The Google Assistant has been around since 2016, so you’ve undoubtedly learned many of the tricks that Google’s voice-activated assistant is capable of, from setting alarms and timers to performing calculations and looking up definitions. But the number of skills available to the Google Assistant is growing all the time, and there are some that you may not have come across until now.
As always, you must put a “hey Google” or “OK Google” in front of each of these commands. Now let’s dive in.
1. Take screenshots
A simple “take a screenshot” will capture an instant screenshot of your Android device, although you still can’t use this on the other Google Assistant compatible devices.
2. Play podcasts
Like all other companies, Google is interested in podcasts. YYou can say “play the latest episode of …” followed by the name of the podcast to start listening.
3. Browse your photos
With Google Photos open on a Pixel phone, you can tell the Google Assistant to “show me pictures of …” a place, then move on to “those of …” and a particular landmark. The example Google gives is “show me photos of New York” and then “Central Park” so you can adjust the commands to match your own travel and image collection.
4. Track your exercise
Wear OS may not be the world’s most popular smartwatch platform, but it has a tight integration with the Google Assistant. You can use commands like “track my run” and “start a bike ride” to start recording your exercise without touching the watch.
5. Watch TV
You can tell the Google Assistant to play movies, shows, or types of video on Netflix or YouTube. Just say “play …” and then what you want to see and in which application. This works with Android TV and Chromecast, as well as Android phones and tablets.
6. Find your phone
This one works with smart speakers and smart displays with the Google Assistant on board. Say “find my phone” and your phone will start ringing, even if it is silent, as long as it is an Android phone with the same Google account as your speaker or display.
7. Control your applications
The Google Assistant can interact with numerous applications on Android, including Mint, Instagram, Outlook, Discord, and Spotify. YYou can use commands like “find candles on Etsy” or “send money on Venmo” to save yourself a few taps on the screen. Use the command “show my shortcuts” to see all the available ones according to the applications you have installed.
8. Read articles on the Web.
If you are using Google Chrome on Android, then you can say “read it” to the Google Assistant with an open web page, and they will reply to the text on the page.
9. Take a timed photo
Make sure you get the perfect picture every time on Android phones by saying “take a photo in five seconds “or” take a selfie in 10 seconds,“ adjusting the countdown as necessary.
10. Remember where you put things
The Google Assistant’s long memory can be a privacy nightmare, but it can help you keep track of where everything is. Tell the Assistant to “remember my spare keys are in the filing cabinet” and then ask “where are my spare keys?” you will get the correct answer. You can choose to have the Wizard remember other bits of information as well, such as what your friend’s favorite cake is or what their locker number is.
11. Listen to animal sounds
You might be surprised at how much educational content is included in the Google Assistant for Kids. Try asking “WWhat does an elephant sound like? for example, or choose a different animal (the Assistant can continue to collect animals for you if necessary).
12. Relax slowly
You probably knew that the Google Assistant can play music and set timers, but did you realize that you can combine the two, for example if you are falling asleep? Just tell the Google Assistant that “Stop the music in … ”and choose your time period to start the timer.
13. Broadcast to multiple speakers at the same time
If you have a bunch of Google Nest speakers and displays around the house, you can broadcast a message to all of them at once – just say “broadcast” and then your message.
14. Flip a coin or roll a dice
A classic Google search engine trick has come to the Google Assistant: ask to “flip a coin” or “roll a dice” and the Assistant obeys, with a nice animation on certain devices.
15. Create and edit lists
Another way to take advantage of the recovery powers of Google Assistant is to have it manage lists. If you have a shopping list, for example, you can say: “TOadd eggs to my shopping list ”and then listen all at once with a, “WWhat is on my shopping list? Voice command.
16. Delete voice recordings
You can delete voice recordings that Google Assistant has recorded through your Google account page on the web, but you can also do it through the Wizard itself with commands like, “Delete the last thing I told you,“or, “DRead everything I told you last week.“
17. Silence your phone
This one is exclusive to recent Pixel phones, but it comes in handy – you can tell the Google Assistant to “turn on Do Not Disturb” to apply silent mode with the current default settings.