If you’re trying to work out the Google voice commands with scares results, we’re here to help!
It’s a great feature that allows you to look things up when your hands are busy or when you’re just feeling lazy. It’s also fun, to be honest.
You should probably turn on “Ok Google” so you can start using it without having to tap the microphone icon.
To do this:
- Open the App Drawer;
- Open the Google app;
- Tap the Hamburger Menu in the upper-left corner;
- Go to Settings;
- Go to Voice > Ok, Google Detection. Turn on From Any Screen;
- Follow the instructions to train your phone to respond to your voice;
You might want to turn off the Trusted Voice in the Ok Google Detection settings if it doesn’t work. It just means it was having trouble recognizing your voice.
There’s nothing you can’t look up now. From “Ok Google, how old is Brad Pitt?” to “Ok Google, who invented the moonwalk?”
If you want to browse the internet you should say “Browse [name of website.com]” if you want to directly go to the website, or “Go to [name of website] if you want to Google it.
You can look up words by asking “What is the definition of [word]”, or prices by saying “what is [name] stock price?”
You can also work your way through your phone:
- “Open Google account settings”
- “Show my Google search history”
- “Adjust my Google privacy settings”
- “Adjust my Google security settings”
- “Show me my messages”
- “Text [name of contact] [say the message]”
- “Send an email to [contact name] [say what you want to write in the email]”
- “Call [contact]”
- “Call [contact] on speakerphone”
Or use your Apps:
- Twitter: “Post [message] on Twitter”
- Facebook: “Post [message] on Facebook”
- Whatsapp: “Send a Whatsapp message to [contact]”
- Telegram: “Send a Telegram message to [contact]”
- Google Hangouts – “Send a hangouts message to [contact]”
- Youtube: “Search [name] on Youtube”
- Spotify: “Listen to [song] on Spotify
And make notes with any app (Wunderlist, Trello, OneNote, Catch, Google Keep) by saying “Make a note with [name of app]”.
You can “Set an alarm for [time]”, “Create/Add/Schedule a meeting” or “Add a reminder”.
You can guide Maps, or better, ask Maps to guide you:
- “Where is [location]?”
- “How far is [location]?”
- “Navigate to [location].”
- “Show me the nearest [what you’re looking for]”
Or even “Take a picture”, “Take a selfie”, “Record a video”, “Mute the volume”, “Turn on/off Flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth.”
If you’re a Harry Potter fan you can even say “Lumos Maxima” to turn on your flashlight and “Nox” to turn it off.
You can activate apps such as Shazam or TripAdvisor:
- “Shazam this song”
- “Show [what you’re looking for] near me on TripAdvisor”
Google keeps updating its service, so make sure you check their updates and guides to keep yourself up to date.