“Ok Google, what’s the temperature?” It is one of the best known and used actions of the Google Assistant on our mobile. However, it is only a small part of everything the wizard is capable of doing. And it is that, as you may have already known from the title of this post, there are many commands to be executed by this tool.
In this post we will see what are the more interesting actions that we can ask Google Assistant, which is natively installed on all Android phones (except Huawei). You will only have to access this wizard and ask (or write) any of the many actions that we will see below.
The best commands for Google Assistant
The Google Assistant is activated by default on all new Android phones (except Huawei), even if the terminal has its own assistant. Each terminal has its activation method for Assistant, but it is usually invoked holding down the button home or, if we have Android 10, moving diagonally from the corners of the terminal. Once we have it open, the list of possibilities is practically infinite.
Control of system settings and applications
With voice control we can handle several of the functions of the system, as well as manage the opening of applications. The logic here is to think about what you want to open, close, activate or deactivate and tell the assistant about it. The list is quite extensive.
- Opens [nombre de la aplicación]. Ex: Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.
- Turn on/off the [nombre del ajuste]. Ex: Bluetooth, WiFi, data, etc.
- Volume up/down
- Turn up/down the brightness
- take a selfie
- take a photo
- record a video
- I want to listen [artista que queramos escuchar]
- mute the volume
- Turn the volume up
- Show me photos from (any Google Photos album or category). Ex: cats, dogs, Madrid, buildings, etc.
- What’s on my screen?
- Open my Google account settings
- Show my Google search history
- Adjust Google security settings
messages and calls
At the level of messaging and calls, Google commands help us to do the basics. Simply ask them to call someone or send you a message to be able to do it without having to touch the phone.
- Call to [nombre]
- Send a message from [aplicación] a [nombre] and tell him that [mensaje]
- Send an email to [nombre] and tell him that [cuerpo del texto]
- Send an SMS to [nombre] and tell him that [cuerpo del texto]
The Google Assistant allows us check the time quite dynamically and personalized based on what we ask. One thing to keep in mind is that the default weather information is that of weather.com, so that you know where the data that it is telling you comes from.
- What is the weather going to be like today?
- Is it going to be hot/cold today?
- The time in [nombre de la ciudad]
- What weather is he going to do? [día] in [nombre de la ciudad]
- is it going to rain in [nombre de la ciudad]?
Setting alarms with your voice is one of the fastest functions of the Assistant. We don’t have to go into the clock app and configure it manually, just ask it in a few words to do it.
- Set an alarm at [hora]
- Add an alarm to [hora]
- wake me up tomorrow at [hora]
- Turn off the next alarm
- Turn off all alarms
- Set an alarm [día] at [hora]
The same case of alarms is repeated with reminders. Just tell him that we want him to remind us of something. In the same way, thanks to the Assistant routines, we can obtain daily information of interest just by saying “good morning” to the Assistant.
- remind me that [lo que quieras que te recuerde]
- Put a timer inside [el tiempo que queramos]
- set a countdown of [el tiempo que queramos]
- What do I have for today?
- How will my day be?
- Create a calendar event for [lo que queramos hacer] the [día] at [hora]
- What plans do I have for tomorrow?
- When is my next meeting?
- Where have I parked?
transportation and travel
If we are traveling or with a view to organizing it, we can ask the assistant. It may be even more effective than asking a native speaker. Google saves information about locations, flights, journeys and more, so we can ask you almost anything.
- How to get to [sitio]
- I want to go to [sitio]
- Where I am?
- Where is the [establecimiento] closest?
- How long does it take to go to [sitio]?
- interesting places in [ciudad, país]
- place of interest in [ciudad, país]
- How is the traffic in [ciudad]
- What flights are there to [país, ciudad] the [día]?
- I want a train to [ciudad, país]
- I want a bus to [ciudad, país]
- Where can I have dinner today?
- tell me a good place to eat
- Map of [país, ciudad]
- take me to my work
- Take me Home
- How much distance is there between [sitio] Y [sitio]
If we want Google to remember someone’s name (or nickname), we just have to tell him. The Assistant will tell us that “he writes it down”, and this information will be saved on the phone.
- [Nombre] is my mother/father
- [Nombre] she is my boss
- I want you call me [nombre o apodo]
- My father/mother is called [nombre]
- my boss is called [nombre]
- My dog’s name is [nombre]
- The name of my girlfriend is [nombre]
information of all kinds
Google voice commands go far beyond specific functions. As the Assistant is integrated with the search engine, we can ask him anything that comes to mind. The advantage is that it is very likely that the Assistant will respond to us in a fairly “human” way, without us even having to read the results it shows us.
- How many days are there until Christmas?
- When is the birthday of [personaje famoso]?
- How much is it [multiplicación, suma, resta, división, etc.]?
- What is half of [número]?
- Where was Pablo Escobar born?
- How old am I?
- Where is my package?
- How much is Tesla publicly traded?
- What noise does a pig make?
- What does it mean [palabra]?
- How is the moon today?
- How is the IBEX 35?
- Who is the president of Spain?
- How old are you [personaje famoso]?
- husband/wife of [personaje famoso]
- Macaroni with tomato recipe
- How many euros are 100 Juanes?
- Tell me synonyms/antonyms of [palabra]
- Who invented electricity?
Games and leisure
Finally, highlight the great work that Google has done at the level of entertainment. Your assistant has many games integratedstories, riddles, tongue twisters and more, which allow us to kill time when we have nothing better to do.
- flip a coin
- Heads or tails
- Tell me a number from 1 to 5
- roll a dice
- I want to play something
- tell me a riddle
- Tell me a joke
- tell me a tongue twister
- sing me a reggaeton
- Tell me a story
- Talk about yourself
- tell me a scary story
- What is the longest word in the world
- The hardest word in the world
- Tell me something
- I’m getting bored
- something random funny
- surprise me
- Interesting data
- tell me a proverb
- Tell me nearby events
- tell me funny things