Almost every Android phone and device comes equipped with a Google app and voice search assistant, and once that is linked to your Google account and activated. Merely saying the Google Assistant commands like “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” will wake up the assistant, and your phone will go into listening mode. All ready to listen and understand your command in any supported language.
Over a period of several years, Google has made considerable improvements in its voice searches and actions on the Google Assistant app as well as Google Home and Home Mini devices. It has been polished so much that you can give commands to Google as if you are talking to another human being.
Google Assistant is highly capable, from controlling your smart lights to air conditioner and heater as well as finding out details related to your favorite TV show, all using your voice.
Ok Google and Hey Google Commands Cheat Sheet
Here is a cheat sheet to help you give an idea about the things that you can get done using Google Assistant in your day-to-day routine:
How To Enable Ok Google/Hey Google Command?
Follow these steps to enable voice commands on your phone or other Android devices:
- Open the Google app.
- At the bottom, tap on the More button.
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on Voice, and here you will see a section for Hey Google. Tap on Voice Match.
- Here you need to enable Hey Google option.
You will now be able to access Google Assistant any time you say “Hey Google,” even when if your screen is off.
Throughout your day, Google Assistant can help you with several tasks, provided how much of the things around you are automated.
Saying commands like:
- Ok Google, let’s go home. This will trigger actions for the way to home like giving you traffic updates, playing your favorite playlist, read and send texts, or anything else you have configured.
- Hey Google, good morning. The assistant will turn off the lights, tell you about the weather conditions, play your favorite podcast or news.
Using the Routine option within Google Assistant, you can personalize the commands and actions. You can even create new routines too.
- On your Android device, open Google app.
- Tap on the More button, located at the bottom right corner.
- Tap on Settings > Google Assistant.
- Your profile will open along with the settings options and tabs on the top. Tap on the Assistant tab.
- From the list of options, tap on Routines.
From this screen, you can either create a new routine from scratch or customize the ready-made routines. The possibilities are endless.
Communicate with Your Friends
Here are some ways using which you can communicate with your friends with the help of Google Assistant:
- Call a friend or a relative: “Call Mom” or “Call John.”
- Text a friend: “Text Joseph that I will be there in 10 minutes.”
- Send an email: “Send an email to Kim, subject photography class reminder, message, Hi Kim, there is a photography class this weekend at 10 a.m., full stop.”
- Send a message via WhatsApp: “Send a WhatsApp message to Carl.”
Command To Unlock Your Phone Using Voice
Believe it or not, Google Assistant works even when your device is locked, and the screen is off. However, specific voice commands require you to unlock your device using PIN or fingerprint to proceed further.
Google Assistant, if configured to unlock your phone, can bypass these added security steps and can unlock your phone by just using voice command. The procedure is simple:
NOTE: The voice unlock feature works on limited Android OS, including Android 5.0 to Android 7.1. Whereas, Google has removed voice unlocking support for the newer Android OS.
- On Google Assistant settings, you first need to register a trusted voice model.
- Once your voice model has been trained and recognized successfully with Google, you can then enable voice unlock functionality through Google Assistant settings menu.
- The voice unlock functionality requires you to enable “Access with Voice Match” as well as “Unlock with Voice Match.”
Open Apps with Voice Commands
There are instances where we do have our phone in front of us, but we can’t actually use them. Let’s say, while you are doing dishes.
So, for example, you want to see your recent messages. Simply say, “Hey Google, open Messages app,” and Google Assistant will open the Messages app on your phone.
Using this same command, you can open almost any app on your phone, including third-party apps.
Get Advice and Information About Nearby Restaurant, Shop, or Eatery
We usually get clueless about where to go out for dining or shopping when the weekend is just around the corner. The Google Assistant can help you find all the nearby restaurants, eateries, shops, and malls within a matter of seconds.
Simply ask, “Hey Google, show me nearby eateries,” and it will return with all the restaurants that are near your current location. You can then find and shortlist location based on star ratings or their current offers.
Using this simple command, you can find and discover a new restaurant or place, depending on what you are looking for.
Find About Current Weather Situation
Are you planning a weekend road trip to another state? It is important to make sure the weather remains within your favor and find out how the conditions are going to be so that you can plan accordingly.
The best option is to pick up your phone and ask Google Assistant, “Ok Google, how’s the weather is going to be during the weekend?” and it will tell you if it will be cold, hot, humid, or rainy along with the wind conditions and complete forecast.
You can even ask assistant to open your favorite weather forecast or radar app to see current weather conditions.
Quickly Setup Important Reminders
You can quickly set up important reminders about anything you have to do or something you are keeping somewhere and want Google Assistant to remember that for you, it will do that swiftly. Here’s what you have to tell:
“Hey Google, remind me to pay electricity bills on 15th at 12:30 p.m.” It will automatically create a reminder and ask you for a confirmation in case you want to make any modifications.
Similarly, you can use similar commands to remind you of a birthday or anniversary, or maybe that email that needs a reply. And it will automatically store that for you in the calendar app.
Can I Change/Customize Ok Google Command To Something Else?
Just like you, I have this question in my mind as well because, unlike Google, other brands have a human-like name.
For Apple, we have Siri. For Amazon, we have Alexa. For Microsoft, we have Cortana. But Google seems to be brand conscious here and want us to keep calling their brand name to wake up the AI assistant.
Although the AI behind Google Assistant is really very powerful and can help you get done a lot with just your voice, and plays a vital role in taking automation to the next level with the help of Google Home, mobile devices, and other gadgets/appliances that support or come equipped with Google Assistant.
But the question remains, can I change Ok Google command to something else? Is there any option to personalize the wake-up command?
Well, the straightforward answer is no. You can’t. Google just doesn’t want you to do that.
However, since we are talking about Android devices here, which by far are one of the most highly customizable software thanks to it being open-source, so there is actually a way to personalize and change Ok Google, or Hey Google wake up command to something else. 😉
But that’s another topic, and I will share about that in a different blog post.
Until then, I would love to hear about your opinion about Google Assistant and want to know your thoughts regarding anything specific you want me to discuss or add to this post. Please feel free to let me know in the comments below.