Google’s smart speaker, Google Home, has been out in the wild for a while now, and at this point, there’s little left to be discovered when it comes to its primary capabilities. However, outside of performing simple queries such as “what is the tallest building in the world?” or “how old is Donald Trump?” you may not know that Google Home has quite a bit of hidden features, or easter eggs, that can make for a lot of fun. Especially when it comes to showing off your tech to your friends, these Google Home easter eggs are great to have in your back pocket for the right time.
Check out this list of our favorite Google Home easter eggs.
Flip a Coin
Here’s a simple Google Home easter egg, but still a fun one. Whether you are having trouble choosing where you have dinner, or deciding if you, our your spouse has to take the trash out, flipping a coin (heads or tails) can always come in handy. But, what if you don’t have a coin nearby? Prompt Google with “Hey, Google. Flip a coin.” As you might imagine, you’ll get a satisfying sound effect of a flick and coin landing before Google gives you a simple “heads” or “tails” answer.
One of my son’s favorite things about Google Home is its ability to make animal noises. Pick an animal, any animal, and listen to what Google has to offer. If you’re like me, some noises may actually surprise you, and it’s quite impressive to see just how many animal noises Google has managed to fit in here.
To all the freestyle rappers out there, this one’s for you. If for whatever reason you need a quick beat, just ask your buddy, Google. Google Assistant will summon up MC Sound File to provide a variety of beats. Fortunately, Google has programmed a handful of beats and switches between them randomly.
Sing a Song
On the opposite end of the music spectrum, you can also ask Google to sing you a song. If you prompt your Google Home with a generic “Hey, Google. Sing me a song.” you will get a random selection of a 5-10 second tune. Those are fun to listen to and all, but if you want something more specific, you can give that a try too. So if you have kids, you can ask Google to “Sing the ABCs,” or “Sing Twinkle Twinkly Little Star”.
Tell Me a Joke
This is probably one of the most addicting of all the Google Home easter eggs, and has been my personal favorite since they day I unboxed my Google Home. Asking Google to tell you a joke will pull from a huge online collection of witty one-liners. The jokes are seemingly endless, but if you ask continuously for a few days, you may start to see some repeats.
What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.
Here’s another one of our favorite Google Home easter eggs, just because Assistant is much classier in its responses than say Siri, which responds basically saying Apple is best.
Google Home may have an intensifying rivalry with some of the smart assistants on the market, but that doesn’t mean she can’t still be friendly. One of the first things I found myself asking my Google Home was “Hey, Google. What do you think about Alexa?” to which she would respond “I wish my home were as tall as Alexa’s. I’m not complaining though, it’s cozy in here.” Google Assistant will also say “I’ve heard she is smart.” If you ask Google about Siri and Cortona, you get similar answers.
Pick a Number
Similar to flipping a coin, sometimes you just need to pick a number in order to settle a score or help make a decision. In this case, all you have to do is say “Hey, Google. Pick a number between X and XX.” Google is always happy to oblige with some great sound effects to accompany.
Play a Game
I haven’t personally gotten a lot of use out of this one, but for families with children of the right age range, you can have a lot fun with just Google Home. Games that Google Home can host include Crystal Ball, Mad Libs, or my favorite, Lucky Trivia. They’re all quite simple and you can play any one of them by request.
This one may not be as much of a secret as some of the others, but it’s still handy nonetheless. If you’ve set your home and work locations in your Google settings, you can ask Google, “Hey, Google. How long will it take me to get to work?” and based on the current traffic reports, Google will give you an estimate of the amount of time it will take. You can also ask Google how long it will take to get to Target, or nearby cities.
If you’ve linked up your Google calendar, you can ask Google what your day looks like, or “What’s on my agenda today?” and Google will read all of the events on your calendar. If you’ve set up multiple users on your Google Home, and trained the Assistant to know the difference between them, each person will be able to hear their unique agendas. The only down side is that Google Assistant won’t recognize shared calendar events unless they are also on your primary calendar.
Kick Back and Relax
After a stressful day at work, or when you’re laying your head on your pillow for the night, it can sometimes be hard to unwind. With the help of Google, however, this can be a little easier. A simple query of “Hey, Google. Help me relax.” will trigger one of a few ambient noises including, fireplace sounds, river sounds or forest sounds. You can also ask for these sounds specifically, or ask Google “What other ambient sounds do you know?” to discover more.
Set a Timer
Many people (including myself) keep their Google Home in a centralized location within the house, usually the kitchen. If you do that as well, you might find that the Google Home makes for an excellent sous chef. Outside of helping you find recipes, you can also quickly set timers for any length of time you desire. When the time is up, Google Home will play a pleasant, but prominent tone to let you know it’s time to get the cookies out of the oven (or whatever the case may be.)
While some of the Google Home easter eggs are actually kind of useful, this one is a little useless, but pretty fun for any video game nerds out there. If you recite the classic Konami code to your Google Home (Up, UP, Down, Down, Left, Right, B, A) it will return a few different responses including “Cheat mode enabled.” with a level-up tune. If you keep repeating it, the Google Assistant will say “You’ve defeated the vile red falcon and saved the universe. Consider yourself a hero.” Even more pleasing than the level-up tone, Google Home will play a victory tune from a virtual kazoo.
Read a Poem
If you fancy yourself a good haiku or limerick you can ask Google to feed your poetry obsession at any time of the day. Simple say “Hey, Google. Read me a poem.” and the Assistant will do just that.
If you aren’t willing to shell out the cash for a fancy Sonos system to have synced audio playing throughout your home, you can use Google to do the same thing. All you’ll need is a handful of cast-enabled speakers, or speakers connected to a Chromecast Audio. From inside of the Google Home app, you can create audio groups that consists of speakers within different parts of the house. Then, instead of saying “Play music in the living room.” you can say “Play music on bedroom audio group.” This is probably one of the most handy hidden features that the Google Home offers.
Google Home Easter Eggs – Wrap Up
As you can see there are a ton of Google Home easter eggs that can keep you entertained for hours. The device itself is incredibly useful in the utilitarian sense, but it’s these fun little touches that make a pleasure to use everyday. Did we miss any of your favorite Google Home easter eggs? Let us know in the comments below!