Want to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet? Learn how to use Google Now Voice Commands! Google Now is an application that uses a natural language user interface and location based information to allow smartphones and tablets to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions.
Google Now Voice Commands includes the ability to issue voice search commands and voice actions. Google voice search allows you to speak into your device to issue web searches. You can search the web for sports scores, movie listings, local business information, maps and directions, and a whole lot more. Google voice actions allow you to issue commands to your device. You can issue commands related to making phone calls or sending messages and more. See the sections below to see how to use Google Now Voice Commands and see a full list of commands.
How to Use Google Now Voice Commands
Depending on your device, you can access Google Now Commands using one or more of the following methods:
- Tap the Google Search Bar Widget on the microphone icon.
- Perform a long press on the home button.
- Swipe up on the Google Now icon on the lock screen.
- While already accessing the Google Now app, say “Google”, followed by your search phrase.
Alternatively, some phones allow the Google Now Launcher can be activated by the user uttering the phrase, “OK Google“.
OK Google Now Voice Commands List
Below you will find a comprehensive Google Now Voice Commands list. Have your own favorite Google Voice searches that you would like to share? Post them in the comments section below.
Phone Calls, SMS, and E-mail*
- Call Jenny at work
- Call the Venice Beach Hotel
- Call the Burger King on Rome Street
- Text Ronny I’ll be there in a few
- Send message to Alice Yeah I saw it comma it was really good period
- Send e-mail to Stephen, subject Lunch Tomorrow, message “Are we still on for our meeting tomorrow at 1?”
- E-mail Beck, BCC Johnathan, subject disclosure agreement, message Hey Becky comma did you get the attached files question mark thanks exclamation point
Reminders and Calendar Events*
- Note to self: “I’m parked in C five”
- Remind me to return Tyler’s text in fifteen minutes
- Create new calendar event: “Meeting with Rick at 2:00pm next Tuesday”
- Remind me to put the dishes away when I get home
- Post to Google+: “I’m using Google Now commands to post with my voice!”
General OK Google Now Voice Commands
- Define ubiquitous
- Synonyms for beautiful
- Go to theverge.com
- Take me to huffingtonpost.com
- Who is the CEO of Apple?
- How old is Tom Hanks?
- When was Aretha Franklin born?
- How much is Bill Gates worth?
- How did Abraham Lincoln die?
- What is Bruce Willis’ full name?
- Who is married to Amy Adams?
- Who invented peanut butter?
- What are the dimensions of Mona Lisa?
- Image search for iPhone 5s wallpaper
- Who is the author of Harry Potter?
- YouTube search “cute panda sneeze”
- Show me a video of how to cut an onion
- When was John F. Kennedy born?
- How tall is the Eiffel Tower?
- How do I make really good mashed potatoes?
- Show me HDR photos of The Grandy Canyon at night
Calculations and Currency
- How much is pi?
- How many pints are in one quart?
- How many seconds are in two years?
- What is the Pythagorean theorem?
- How many millimeters are in 16 centimeters?
- How many sides does a hexagon have?
- What is fifteen percent of thirty-three?
- What is the square root of twenty two?
- What is the surface temperature of the Sun?
- What is twenty plus forty-three divided by one thousand?
- Convert three hundred dollars into euros
- How much is a British Pound worth?
- What is the currency used in Brazil?
Date and Time Commands
- Wake me up at 6:30 a.m.*
- What time is it in Paris?
- When is Labor Day?
- What time is it at home?
- What time zone is Helsinki in?
- What time does the sun rise tomorrow?
- When is the next solar eclipse?
- Set an alarm for 30 minutes from now (you can also say “label” and give your alarm some context so you’ll remember what it’s for)
- Is it sunny outside right now?
- Will I need an umbrella later?
- Is it going to snow on Sunday?
- Weather for Thursday
- Do I need a jacket tomorrow in Springfield, IL?
- What is the weather going to be like this week?
- What lunar phase is the moon in?
Directions, Maps, and Location
- Map of London
- Where is Area Code 661?
- Get me to work from here*
- How far is the sun?
- Where’s the nearest gas station?
- Where’s the nearest ATM machine?
- Where is the closest Starbucks?
- Show the nearest airport on a map.
- How far away is New York City?
- How do I get to Dodger Stadium for my location?
- Navigate me to Rally’s Burgers and Fries on foot* (you can also say by bike, by bus, etc.)
Geography and Nationality
- What is the National Anthem of Russia?
- What is the state capital of Maryland?
- What is the state tree of California?
- What is the population of Chicago?
- Show me what Norway’s flag looks like
Flights and Travel
- Has Southwest Flight 595 landed yet?
- What is the status of United Flight 001?
- How do you say “thank you” in Hebrew?
- Translate 500 miles into Spanish
Restaurants and Businesses
- I’m hungry
- What’s a good sushi place around here?
- What is the best pizza restaurant in Los Angeles?
- What are the business hours for Trader Joe’s?
- How about a dive bar?* (Google Now understands fluid conversation-like commands)
Sports OK Google Now Voice Commands
- How tall is Dwight Howard?
- When is the next Broncos game?
- What’s the score of the Dodgers game?
- Show me a table for the Arsenal game
- Show me a schedule for the Miami Heat
- How much does Vince Wilfork weigh?
- How many championships has Phil Jackson won?
Music Voice Commands
- Play The Beatles
- Listen to Reflektor by Arcade Fire*
- What’s the song playing right now?*
- What’s the theme song from the opening credits of House?
Movies and TV Voice Commands
- Listen to my TV*
- How long is ‘Gravity’?
- Who directed Avatar?
- When was The Green Mile made?
- Name the original cast of Star Trek.
- Who was the producer for Breaking Bad?
- When was the first episode of That 70’s Show?
- What movies has Christian Bale been in?
- What are the showtimes for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2?
- Stock for Facebook
- Show me Stock for G O O G
- What were the stock numbers for NASDAQ today?
OK Google Now Voice Command Easter Eggs
- Tell me a joke
- Do a barrel roll
- Scan this QR code*
- Scan this Barcode*
- Bacon number (actor)
- Sudo, make me a sandwich
- What is the loneliest number?
- What is your favorite color?
* Google Now Commands for compatible devices
Share Your OK Google Now Voice Commands
Know of any cool and useful OK Google Now Voice Commands not listed above? Come up with and clever “OK Google” launch phrase alternatives? Share them with us in the comments section below. Also,check out the Google Now Voice Commands video below for additional tips on how to use Google Voice Search.