OK Google Basics


Function Example Command(s)
Open any website “Open youtube.com”
Open any app Open Facebook
Take a picture (with the rear facing camera) “Take a picture/photo.”
Start video recording “Record a video.”
Take a picture (with the front facing camera) “Take a selfie.”
Adjust the volume “Increase/decrease volume.”
Mute sound “Mute the volume.”
Turn on and off utilities “Turn [on/off] [Flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth].”


Function Example Command(s)
Math “What is the square root of [number]?”
“What is [number] divided by/multiplied by/plus/minus [number].”
“What is [number] percent of [number]?”
“What is [number] percent of [number] divided by/multiplied by/plus/minus [number].”
Conversions “What is [say the number] [say the conversion category: meters, years, yards, liters] in/to [say what you want to convert it to].”
“Convert [say the number] [say the currency] into [say the number] [say the currency].”
“What is the tip for [say the amount]?”
Maps and Travel “Where is [say the name of the location]?”
“Walking directions to [say the name of the location].”
“Show me the nearest [attractions/coffee shop/restaurant/gas station/bank/mall/etc].”
“How far is [say the name of the location] from [say the name of the location]?”
“Navigate to [say the name of the location].”
“Distance from here to [say the name of the location].”
“How far away is [say the name of the location]?”
“How do you say [word] in [say the language]?”
“What is the flight status of [say the name of the airline] [say the flight number]?”
Definitions “Define [word]”
“What’s the definition of [word]?”
“What’s the meaining of [word]?”
Translation What is French for [I am Charlie]?
Sports Did the [Giants] win today? What’s the score in the [Warriors] game?
Movies What movies are playing [tonight]? Where is [Toy Story] playing?
Music What songs does [Pharrell] sing?


Function Example Command(s)
Retrieve Contact Information “Find my brother’s number”
“When is [name]’s birthday?”
Make Calls “Call [name]”
Call [Jon] (also works with relationships: Call [sister])
Call [Cartman] on speakerphone
Send Texts “Text [name]”
Text [Susie] [great job on that feature yesterday] (also works with relationships: Text [mom] [I’m not going to be able to pick you up from the airport, period, I’m a bad son, period])
Check Text Messages Show me my last messages. (Then follow voice prompts)
Send Email Send email to [Robert Baratheon], subject, [hunting], message, [I don’t think you should drink so much when you go hunting, period]
Post to Social Media Post to [Twitter]: [Oh my god the Red Wedding episode!]


Function Example Command(s)
Create Calendar Events (appointments, meetings, etc.) “Create/Add/Schedule a meeting.”
“Create a calendar event.”
“Schedule an event [say the title of the event] then [say the day and time].”
Check your calendar “What’s my next appointment?”
“Show me the appointments for [say the day].”
“What does my [say schedule or calendar] look like on [say the day]?”


Function Example Command(s)
Set an alarm “Set an alarm for [say time].”
“Set an alarm in [say how many minutes, or hours].”
“Wake me up at [say the time] then [the day, or say ‘everyday’].”
Set a repeating alarm “Set a repeating alarm for [say the label].”
“Set a repeating alarm for [say the label] at [say the time].”
“Set a repeating alarm at [say the time] for [say the label] every/on [say the days of the week, or say everyday].”
Check alarms “Show me my alarms.”
“When is my next alarm?”


Function Example Command(s)
Create Reminders “Add a reminder.”
“Remind me to [say what you want to be reminded of] at [say the time].”
“Remind me to [say what you want to be reminded of] when I get to/next time I’m at [say the location].”


Function Example Command(s)
Play games Play [solitaire] (also try tic-tac-toe)
Play music Play some music (opens “I’m feeling lucky” radio station in Google Play Music)
Next Song / Pause Song
Play [Happy] (songs must be in Google Play Music on your device)
Watch movies Watch [The Lego Movie] (movies and TV must be in your Google Play account)
Read books Read [Hunger Games]

Just for Fun…

What sounds does a [tiger] make?
Flip a coin
Roll dice (rolls a single six-sided die)
What is the loneliest number?
Do a barrel roll!
Askew / Tilt
Go go Gadget [Spotify]
When am I?
Make me a sandwich
Sudo make me a sandwich
Who’s on first?
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
Tell me a joke
Who are you?
Beam me up, Scotty!
What is [Jennifer Lawrence’s] Bacon number?

Other Apps

Flixster — “Show me [name of movie] on Flixter.”
Shazam — “Shazam this song.”
Threema — “Send a threema message to [say the name].”
TripAdvisor — “Show [say what you want to show] near me on TripAdvisor.”
Trulia — “Show homes for sale in [say the location] on Trulia.”
Walmart — “Scan my receipt on Walmart.”


Make the most out of Google with this list of ‘OK, Google’ voice commands from Digital Trends
What Are All The “OK Google” Commands? This Website Lists Every Single Thing Google Assistant Can Do from Bustle
A list of all the Google Now voice commands from Green Bot

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