “Dear Me. I love me. You love me. They all love me. Sincerely, Me.” Add a title to it, for example, “Me”. Then, tap the arrow pointing back, and you’ve saved it.

Billybuc's Chicks

Billybuc and his wife Bev have an urban farm filled with animals and vegetables:).
Billybuc and his wife Bev have an urban farm filled with animals and vegetables:). | Source

More stuff you can do on Google keep

  1. Shopping Lists. If you are the kind of person who knows everything you want to shop for all at one time, you can make your list using voice transcriber. However, if you, like me, tend to add things to your shopping list as they come to mind, you may find the List Item icon more convenient. That is the three lines with dots before each line.
  2. Happy reminders. Sometimes small is better. A simple reminder like, “I would like to be more mindful today” will show up on your android and you can look at it several times during the day to help you focus on mindfulness.
  3. Choose your look. You can choose whether you want your lists, photos et. al. to appear in two columns or just one column. I prefer two columns because I add a photo of my dog, and right beside it, my reminder of the day, like “Do five kind things today.”
  4. Voice transcription. I fell in infatuation with Google Keep because of its voice transcription. To create a note or list or anything by voice, tap the microphone icon and say anything you want, like "Make money to buy a better phone".

Google Keep: Android App for Making Notes and Lists with Voice Notes

I think this second video will also be very helpful for example if you want to save the information about the medicine you are taking, or if you want to keep a copy of a prescription that might include your next appointment.

How to Grab Image Text with Google Keep's OCR - Android Noob Guide

And even more Google Keep stuff

  1. Delete your note. If you decided that you would like to sing a song into Google Keep and you know you can’t hold a note but maybe the vodka did its magic on you, you have this wonderful option to delete the note with the “x” icon.
  2. Photos. You can take a photo of a dress you might want to buy for your daughter, or of something that makes you happy, and you can add a caption to it, too. Why do that? Sometimes you just want a small space in you digital kingdom where you can see things that make you happy and keep small reminders to be kind.
  3. Voice memos. Yes, you can do these, too. Although as a senior citizen who quietly writes, I can’t imagine what voice memo I would leave to myself or others. However, let me say that if you send someone a voice memo (because with Google Keep you can send to a select person or group), you might as well keep it light. Even things you think your team (eg. the cookie cutter committee ) may have overlooked can be said in a positive way.

Forgot your android? You left your android at home and need your shopping list. If there is a library nearby, go there and grab a free computer. Go to Google Docs and you will see your Google Keep files there, including your shopping list

There is always the library
There is always the library

More Google Keep tips

  1. 1. Not familiar with Google Docs? Google “Google Docs” and go to the link. Open up your personal Google Docs using your email address. Click on the nine little squares that make one big square. You will see a lot of icons. Look for the Google Keep icon and click it. Voila, it’s all there.
  2. Meeting calls. Millenials will call them conference calls, but you can call them meeting calls with all the groups you are involved with, including volunteer groups, church groups, and neighborhood groups. If you have a group in your Google Keep, you can have meetings either through messages shared among the five of you, or through a meeting call. The ability to do the latter will also depend on your device.

Share. Let’s proudly say some boomers are really good at creating layouts for invitations and/or flyers. But sometimes this is a collaborative job. You would want to share inputs from the layout designer with the copy writer, the color corrector, the head of the team, and other stakeholders involved in the project. You can do this with Google Keep. By sharing, everyone can give their input at every stage of the job

For Seniors Especially

Since we are talking about how seniors can use Google Keep as easily as millennials, let me add that we might as well consider some laptops for seniors as well. My friend in the States said she loves her Chromebook. It only has Google products, but they are so plentiful that it's more than she needs, and it makes going online less complicated for her. Also, it's more cost friendly. Plus, it can change a document into a word document if needed. She is using a Chromebook with 16 MB because she doesn't store too many documents, and she can always use a USB for added storage if needed. You may want to try this or give it to the senior citizen in your family as a gift.

A senior friendly laptop

HP Chromebook 14 Intel Celeron 4GB 16GB 14.0'' Google Chromebook Laptop PC (Black)
HP Chromebook 14 Intel Celeron 4GB 16GB 14.0'' Google Chromebook Laptop PC (Black)

This Chromebook simplifies surfing online. It only has Google products, but they are so plentiful you won't need all of them, and the ones to suit your needs are already there. You also have to option to buy non-Google software.


A swell, free app

  1. Categorization by colors. You can further organize you data on Google Keep by color categorization. There is an icon that resembles a palette and when you press it, you will see different colored rings. So, you can separate everything you input by assigning a color per grouping, contact, or type of message (notes, lists, memos, etc).
  2. Send a note to another app. To do this, open your Keep app. Then, tap the note you want to send, and in the bottom right, tap Action (three dots). Then, tap send (a thick arrow) and pick an option. There, you can find which app you want to send this note to.
  3. Help. This is my second favorite part (after voice transcription). There is a help section in Google Keep which will give you instructions for any function that you want to do.

This is a swell app and it’s free. I hope you get a chance to use it. That way, you can use your notebooks for longer writing purposes. (Sometimes, I use a notebook when I’m studying, because it gets into my mind more easily if I write it down and review it).

The Chromebook Pro - Most Powerful Chromebook Ever?


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    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      12 months ago from Philippines

      Thank you Ashima, I always use Google Keep for shopping lists, notes to self, special photos, etc. It is really nice:)

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      12 months ago from India

      This is a very helpful article about Google Keep. Great hub!

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Miss Dora! How wonderful to hear from you:). Getting a comment from you makes me feel like I've come home. I hope you have fun using Google Keep:).

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Hello, Jo, delighted to connect with you here on Hub Pages:). Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you find some usefulness in Google Docs, it does have some usefulness, and it makes things easy to do.

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      Jo Miller 

      19 months ago from Tennessee

      Well done. Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thanks for all the useful information.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Hi Debbie, delighted to touch base with you on Facebook. Yah that light bulb can be overlooked, wonder what would have happened if they used a LED bulb instead, haha. I hope that you will enjoy Google Keep and that it will serve your purposes and pleasures:).

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      19 months ago

      That was helpful. I've seen keep on my phone, didn't know what it did. Thank You, I will be trying.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for introducing Google Keep. Sounds like enough fun for the effort to learn something new.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Thank you for letting me use the picture of your chicks. You have such a lovely urban farm:)

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good recommendation, Mona! I'll check it out. Thank you my friend.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Mr. Eric how very nice to hear from you:). I personally use Google Keep just to make me laugh and remind me to keep my chin up. So there's a picture of my dog and a reminder of something good to do each day. I imagine however that you will be organizing your Sunday Sermons and your articles on so many other issues that are important to people, and saving ideas for new articles and inspiring sermons all the time as they come to mind. All the best to you:)

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am bookmarking this to come back and take time to learn/study this. Sounds like a good thing for this poor old disorganized head of mine -- thanks.

    • grand old lady profile imageAUTHOR

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      19 months ago from Philippines

      Hi FlourishAnyway:). Thank you for stopping by. It's very good to hear from you! Yes, it helps to not be so techie to make it easier to understand, because you know what's confusing. Does that make sense? hahahahah

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      19 months ago from USA

      Mona, I have to agree with you that you definitely have a real talent for making techie things seem easy and relatable. I love your style. I use Google docs all the time and gmail but I swear I didn't know about this! I loved that I learned something so useful.


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