One of the best things about using Google on your smartphone is voice commands. Just by using your voice you can get your device to do all sorts of things on your own. It’s fast, convenient and still looks like the future. The “OK, Google” command and the full list of compatible apps and devices have grown significantly over time, meaning there are some things you can do with Google that you don’t know. To learn more, check out all you need to know about Google Assistant.
If you have an Android device, you may want to turn on “OK, Google” so you can start using Google Assistant without tapping the microphone icon. The first thing we need to do is make sure this feature is turned on, so let’s take a look at it.
‘Okay, Google’ is launching
- Open your app drawer and open the Google app, then tap More in the corner (Hamburger menu) and go to Settings Alternatively, you can go to Settings> Google> Search.
- Tap Voice> Voice Match and turn on Access with Voice Match. If you want to be able to use “OK, Google” while your phone is locked, you can also toggle unlock on with voice match.
- Follow the instructions to train your phone to respond to your voice.
- When you say “OK, Google” and the problem doesn’t seem to be working for you, tap the retraining voice model or delete the voice model and set it up again.
Now that it’s on, we can start using voice commands. Let’s take a look at all the commands we can use with your device. All you have to do is say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” and Google will start listening to your commands. If you don’t want to use the “OK, Google” feature, you can always tap the microphone icon and issue a voice command, or tap the keyboard icon at the bottom left and type your questions and commands.
Search and ask questions
Google is being asked about anything
- “(Name) How old are you?”
- “(Name) Where was he born?”
- “Who invented (anything you want to discover)?”
- “How long is the name of the person or building?”
- “In which country (anything you want to look for)?”
- “How’s my journey?”
- “Will it rain tomorrow?”
- “How far from here (any business you want to look for)?”
- “What’s a good restaurant nearby?”
- “Help me relax.”
- “Where is my hotel?”
- If you want to go directly to the website “Browse (nameofwebsite.com)”.
- When you want it to appear in a Google search, go to “(website name).
Google can obviously go to the Internet for answers, but it can also search your Gmail inbox and other places. For example, when we ask “Where is my hotel?” Looked it up in Gmail and got an upcoming save.
- “How (say team name) is doing?”
- “Results of last match (say team name)”
- “When’s the next game (say team name)?”
- “(Says team name) Won the last game?”
- “Will it rain today?”
- What is the weather like (say location)?
- “When is the sunset?”
- “What’s the temperature?”
- “(Name) What is the stock price?”
- “(Name) What is trending?”
- “What is the definition of (say the word)?”
- “Define (say the word)”
- Synonym of “Say the word”.
Google Account and Privacy Settings
- “Open Google Account settings.”
- “Show my Google search history.”
- “Adjust my Google privacy settings.”
- “Adjust my Google security settings.”
- “How do you keep my data safe?”
- “Delete everything I said today.” (Also works for this week, month or year)
Your phone is being tracked and unlocked
- “Find my phone.”
- “Ring my phone” “
These two commands will work even if your phone is in a hassle-free setting. But you need to turn on the location of your Android phone, and the phone needs to be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi. If more than one of your people use the same device (such as Nest Home) to find their phones, all their separate Google Accounts must be linked separately.
Messages, notes and music
- “Show me my message.”
- “Text (contact name) (say message)”.
- “(Enter the contact name) (send an email (say what you want to enter in the email)”.
- “Call (say contact name)”.
- “Call speakerphone (say contact name).”
- “Note aloud (notation notes)”
- “What is this song?”
- “Play some songs.”
Other messaging, music and social apps that work with ‘OK, Google’
If you want to send a message with Viber and not your default text messaging app, you’ll say, “OK, Google, send a message with Viber.” You can also try commands like “Take a note with Evernote” or “Search for cat videos on YouTube”.
These are all applications that are compatible with “OK, Google” but this is not a complete list:
- Evernote – “Create a note with Evernote.”
- WhatsApp – Send a WhatsApp message to “Say contact name”.
- Viber – “Send a message with Viber.”
- Telegram – Send a telegram message “Say contact name”.
- YouTube – “Search YouTube (Say what you want to search)”.
- Pandora – “Play in Pandora (song name)”.
- Google Music – “Listen (Song Name)”
- Facebook – “Post on Facebook (say your message)”.
