Recording and Sharing Voice Memos with Google Keep

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Record and Share Voice Memos with Google Keep

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Google Keep is a lesser-known product from Google and a terrific way to create and share notes, lists, photos, and audio. It's also a great tool to help you stay organized and provides lots of great ways to increase your productivity.

Google Keep is a collection of productivity tools available within one application. It enables you to easily create text or audio notes, as well as to create lists, store your photos and audio, share everything easily, set reminders, and keep your ideas and notes synced across all devices. 

One feature, in particular, that's very helpful is the ability to create voice memos. At the tap, of a button, you'll be prompted to begin talking to create a voice memo. That memo is then translated into text when you share it via text message or email. 

The ability to take a voice memo using Google Keep is only available via the mobile application.

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Recording and Sharing a Voice Memo

Now that you know the basics, here's the easy instructions on how to record and share a voice memo using Google Keep:

  1. Visit the Google Keep website
  2. Click or tap on "Try Google Keep"
  3. Select your operating system: Android, iOS, Chrome or Web Version (you can download multiple versions -- for instance, one on your phone and one on your computer -- and they will sync automatically if you are using the same Google login for both applications). Remember, you can only use the voice memo feature on mobile, so be sure to select either Android or iOS to install the app on your Google or Apple mobile phone.
  4. Follow the prompts to install the application. Once it's installed open it. If you have more than one Google account, you will be prompted to select which account you'd like to use with Google Keep.
  5. Once you're signed in, you have access to all of the Google Keep features. 
  6. To create a voice memo, tap on the microphone icon at the bottom right side of the screen. You may be prompted to allow Google to access your mobile phone's microphone. 
  7. Once you tap on the microphone icon, a screen will appear which contains the microphone icon surrounded by a red circle, and an appearance that it's throbbing. This means that the microphone is ready to go and that you can begin talking to record your message. Proceed with recording your message.
  8. The recording will end automatically when you stop speaking. You will then be presented with a screen that contains the text of your message along with an audio file. On this screen you'll have the option to perform a variety of functions:
  9. Tap into the Title area to create a title for your memo
  10. Clicking on the "plus" button on the lower left side presents options to:
    1. Take a photo
    2. Choose an image 
    3. Show text boxes, which allows you to turn the message into a list format
  11. On the bottom right, you'll see an icon with three dots. Tapping on this icon reveals the following options: Delete your memo; Make a copy of your memo; Send your memo; Add collaborators from your Google contacts who can add to and modify your messages, and Select a colored label for your memo to help you stay organized

Tap "Send your memo" in order to share it. Once you do, you'll be presented with all of the standard options from your mobile device, including sending your memo by text message, via email, sharing it on a social network, and uploading it to Google docs, amongst other options. Note that when you share your memo, the recipient will receive a text version of the memo.