Google Keep offers a reliable and frustration-free note-taking experience, but it̵7;s always a good idea to back up your notes once in a while. You can easily extract a copy of your Google Keep archive with Google’s dedicated backup tool, Takeout.
To use it, visit the Google Takeout page and sign in with the Google Account associated with Keep. Click “Deselect All” if you only want to download your Keep data and not files from any of the other Google services.
In the “Products” list, scroll down and select the check box next to “Keep”.
In the “Multiple formats” option, you can see in which format Google extracts your Keep notes.
Scroll to the bottom and click “Next Step.”
On the following page you can select:
- How Google sends the archive to you.
- If you want Google to automatically back up your Keep data every two months.
- The file type.
- If you want Google to share the archive if it exceeds a certain amount of GB.
When you have everything ready, click on “Create export”.
Google is starting to back up your Keep notes and attachments. You will not receive the archive file immediately. Depending on how much data you have, it can take hours or even days. You do not need to keep this window open.
If you change your mind, you can scrap it with “Cancel Export.”
In addition to your notes, Google also sends you the following:
- Photos, videos or audio recordings that you have imported
- The names of people you’ve collaborated with on Google Keep
- Your list of labels.
When it’s done, you’ll receive an email with a link to the archive that expires in a week. Click “Download your files” and sign in again with your Google credentials for verification.
Your computer starts downloading the archive file. If it does not, click “Download” next to your most recent backup to manually request it.
Click on the file “archive_browse.html” in the archive. This launches a web app in your browser so you can easily browse through all your Google Keep information.
You can also browse the notes from the “Keep” folder individually in the downloaded archive.