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Talk to your Google Assistant on Google Home

Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Here's how to talk to your Google Assistant to get things done and stay entertained. 

Explore common commands

Try it out! First say “Ok Google" or "Hey Google”, and then say any of the following commands. Don't forget to say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" before each command. 

Use these anytime

  • “Stop”
  • “Turn it up”
  • “Volume level 6”
  • “Repeat that”
  • “What can you do?”

 

Music, radio, news, and podcasts

  • “Play some music”
  • “Play music by [artist]"
  • “Play dance music on YouTube”
  • “Play KEXP radio on TuneIn”
  • “Play the latest episode of Radiolab”
  • “Pause”
  • “Next song”

Plan your day

  • “When’s my first appointment tomorrow?”
  • “Wake me up at 6am tomorrow”
  • “Tell me about my day”
  • “How long will it take to get to work?”
  • "What's the weather today?"

For the kitchen and other tasks

  • “Set a timer for 15 minutes”
  • “How many teaspoons in a cup?”
  • “Add butter to my shopping list”

Stay up to date

  • “Who won the Giants game?”
  • “How is the S&P 500 doing?”

Control your speakers and TVs 

  • “Play sneezing panda video on TV”
  • “Pause the Living Room speaker”

 

Control your home

  • “Set the thermostat to 72 degrees”
  • “Dim the lights in the kitchen”
  • “Is the light on in Sam’s room?”

 

Get facts and info

  • “What does circumlocution mean?”
  • “How many calories in an apple?"
  • “How do I say hello in Spanish?”
  • “What’s 25 times 83?”
  • “How many species of tigers are there?”

 

Local business

  • “What is the nearest pharmacy?”
  • “When do they close?”
  • “What is their phone number?”

 

For fun

  • “Tell me a fun fact”
  • “I’m bored”
  • “What sound does a cow make?”

Note: Some commands require setup in the Google Home app and/or compatible smart devices.

Google Home is only available to purchase in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan. 

The Google Assistant on Google Home is only available in English (U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia), Canadian French, French, German, and Japanese. 

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