How to Delete and Remove Notes in Google Keep App

Google Keep is a popular note-taking app that allows users to easily create, organize, and access notes and lists across devices. It has features to add text, images, audio recordings, checklists and more to notes.

While the app makes capturing ideas and thoughts convenient, over time you may accumulate notes that are no longer relevant or useful. Knowing how to properly delete or remove notes in Google Keep is important for keeping your note collection clean and organized.

When to Delete Notes

There are several reasons why you may want to delete notes in Google Keep:

  • The note contains outdated information
  • You created the note by mistake
  • You want to declutter your note collection
  • The note contains sensitive information you want to permanently remove

How to Delete a Single Note

Deleting a single note in Google Keep is very simple:

  1. Open the Google Keep mobile app or access on your desktop
  2. Hover over the note you want to delete
  3. Click on the 3-dot menu icon at the bottom of the note
  4. Select “Delete note”

The note will instantly disappear from view.

Note: Deleted notes in Google Keep go to the Trash folder where they remain for 7 days before being permanently deleted. This allows you to restore notes if deleted accidentally.

How to Delete Multiple Notes

You can also delete multiple Google Keep notes in bulk:

  1. Open the Google Keep app
  2. Tap and hold on a note to select it
  3. Tap on additional notes to select them
  4. Tap on the 3-dot menu at the top and select “Delete notes”
  5. Confirm deletion

This will instantly delete all selected notes.

How to Permanently Delete Notes

To instantly and permanently delete notes without the 7-day restore period:

  1. Open Google Keep
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu icon
  3. Select Trash
  4. Tap on “Empty trash” to permanently delete all notes

Warning: This action cannot be undone so double check notes before permanent deletion.

How to Archive Notes

Archiving allows you to remove notes from the main view without deleting them. Here is how to archive notes in Google Keep:

  1. Hover over a note and click the Archive icon
  2. To view archived notes later, click on Menu > Archive
  3. Click on a note to unarchive it back to the main view

Archiving notes helps organize your collection while still preserving the notes for later access if needed.

Tips for Managing Notes

Here are some additional tips for effectively managing notes in Google Keep:

  • Use labels – Add labels like #family, #work, #recipes to organize notes by category
  • Color code – Color code notes by priority, category or any system you want
  • Pin notes – Pin your most important notes to the top for quick access
  • Set reminders – Attach date/time reminders to notes so you don’t forget
  • Share notes – Collaborate with others by sharing notes

Taking the time to actively manage your Google Keep notes using deletion, archiving and organization features will ensure you have an clean, effective system for accessing your most important notes and ideas.