There is no denying the fact that Google Assistant is the best virtual assistant at the moment, whether on phones, on smart speakers, smart displays, smart TVs or any other device. I love Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot, however, other assistants including Siri, Bixby and others don't even have a chance against Google Assistant. In fact, so powerful and versatile that most of us don't even use it to its full potential. While many of us are familiar with normal tips like getting translations, playing games, getting nearby information, and more, there are many Google Assistant tips and tricks that are very useful but unnoticed by most users. We want to change it with this article and, although it is impossible to talk about all the tricks and tricks on Google Assistant, here are 15 of our favorites that you should definitely try:
Note: I used the "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" commands in this article interchangeably as both can be used to invoke the Google Assistant.
The best tricks for Google Assistant to try
1. Select your favorite Google Assistant voice
We all know that Google Assistant comes with a female voice with an American accent. However, if you don't like it, you can change its voice as Google Assistant now supports multiple voices that include male and female voices with different accents. Even if you have no problem with the default voice, I would suggest you take a look at the other voices because the sound is good enough. To change the voice of the Google Assistant start it and then go to Settings -> Preferences -> Narrator and select the one you find the best .
2. Get the Summary for your day
One of the first things I do before I leave home for work is to get my daily briefing from my Google Assistant. Not only does it give me useful information like weather and traffic, but it also gives me a rundown of all the tasks I have on my plate for the day. This allows me to start my day with a good idea of ??how it will end and I can devise the best way to deal with it. The best part you don't have to configure it. All you have to say "Hello Google, good morning" and I will send you the relevant information . Keep in mind that you need to sync your events with Google Calendar if you want to access your events through the Google Assistant.
3. Identify the songs
One of the most used functions of Google Assistant is its ability to identify songs. I love listening to songs and every time I like a song that I like but don't recognize, I just say "Ok Google, identify this song" and in seconds it identifies the song for me. The best part that, since each command stored chronologically, I can simply go back to watching the songs at the end of the day and put them in my playlist.
4. Create and access purchase lists
Google Assistant also makes it very easy to remember your purchases and grocery items. Whenever you want to add an item or even more items to your shopping list, ask the Assistant to do it for you. For example, try saying "Ok Google, add eggs, milk and bread to my shopping list and do it for you.
Whenever you want to access your shopping list, simply d "Hey Google, show my shopping list" and do the same. This simple command has made my life much easier than I can explain it to you. Try it and I bet you will never forget another object in your life.
5. Unlock phone, launch applications and manage quick settings
Google Assistant can also help you easily unlock your phone and launch apps. To set the phone to unlock with your voice, open the Settings app and look for Smart Lock. Here, under Voice Match or Trusted Voice, enable the "Unlock with Voice Match" option . From next time, you can say the magic word (Ok Google or Hey Google) and your phone will unlock immediately. Note that although this feature is convenient, it is not as secure as a password or biometric authentication.
In addition to unlocking the smartphone, the Google Assistant also allows users to launch apps and change quick settings. You can say "Hey Google, start Netflix" and launch the app for you. In fact, if you connect your Netflix account to the Google Assistant, you can ask Netflix's Play Show directly. You can also control your quick set buttons by saying things like "Hey Google, turn off WiFi" and do it for you.
6. Listen to your favorite podcasts
One of the most recent additions to Google Assistant is its ability to play podcasts. While Google released a standalone podcast app, I never use it because I mostly use my voice to listen to my favorite podcasts. I can only say "Hey Google, play the Hardcore History podcast" and it will. The good thing that the Assistant remembers your last position played and picks up where you left off.
I can also jump forward or backward using only my voice. D only "Hey Google, jump forward 30 seconds" and it will. By the way, you can use the same command while listening to songs to go back and forth.
7. Get currency and unit conversions
Google Assistant is also very useful when you need to perform any type of currency or unit conversion. I can only say things like "Hey Google, convert $ 56 to INR" and do it for me. Note that when you say dollars, it automatically uses US dollars as currency. If you want to convert other dollar currencies like the Canadian or Australian dollar, you will need to mention it in your command.
Google Assistant is also an expert in unit conversions. Whether you want to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit or pounds to kilograms, you can do it using your Google Assistant. You just need to use the convert command. For example, I can say "Hey Google, convert 5 pounds to kilograms" and get the desired result.
