Every important Google Home and Google Assistant command you can give – CNET
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 Google Home Mini to third-party options from companies such as JBL. You can find it in smart displays such as the Google Nest Hub (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, watch YouTube or Netflix 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 a site with all the capabilities of Google Assistant. 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.
Summoning Google Assistant
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 technology isn’t foolproof, 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.
Pick your assistant
Make your Google Home sound unique by switching from the default voice for responses. You now have a few options, including a celebrity cameo from singer/songwriter John Legend. 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:
“Sing me a song.”
“Are you John Legend?”
“Do you know Chrissy Teigen?”
“How are you?”
“Sing Happy Birthday.”
“Tell me a joke.”
“Who’s your celebrity crush?”
“What’s your favorite song?”
“What’s your best pickup line?”
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 Continued Conversations. 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.
String two commands together
Google also recently enabled a new feature on Google Home which allows you to speak up to three consecutive commands in 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, Google Home now has routines 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, makes your coffee 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 can understand two languages at once. 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.
Ask for help: “OK, Google, help.”
Control the volume: “OK, Google, turn it up,” “OK, Google, louder” or, “OK, Google, turn it to 11.” (Yes, the max is 11.)
Halt an action: “OK Google, stop,” “Pause” or, “Be quiet.”
Hear your daily briefing: “OK, Google, tell me about my day” or, “OK, Google, good morning.” (This includes a personalized greeting, info on weather, traffic, reminders, calendar entries, flight status and curated news stories.)
Weather: “OK, Google, how’s the weather today?” or, “OK, Google, do I need an umbrella today?”
Tune an instrument: “OK, Google, tune my instrument,” or, “OK, Google, play an F sharp.” (If you don’t specify “flat” or “sharp,” you must say “note” after stating which note you want Google Home to play, such as “play an A note.”)
Remember things: “OK, Google, remember that I put my passport in the filing cabinet,” or, “Remember that my password is ‘money’.”
Recall remembered things: “OK, Google, where is my passport?” or, “What is my password?”
Location: “OK, Google, where am I?”
Translations: “OK, Google, how do you say [word] in [language]?”
Stocks: “OK, Google, how are Alphabet’s stocks doing?”
Words: “OK, Google, what does [word] mean?”
Spelling: “OK, Google, spell [word].”
Special events: “OK, Google, when is [event]?” (Easter, for example.)
People: “OK, Google, who is [person]?”
Facts: “OK, Google, how tall is [person]?”
Things: “OK, Google, what is [thing]?”
Places: “OK, Google, what country is [location] in?”
Animal sounds: “OK, Google, what does [animal] sound like?”
Distance: “OK, Google, how far is [business name] from here?”
Restaurants: “OK, Google, what are the nearest restaurants to me?”
Businesses: “OK, Google, are there any [business type] around here?”
Business information: “OK, Google, how late is [business] open?” or, “Is [business] open now?”
Quotes: “OK, Google, give me a quote” or, “OK, Google, give me a love quote.”
Medical information: “OK, Google, what is a torn meniscus?”
Calories: “OK, Google, how many calories are in [food item]?”
Authors: “OK, Google, who wrote [book title]?”
Inventors: “OK, Google, who invented [item]?”
Get voice shopping instructions: “OK, Google, how do I shop?”
Order items from Google Express: “OK, Google, buy dish soap.”
Reorder a previously purchased item: “OK, Google, reorder Old Spice deodorant.”
Add to shopping list: “OK, Google, add [item] to my shopping list.”
Check shopping list: “OK, Google, what’s on my shopping list?”
Track orders: “OK Google, where’s my package?”
Play music: “OK, Google, play some music,” or, “Play some [genre] music.”
Play ambient sounds: “OK, Google, help me relax,” or ,”OK, Google, play white noise,” or, “OK, Google, play forest sounds.”
Play an artist or song: “OK, Google, play [artist],” or, “Play [song].”
Play a song by lyrics: “OK, Google, play the song that goes, ‘Is this the real life?'”
Play a Google Play playlist or album: “OK, Google, play some indie music,” or, “OK, Google, play [album].”
