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 more 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, it can be tough to remember all of the many things Google Assistant can do.
Google has released a suite full of all the capabilities of Google Assistant. While it’s a seriously helpful website, 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 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 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, 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. 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 John Legend:
- “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.”
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.