Google Home is a smart home speaker that allows you to control your smart home devices by voice.
It uses Google Assistant to manage everything from your daily tasks list to turning on and off the lights in your home. And if you find yourself with nothing to do, it will even play trivia games with you.
Simple voice commands will allow the Google Assistant to know what you want. After testing the current commands, we put together all of the known Google Home controls. These are the ones we know will work with Google Assistant as of today.
Before you can communicate with Google Home, you have to wake it up. Just a simple “OK Google” or “Hey Google” should do the trick. Once you have awakened Google Assistant, you can talk to it using a conversational tone to give commands. For instance, if you are trying to find a YouTube video with kittens, you can just say “OK Google, I want to watch a video with kittens.” and it will find one for you, and it won’t even judge your taste in videos.
You can use the commands below (edited to your unique requests of course) to communicate with Google Assistant.
- Request help: “OK Google, help.”
- Volume adjustments: “Louder,” “OK Google, turn it up” or my favorite one “Turn it up to 11.”
- Stop an action: “OK Google, Stop,” “Pause” or “Be Quiet.”
- Add an item to a shopping list: “OK Google, add milk to my shopping list.”
- Check what is on a shopping list: “OK Google, what is on my shopping list?”
- Recipes: “OK Google, how do I make Coq Au Vin?”
- Alarm: “OK Google set the alarm for 7:00 am.”
- Snooze alarm: “OK Google, snooze alarm.”
- Cancel alarm: “OK Google, cancel alarm for 7:00 am.”
- Current location: “OK Google, where am I?”
- Current Time: “OK Google, what time is it?”
- Translations: “OK Google, how do I say where is the hotel in Italian?”
- International time: “OK Google, what time is it in Florence, Italy?”
- Roll the dice: “OK Google, roll a die” or “OK Google, roll a 6-sided die.”
- Flip a coin: “OK Google, flip a coin.”
- Equations: “OK Google, how much is 5% of 235?”
- Measurements: “OK Google, how many tablespoons equal 1/8 cup?”
- Set a timer: “OK Google, set a timer for 60 minutes.”
- Stop timer: “OK Google, halt the timer for 60 minutes.”
- Check timer: “OK Google, how much time is left on my timer?”
- Daily updates (you set these based on your preferences, it can include weather, traffic, and news): “OK Google, Good Morning.”
- Request a Lyft: “OK Google, order a Lyft.”
- Tune an Instrument: “OK Google, tune my instrument.” (you should specify how you want it tuned, you will also need to say “note” after you say what note you want Google home to play “OK Google, play an A flat note”)
- Words: “OK Google, what does superfluous mean?”
- Spelling: “OK Google, how do you spell unnecessary?”
- Things: “OK Google, what is an aquifer?”
- Facts: “OK Google, who invented antibiotics?”
- Inventors: “OK Google, who invented the lightning rod?”
- Authors: “OK Google, who wrote Of Mice and Men?”
- Quotes: “OK Google, give me a quote from Helen Keller.”
- Medical Information: “OK Google, what is does it mean to be near-sighted?”
- Animal sound: “OK Google, what sound does a whale make?”
- Place: “OK Google, what country is Brussels in?”
- Businesses: “OK Google, is there a UPS store near me?”
- Business information: “OK Google, how late is the UPS store open?”
- Distance: “OK Google, how far is the UPS store from here?”
- Restaurants: “OK Google, is there a Panera near me?”
- Calories: “OK Google, how many calories are in a blueberry bagel?”
- Stocks: “OK Google, how is my Apple stock doing?”
- Weather: “OK Google, will I need a jacket today?” or “OK Google, will it rain today?”
- Traffic: “OK Google, how is the traffic on my way to the gym?”
News, Sports and Entertainment Commands
- News Updates: “OK Google, what is in the news today?”
- Sports Updates: “OK Google, which teams are in the NFL playoffs?”
- Sports Scores: “OK Google, what was the final score of the Cavaliers game?”
