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The Complete List of Google Assistant Commands You Can Use On Your Home or Nest Speaker

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Google desires its AI voice assistant to reach to every corner of the world. As of today, you can find Google Assistant in a wide assortment of smart speakers — from the Google Home to the new Google Nest Mini to third-party choices from companies such as JBL. You can find it in smart displays such as the Google Nest HubNest Hub Max and the latest Google Nest Wifi network access points. Google Assistant come with every Android phone, including the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which can be located using Google’s new Pixel Buds, and you can download it as an app for iPhones. It’s even come with new cameras, security systems, and even cars.

As Google Assistant available everywhere, the search company behind it continues to develop Assistant’s capabilities. Through Google Assistant, Now you can set timers with it, control lights and thermostats in your home, play trivia games, watch YouTube or Netflix and even then some more — all with voice commands. As the list becomes longer of things it can do, however, it can be hard to remember all of the many things Google Assistant can do for you.

Google has a website with all the skills of Google Assistant. While it’s sincerely helpful, to make the most of Google Assistant, you’ll, however, want to have an idea of what you wanna do with the AI assistant. We’ve done our very best to gather and test everything we could think of. Below you will find the (nearly) full list of voice commands for the Google Assistant so far.

You can begin a dialogue with the Google Home by simply saying, “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Google.” Asking Google Assistant on your phone or any other device with Google Assistant works the exact same way, but your account will know the only answer on one of the gadgets, even if both hear you.

The skills on all of Google’s speakers are exactly the same, and even third-party speakers offer nearly all of the same features, so unless noted otherwise, find the commands listed below for Google Home and it will work for any Google smart speaker or smart display.

 

Google Assistant on your phone

Google Home can communicate with your phone in a variety of ways. It can place calls to anyone in your contacts listfind your lost phone and also stream music from your phone using Bluetooth.

  • Google Assistant can now integrate with Android Messages, Hangouts, Messenger, SMS, Telegram, WhatsApp and Viber. Just tell it to “Read back replies.”
  • Place a call: “OK, Google, call mom,” or, “OK, Google, call [contact name],” or, “OK, Google, call the nearest coffee shop.”
  • Hang up: “OK, Google, hang up.”
  • Find your phone: “OK, Google, find my phone,” or, “OK, Google, ring my phone.”
  • Pair with Bluetooth: “OK, Google, Bluetooth pairing.”
  • Check Bluetooth status: “OK, Google, is Bluetooth active?” or, “OK, Google, is Bluetooth paired?” or, “OK, Google, is Bluetooth connected?”
  • Cancel Bluetooth pairing: “OK, Google, cancel,” or, “OK, Google, cancel pairing.”
  • 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 use voice commands for Google Assistant, even when the gadget is locked. In the previous times, this option was only available on Pixel 3 phones.

To use this option, 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.

In the menu, turn on Access with Voice Match and Lock screen personal results.

 

Managing your smart home

Google Home now operates with more than 10,000 devices and over 1,000 brands.

  • Turn smart lights on/off: “OK, Google, turn on/off my lights.”
  • Dim smart lights: “OK, Google, dim my lights to 50%.”
  • Change smart bulb colors: “OK, Google, turn my lights [color].”
  • Control smart thermostats: “OK, Google, turn the temperature to [temp].”
  • Make incremental temperature changes: “OK, Google, raise the temperature 1 degree.”
  • Control August Smart Lock: “OK, Google, lock the front door.”
  • Turn on the TV with Logitech Harmony: “OK, Google, turn on the TV.”
  • Change the channel with Logitech Harmony: “OK, Google, turn the TV to the Travel Channel,” or, “OK, Google, play channel 12.”
  • Change the channel on a Dish Hopper: “OK, Google, play CBS on the Hopper.”
  • Customize trigger phrases for IFTTT. For example: “OK, Google, let’s get this party started.”
  • Show Nest Cam feed on Chromecast: “OK, Google, show [camera name],” “Hey, Google, what’s on [camera name]?” or, “OK, Google, play [camera name] on [Chromecast name].”

A recent patch made it so allowing your Google Home speakers to rooms makes them smarter about how they control the smart home appliances in that room.

For example, if you have four 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 that are not in the living room, you will need to specify by saying, “Hey, Google, turn off all the lights,” or by saying, “OK, Google, turn on the kitchen lights.”

Google Nest Hub Max

Controlling Wifi

Google Assistant comes fitted on both Google Wifi and Google Nest Wifi access points, as well as a lot of third-party routers by Netgear and many others. These commands work with Google devices and most will work with third-party routers as well.

  • To disconnect specific devices from the Internet: “OK, Google, turn off the kids’ Wi-Fi.”
  • To reboot: “OK, Google, reboot my router.”

