Google Keep vs Evernote | Which One is for You? (Jan 2020)

Google Keep and Evernote Icon

Google Keep vs Evernote

Two note-taking services, available on multiple platforms, Google Keep and Evernote have the same mission, but the path is different. Google Keep is a simple and straightforward service with basic tools, while Evernote comes with some of the advanced features. How do both perform against each other? This blog post covers Google Keep vs Evernote comparison.

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With Google Keep, we can make notes, checklists, record audio, draw, add an image (local), add links, indent text, set reminders, add labels, add numbered lists. We can label notes which helps organise notes and differentiate between them.

The app places some note types in separate space. For example, if you add text as well as drawing, the text will be separate from drawing. There is no desktop app, but there is an extension for Chrome to type notes quickly. Moreover, Google Keep does not offer any rich-text tools, but if you paste something, the app will paste in the copied format.

Evernote, on the other hand, comes with many options. Let’s take a look at each one:

CheckboxesNumbered listBulleted list
ItalicsUnderlineText highlight
CodeDraw (mobile)Voice recordings (mobile)
RemindersAdd hyperlinks

All the above are possible in a single note with the help of block. Other than that, you can print the notes.


Other than the web, Evernote also comes in a desktop version and as an extension for Chrome and Firefox. The software comes with the same options; however the interface is different. The app comes with a smart camera which detects the business cards and crops the photo to save the card part. Also, templates are something to consider as you get pre-made templates, including planning, budget, meeting, gift tracker and more.

Evernote does not come with labels, but it uses a similar technique called tags. Both Google Keep and Evernote use intelligent search to detect text in notes, tags/labels. You can duplicate and archive notes in both.



Google Keep Desktop Interface

Google Keep Desktop Interface

Google Keep comes with an elegant design with all the notes on the homepage. On the top, you will be able to see the pinned notes. On the top right, we have account and settings. In the settings menu, you will be able to find theme and notes options. Above all the notes, there is a bar to add new notes. The bar comes with the additional image, drawing, and checklist options.

Screenshot of Evernote Web Client

Evernote Desktop Interface

Moving to Evernote, it has almost all account-related features including devices, notebooks, shares and other account details. On the left, you can see your account details with notebooks, notes, tags, and trash options. Next to that, we have the notes section. On the top right, there are settings and insert options.




Google Keep and Evernote Mobile

Like desktop, Google Keep uses a simple design. All the notes can be found on the interface, including the pinned notes on the top. On each row, there are two notes placed. Next to the search bar, there is a layout button which switches to one note on each row. The app comes with a few options, including enabling/disabling dark theme, adjusting the default timings for the morning, afternoon, and evening, enabling/disabling sharing, enabling/disabling rich link previews, and a couple more.

Evernote comes with the search and filter buttons on the top right. Like Google Keep, the notes are on the home screen with add new note button down the bottom. On the top left, there is a settings option where you’ll be able to see the account details along with plan info, upgrade, notebooks, share, chat, themes, and other options.


On Android, both come with a few widgets. Google Keep comes with two widget options. The quick capture widget allows you to take a note on the home screen. The second one is the note list which offers to view and edit notes (pinned) on the home screen. Evernote contrarily comes with three widget types:

  1. The first one is called Evernote actions, which is used for creating new notes.
  2. Evernote actions 4×1 widget is for creating new text, photo, recording, or drawing notes.
  3. The last one Evernote list is for viewing and editing notes on the home screen.

Read: Evernote vs OneNote | Which One is the Ultimate Choice in 2020?


Let’s talk about the sharing features. Google Keep allows you to share the document as text while you can add collaborators. You can also copy the note to Google Docs to enable rich formatting and export in other extensions. Evernote comes with a few more options. You can also send notes in an email, share note’s link, manage sharing permissions, and chat with collaborators.


Google Keep is free, and it uses the storage which you get with your Gmail. You can also subscribe to G Suite to get unlimited storage to your account. Evernote, on the other hand, comes with premium plans. Let’s take a look at two common premium plans.


Evernote Plan Comparison

The free plan is called basic, while the premium one is for $9.9/month on a monthly plan and $7.5/month on a yearly plan. You get features including unlimited devices, extra upload limit, increased note size, offline mode, search in PDFs and docs, and enhanced support and more.

Which one is for you?

So, do we have a winner? It depends on the user. If you want a simple note-taking app for personal usage, then Google Keep is for you. If you’re going to make something serious and you have a team to manage the projects, then you should not care about a few bucks every month.

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In conclusion

The article Google Keep vs Evernote covered the essential topics. I hope the comparison helped you figure out which one to use. Let me know if you have any comments or questions so that we can discuss more. You can also subscribe to the newsletter to get the post updates.

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