Google Keep Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Google Keep for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is NoteLedge. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Joplin or Standard Notes. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Keep and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Google Keep are Microsoft OneNote (Freemium), Simplenote (Free, Open Source), Obsidian (Free Personal) and Evernote (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 30, 2021

    1. NoteLedge is a digital notepad that comes with powerful multimedia tools for creating notes and presenting works straight from a smart device.
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      NoteLedge vs Google Keep opinions
      Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      rosalindmorris23 NoteLedge is feature rich and more versatile than Google Keep.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    2. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.
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      Joplin vs Google Keep opinions
      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      xplosionmind It offers everything that Google Keeps offer, without any cost in terms of privacy and ads targeting
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

      hirawatt Open Source, Cross-platform, Encryption, Sync with numerous cloud services, Markdown Support with WYSIWYG support...NOW what else do you need from a note editor.
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      Clean UI, open-source, synchronization with several platforms (Dropbox, Nextcloud, etc.), markdown, mermaid syntax, etc. One of the best note taking app.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      08f20518 It's open-source and self-hosted!
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      - Open source - Not locked to Google's cloud services, you can sync with Nextcloud, Dropbox etc. and even to the file system (As a network share, or (what I use because I don't own a server) Syncthing to sync between devices.) - Supports markdown, which I highly like.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago


    3. Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.
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      Standard Notes vs Google Keep opinions
      Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      Doesn't have basic functionalities such as checklists that make up some of the core functionality of Google Keep
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      3SDDd8g3 SN is privacy focused and has a long-term vision
      Positive comment 2 months ago

    4. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.
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      Microsoft OneNote vs Google Keep opinions
      Most users think Microsoft OneNote is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      Dreadfuldark Onenote is far better than Google Keep since you can really organize all of your notes. Google keep is just plain and simple sticky notes
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      BarnMTB Google Keep is like a corkboard where you post your sticky notes, and put them out once irrelevant. OneNote is like your notebook where you jot down things.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      OneNote is a full and robust application with lots of features, where Keep is pretty basic sticky notes with tags. I came looking for an alternative to Keep and I already know the amount of features in OneNote is too much -- a user looking for simple software that just gets out of the way like Keep does isn't going to enjoy it.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

    5. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.
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      Simplenote vs Google Keep opinions
      Most users think Simplenote is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      Even simpler than Keep, WAY less laggy when you have a lot of notes though, better on desktop than Keep is, very easy to switch to
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      Does not support pictures.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      Cross platform sync and open source!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      because of the syncing option
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    6. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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      Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
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      Evernote vs Google Keep opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Evernote is still a legitimate alternative to Google Keep, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Evernote can be used on only 2 devices (on free plan)...
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

    7. Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind.


      The project doesn't seem to be actively developed anymore. Last updates was in 2019.

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      Turtl vs Google Keep opinions
      Most users think Turtl is a great alternative to Google Keep.
      turtl has no web client access event though it's build upon npm/electron.. also has no android widget like google keep
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      This is a great safe note-taking app for quick transfer notes. There could be more features added but when I want to safely organize notes on one of my phones to be transferred to other phones or other pcs, or vice versa, this works. It only comes with 50MB storage but if it is just quick notes being stored, that is more than enough space. I only use the free version though. They would have to add a lot more features to make the program worth paying for.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      JohnFastman Google Keep invades your privacy; it's one of Google's ways of harvesting your private data: you are the product. The answer is to use encrypted, trustworthy, open source apps. Turtl is such a project. Recent development has been slow, but it's the most similar (to Keep) end-to-end encrypted note-taking app. Protect your privacy!
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    8. Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type.
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    9. Notebook PEAs - encryption of notes. Protects your private notes with a password. The text is never stored unencrypted on your disk (until you explicitly decide to do that). The used cryptographic primitives are currently considered as safe as possible.
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      Almost everyone thinks Notebook PEA is a great alternative to Google Keep.
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