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Summoning the Google Home Commands

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.

Conversational commands

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.

Basic commands

Ask for help: “OK, Google, help.”
Control the volume: “OK, Google, t
urn 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.”
String two commands together
Google recently enabled a new feature on Google Home which allows you to speak two consecutive commands in one sentence. For example, you can say things like, “Alexa, play Hammock on Spotify and set the volume to 10” or “Alexa, what’s the weather and turn on the living room lights.”

Almost any two of the above commands can be used together, but some commands will only work when phrased a specific way. To make things easier, you can use the voice shortcut feature to pair two commands using a short phrase. For instance, you could set the shortcut phrase to “Time to clean” for the longer version, “OK, Google, play Between the Buried and Me and set the volume to nine.”

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?”
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].”
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?”

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 five 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]?”

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 shopping list: “OK, Google, add [item] to my shopping list.”
Check shopping list: “OK, Google, what’s on my shopping list?”

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 two 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?”

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 ($35.00 at Walmart): “OK, Google, play [song] on [Chromecast or Google Home name].”
Listen to 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 five 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 percent” or “OK, Google, volume down on [Chromecast name].”
Mute Chromecast: “OK, Google, mute [Chromecast]” or “OK, Google, unmute [Chromecast name].”

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

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?”

Smart home

Google Home now works with more than 1,000 devices and over 150 brands, including August, Lifx, TP-Link and more.

Turn smart lights on/off: “OK, Google, turn on/off my lights.”
Dim smart lights: “OK, Google, dim my lights to fifty percent.”
Change smart bulb colors: “OK, Google, turn my lights [color].”
Control Nest thermostat: “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.”
Customize trigger phrases for IFTTT. For example: “OK, Google, let’s get this party started.”

Phone

Google Home can interact with your phone in a number of ways. It can place calls to anyone in your contacts list , find your lost phone and even stream music from your phone via Bluetooth.

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.”

Broadcast

If you have more than one Google Home speaker in your home, you can broadcast messages to all speakers (expect the one you give the command to) using one of the built-in commands. Or you can create your own broadcast message.

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 lunch time.”
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].”

Fun

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?”