Google Assistant Gains New Note-Taking Capabilities

Posted on December 7, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Smart Home with 7 Comments

Google announced this week that it is adding support for the Google Keep,, AnyList, and Bring note-taking solutions to its Assistant on phones and smart speakers.

“You can use your Assistant to create and manage your notes and lists in Google KeepAny.doAnyList, or Bring across Assistant-enabled phones and smart speakers,” Google’s Pravir Gupta revealed. “Lists are also available on Smart Displays.”

To use this capability, open Assistant settings, navigate to the Service tab, and find the Notes and Lists section. (If it’s not there yet, it will be soon: Google says that it is rolling out this feature now.) Then, choose your preferred note-taking solution provider name.

“Once connected, new notes and lists created from supported Assistant surfaces will appear in your chosen provider,” Gupta says. “You can also ask the Assistant for your historical notes and lists that were created before you connected the Assistant with your chosen provider, but these will not be visible in the provider’s app.”

Google says you can experiment with the following phrases (following “Hey, Google”):

– “Create a holiday gift list.”

– “Add Chromebook to my holiday gift list.”

– “Add cranberries to my grocery list.”

– “Take a note.”

– “Show me my notes.”

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Google Assistant Gains New Note-Taking Capabilities”

  1. dcdevito

    This is one area where Siri beats the pants of Google Assistant, glad to see google finally doing something about it

  2. ronh

    I would use it if they supported OneNote oe To Do

  3. Alex Taylor

    Great news, but as a fairly long time Keep user, this is just repairing something that used to work this way several years ago.

    Then they broke it with everything going to some orphaned web-only list that integrated with nothing.

    Looking forward to trying this, and hoping they don't break it again.

  4. Brian Roelofs

    My ideal note to self is just an e-mail right back to me. They took away this functionality a year ago and have yet to bring it back.

  5. hlbuck

    Received it today on my Pixel 4. As dumb as it feels to be excited about this overdue re-integration, I will say it works fantastically.

    Just note that existing Assistant lists (the in-app/web/Express/Shopping backend) won't be grandfathered into Google Keep. When you ask Assistant to add an item to your shopping list, it will still add the item to the in-app Shopping List, not Google Keep, even if you've created a note called "Shopping" in Keep. To get around this, rename your list(s) in the in-app interface to something you won't use; I renamed mine "Assistant List." Annoyingly, you can't delete the list entirely if it's the only one.

    Android Auto doesn't seem to have the update yet.