8. Use Google Lens competently
Google Assistant with integrated support for Google Lens. Google Lens is located at the bottom of the Google Assistant page and you can use it to do a couple of interesting things. can use Google Lens to copy text, search for similar products on the web, identify different plants and animals, discover books and media, scan codes and more. My favorite thing to do with Google Assistant is to extract and copy the text. really useful when i need to open a url on my phone that someone is showing me on their device. I only launch Google Lens, focus the link, touch it and it is copied. I can then simply tap the link to open it in my browser. really quite useful.
9. Use location-based reminders
If you are a person who always forgets homework, you should use location based reminders, as they are really useful. I use location-based reminders for pretty much everything I need to do instantly when I reach a place. For example, I say "Hey Google, remind me to turn on the engine when I get home" . Now, when I get home, the assistant will remind me what to do. This is a very elegant advice and will be useful.
10. Stay on top of the sport
The Google Assistant also great for keeping track of the results in real time or the ranking of your favorite team in an ongoing tournament. You can ask questions like,
- "Hey Google, give me the EPL ranking."
- "Hey Google, how many goals did Manchester City score in the last game?"
- "Hey Google, when will Everton play next?"
- "Hey Google, who plays EPL today?"
Of course, you can change the league and team name to find out the scores on your favorite sports and teams.
11. Check your Chromecast, Android TV and Smart Home devices
Google Assistant can also help you control your Chromecast device, Android TV or smart home devices only with your voice. Some of the commands you can use to do this are,
- "Hey Google, turn off the porch light."
- "Hey Google, play Suits on Netflix."
- "Hey Google, playGadget-Info.com on YouTube."
I recently purchased a Google Home mini and used it to control the TV, cast videos on my TV and control the smart switches in my home was a pleasure.
12. Configure routines to automate activities
Routines are the perfect way to automate your activities using your Google Assistant. For example, when I get home from the office, I do a few things. First, I turn on WiFi on my phone and turn off mobile data. So I turn on the bedroom lights and turn on the engine. Finally I turn on the old man to be able to take a nice hot bath. Now, I can do all these things manually or I can use the routine function on Google Assistant to automate all these activities for me. So, the Routines basically allow me to perform a chain of actions with a single command .
To get started, open the Settings page in Google Assistant and scroll down to find routines. After touching it, you will see that there are some pre-created routines that you can customize. For example, I assigned all the actions mentioned above to the "I'm home" routine. Likewise, You can edit routines to match your actions . You can also create your own routines by pressing the pi button if you wish. Once you become a habit, using Routines will save you a lot of time.
13. Use multiple languages ??to speak with Google Assistant
One of the most recent additions to the Google Assistant is its ability to understand multiple languages ??at the same time . This feature is very useful for bilingual families as they can use both of their languages ??to ask questions. Of course, for this feature to work, your language must be included in the list of supported languages. Currently, the supported language includes German, French, Italian, Spanish and more.
To enable this feature, open the Google Assistant Settings and then tap Preferences. Here, tap "Assistant languages" and then add the second language of your choice. Note that only two languages ??can be selected at a time.
14. Get good news from the Google Assistant
If you are tired of getting bad news from all news sources and want some relief in your life, Google Assistant has the right thing for you. Just a couple of months ago, Google released a new feature for its Assistant that allows users to have a summary of uplifting news from around the world. According to Google, the stories focus on people who are solving problems for their community and the whole world. If you want to hear these stories, simply d "Hey Google, tell me something good" and tell you the best things that happen in the world. Note that this feature stuck in the region and not yet available in countries like India.
15. Use the Explore tab
If you like these Google Assistant tips and tricks and want to find out more tips for yourself, visit the Explore tab. You can access the Explore tab by touching the icon located at the top right of the Assistant page . Here you can find the list of popular and new commands that you can use to take advantage of multiple features in the Google Assistant. Most of the tips and tricks I mentioned here were discovered by me using the Explore tab. quite useful and you should get into the habit of visiting it every now and then.
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Get the most out of your Google Assistant with these fantastic tricks
I have used most of these tips and tricks every day. I am particularly fond of the song identification function along with the Routine function. Check the list and let us know your favorite Google Assistant tips and tricks from the list. Also, if you've personally discovered some new tips, share them by writing in the comments section below.