Thursday, October 26, 2017

25 Super Useful Google Assist Commands You Didn't Know About

One of the things I love about WhatsApp and Google is that they are both constantly updating any of the products they manage and constantly giving it new features and new abilities. They both never lag behind in the current technology trends and the same can exactly be said for Google's Assistant which is a personalized Google search made for you.
The virtual assistant was first seen in Google’s voice-activated speaker, Google Home and of course Pixel phones to facilitate Google voice commands. But as time went by, Google took a huge step forward by adding this amazing feature to smartwatches and to Android devices that run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat. Now, even iPhone users can get the advantage of Google Assistant commands by installing it on their devices. So whether you are on Android or iPhone, here are some Useful Google voice commands on Google Assistant;

1. Get Greetings and weather details

Start your day with an early greeting and a quick weather report from your Google Assistant. Launch it and say “Good Morning,” it will greet you back along with a brief weather news of your place. Same will work for “Good Afternoon” and “Good Evening.”

2. Call me “My Lord”

Get your Google Assistant to address you with any nickname you prefer. Just launch it and say “call me (nickname),” example- “call me my lord,” and the next time your assistant greets you, you will hear “Good morning My Lord.”

3. Set Your Daily Alarm

Google Assistant can wake you up at any time you prefer. Just launch your assistant and tell “Wake me up at 9 a.m.,” your alarm will be set automatically.

4. Open any Apps With Your Voice

Let’s say your hands are wet, and you got a notification in WhatsApp, then just launch your Google Assistant by saying “OK Google, open WhatsApp,” check your Whatsapp notification without physically using your hand. You can use this Google Assistant command to open any app you want.

5. Make Phone Calls

Ask your Google Assistant to make any call you desire, just open it and say “call (the person’s name),” example: “call mom,” and your preferred number will be automatically dialed.

6. Send Messages

Whenever you feel too lazy to type a lengthy text message, just use your Google Assistant to get it done for you. Say “Send text message to (the person’s name).” From there, you can dictate the entire text message that you want to deliver.

7. Get Directions

Whether you are planning to go somewhere or you need directions to a nearby ATM, Google Assistant can assist you to any location you are looking for with accurate results. Go to Google Maps, and you can say commands like “How do I get to (name of the place)?” or “Show me a map of (name of the place).” You can find more commands for navigation here.

8. Set Reminders

If you are too busy with your office work and you worry that you will forget to wish your wife on your anniversary date, then just set a reminder with Google Assistant, and you’ll never forget that date again. You can set it by simply saying, “OK Google, set a reminder for my wedding anniversary,” and it’s done. Useful trick, right?

9. Translate Languages

Are you in a different country and you are not familiar with the country’s native language? With your Google Assistant you can get your tongue translated to any other language you prefer, just say, “How do you say ‘(your word)’ in Spanish,” example: “How do you say ‘Hello’ in Spanish.”.  The assistant will speak the translated phrase for you.

10. Play a Game

When you are home alone and bored and have nothing exciting to do, just turn to the Google Assistant and say “I’m bored.” This useful command can entertain you with jokes and even play games such as solitaire or tic-tac-toe, besides, it can also surprise you with some random fun.

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11. Check for Your Emails

You can ask the Google Assistant regarding any emails that you might have missed. Simply launch it and ask, ” Did I miss any emails from yesterday?” and with its great power to draw information from other Google apps and services, the assistant will pull up emails that remain unopened.

12. Sing You a Yong

Get the Google Assistant to sing a song for you, whenever you feel too bored to start your playlist. Just say “OK Google, sing a song” and see what you get. Also, you can go for “OK Google, can you rap?”, or “OK Google, beatbox.”

13. Flip a coin

Are you in a middle of making a choice or a decision? Well, what could be a better option than flipping a coin and settling an argument? Get it done with the Google Assistant by just saying “OK Google, flip a coin.” You can also say “OK Google, roll a die” if you like things to be a little bit complicated.

14. Tune Your Guitar

Use Google voice commands to tune your guitar anywhere you want, and this can be done without a tuner or an app. Just launch it and say “tune my instrument” or you can even ask for specific note like “play A flat.”

15. Get Your Sports Scores

Google Assistant commands are there to update you anytime with the scores of your favorite sport. Simply find out who won yesterday’s big football game by asking “Who won yesterday’s Broncos-Texans game?” You will get your answer in no time.

16. Recite a poem

Ask the Google Assistant to recite a poem for you, while you are relaxing somewhere all by yourself. Just open it and say “recite a poem” and be prepared for some of the classic poems by renowned authors.

17. Enhance your knowledge

As we all know Google is a powerhouse of knowledge, with the Google Assistant by your side you can fetch your mind with any topic related from history to geography from science to arts; Google Assistant can do it all.

18. Post a Tweet or Facebook status

Posting a Tweet or a Facebook status requires opening the app, writing the content and then posting it, while this might take you some time, the same can be done through Google Assistant without using your hands at all. Simply say “Ok Google, tweet ____” and tweet will be posted. Or just ask your assistant to post a tweet and the assistant opens a text box with voice recognition to compose a tweet and post it.

19. Make your Shopping List.

If you use Google Keep you can simply use a helpful Google Assistant command to add items to your shopping list before you hit the supermarket. Launch it and say “add items to the shopping list.”

20. Start a Conversation

All alone, feeling bored and a desire to talk to someone? Don’t worry, launch your Google Assistant and get involved with any conversation you prefer. See how it amazes you.

21. Show old Photos

Are you Google Photos users? If yes, then you can use Google voice commands to show you any old photos to refresh your old memories. You can also search based on when they were taken, like for example “December” or “last month.”

22. Turn ON a Flashlight or Toggle Bluetooth

When you are an Android user, you can expect lot more from Google Assistant then to simply flip a coin or play a game. Ask your assistant to turn on Flashlight or toggle Bluetooth by saying “OK Google, turn on the flashlight,” or “OK Google, turn on Bluetooth.”

23. Google Assistant Trick to Take a Selfie

Who wouldn’t want a personal assistant who will click your photo whenever you like? The Google Assistant is designed with a similar purpose. Just launch it and say “take a Selfie,” then pose for one.

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24. Suggest Vacation Spots

Your Google Assistant can serve you as a virtual travel planner whenever you’re looking for a place to get away for a while. Ask the assistant “What are some great vacation ideas?” and it will pull up some search results, which you can further tap for more information.

25. Get Motivated

Feeling de-motivated while being buried in a bundle of work? Don’t worry; Google Assistant is designed to motivate you during your hard times. Just say “OK Google, get me a motivational quote,” and see what you get.

These are just a few commands that you can ask the Google Assistant. There are much more and a lot of other fun activities that you can try. Some of which that you can try are:

  • Use it to do maths
  • Sing Happy Birthday
  • Generate a random number
  • Read news of your choice
  • Play music of your own choice
  • Check movie timings
  • Use it as a dictionary
Credits to Abhilekh Das

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