Here I will explain about ‘Ok Google’. I explain everything you need to know about ‘Ok Google’, the command that calls up ‘Ok Google’ voice assistant, including how to access voice search from any screen on your phone. With launch of Google pixel Smartphone’s late last year, the firm also released Google Assistant. In essence, Google Assistant is what loads up when you say ‘OK Google’ to a compatible phone.
‘Ok Google’ is the voice command used to activate Google voice search on your Android Smartphone and other Google devices.
This can be accessed by opening your phone’s Google Search app or Google Search widget and either tapping the microphone icon or saying ‘Ok Google’. On some handsets it even works when the phone is in sleep mode, while other phones have the search bar on the home screen, so you can say ‘Ok Google’ right there. If you’re having trouble getting it working, see our ‘Ok Google’ troubleshooter.
Alternatively, you can set up your Android Smartphone to recognize the ‘Ok Google’ command no matter in what app or screen you’re currently browsing. Just launch the Google app on your phone, tap the three lines icon and choose Settings. Select Voice, then choose ‘OK Google detection’ and enable the option for ‘Say ‘Ok Google’ at any time’.
What can you ask ‘Ok Google’?
You can ask Google pretty much anything you like. It can set alarms, make call and texts, schedule meetings and more on your Android device. Here are some commands:
- Open (eg. techadvisor.co.uk, BBC iPlayer app)
- Take a picture/photo
- Record a video
- Set an alarm for…
- Set a timer for…
- Remind me to… (includes times and locations)
- Make a note
- Create a calendar event
- What is my schedule for tomorrow?
- Where’s my package?
- Send email to…
- Post to…
- Where is the nearest…?
- Navigate to…
- Directions to…
- Where is…?
- Show me my flight info
- Where’s my hotel?
- What are some attractions around here?
- How do you say [hello] in [Japanese]?
- What is [100 pounts] in [dollars]?
- What’s the flight status of…?
- Play some music (opens “I’m feeling lucky” radio station in Google Play Music)
- Next Song / Pause Song
- Play/watch/read… (Content must be in Google Play library)
- What’s this song?
- Do a barrel roll
- Beam me up Scotty (audio response)
- Make me a sandwich (audio response)
- Up, up, down, and down, left, right, left, right (audio response)
- Who are you? (Audio response)
- When am I? (Audio response)
For example, you might tell it to “call Jonathan Robson”, show me walking directions to get home”, “Text Margo to say I’ll be home at half past seven”, “Remember to book flights tomorrow”, “Schedule a meeting tomorrow with Matt”, “Open Calendar app”, “Listen to Diamonds by Rihanna” or whatever you like.
You can also use ‘OK Google’ in the kitchen as a kind of Sous chef. For example, as above you could ask it, “what’s Kohlrabi?” when faced with an unknown ingredients in a recipe.
Speaking is usually quicker than typing, and using ‘Ok Google’ you can say “how far is it too…” and get a quick answer with a route in Google Maps from your current destination. You can be specific about the type of directions by qualifying the question: “Give me driving directions to Amsterdam”.