Google wants its AI-powered voice assistant to spread to every corner of tech. As of today, you can find Google Assistant in a wide variety of smart speakers — from the original Google Home ($99 at Walmart) to the to third-party options from companies such as . You can find it in smart displays such as the (formerly the Google Home Hub). Google Assistant is built into every Android phone and you can download it as an app for iPhones. It’s even built into cameras, security systems and cars.
As Google Assistant becomes omnipresent, the search giant behind it is doing a good job of continually expanding Assistant’s capabilities. Through Google Assistant, you can set timers, control lights and thermostats, play trivia games,and more — all with simple voice commands. As the list grows, however, it can be tough to remember all of the many things Google Assistant can do.
Google has. While it’s seriously helpful, to make the most of Google Assistant, you’ll still want to have an idea of what you want to do first. Then you can search the site to narrow down your options. As such, we’ve done our best to assemble and test everything we could think of. Below you will find the (almost) complete list of voice commands for the Google Assistant so far.
You can begin a conversation with the Google Home by simply saying, “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Google.” Summoning Google Assistant on your phone or any other device with Google Assistant works the same way, but your account will know to only respond on one of the devices, even if both hear you.
The capabilities on all of Google’s speakers are the same, and even third-party speakers offer almost all of the same features, so unless noted otherwise, assume the commands listed below for Google Home work for any Google smart speaker or smart display.
You and up to six family members can train Google Home to recognize your voice. The, so be careful before you allow Google to use your voice to verify purchases. Otherwise, Google can customize certain responses based on who’s talking. Ask about your calendar or your commute to work, for instance, and Google will provide an individualized response.
Make your Google Home sound unique by switching from the default voice for responses. You now have a few options, including a. Ask your Google Home to “talk like a Legend” and John Legend will respond to a variety of questions, including a few easter eggs where he sings. Here are specific things you can ask him:
Even better, different family members can set different voices, and using voice recognition, Google Home will switch on the fly based on who’s talking.
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The Google Home allows you to ask lines of questions that are connected. For instance, you could say, “Hey, Google, play Lose Yourself to Dance.” Then, “OK, Google, what album is this from?” Then, “Hey, Google, play that album.” Even though you aren’t using the name of the album, Google Assistant understands the context and supplies the answer.
Last year, Google added an optional feature called. Once you speak a command to a Google Home speaker, it will complete the action and continue listening for another command for a few seconds or until you say “thank you.”
For instance, you can say, “OK, Google, what’s the weather?” After it tells you the weather, say, “What about tomorrow?” Then you could say, “Remind me to bring an umbrella tomorrow morning,” all without ever having to repeat the wake phrase. You can turn off this feature in the Google Home app if you don’t want the mic to stay active.
Google also recently enabled a new feature on Google Home which allows you toin one sentence. For example, you can say things like, “Hey Google, play Hammock on Spotify and set the volume to 10” or “OK Google, what’s the weather and turn on the living room lights.”
Almost any of the above commands can be used together, but some commands will only work when phrased in a specific way. An undeniably easier way to make Google Home perform multiple actions at once, however, is to create a routine.
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Much like Alexa,that can be triggered with a custom phrase or on a custom schedule. In short, you can create a routine that turns off the lights around the house, locks the front door, adjusts the temperature and plays soothing music when you say, “OK, Google, good night.”
Or you can have a routine that runs every morning on a schedule as an alarm that plays the news, turns on the lights,and creates a timer so you know when it’s time to leave the house.
If you live in a multilingual home, Google has also made it so Google Home speakers. You can currently choose a combination of any two of the currently supported languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
Once setup, Google Home will then be able to respond to you in a different language on the fly, based on the language in which you originally spoke the command.
Note:You don’t need to use the wake words when your alarm is sounding.
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Google Assistant now integrates with Google Maps, allowing users to share destination info with others. It’s also capable of making calls, replying to texts, controlling music and searching for destinations through voice commands, all within the Google Maps app.
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A recent update made it somakes them smarter about how they control the smart home devices in that room.
For instance, if you have three smart lights in your living room and assign them and the Google Home speaker to the living room, telling Google Home to turn the lights on or off will only affect the lights in that room. To control lights outside the living room, you will need to specify by saying, “Hey, Google, turn off all the lights,” or, “OK, Google, turn on the kitchen lights.”
Google Home can interact with your phone in a number of ways. It can, and even .
Android users can now access voice commands for Google Assistant, even when the device is locked. In the past, this option was only available on Pixel 3 phones.
To use this feature, tap the Explore icon in the top right of the Google Assistant app. Next, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, and hit Settings. Then go to Assistant > Assistant devices, and pick your phone.
Within that menu, turn on Access with Voice Match and Lock screen personal results.
If you have more than one Google Home speaker in your home, you can broadcast messages to all speakers (except the one you give the command to) using one of the built-in commands. Or you can create your own broadcast message. Plus, people can now reply to broadcasted messages.
Last year, Google rolled out what it calls. These are third-party services and integrations that work much like Alexa skills, except you don’t have to activate them one by one. Actions are enabled by default.
You can find the full list of Actions in the Google Home app by going to More settings > Services. You will also find sample invocations there, which will tell you how to interact with the different services available.