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Tip of the Week: Google Save is new tool for archiving sites / photos

I’m a huge Pocket user. I’m either saving to or reading from Pocket multiple times every day. It’s a tool I ran across several years ago and continue to love. It’s a read later / bookmarking app that lets me save online articles and sites for later access. I use it all. The. Time.

But I am also a huge lover of all things Google. So when I learned of a new Google Chrome extension called Save to Google, I had to give it a try. (Not familiar with Chrome extensions?) Save to Google lets you quickly save images and websites with a click of a button to a new Google tool called Google Save. You can then have access to these sites and images whenever or wherever you are.

And while Save to Google is unlikely to replace my Pocket crush anytime soon, it is something that might be very useful for you and your students right now. Especially if you’re working in a Google Apps for Education school, all of your kids already have Google accounts, and you’re all looking for an easy way to archive images and bookmark websites.

Think research and saving articles for later access. Think cross-device access to articles and photos. Think collecting and easily tagging images of Civil War battles or saving photos of the Dust Bowl for a group digital project. Think saving and sharing online primary sources and documents with students. Think simply a place for your kids to collect and organize all sorts of evidence for a research project.

So how does Google Save work?

First things first.

You have to be using the Google Chrome browser for install the extension. Once you’re in your Chrome browser, head to the Google Web Store and search for Save to Google. (Clicking this direct link also works.) Click the blue Add to Chrome button.

You should now see the Save to Google extension button show up in the top right hand corner of your browser.

To save a website to your Google Save:

  • Browse to whatever website you want to save
  • Click the “Save to Google” extension button
  • The site is added to your Google Save collection
  • Google Save supports tags. To help manage your collection, get in the habit of clicking “+ Add a tag” button and providing a descriptive word
  • You can click “View Saves” to go directly to your Google Save collection

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You can also access your Google Save collection at:

All of your saved images and sites will show up here. One of the issues with Save right now is that it doesn’t seem to be very “official.” It doesn’t appear on Google’s list of products or in the matrix. So be sure to drag the link to your browser’s bookmark bar for easy access.

You can add images to Google Save in a variety of ways. The quickest is to do an image search at Google Images.

  • Make sure that you are logged into your Google account
  • Do a normal image search
  • Click on the image you want
  • You should see the image and several buttons including “Save” and “View saved”
  • Click the “Save” button to add the image to your Google Save collection.
  • Click the “View saved” button if you want to go to your Google Save collection.

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Just a heads up. You may not see either of these two buttons. Google rolls out new tools slowly over time so your account may not yet have access to these buttons. But never fear – there is a workaround.

  • Make sure that you are logged into your Google account
  • Do a normal image search
  • Click on the image you want
  • You should see the image and several buttons including “Visit page” and “View image”
  • Click on the “View image” button
  • Now the image is on its own page. Simple click your Save to Google extension button in the top right of your browser just as you did when you saved a website. (Right clicking an image on a web page and opening it in another tab or page does the same thing and lets you skip to this last step.)

As you collect more and more sites and images, you’ll need to manage them. One of the best ways to do this is to use tags. You can add tags to your saves when using the extension but you can add / edit your tags on your Google Save page.

  • Open your Google Save page
  • Click in the top right of the thumbnails for the items you want to tag.
  • Click the tag button in the top right of the page to type in a tag
  • You can also from an existing tag
  • View your tag collections by selecting the tag icon on the left side

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You and students also have the option to annotate each item in your collection.

  • Open your Google Save page
  • Click to open one of your items
  • Place your cursor in the description and start typing
  • Click the X in the top right of the item to close

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And I know some of you are thinking – so what’s the difference between this and Keep? Or this and Save to Google Drive? They all work a bit differently and save in different places. I think this is Google’s attempt to create a Pocket-like tool that will eventually integrate into the rest of the Googleverse.

A couple of things to remember about all Google tools. First, they almost always get better with updates and added features. Two, sometimes they don’t get better and Google throws them on the junkpile. So I’m willing to give Google Save a little space to develop into something richer and more powerful. I think there will be additional goodies added to make it more useful and better connected to other tools such as Classroom, Keep, and Drive.

Have fun!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jeremy Greene #

    You’ll have to check out OneNote, especially OneNote Class Notebook:
    Be sure to also check out the add-in.
    Pretty incredible stuff.
    And yes it has a Save to OneNote feature.

    May 3, 2016
    • glennw #

      OneNote does have some nice features. I’m just too embedded in the Apple / Google world to make the switch! But it is definitely a great option for the MS users in the world.

      Thanks for sharing!


      May 3, 2016
  2. The one benefit Pocket has over Google Save is the ability to read the entire saved article in a “cleaned up” format; GS just allows a snippet view; then you have to go the original web page. I often just save things to Pocket to make it easier to read on my iPad later.

    May 13, 2016
    • glennw #

      You’re right, it does work a bit differently. But I do like that it’s part of the Google universe – hoping that there will be incremental improvements to it! If nothing else, it’s one tool that we and students have t choose from.

      Thanks for the comment!


      May 13, 2016

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