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What you can ask the Google Assistant on your phone

You can ask your Google Assistant for information and for help with everyday tasks. 

Start a conversation

  1. On your phone, touch & hold the Home button or say "Ok Google."
  2. To type instead of talk, tap Keyboard Type.

Examples of what you can ask

To get ideas, ask "What can you do?" Your Assistant can help you:

Get local info

  • Weather: What’s the weather today?
  • Food: Find pizza restaurants nearby.
  • Business hours: Is Walgreens still open?
  • Navigation: Navigate home.

Communicate

  • Calls: Call Mom. Call Bob on speaker phone. Make a video call.
  • SMS: Text Mike "See you at 5."
  • Emails: Send an email.
  • WhatsApp: Send a WhatsApp message to Sam.

Plan your day

  • Alarms: Wake me up at 7 a.m.
  • Traffic: How’s the traffic to work?
  • Reminders: Remind me to do laundry when I get home. Remind me to call Mom every Sunday.
  • Flights: Is United flight 1463 on time?
  • Make reservations: Make a reservation for two at Cascal next week.

See photos & media

  • Photos: Show my pictures of the beach.
  • Music: Play some Jazz music. Next song.
  • YouTube: Watch a cute puppy video on YouTube.

Ask Google

  • Game updates: Who won the Warriors game?
  • Calculations: What’s 20% of 80?
  • Dictionary: What does "gregarious" mean?
  • Translations: How do I say "Nice to meet you" in French?
  • Search: Search for summer vacation ideas.
  • Image search: Find pictures of kittens.
  • Web answer: How do you remove wine stains from a rug?

Control your smart home

  • Lights: Dim the living room lights.
  • Thermostats: Set the heat to 70. Lower the temperature 2 degrees.  

Get around your phone 

  • Change settings: Turn on WiFi. Increase the volume. Decrease the brightness.
  • Control your phone: Turn on the flashlight.
  • Find things in your apps: Search for tablets on Amazon. Search for Kanye West on Twitter.

Have fun

  • Get to know your Assistant: Do you dream? What's your favorite color?
  • Games: Let’s play a game. Give me a trivia question.
  • Entertainment: Tell me a joke. Tell me something interesting.

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