Voice recognition

The technology isn’t foolproof, so be cautious before you allow Google to use your voice to authenticate purchases. Otherwise, Google can customize individual responses based on who’s talking. Ask about your schedule or your travel to work, for example, and Google will provide an individualized response.

 

Facial recognition on the Nest Hub Max

If you own a Google Nest Hub Max, you and up to six members of your family can train it to recognize your face. Google emphasizes that the technology is not a security point, as it’s possible that a photo of your face or a family member who looks like you could trick the device into thinking it’s you, so you can’t allow purchases with it. Otherwise, just like with Voice Match, Google can customize individual responses based on who’s looking at the camera.

 

Pick your assistant’s voice

If you want Google Home sound different by switching from the default voice for responses. You now have several options, including a celebrity cameo from singer/songwriter John Legend and also Issa Rae, the star of HBO’s Insecure.

Ask your Google Home to “talk like a Legend” or change the Assistant voice option in the Google Home app and John Legend will return to a mixture of questions, including a few easter eggs where he sings. Here are some things you can ask him:

  • “Serenade me.”
  • “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?”
  • “Compliment me.”

Asking Google Home to “talk like Issa” or replacing the voice setting in the Google Home app Issa Rae’s responses to a mixture of requests, including these:

  • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • “Tell me a secret.”
  • “What do you think of me?”
  • “Give me a quote from Issa Rae.”
  • “Sing a song.”
  • “Tell me a joke.”
  • “How do I look?”

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Conversational commands

The Google Home enables you to ask lines of questions that are related. 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 you aren’t saying the name of the album, Google Assistant assumes the context and gives the answer.

 

Continued Conversations

Google added a feature called Continued Conversations. Once you speak a sentence to a Google Home speaker, it will perform the action and continue monitoring for another command for a few seconds or until you say “thank you.”

You can say, “OK, Google, what’s the weather?” After it shows you the weather, say, “What about tomorrow?” Then you could say, “Remind me to bring an umbrella tomorrow morning,” all without ever having to say the wake phrase. You can turn off this option in the Google Home app if you don’t want the mic to stay active.

String three commands together

Google also enabled a new feature on Google Home which enables you to speak up to three following commands in one sentence. For example, you can say, “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 commands can be used concurrently, but some commands will only work when phrased in a particular way. An undeniably more relaxed way to make Google Home perform many actions at once, however, is to build a routine.

 

Routines

Very much like Alexa, Google Home now has routines that can be started with a custom phrase or on a custom schedule. In summary, you can make a routine that turns off the lights, locks the door, adjusts the temp and plays music when you say, “OK, Google, good night.”

Or you can create a routine that runs every morning on a schedule as an alarm that reads the news, turns on the lights, makes you coffee and creates a timer.

Multilingual support

If you live in a multilingual home, Google has also done it so Google Home speakers can understand two languages at once. You can choose a mixture of any two of the currently supported languages: English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian.

Google Home will then be ready to reply to you in many languages, based on the language in which you first spoke the command.

 

Basic commands

  • 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.”

Your day

  • 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?”
  • Show weather on Chromecast: “OK, Google, show me the weather on [Chromecast name].”
  • Traffic: “OK, Google, what’s traffic like?”
  • Create a reminder: “OK, Google, remind me to [title] on [day] and [time]” or, “OK, Google, remind me to [title] every day at [time].”
  • News: “Ok Google, what’s the latest news from CNET?” or, “OK, Google, what’s in the news?”
  • Get a positive news story: “OK, Google, tell me something good.”
  • Create a reminder based on location: “OK, Google, remind me to water the plants when I get home,” or, “Hey, Google, remind me to buy eggs when I’m at the grocery store.”
  • Play reminders: “OK, Google, what are my reminders?” or, “OK, Google, what are my reminders tomorrow?” or “OK, what is my reminder for [title}?”
  • Delete reminders: “OK, Google, delete my reminders for tomorrow,” or, “OK, Google, delete my reminder to [title],” or, “OK, Google, delete all of my reminders.”
  • Check notifications: “OK, Google, what’s up?” or, “OK, Google, what are my notifications?”
  • Create a new calendar event: “OK, Google new calendar event” or, “OK, Google, add [event] to my calendar,” or, “OK, Google, schedule [event] for me on Saturday at 8 p.m.”
  • List the next calendar event: “OK, Google, what’s next on my calendar?” or, “What/where/when is my next meeting?”
  • List calendar events for a day: “OK, Google, list all events for Jan. 1,” “OK, Google, what’s on my agenda for today?” or “OK, Google, what’s on my calendar for Friday?”

