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More Google Now Voice Commands

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

In part 1 of this article Keith asked about Cortana and Google Now Voice Commands. We covered the basics about talking to Cortana yesterday, today we will look at Google Now. Keith also asked, “Also since I’m asking does Google ever talk back (give verbal answers) if so what commands trigger that? “

Keith, unlike Cortana or Siri, Google Now isn’t really an interactive assistant that will chat with you. As with Cortana, a complete list of commands is just about impossible, but I can give you an idea of the types of commands Google Now accepts and the questions it can answer.

It can however still do a lot. To get Google Now’s attention, you’ll need to have the “Okay Google” function turned on, then say, “Okay Google.”

Let’s start commands to control your phone or tablet.:

Turn on or turn off. “Turn on flashlight.”

Open:  Use this command to open an app. “Okay, Google open my e-mail.”  You can also open a web page. “Okay Google, go to The Pioneer Woman dot com.”


Take a picture.

Record a video.


Text – “Okay Google, Text Jane that I am on my way.”

Call – “Okay Google, call Mom.”

Send e-mail – “Okay Google, send e-mail to Dave Johnson.” Then dictate the subject and the message.

Listen – “Okay Google, listen to voicemail.”

Music and Entertainment.

Play music – it will open Google Play Music and start playing.

What’s this song?  – If a song is playing, ask this and let your device listen until it can identify the song.

Pause – you can pause a song that you’re listening to on Google Play Music

Watch – if you have a movie or show in your Google Play account you can say, “Okay, Google watch Despicable Me,” and will will start playing the movie.


Ask Google any basic math problem or to convert weights and measures or money.

“Okay, Google, what’s 7 x 9?”  “Okay google, 6 feet equals how many inches?”



Say, “Hey Google, remind me to stop at the library at 4 today.”  “Hey Google, when I get to work, remind me to fill out my time sheet.”

“Hey Google, set an alarm for  8 a.m.”

“Hey Google, create a calendar event for lunch with Crystal, Thursday at noon.”


“Hey Google, show me a map of Toledo.”

“Hey Google, navigate to Columbus in a car.”

“Hey Google, directions to the Hollywood Casino, Toledo.”


Who – “Who’s the governor of Michigan?” “Who hit the most home runs in Major League Baseball?” “Who Won Dancing With The Stars?”

What – “What’s the quickest way to get to Bowling Green?” “What’s a good wine to drink with fish?”  “What time does Ricki and the Flash start at the Maumee Indoor theater?”

Where – “Where’s the closest place for pizza?” “Where’s my hotel?” “Where were sheep first domesticated?” “Where’s my package?”

Why –  “Why is gas so expensive?”

When –  “When will my train arrive?” “When was the television invented?”

How – “How do I get to the library?” “How can I boil an egg?”  “How did the Buckeyes do?”

This is by no means a complete list. So keep asking Google Now questions and trying out new commands. Feel free to share your favorite commands with us in the comments.

~ Cynthia


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