Ask what’s playing: “OK, Google, what song is this?” or, “OK, Google, what album is this?”
Get more information: “OK, Google, when did this album come out?”
Fast forward and rewind: “OK, Google, skip forward 2 minutes,” or, “OK, Google, skip backward 30 seconds.”
Set a sleep timer: “OK, Google, stop in 20 minutes.”
Play music on Spotify: “OK, Google, play [artist] on Spotify.”
Play music on Pandora: “OK, Google, play [artist] on Pandora.”
Like or dislike a song on Pandora: “OK, Google, dislike this song.”
Play music on YouTube Music: “OK, Google, play [artist] on YouTube.”
Play stations on TuneIn: “OK, Google, play [station] on TuneIn.”
Pull up lists on YouTube: “OK, Google, let’s look at what’s trending on YouTube on [TV name].”
Play a movie or TV show on Netflix using Chromecast: “OK, Google, play [show or movie title] on the [TV name].”
Sports updates: “OK, Google, who is [team] playing next?” or, “OK, Google, did the [team] win last night?”
Sports scores: “OK, Google, what was the score for the last [team] game?”
Team information: “OK, Google, tell me about [team].”
Movies: “OK, Google, what movies came out last Friday?”
Casting for movies: “OK, Google, what actors are in [movie]?”
Shows by network: “OK, Google, what shows are on [network]?”
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.
Book a hotel room at the following properties: AccorHotels, Choice Hotels, Expedia, InterContinental Hotels Group, Mirai, Priceline, Travelclick and other online services: “Find a hotel in San Francisco,” then, “Book a room at Quality Inn.”
Get flight prices to a destination: “OK, Google, how much is a round-trip flight to New York?”
Get flights with a specific airline: “OK, Google, find me flights with Jet Blue.”
Check on your flights: “OK, Google, when is my next flight?” or, “OK, Google, my flights in [month].”
Discover places to visit: “OK, Google, what is there to see in Paris?”
Find restaurants to try: “OK, Google, what’s the best restaurant in Berlin?”
Play music and sound effects as kids read certain books out loud: “Hey Google, Read Along with [book name].”
Create character-themed alarms: “Set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8 p.m.”
Read a variety of kids’ stories: “Tell me a bedtime story.”
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.”
Clear paired Bluetooth devices: “OK, Google, clear all devices,” or, “OK, Google, clear all Bluetooth devices” or, “OK, Google, unpair devices.”
Google Assistant will now automatically punctuate sentences when you dictate messages, without you having to change any settings or giving any special voice commands.
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.
Wake up: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘wake everyone up,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s time to wake up.'”
Breakfast: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘breakfast is ready,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘breakfast is served,'” or’ “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s time for breakfast.'”
Last year, Google rolled out what it calls Actions for Google Assistant. 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.
21 Blackjack: “OK, Google, let me talk to 21 Blackjack.”
Best Dad Jokes: “OK, Google, talk to Best Dad Jokes.”
Domino’s: “OK, Google, talk to Domino’s and get my Easy Order.”
Product Hunt: “OK, Google, talk to Product Hunt.”
Tender: “OK, Google, can I talk to Tender about drinks like an Old Fashioned?”
Todoist: “OK, Google, tell me what my next task is with Todoist.”
Poems and songs
Sing a song: “OK, Google, sing me a song.”
Sing Happy Birthday: “OK, Google, sing me Happy Birthday.”
Read a poem: “OK, Google, read a poem.”
Tell a story: “OK, Google, tell me a story,” or, “OK, Google, tell me a scary story.”
Sing a lullaby: “OK, Google, sing a lullaby.”
Sing nursery rhymes: “OK, Google, sing ABC,” or, “OK, Google, sing Yankee Doodle,” or, “OK, Google, sing Old MacDonald.”
“OK, Google, always be closing.”
“OK, Google, what is your quest?”
“OK, Google, I am your father.”
“OK, Google, set phasers to kill.”
“OK, Google, are you SkyNet?”
“OK, Google, make me a sandwich.”
“OK, Google, up up down down left right left right B A Start.”