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81 Google Assistant commands: The best things to ask your Google Home

Learn how to control the smart home, ask for information and more

Best Google Assistant commands
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Whether you've just picked up a Google Home or you're a smart speaker veteran, you can always learn some new Google Assistant commands.

Having a full list of things to ask your Google speaker is paramount in getting the best out of it, and there's much more depth to the smart assistant than just getting the weather or a quick news update.

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To help you out, we've listed 101 Google Assistant commands, covering everything from your first words to smart home automations and more.


Commands for beginners

Here are five of the most important commands to get started with, which you can choose to start with either "Hey Google" or "OK Google".

  • "Hey Google, stop."
  • "Hey Google, play [song title] by [artist] from Spotify."
  • "Hey Google, help."
  • "Hey Google, turn [up/down] the sound."
  • "Hey Google, what's the time?"

Best Google Home commands

Controlling music and audiobooks

  • "Hey Google, play some hip hop."
  • "Hey Google, play some Oasis."
  • "Hey Google, play Shonan Beach FM."
  • "Hey Google, play some music from Spotify."
  • "Hey Google, skip this track."
  • "Hey Google, play my Evening Jazz playlist."
  • "Hey Google, stop the music in 15 minutes."
  • "Hey Google, what's this song?"
  • "Hey Google, play some ambient noise"
  • "Hey Google, help me relax."
  • "Hey Google, pause the music."
  • "Hey Google, stop the music."
  • "Hey Google, skip to the next chapter."
  • "Hey Google, read Women and Power."
  • "Hey Google, how much time is left on this chapter?"

For more on music, read up on Spotify for Google Home and how to listen to music for free on Google Home.


Setting timers and alarms

  • "Hey Google, set a timer for 10 minutes."
  • "Hey Google, set an alarm for 8.30 tomorrow morning."
  • "Hey Google, snooze the alarm."
  • "Hey Google, cancel the alarm for 8.30."
  • "Hey Google, do I have any alarms set?"
  • "Hey Google, set a second timer for 30 minutes."

For more help, read our guide on making your Google Home a smart alarm clock.


Best Google Assistant commands

Checking calendars and reminders

  • "Hey Google, what does my day look like?"
  • "Hey Google, do I have anything scheduled for Friday?"
  • "Hey Google, where is my first event tomorrow?"
  • "Hey Google, remind me at 8am tomorrow to take my lunch in to work."
  • "Hey Google, what are my reminders for this week?"
  • "Hey Google, delete my reminder to pick up my dry cleaning."
  • "Hey Google, remember that I left the spare keys in the kitchen cupboard."
  • "Hey Google, where did I put the spare keys?"

For more on this, read our guide on how to sync Google Calendar to Google Home and how to use Google Home reminders.


General queries and commands

  • "Hey Google, what's the weather like today?"
  • "Hey Google, when is it going to rain?"
  • "Hey Google, is it windy this morning?"
  • "Hey Google, what's the traffic like on the way to work?"
  • "Hey Google, how long will it take to get home?"
  • "Hey Google, what's today's headlines?"
  • "Hey Google, did the 49ers win yesterday?"
  • "Hey Google, what's the French word for grapefruit?"
  • "Hey Google, how do you make mushroom risotto?"
  • "Hey Google, what's 100 dollars in pounds?"
  • "Hey Google, spell manoeuvre."
  • "Hey Google, when is Shake Shack open until?"
  • "Hey Google, is Target open today?"
  • "Hey Google, are there any Korean restaurants around here?"
  • "Hey Google, how many calories are in a courgette?"
  • "Hey Google, flip a coin."
  • "Hey Google, how do you solve an algebraic equation?"

Best Google Assistant commands

Commands for smart home control

  • "Hey Google, turn on the Bedroom Light."
  • "Hey Google, set the kitchen lights to 50%."
  • "Hey Google, dim the living room lights."
  • "Hey Google, brighten the office lamp."
  • "Hey Google, turn the living room lights to blue"
  • "Hey Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix."
  • "Hey Google, play House of Cards on TV."
  • "Hey Google, set the thermostat to 21 degrees."
  • "Hey Google, raise the temperature three degrees."
  • "Hey Google, what's the temperature right now?"
  • "Hey Google, turn on all the switches."
  • "Hey Google, lock the front door."
  • "Hey Google, open the blinds."
  • "Hey Google, show me the backdoor camera."
  • "Hey Google, answer the door."

To learn how to set up and control Google Home devices in detail with our full explainer.


Phone and calls commands

Google Assistant is able to integrate with Android messages, WhatsApp, Messenger and more, letting you get read-outs of messages. However, you can also handle calls with the commands below or with our complete guide to making calls on Google Home.

  • "Hey Google, call Elizabeth."
  • "Hey Google, call the nearest coffee shop."
  • "Hey Google, hang up."
  • "Hey Google, redial."
  • "Hey Google, Bluetooth pairing."
  • "Hey Google, is my phone connected over Bluetooth?"
  • "Hey Google, ring my phone."

81 Google Assistant commands: The best things to ask your Google Home

Commands for kids

  • "Hey Google, what does an elephant sound like?"
  • "Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8am."
  • "Hey Google, read a bedtime story."
  • "Hey Google, sing a lullaby."

Need more tips or options for parental controls? Check out our guide to using Google Home with kids.


Broadcasting commands

  • "Hey Google, broadcast 'wake everybody up'."
  • "Hey Google, broadcast 'dinner is ready'."
  • "Hey Google, broadcast 'time to leave for school'."
  • "Hey Google, broadcast 'the football is about to start."

Explore our guide if you want to know more about using the Google Home broadcast mode.

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