Google Keep Vs OneNote: Which One Is Better[2021]

After comparing Google Drive Vs OneDrive, I decided to compare the other two best products of Google and Microsoft. And this time, it was Google Keep vs OneNote-a comparison of the two best note-taking services provided by Google and Microsoft respectively.

I have tried my best to keep things very simple in this post so that it will be easy to understand for both types of readers-those who know about Google Keep & OneNote, and those who haven’t even heard anything about Google Keep & OneNote.

The comparison of Google Keep vs OneNote is done on the basis of available features in both of these platforms. But before starting the real comparison on the basis of features, let’s have a quick glance at what are google Keep and Microsoft OneNote?

What Are Google Keep And OneNote?

Google Keep: It is a note-taking service offered by Google as part of the free web-based Google Suite Editors. This service of Google offers a variety of tools for taking notes including texts, lists, and images, and audio files. Google Keep lets you capture notes, share them with others, and access them from anywhere and any device that supports other Google products. Google Keep is widely known as “Keep”.

It was initially released by Google on March 30, 2013.

Microsoft OneNote: Microsoft OneNote is a free note-taking service or program provided by Microsoft as a part of Microsoft Office Suite. It lets users gather notes, drawings, screen clippings, audio commentaries, etc, and share these with others over the internet. Microsoft OneNote is widely known as “OneNote”.

It was initially released on November 19, 2003, by Microsoft.

Google Keep Vs OneNote-Side By Side Comparison

Now, let’s have side by side comparison between Google Keep and Microsoft OneNote on the basis of their features.


Google Keep is available for free on all major devices on which Google works including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. On computer devices, it isn’t available as a Desktop app.

You can have Google Keep on the computer devices both as a Chrome Extention and as its official website

While on mobile devices, Google Keep is available as a mobile app on Google PlayStore and App Store.

You need to have a Gmail account to open and use Google Keep.

Microsoft OneNote is available for free on computer, mobile, and tablet devices as well on Windows, iOS, macOS, and Android.

You can have OneNote on the computer devices as the app that can be either downloaded from its official website or from the app store of Windows 11 or 11 and macOS.

On mobile devices, it is available only as an app that can be downloaded from Google PlayStore and App Store.

You need a Microsoft account to download and use OneNote.

User Interface

Google Keep: It has a very simple, clean, plain, and easy-to-use interface that makes it very user-friendly on its every version-the web version, extension version, and mobile app version. It also includes the Dark Mode option. All the available options and features appear right in front of the user. There are two options List View and Grid View to arrange the notes and reminders.

Microsoft OneNote: OneNote also has a very clean, plain, and easy-to-use interface. But if we talk about in the comparison to Google Keep, the user interface of OneNote is slightly difficult.

Editing Tools

Google Keep: Google Keep provides varieties of editing tools. When you open Google Keep, on the Homepage, it offers you to write a note directly, write notes with a new list, new notes including drawing, and new notes with pictures. You can start writing notes at any time by clicking on Take A Note.

When you will begin to write notes by clicking Take A Note, it will offer you editing tools like:

  • Remind Me
  • Collaborator
  • Change Color
  • Add Image
  • Archive
  • Add Label, Add Drawing, Show Stick boxes etc.

Using these above-mentioned tools, you can add or customize other elements in the note.

Microsoft OneNote: In the comparison of Google Keep, OneNote provides a wide range of more advanced tools for editing, and writing notes.

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