Create or edit notes & list on your phone

Important: You can’t create new Family Notes, but you can still view and save existing notes.

You can ask your Google Assistant to start a note and update lists for you.

  • "Start a list"
  • "Create a list"
  • "Create a list called [store] shopping"
  • "Show me my shopping list"
  • "Show all my lists"
  • "Add take out the trash to my to do list"

Set a default note service

Let your Google Assistant create and edit notes in a service, like Google Keep.

Important: This feature is only available in English.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Assistant (iOS).
  2. At the top right, tap your profile image or initial and then Services and then Notes & Lists.
  3. Tap a service to set it as your default.
  4. To confirm, tap Continue.

Any new notes created with your Google Assistant are visible on your default note service. Any notes you created with your Google Assistant before you set a default note service won’t be available.

Tip: If you choose a third-party provider app as your default, that provider’s app's privacy policy applies.

Create a note

  1. To talk to your Assistant, say "Hey Google" or tap and hold the Home button.
  2. Say a command like "Take a note."

Find & edit your note

  1. To talk to your Assistant, say "Hey Google" or tap and hold the Home button.
  2. Say a command like:
    • "Show me all my notes"
    • "Show me my notes"
  3. To edit a note, tap the note or View all notes.

Fix issues with notes

Where are my old notes?

Any notes you create with Google Assistant before you connect to a notes service, like Keep, aren’t migrated. Your Assistant will show you an aggregated view of notes created from both your Assistant and your note service.

If you have notes in both the Assistant and your notes service with the same name, your Assistant will add items to the note created in your notes service.

Access notes you created with your Google Assistant

When you set a notes service as your default app, your Assistant shows you notes from both the note app and notes you created with your Google Assistant. To edit your Google Assistant notes:

  1. Open the Google Assistant app Assistant (iOS).
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile image or initial and then Services and then Notes & Lists.

Create or edit a list

Learn how to have the Google Assistant create or edit lists on your phone. To use the Google Assistant on a speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock, follow these steps.

Family Notes are no longer available

Important: You can’t create new Family Notes, but you can still view and save existing notes.

With Family Notes, you can share thoughts and tasks with others in your household on your Smart Display.

Create & share notes with Google Assistant

Important: You can create notes and lists with Google Assistant. You can also share notes with apps like Google Keep.

To save your past Family Notes and move them into another app:

  1. Go to Takeout.google.com.
  2. Choose the data you want to export.
  3. To save your Family Notes, tap Assistant Notes and Lists.
  4. At the bottom, tap Next Step.
  5. Choose the export frequency, file type, and file size.
  6. Tap Create export.

Tip: You can also move your files to another notes app. For help, check for instructions within the other app.

Create or edit lists on your Smart Display or Smart Clock

You can use Google Assistant to create lists for tasks like shopping or errands.

Important: Currently, this feature isn't available in all languages and countries or regions.

Step 1: Turn on personalization

When this setting is on, Google Assistant can read info like your shopping list and help you with payments for the devices in your home.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under “Features,” tap Google Assistant and then Personal results.
  4. Edit settings.
Step 2: Create or edit your list

To create a list:

  1. Say "Hey Google.”
  2. Say a command like "Start a list."

To edit your list, you can use Google Assistant commands or list options. For example:

  • Say a command like "Hey Google, add Take out the trash to my To Do list."
  • On your phone, ask Google Assistant to show you your list. Then, tap a list or See all lists.

Fix issues with lists

Notes or lists created with Google Assistant with a non-Google list service won’t be available after June 20, 2023.

If you used a non-Google app to create notes with Google Assistant, check that app for your list info.

Create or edit notes on your speaker or Smart Display

Important: You can’t create new Family Notes, but you can still view and save existing notes.

Step 1: Turn on personalization

When this setting is on, Google Assistant can read info like your shopping list and help you with payments.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under “Features,” tap Google Assistant and then Personal results.
  4. Edit settings.
Step 2: Set a default notes service
  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile image or initial and then Assistant settings and then Notes & Lists.
  3. To set a default service, under "Select your notes & lists provider," tap a service.
  4. To confirm, tap Continue.

Any new notes created with your Google Assistant will be visible on your default note service. Any notes you created with your Google Assistant before you set a default note service won’t be available on that service.

Tip: If you choose a third-party provider app as your default, that provider’s app's privacy policy applies.

Step 3: Create or edit your note

To create a note:

  1. Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google."
  2. Say a command like"Take a note."

To edit your note:

  1. Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google."
  2. Say a command like "Show me my notes."
  3. Tap your note.

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