 

Numbers

  • Math: “OK, Google, what’s 354 times 11?” or, “OK, Google, 546 plus 406?”
  • Count: “OK, Google, count to 20.”
  • Measurements: “OK, Google, how many liters are in 4 gallons?”
  • Roll a die: “OK, Google, roll a die,” or “OK, Google, roll a 12-sided die.”
  • Flip a coin: “OK, Google, flip a coin.”
  • Random number: “OK, Google, give me a random number between 5 and 50.”
  • Currency conversion: “OK, Google, how much is 100 euros in dollars?”

 

Time

  • Time: “OK, Google, what time is it?”
  • Time in other locations: “OK, Google, what’s the time in London?”
  • Alarm: “OK, Google, set an alarm for [time]” or “OK, Google, set an alarm for every day at [time].”
  • Snooze alarm: “OK, Google, snooze alarm.”
  • Cancel alarm: “OK, Google, cancel my alarm for [time].”
  • Timer: “OK Google, set a timer for [time].”
  • Multiple timers: “OK, Google, set a second timer for [time],” or “OK, Google, set a pizza timer for [time].”
  • Check timer: “OK, Google, how much time is left on my timer?”
  • Cancel timer: “OK, Google, cancel my timer.”

 

Tools

  • Recipes: “OK, Google, how do I make [dish]?”
  • Uber: “OK, Google, order an Uber.”
  • 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]?”

Google Home Mini

Search

  • 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]?”

 

Shopping

  • 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 the shopping list: “OK, Google, add [item] to my shopping list.”
  • Check the shopping list: “OK, Google, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • Track orders: “OK Google, where’s my package?”

 

Media

  • 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].”
  • Play an audiobook: “OK, Google, read my book,” or, “OK, Google, read [book title].”
  • Jump audiobook chapters: “OK, Google, next/previous chapter.”
  • Check time left in audiobook: “OK, Google, how much time is left?”
  • Find audiobook author: “OK, Google, who wrote this?”
  • Speed up playback of audiobooks and podcasts: “Hey Google, play at twice the speed.”
  • Ambient sound: “OK, Google, play ambient sounds.”

 

Chromecast

  • Turn on/off the TV with Chromecast: “OK, Google, turn on the [Chromecast name],” or, “OK, Google, turn off the [Chromecast name].”
  • Play music through other speakers using Chromecast: “OK, Google, play [song] on [Chromecast or Google Home name].”
  • Listen to an audiobook on another device: “OK, Google, read my book on [Chromecast or Google Home speaker name].”
  • Play videos on YouTube using Chromecast: “OK, Google, play on the [Chromecast name].”
  • Play and pause Chromecast: “OK, Google, play/pause [Chromecast name].”
  • Stop Chromecast: “OK, Google, stop [Chromecast name].”
  • Scrub the Chromecast: “OK, Google, skip to 5 minutes on [Chromecast name],” or, “OK, Google, skip forward/back two minutes on [Chromecast name].”
  • Change Chromecast volume: “OK, Google, set [Chromecast name] volume to 50%,” or, “OK, Google, volume down on [Chromecast name].”
  • Mute Chromecast: “OK, Google, mute [Chromecast]” or “OK, Google, unmute [Chromecast name].”
  • Images: “OK, Google, show me a picture of an antelope.”

 

Entertainment

  • 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]?”

 

Travel

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?”

 

Kid-friendly commands

  • 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.”

 

Broadcast

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.'”
  • Lunch: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘lunch is ready,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s lunchtime.'”
  • Dinner: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘dinner is ready/served,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘ring the dinner bell'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s dinner time.'”
  • Time to leave: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘time to leave,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘time to get out.'”
  • Arrived home: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘I’m home,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘I’m here.'”
  • On the way: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘I’m on the way,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘I’ll be home soon.'”
  • Movie time: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s movie time,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘the movie is about to start,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘let’s go to the movie.'”
  • TV time: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘the show is about to start,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s time to watch TV,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘TV time.'”
  • Bedtime: “OK, Google, broadcast ‘time for bed,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘it’s time to go to bed,'” or, “OK, Google, broadcast ‘sleep time.'”
  • Custom: “OK, Google, broadcast/shout/announce/tell everyone [custom message].”

 

Privacy commands and inquiries

Like many tech companies these days, Google is trying to be more transparent about how it manages your personal data, including the data collected when you interact with Google Assistant. Google has added several privacy-related commands to Google Assistant’s repertoire, including the following:

  • To access Google’s privacy portal: “OK, Google, how are you keeping my data safe?”
  • To delete the most recent command: “OK, Google, delete what I just said.”
  • To delete data from a specific time frame: “OK, Google, delete everything I said today/this week/this month/this year.”

 

Third-party actions

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.”

 

Easter eggs

  • “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.”
  • “OK, Google, do a barrel roll.”
  • “OK, Google, it’s my birthday.”
  • “OK, Google, it’s not my birthday.”
  • “OK, Google, did you fart?”
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