- Sports Team Information: “OK Google, who is the starting quarterback for the Bengals?
- Movie Releases: “OK Google, what new movies came out this week?”
- Movie Casts: “OK Google who starred in As Good as it Gets?
- Television Shows by Network: “OK Google what shows are on A&E?
Music, Video and Television Commands
- Request Music: “OK, Google, play some rock music.” or “OK Google, play some classical music.”
- Ask a particular artist or song: “OK Google, play Dave Matthews.” or “OK Google, play The Warehouse.”
- Request a song using lyrics: “OK Google, play that song that goes “Wanna pack your bags, something small.”
- Ask to play a song from your Google Play playlist or album: “OK Google, play my workout playlist” or “OK Google, play album Under the Table and Dreaming.”
- Ask what song is playing: “OK Google, what song is playing now?” or “OK Google what album are you playing?”
- Ask for details: “OK Google when was this album released?”
- Rewind or Fast Forward: “OK Google, fast forward by ten seconds.”
- Choose speaker option: “OK Google, play Come with Me Now on speaker five.”
- Play videos using Chromecast on YouTube: “OK Google, play The Daily Show on TV1.”
- Review lists on YouTube: “OK Google, show me what is popular on YouTube on TV1.”
- Access a movie on Netflix with Chromecast: “OK Google, play The Dark Knight on TV1.”
- Play Spotify: “OK Google, play Muse on Spotify.”
- Play Pandora: “OK Google, play Drake.”
- Like or Dislike a song on Pandora: “OK Google, like this song.”
- Play music using YouTube Music: “OK Google, play St. Motel on YouTube.”
- Play stations on TuneIn: “OK Google, play the alternative station on TuneIn.”
Currently Google Home only works with a limited amount of smart home devices. SmartThings, Philips Hue, Nest, IFTTT, and Chromecast are now integrated with Google Home, which can make interactions limited. But Google Home is also still in its infancy. You can expect new integrations regularly. These are the current Smart Home commands:
- Manage Nest thermostat: “OK Google, turn the temperature to 72 degrees.”
- Make Small Adjustments to Nest: “OK Google, lower the temperature by two degrees.”
- Turn on/off Philips Hue lights: “OK Google, turn the living room lights off.”
- Adjust Hue colors: “OK Google, turn the lights blue.”
- Dim Hue lights: “OK Google, dim the lights to 30 percent.
- Create custom phrases for IFTTT: “OK Google, let’s rock and roll.”
Google has recently added “Actions for Google Assistant,” these third-party options are similar to Amazon’s Alexa. However, you do not have to activate them; they are already enabled. You can find all of the Actions on the Google Home app. Just go to More settings>Services to get a full list of interactions and commands, here are a few to get you started:
- Product Hunt: “OK Google, talk to Product Hunt.”
- Tender: “OK Google, can I talk to Tender to learn to make a mojito?
- Domino’s: “OK Google, can I talk to Domino’s to place an order?
- Todoist: “OK Google, what is my next task on Todoist?
- Best Dad Jokes: “OK Google, talk to Best Dad Jokes.”
Because you always need some random silliness…
- “OK Google, it’s not my birthday.”
- “OK Google, are you feeling lucky?”
- “OK Google, make me laugh.”
- “OK Google, beatbox.”
- “OK Google, sing me a song.”
- “OK Google, which movie do you like best, Star Trek or Star Wars?
- “OK Google, who is the fairest of them all?”
- “OK Google, surprise me.”
- “OK Google, set phasers to kill.”
- “OK Google, Hodor.”
- “OK Google, read a poem.”
- “OK Google, where is Waldo?”
- “OK Google, do a barrel roll.”
Tired of saying “Hey” or “OK Google”? Try “OK Boo Boo” it’s more fun, and Google Home will respond to the command. If you have a Google Pixel phone, you should be able to get these fun Easter eggs on your smartphone as well.
We will update this list to make sure you are always aware of the latest updates and new commands. Google Home is just getting started; there is a lot to look forward to in the future.