Voice-based assistants like Alexa are incredibly convenient, letting you do everything from pick and adjust music, to order food, to adjust your thermostat, all by calling out a quick command. The tricky part is figuring out how to formulate those commands. If you’ve invested in a Google Home, you’ll want to make sure you know the best Google Assistant commands so you’re not just speaking into a void.
A lot of the Google Home commands are pretty intuitive. Still, you’ll want a few to get started and t get the hang of how to talk to your smart home hub.
You’ll always want to start by letting Google know you have a request by using its “wake word.” A simple, “Hey, Google” or “Okay, Google” does the trick.
This list doesn’t cover everything, just some of the commands you’re most likely to use in your day-to-day life. For a more comprehensive list of commands, check out this post over at our sister site Android Authority.
Your most basic Google Home commands will be those that just manage the device itself. Before you can control your smart home, you’ll want to be able to simply interact with the thing.
- “Hey, Google, increase volume.”
- “Hey, Google, turn it down.”
- “Hey, Google, pause.”
- “Hey, Google, resume.”
Staying on top of things
- “Hey, Google, set an alarm for 25 minutes.”
- “Hey, Google, wake me up at 7 am every weekday.”
- “Hey, Google, set a timer for 15 minutes.”
- “Hey, Google, cancel alarm for 3 pm.”
- “Hey, Google, add celery to my shopping list.”
- “Hey, Google, where am I?”
- “Hey, Google, What’s on my calendar for Wednesday?”
Google Home Commands for media
- “Hey, Google, play Lana Del Rey.”
- “Hey, Google, play my chilling out playlist.”
- “Hey Google, play the song that goes, ‘Never gonna give you up.’”
- “Hey, Google, skip this track.”
- “Hey, Google, play ‘Leave Britney Alone‘ on YouTube.”
Searching the internet
- “Hey, Google, what’s the weather like today?”
- “Hey, Google, do I need an umbrella today?”
- “Hey, Google, what’s Samsung trading at?”
- “Hey, Google, what’s the traffic like on the way to work?”
- “Hey, Google, how old is Tom Cruise?”
- “Hey, Google, what does ‘feckless’ mean?”
- “Hey Google. what are the best restaurants in the West End?”
Google Home Easter eggs
There are plenty of Easter egg Google Home commands too, and they can be a fun way to relax and get a good laugh out of your smart device.
- “Hey, Google, sing me a song.”
- “Hey, Google, tell me a joke.”
- “Hey, Google, can you beatbox?”
- “Hey, Google, flip a coin.”
- “Hey, Google, make a bird sound.” (Try this one with a few different animals.)
- “Hey, Google, Star Trek or Star Wars?”
- “Hey, Google, self-destruct.”
Smart home Google Home commands
- “Hey, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees.”
- “Hey, Google, dim the living room lights.”
- “Hey, Google, turn off all of the lights.”
Note: Google Assistant recognizes “lights,” “switches,” and “outlets” as different kinds of devices. For example, if you say “Hey, Google, turn on the lights,” it will turn on smart light bulbs but may not turn on smart switches that are connected to lamps or other lighting fixtures. To control those switches, add the word “light” to the name or nickname of the device.
Best Google Home commands – Wrap up
Those are just some of the ways you can use Google Home commands to make your life easier.
What are some of the best Google Home commands you’ve used? Any standards or weird discoveries worth sharing?
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