- Twitter – “Post on Twitter (say your message)”.
If you want to install any of these apps, you can find them in the Play Store by saying “OK, Google, search in the Play Store (app name)”.
Streaming shows with Google Assistant
Google Assistant supports a variety of streaming applications, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube TV, and more. Some of these may be connected individually through a partner application for complete compatibility. When this is done, it can open a shell of commands to control your preferred streamer, such as:
- “Open YouTube on TV.”
- “Play Umbrella Academy on TV” “
- “What’s new on Netflix?”
Other to-do and note apps that work with ‘OK, Google’
These note applications work as “Create a note with (an application name).”
- One note
- Keep Google
- Bring it!
Send money with Google Assistant
As long as Google Pay is set up on your phone, you can send money to people or request money using Google Assistant, such as:
- “Send (say contact name) $ 20.”
- “Request 10 10 for dinner (say contact name).”
Alarm, math, travel and much more
- “Set an alarm for (tell time).”
- “Set an alarm (say how many minutes or hours)”
- “Set a repeat alarm for (say label)” “
- “Set repeat alarm for (say time) to (say label)” “
- “Set repeat alarm for each week (say label) (say days of the week, or say every day) (say time)”
- “Show me my alarms” “
- “When’s my next alarm?”
- “Wake me up (say time) (say day or say ‘every day’)” “
- “Create / add / schedule a meeting” “
- “Create a calendar event.”
- “Schedule an event (say event title) then (say day and time)”.
- “What’s my next appointment?”
- “Show me the appointments for (tell me the day).”
- “How will my (say schedule or calendar) be (say day)?”
- “Add a reminder” “
- “Remind me (tell me what you want to remind me).”
- “Remind me (say whatever you want) when I’m next time (say location)”
- “What is the square root (of a number)?”
- “What is / number / minus (number) multiplied by / by (number)?”
- “(Number) What is the number (number)?”
- “What is the percentage (number) multiplied by / number / minus (number)?”
- “Flip a coin.”
- “A dice rolled.”
- “Key ((say number) (say conversion section: meters, years, yards, liters) / to (say what you want to convert))”
- “Say the number (say the coin) to convert (say the number) (say the coin).”
- “Say what (say the amount)?”
Maps and travel
- “Where (say location name)?”
- “Location directions (say location name)”.
- “Show me the nearest (attraction / coffee shop / restaurant / gas station / bank / mall etc.).”
- “How far from (say location name) (say location name)?”
- “Navigate (say location name)”.
- “Distance from here (say location name)”.
- “How far (say location name)?”
- “How do you say (words)?”
- “(Say the name of the aircraft) What is the status of the flight (say flight number)?”
- “When (say business name) is closed?”
Google Assistant now has built-in interpreter mode, as well as compatibility with a variety of translation applications. You can translate the assistant using the following command without downloading anything additional:
- “Be my Italian interpreter.”
- “Turn on interpreter mode” “
- Translate from Chinese to English. “
Then a tone will play and whatever is said after the melody will be translated by Google Assistant. If you specify two languages, you do not have to choose between them; The assistant will only explain based on your last word. You can exit this mode at any time by saying “Stop” or “Exit”.
Controlling your device
- “Take a picture / photo.”
- “Record a video.”
- “Take a selfie.”
- “Increase / decrease the volume.”
- “Mute volume.”
- “(On / off) (flashlight, wifi, bluetooth)”
- “Play Lucky Trivia.”
- “Play Animal Trivia.”
- “Tell me a puzzle.”
- “Crystal Ball.”
- “A die roll.”
- “Flip a coin.”
Other apps compatible with ‘OK, Google’
Lots of complete apps and services compatible with Google Assistant. It covers everything from controlling smart home devices to entertainment and shopping. You can book an Uber, order from Starbucks or check the balance of your Walgreen rewards. On the Google Assistant website you can search for more of your options by breaking down by category.
There are also differences between the devices, so there are some things you can do on your phone and other things you can do with Google Home speakers or with Android TV.
Want to know more about what you can do with Google Assistant? Here’s our guide to tips on how to get started with Google Assistant, what Google Home can do, and some fun questions to ask Google Assistant. If you are bothered by this or have a privacy concern, you can always turn off Google Assistant off