So you just got your Google Home, but you’re not really sure what you can do with it. Lucky for you, there are hundreds of different things this speaker can do. With so many services being added to work with it every single day, the product is constantly evolving, and it will be quite a while before it becomes outdated. So what are the best Google Home commands you can use with your device?

Let’s take a look.

1) Play “Title” on Spotify (Or another music service)

There’s a reason these personal assistants have been put into the category of “Smart Speaker”. Sure, they can do things like automate your household and tell you just about any fact you need to know, but the Google Home is actually a fantastic little speaker. The music capabilities on this device are top-notch, and you might as well take advantage of the great audio since you have it.

We recommend Spotify because Google has recently added support for free accounts. In the past, you needed a premium account in order to use the service on your device, but with support for free accounts you have access to all kinds of music just by asking with your voice.

If you would rather use Google Play Music or something else you can set other services as your default music player, so when you ask you device to “Play song” it will automatically play from that service. Whatever option you choose is up to you, and services like Google Play Music can make great alternatives.

2) Set a timer or alarm

Timers might seem like a simple tool, but having access to this service has been a life saver for me so far. I cook in the kitchen a lot, and it’s really nice to be able to get my coffee and other food items cooked perfectly without having to think about it. Previously I needed to open an app on my phone and set a timer manually, but being able to do it with my voice is just that much more convenient.

Alarms are also awesome to use on the Google Home. If I have a meeting I have to be at later in the day, I can tell Google to set an alarm so I can make sure I leave in time to make it. All it takes is a little prompt and I’m all set.

3) Turn on/off my lights

This command does require some additional hardware, but smart lights are one of the first things you should be adding if you’re looking to make your home smart and automated. If you install lights like Phillips Hue or LIFX, you can connect them to your Google Home, and use Google Home commands, so that you can toggle them with your voice, and you’re even able to change the color if you get the color versions.

Most smart bulbs let you set rooms and groups, so you’re able to control specific areas of your home with a simple command. Want to turn off your living room lights but want to hang out in your bedroom? Simply tell Google Home to “Turn off living room” once you get it set up and you won’t even have to flip a switch.

4) How long will it take to get to “destination”

When I’m planning out my day, I have to take some time to figure out how long it will take to get where I want to go. To do this, I’ll usually log into Google Maps on my computer or phone and plot out the route so I know when I should leave, but Google Home makes it quite a bit simpler. You can ask your Home device how long it will take to get to a location, and assuming you set up your current address, your Google Home should be able to figure out how long transportation will take.

We tested to see if the Home could tell you different times based on when you leave, but it seems that the device will always assume moderate traffic when you ask in advance. If you want to find out a more specific time frame we recommend using the Google Maps website or the app to specify when you plan on leaving.

5) Ask almost any question

The Google Home has the ability to grab tons of information off the internet, so you can ask it almost anything that interests you to get an answer. Whether you’re trying to settle an argument or are just interested in a subject, you can ask your Google Home about it and it should be able to grab a summary from the internet.

If you want to read more on the subject, Google stores these searches in your Google Home app, so you can always launch that to look back at what you asked in terms of Google Home commands and look into the subject a little more closely.


There are a heck of a lot of things that Google Home commands can do, and these are just some of the most common commands. Make sure you stick around to check out everything Google Home!

Leave a comment