The 80 best Google Assistant commands for smart speakers

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The 80 best Google Assistant commands

The Google Home - or another Google Assistant powered smart speaker - has taken residence in your living room/kitchen/bedroom. And you've asked it some trivia for the first few days. What next?

Google doesn't work with quite as many smart home devices as Alexa but it excels at a lot of voice based requests - especially where Google's own services are concerned. We're talking Google Maps, Calendar, YouTube and the rest.

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Read on for some of our favourite, most used and most useful Google Assistant commands that work with smart speakers and now Google Assistant smart displays too. As with Alexa, we'd recommend that the first one you remember is "Hey Google, stop".

You can use the wake words "OK, Google" and "Hey Google" for any of these and rumours are that Google is about to update its software so you can set your own customised wake phrase. Another important note - you can now string together two commands in one sentence and Assistant will take care of both. Depending what these are, you might want to create a Routine with its own snappy phrase instead.

Controlling your music

"Hey Google, play some hip hop" [genre]

"Hey Google, play Bon Iver" [artist]

"Hey Google, play KEXP" [radio]

"Hey Google, play some music on Pandora" [service]

"Hey Google, skip tracks"

"Hey Google, play my Wine Goes In playlist" [playlist]

"Hey Google, stop in 20 minutes"

"Hey Google, what's this song?"

"Hey Google, play ambient noise"

"Hey Google, help me relax"

"Hey Google, pause"

"Hey Google, be quiet"

"Hey Google, next chapter" [audiobooks]

"Hey Google, read Women and Power" [audiobooks]

"Hey Google, how much time is left?" [audiobooks]

Setting timers and alarms

"Hey Google, set a timer for 10 minutes"

"Hey Google, set a pizza timer for 12 minutes"

"Hey Google, set an alarm for 8.30 tomorrow morning"

"Hey Google, snooze alarm"

"Hey Google, cancel my alarm for 8.30"

"Hey Google, what time is it?"

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Checking calendars and reminders

"Hey Google, what does my day look like?"

"Hey Google, what's on my schedule for Friday?"

"Hey Google, where is my first event?"

"Hey Google, remind me to take the charity clothes out tomorrow at 8am"

"Hey Google, what are my reminders?"

"Hey Google, remember that I left the spare keys in the dish in the kitchen"

"Hey Google, where did I put the spare keys?"

"Hey Google, delete my reminder to take the charity clothes out tomorrow"

"Hey Google, tell me what my next task is with Todoist"

Getting everyday info

"Hey Google, what are my notifications?"

"Hey Google, what's the weather like today?"

"Hey Google, show me the weather on [Chromecast name]"

"Hey Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow?"

"Hey Google, what's the traffic like on the way to work?"

"Hey Google, how long will it take to get to Soho Theatre?"

"Hey Google, how long will it take to get to Brixton Academy from work?"

"Hey Google, good morning" [daily briefing]

"Hey Google, what's today's news?"

"Hey Google, did Chelsea win?"

"Hey Google, what's grapefruit in French?"

"Hey Google, how do you make a Singapore Sling?"

"Hey Google, how do you make mushroom risotto?"

"Hey Google, what's 100 pounds in euros?"

"Hey Google, spell manoeuvre"

"Hey Google, how late is Wahaca open?"

"Hey Google, is Marks & Spencer open now?"

"Hey Google, are there any Mexican restaurants around here?"

"Hey Google, how many calories are in a courgette?"

"Hey Google, flip a coin"

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Controlling the smart home

"Hey Google, turn on 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 Honest Trailers on Chromecast"

"Hey Google, play Mudbound on Netflix"

"Hey Google, play House of Cards on TV"

"Hey Google, set the heating to 22 degrees"

"Hey Google, raise the temperature three degrees"

"Hey Google, what's the temperature?"

"Hey Google, turn on all the switches"

"Hey Google, read my book on lounge speaker" [Chromecast Audio]

"Hey Google, lock the front door"

For Google smart displays

"Hey Google, go to ambient" [screensaver]

"Hey Google, go Home"

"Hey Google, go back"

"Hey Google, turn the screen off"

"Hey Google, turn it up/turn it down"

Making calls

"Hey Google, call Amy"

"Hey Google, call the Brockley Barge"

"Hey Google, hang up"

"Hey Google, redial"

Everything else

"Hey Google, help"

"Hey Google, order an Uber"

"Hey Google, order me a Domino's pizza"

"Hey Google, broadcast breakfast is ready" [plays message on all speakers]

"Hey Google, what sound does a horse make?"

"Hey Google, what's on my shopping list?"

"Hey Google, add dishwasher tablets to my shopping list"

"Hey Google, tell me something interesting"

"Hey Google, talk to Product Hunt"

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