Google Keep is one of the most popular note-taking apps on Android. It features a simple interface and is pretty easy to use, especially for first-time users.

google keep drag and drop feature

Although it’s this simplicity that makes Keep appealing to beginners, the lack of essential note-taking features has caused it to trail behind other popular note-taking apps on Android in the past. However, recent Google Keep releases have introduced some much-requested features, like the ability to format text, as part of an effort to make Keep a full-fledged notes app.

Now, following the release of these formatting features, Google has added yet another useful feature to Keep. It’s called drag-and-drop, and it makes moving images from Keep to other apps a breeze. Here’s what you need to know about the feature and how to use it on your device.

What Is Drag-and-Drop in Google Keep?

Drag-and-drop is a new multitasking feature in Google Keep that lets you move an image in your Keep note to another Android app on your device using a simple drag and drop gesture. Currently, it works only between Keep and other Google apps like Docs, Messages, Mail, and Drive.

So, if you’re heavily dependent on Google apps, including Keep, for your work, and you need to multitask between them on your Android tablet or phone often, the drag-and-drop feature can prove to be really useful and make multitasking easier.

How to Drag and Drop Images in Google Keep?

Google Keep’s drag-and-drop feature works in split-screen mode, so your Android phone or tablet should support split-screen multitasking to be able to use it. Additionally, you also need to update Google Keep to the latest version (version to get the feature on your device.

Once you’ve covered these fronts, follow the steps below to use the drag-and-drop feature to move images from Keep and insert them into other Google apps.

Note: For the purpose of this guide, we’ll be using Keep and Gmail, wherein we’ll be moving images from a Keep note into a new mail in Gmail. All the screenshots below are taken while demonstrating the drag-and-drop feature on a Pixel 4a.

  1. Open Google Keep on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Open the other Google app into which you want to insert images.
  3. Put Keep and the other app into split-screen mode. On Pixel devices, swipe up from the bottom of your screen, press and hold the Keep icon, and tap Split top. Then, select the other app to put it below Keep in split-screen view.
    putting apps in split-screen mode
  4. Open the Keep note that contains the images you want to move out. Similarly, open the document or email inside which you want to insert the image from Keep.
    opening apps in split screen view
  5. Press and hold the image you want to move in Keep, drag it outward, and drop it onto the other Google app. Repeat the step if you want to move multiple images.
    dropping an image from google keep to gmail

Once you’ve inserted the images into another Google app, you can either continue to work in the split-screen mode or press the back key to exit the split-screen view and return to the full-screen mode.

image successfully dropped in gmail

Compose Documents, Emails, or Messages With Images Easily

With the addition of the drag-and-drop feature in Keep, Google is pushing multitasking forward, especially for Android tablet users, who can now make the most of the split-screen mode and compose messages, emails, or documents with images effortlessly. However, since the functionality is currently limited to Google apps, it will only be useful if you use Google’s suite of apps for everything.

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