Top Google Tips

Google Docs

Edit documents with a screen reader
Use screen reader support for Google Docs editors
  1. Turn on screen reader support for Docs editors by visiting your Google Account settings.
  2. Visit Accessibility settings. Then select Accessibility settings.
  3. Set the screen reader preference to ‘on’.

Work better together with Google Docs

Collaborate in real time on a single, shared doc.
  1. Create a new document at
  2. Click “Share.”
  3. Share it with colleagues and give everyone permission to edit.


Save the videos you want to watch for when you actually have time to watch them
Watch videos on your time. Hit the “Watch Later” button to add it to a handy playlist on your YouTube homepage.
  1. Go to and sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Find a video you like and click the “Watch Later” button (the clock icon) at the bottom of the video.
  3. Your saved videos can be accessed by clicking “Watch Later” on your YouTube homepage.
  4. You can also find these videos on your phone or tablet by opening the YouTube app and signing in with your Google Account.


Clear your browsing history
If you use Chrome as your browser, it’s easy to delete some or all of your browsing history. Better yet, if you’re signed into Chrome on multiple devices, deleting your browsing history will take effect across all of them.
  1. To clear your browser History, click the Chrome menu icon on the browser toolbar. Select More Tools, then select Clear browsing data.
  2. In the dialog that appears, select the “Clear browsing history” checkbox. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data you want to delete.

Google App

Use your voice to search
Keep score even when you’re not at the game
Get real-time updates on your favorite teams’ games and scores with Now cards in the Google app.
  1. This feature uses Google Now, which is available within the Google app on Android 4.1+ and iOS 5.0+.
  2. Open the Google app. If you see a welcome screen, choose “GET STARTED,” then “SET UP.”
  3. If you already have the Google app installed, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner. On Android, select “Settings” and make sure Google Now is set to “On.” On iOS, tap “Google Now” and follow the on-screen flow to activate.
  4. To get game updates, select “Customize” from the Google app menu, choose “Sports,” and then add the teams you care about.
  5. That’s it! Open up the Google app to get your updates.
Wait less with real-time public transit updates
Automatically get real-time public transit updates, schedules, and directions.
  1. Open the Google app and tap the menu in the top left corner.
  2. Select “Google Now” then tap “Continue.”
  3. Tap “Yes, I’m In.” You’ll start getting real-time updates on weather, public transit, and more.
  4. If you are already a Google Now user but are not seeing public transit updates, you can make sure they are turned on by going to the app settings menu, selecting “Google Now” and scrolling down to “Public Transit” to turn on.

Google Keep

Get reminders at the right time and place
Get a reminder at a specific time or when you reach a specific place.
  1. In the Google Keep app, touch a note.
  2. In the top right, tap “Remind me.”
  3. To set a time reminder, tap one of the default times, or tap “Pick a date and time.”
  4. To set a location reminder, tap “Pick a place.” Then enter the name or address and tap “Done.” You’ll need to allow Google Keep to access your location.


Hit send too soon? No need to worry with Undo Send from Inbox by Gmail
Take back a message right after you send it if you discover a mistake.
  1. In the Inbox by Gmail app, after you send a message, tap “Undo” on the bottom right. (The option will disappear after a few seconds.)
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Google Maps

No signal? No problem. Search for places, get directions and navigate offline
Download a map area before your trip, so you can search for places and get driving directions even if you have no connection.
  1. Open the Google Maps app. Make sure your phone is connected to the Internet and you’re signed into Google Maps. Search for a place, like San Francisco.
  2. Tap the bar at the bottom of the screen that has the name of the place you searched. If you searched for a place like a restaurant, tap the three vertical dots.
  3. Select “DOWNLOAD.”
  4. Select “DOWNLOAD” again. Now you can use the map of San Francisco without a signal or in airplane mode.

Google Drive

Access all your files and make edits on the go
Use Google Drive to back up your files— from docs to movies to music— and access them from anywhere.
  1. To upload files, photos and media, tap the “+” button at the bottom right. You’ll now be able to access your files by signing into Google on any device.