The Google Home family of smart speakers are all able to activate features powered by Google Assistant, the company’s AI virtual assistant. Google calls the features that are enabled by Assistant “actions”, similar to the “skills” that can be used by Amazon Alexa-based devices, such as its Echo smart speaker products.
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Google says that its Home speakers can perform over a million different “actions” across a wide variety of categories. There are so many, in fact, that Google has set up its own directory of actions so that people can search for the ones they want the most. However, we decided to go ahead and pick what we believe to be the best Google Home actions that we think are well worth checking out.
News and Weather
Trending News by Google
This will give you the best news headlines that are currently trending on Google search.
- Hey Google, what’s the latest trending news?
CNN News Briefing
This will give you the top news from CNN
- Hey Google, play the news from CNN News Briefing.
This action will offer the latest news from Fox News
- Hey Google, play the news from Fox News.
CNBC Tech Check
If you want to keep up with technology news, check out this action from CNBC
- Hey Google, play the news from CNBC Tech Check.
Weather from Google
Google also has its own weather actions for Google Home
- Hey Google, what’s the weather?
- Hey Google, what’s the temperature?
- Hey Google, what’s the weather tomorrow?
Business and Finance
You can stay on top of the latest business news via CNBC
- Hey Google, I want to talk to CNBC about the latest news.
- Hey Google, I want to talk to CNBC about the markets.
If you just want to know about how your individual stocks are doing, Google can do that with this action.
- Hey Google, What’s Google’s stock price?
- Hey Google, send $50 to Bill.
If you need help keeping up with your monthly budget and financies, Budget Penny can be accessed via Google Home.
- Hey Google, ask Budget Penny my balance.
Need some quick cash? You can ask Google Home to find the nearest cash machine.
- Hey Google, any ATMs nearby?
It’s the ulimate way to learn about stuff on the internet. Use this action just like you would if you were typing in a question on the Google website.
- Hey Google, When is Mother’s Day?
- Hey Google, when is Sting’s birthday?
- Hey Google, what is the capital of Kenya?
Want to know how many meters there are in a mile? This Google Home action should do the trick
- Hey Google, how many pounds is in a kilogram?
What to find the meaning of a word? This Google Action will give that info to you.
- Hey Google, what does abracadabra mean?
Do you need a quick way to find out what something means in another language? Use this Google Home action to solve that problem.
- Hey Google, what’s “Good morning” in Italian?
Need some help to some a physics problem? Then check out this Google Home action.
Hey Google, talk to Physics Buddy to calculate potential energy.
Want to find a good nearby restaurant? This Google Home action should be quite helpful.
- Hey Google, I’m hungry
- Hey Google, any Italian restaurants nearby?
Recipies by Course
Want to stay home and cook something for your family, friends or just yourself. This simple Google Home action should offer up suggestions.
- Hey Google, find dinner recipies.
If you want to get even more detailed recipies, this Google Home action from the Food Network can help you choose from its own list of over 60,000 choices.
- Hey Google, ask Food Network for grilled chicken recepies from Bobby Flay.
Want to go to a restaurant, but hate waiting for a table to open up. This Google Home action will set you up ahead of time.
- Hey Google, reserve a table for 6 pm at Quartino.
Want to learn more info on what you might be eating? This action will offer up some stats on nutrition.
- Hey Google, how much vitamin C is in an orange?
Want to start a quick trivia game? Google Home makes it easy with this action.
- Hey Google, I’m feeling lucky.
Want to make sure your geography knowledge is up to speed? Take this Google Home action quiz.
- Hey Google, Geography Quiz
- Hey Google, talk to The Spelling Bee.
Everyone likes a good game of chess, and now you can play a voice-based version of this classic strategy game.
Hey Google, talk to Chess Mate.
Which Avenger Am I?
Everyone would like to be one of Marvel’s Avengers, but which of of these super hero characters are you closest to actually being? This fun quix should help find out.
Hey Google, talk to Which Avenger Am I?
Google’s own fitness app should help you with a long list of actions.
- Hey Google, track my run.
- Hey Google, start a bike ride.
- Hey Google, how many steps did I take today?
- Hey Google, talk to Fitness Guide.
Info about Diseases
If you think you are feeling unwell, this Google Home action may help you figure out what you might be coming down with.
- Hey Google, what medications are used to treat cancer?
Health Services Finder
If you need to find a doctor or medical facility, this action might be able to help you out.
- Hey Google, find medical centers near me.
- Hey Google, talk to Which Workout.
If you have a Android TV-based smart television along with your Google Home, you can use this nifty action to quickly start playing shows and movies on Netflix.
- Hey Google, play Lost in Space on Netflix.
- Hey Google, what movies are playing.
- Hey Google, movie showtimes this weekend.
On Air TV Guide
- Hey Google, On Air TV Guide what’s on TV tonight
- Hey Google, play country music
- Hey Google, play Taylor Swift
- Hey Google, play Counting Stars
- Hey Google, recommend a podcast
- Hey Google, play the latest episode of How Did This Get Made?
- Hey Google, navigate to the nearest coffee shop.
- Hey Google, get directions to 100 Main Street.
- Hey Google, flights to New York City.
- Hey Google, find a hotel in New York City.
- Hey Google, find parks near me.
- Hey Google, how are the Atlanta Braves doing?
- Hey Google, what are the current NFL standings?
- Hey Google, talk to NBA Trivia.
- Hey Google, talk to Olympic Channel.
- Hey Google, what’s on my calendar today
- Hey Google, what’s my next meeting
- Hey Google, create an event.
- Hey Google, ask Fetch My Calendar what’s happening today.
- Hey Google, set a timer for five minutes
- Hey Google, set an alarm for 7 am
- Hey Google, wake me up to jazz music.
- Hey Google, set a reminder.
- Hey Google, show my reminders.
- Hey Google, remind me to do the laundry in four hours.
- Hey Google, tell me a story.
- Hey Google, Play Riddle Rooms
Name That Animal
- Hey Google, Talk to Name that Animal
- Hey Google, ask Monster Chaser to check for Monsters.
- Hey Google, play Pony Express