The Google Home is a $130 (£130 or AU$199) smart home speaker that showcases the artificially intelligent, voice-activated Google Assistant. It lets you set timers, control lights and thermostats, play trivia games, watch YouTube or Netflix and more — all with simple voice commands.
Google has released a suite full of all the capabilities of Google Home. While it’s a seriously helpful website, you have to first be somewhat familiar with the speaker and it’s heavily based on search, meaning you must have an idea of what you want to do first. 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 Home so far.
Summoning the Google Assistant
You can begin a conversation with the Google Home by simply saying, “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Google.” Summoning the Google Assistant on your phone works the same way, but your account will know to only respond on one of the devices, even if both hear you.
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.
Additionally, back in June, Google added a 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 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.
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.
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 set up, 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?”
- 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 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 January 1,” “OK, Google, what’s on my agenda for today?” or “OK, Google, what’s on my calendar for Friday?”
- 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 five and 50.”
- Currency conversion: “OK, Google, how much is 100 euros in dollars?” Read More>>>