How to View Edit History on Google Keep

When you’re writing notes in Google Keep, you often need to edit them. Whether it was a typo or a change of approach, a single Google Keep note can go through several revisions.

How to View Edit History on Google Keep

But is there a way to see the edit history somehow? The answer is yes. You can see when your note was last edited, but not its previous content.

Creating a Google Keep Note

In order to understand how the editing history works in Google Keep, it’s best to cover some note-taking essentials first. What does creating and editing notes in Google Keep even look like? We’re going to show you how to make a note in both the web portal and Google Keep app for iOS and Android. Here are the steps to follow for the web app:

  1. Sign in to your Google account and open Google Keep.
  2. At the top of the screen, click on the rectangular space where it says, “Take a note…”
  3. Once you do, the rectangle space will expand, and you can start typing your note.
  4. When finished, click on “Close” at the bottom right.

The note will automatically appear either in the grid or list view, depending on what you’ve selected in your settings.

If you’re using your mobile device to create Google Keep notes, it’s going to look like this:

  1. Launch the Google Keep app.
  2. Select “Create” or the “Plus” icon and write your note.
  3. When finished, select “Back.”

Your new note will be added to the list right away, and you can scroll through them and edit them anytime.

Google Keep

Editing a Google Keep Note

As you can see, creating a Google Keep note is fairly straightforward. And the good news is that once created, a Google Keep note isn’t set in stone. When you need to edit it, all you have to do is click or tap on it again and change it to whatever you want.

Both in the web app or mobile app, you can add labels, color, or add checkboxes when you need to transform your note into a list.

The edit toolbar will appear underneath your initial note once you click on it. You’ll also be able to add a reminder to your note when necessary. And even tag someone as a “Collaborator” if they need to see it.

Viewing Edit History in Google Keep

We’ve covered creating and editing notes, now let’s see what Google Keep lets you track in terms of changes. Truth be told, that’s not much, but you’ll still have some valuable information to take in.

When you click on any note in Google Keep, you might want to pay attention to the note’s bottom right corner. This shows the information on when the note was last edited.

If you hover over the “Edited” tag, you’ll get the information on when the original version of the note was created along with the time or date stamp.

Unfortunately, you won’t get to see any previous edit times. So, regardless of how many edits a single note in Google Keep has had, you’re only going to see the last.

How Do You Archive or Delete Google Keep Notes?

When you’ve edited a note in Google Keep one too many times, it seems like it would be better to start over? Sure, we’ve all been there, and thankfully Google Keep makes it easy to delete a note and start afresh. Here’s how you do it in the Google Keep web app:

  1. Click on the note in question.
  2. Select the three vertical dots from the toolbar.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Delete note.”

On your mobile device, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the app and tap on the note you want to delete.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots and then select “Delete.”
  3. If you want to delete more than one note at the time, press and hold each.

It’s important to remember that Google Keep lets you change your mind about the notes you delete. But not indefinitely, just for a week. Once your notes are moved to the “Trash” folder, you can go back, click on any of them and select “Restore.”

Archiving notes is similar, but instead of deleting your notes, it just stores them away permanently. Google Keep has an “Archive” folder by default, and that’s where you can send all the notes, reminders, and lists that you don’t need to see anymore, but want to keep a history of in the app.

Know Your Google Keep Edit History

If you want Google to make this feature more prominent and display the full history of all the revisions, the only thing you can actually do is send feedback from the Google Keep app.

For now, we can only see when the last edit was and when the note was created. For some users, that’s more than enough, especially considering that Google Keep has some limitations in terms of formatting and customization.

Would you like to full edit history in Google Keep? Let us know in the comments section below.

8 thoughts on “How to View Edit History on Google Keep”

Shiv says:
Hi, I made some changes and saved but I want the last edited draft, how can I retrieve it please
Steve Larner says:
I believe you can only revert to the previous Keeps edit if the note is still open. Once it is closed, you cannot undo any changes.
Stacey says:
Yes, I want the full edit history in google keep – my son just overwrote some of my data
Steve Larner says:
Getting the full edit history on a note in Google Keep is a slim-to-none chance. You can try going to https://takeout.google.com, then deselecting everything, then select “Keep” only. It may have something in the zip file it produces. Other than that, it is best to make a copy every time before changing the note. You just click on the three-dot icon and choose “Make a copy.” Then, next time you happen to be in Takeout, it should have them. Kepp also should have the copy. You can click on them and see the “Last edited” time in the bottom-right section of the note.

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