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Are Google Keep notes backed up?

Are Google Keep notes backed up? Well yes and no. But there’s a great way to keep a separate copy of them if you want via Google Docs

This is an interesting question because it all depends on what you mean by ‘backed up’. In one sense, yes they are backed up as they are all stored on a Google server, so if you completely wipe your phone for example you’ll still be able to access your Google Keep notes. But, if you were to permanently delete all your Google Keep notes and then completely wipe your phone, then there’s no way to recover those notes.

Two options for backing up Google Keep

The first option:

Personally I regularly create copies of my important Google Keep notes on Google Docs (which is a nice feature that’s built right into Google Keep). That way I am backing up those notes in a separate area so should something happen to my Google Keep account, I can still access the notes that are important to me.

Once your notes have been exported to Google Docs, they can be edited and formatted like any other document. The original Google Keep notes will remain untouched, so you can choose to keep them; archive them or delete them, without affecting the notes that were exported to Google Docs.

The document will have the same title as the original Google Keep note. If there was no title on the note, the document will be called ‘Google Keep Document’.

Note: Lists do not translate across to Google Docs. Any list notes will have their checkboxes replaced with a bullet point instead.

Exporting notes to Google Docs via the web

  • Open https://keep.google.com.
  • Click the note you want to send to Google Docs. 
  • Click on the More menu icon in the bottom right of the note.
  • Click Copy to Google Doc in the drop down menu. To immediately open the Google Doc, click Open Doc in the pop up that appears in the bottom left of the window. 

Exporting notes to Google Docs via the mobile app

Note: The option to send a Google Keep note directly to Google Docs is only available on the Android mobile app.

  • Open the Keep application.
  • Tap on the note you want to send to Google Docs.
  • Tap on the Action Menu icon in the bottom right of the note.
  • Tap on Send from the pop up menu.
  • Tap on Copy to Google Doc from the pop up screen. To immediately open the Google Doc, click Open Doc in the pop up that appears in the bottom left of the window.
  • Tap on the Back Arrow to return to the original note.

The second option:

Alternatively, you could choose to regularly download your Google Keep information from takeout.google.com which is another great way to backup and store data that you don’t want to lose.

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