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To get the most out of Google Home, choose your Help Center: U.S. Help Center, U.K Help Center, Canada Help Center, Australia Help Center.  Need help? Speak to a Google Home support specialist: U.S.: 1-855-971-9121,  U.K.: 0800 026 1217, Canada: 844-701-7229.

Control Google Home by voice

You can use your voice to enjoy Google Home features, like media, alarms, lights & thermostats, control the volume, and much more. 

Listen to media

Music
To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Request a song "Play <song name>", "Play <song name> by <artist name> ", “Play <song name> on <music service>”
Request an artist "Play <artist name>", Play <artist name>" on <music service>”
Request an album "Play <album name>", "Play <album name> by <artist name>",  "Play <album name> by <artist name> on <music service>”
Play music based on genre/mood/activity "Play classical music", "Play happy music", "Play music for cooking", “Play <genre> on <music service>”
Play personalized suggested content from chosen service "Play some music", “Play <genre> music on <music service>”

Shuffle

 

"Shuffle"
"Shuffle <album/artist/playlist>" 
"Shuffle some music" 
"Play <album/artist/playlist> and shuffle"
"Play <album/artist/playlist> shuffled"
"Play <album/artist/playlist> on shuffle"

Pause  "Pause", "Pause the music"
Resume "Resume", "Continue playing"
Stop  "Stop ", "Stop the music"
Play next song   “Next”, “Skip”, "Next song"
What’s playing  “What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5", "Set volume to 40%"
Play music on your speakers, TV, or video device. Note: Device linking is required. "Play music on my living room TV", "Play <genre> on my bedroom speakers"

Here's more on how to listen to music.
Podcasts
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then....
Listen to a podcast “Listen to This American Life,” "Play Serial podcast"
Continue listening to a podcast “Continue listening to This American Life”
Listen to podcast by latest episode “Listen to the latest episode of This American Life”
Listen to the next/previous episode "Next episode," “Previous”
Pause  "Pause," "Pause the podcast"
Resume "Resume," "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop," "Stop the podcast"
Play previous/next podcast “Next," “Skip,"  "Next podcast," "Previous," "Previous episode"
What’s playing (podcast) “What’s playing?”, “What podcast is playing?”

Here's more on how to listen to podcasts.
Radio
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Listen to closest radio station by name “Play Mega 97.9 FM," “Play ESPN Radio," “Play Mega 97.9 on iHeartRadio”, “Play WNYC”
Listen to radio station by call-sign  "Play KQED", Play KFOG”
Listen to radio station by frequency “Play 98.5" 
Listen to radio station by frequency in another location "Play 98.7 New York"
Listen to radio station by name in another location “Play Z100 in Portland,” “Play Z100 in New York”
Play radio on TV or speaker with Chromecast built in “Play CNN RADIO on my <device name>”
Play a nearby NPR station "Play NPR"
Pause  "Pause" or "Pause the radio"
Resume "Resume" or "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop" or "Stop the news"
What radio station is playing “What's playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5," "Set volume to 40%" 

Here's more on how to listen to radio.
News
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Listen to the latest news “Catch me up,"  “Listen to the news," "Tell me the news"
Listen to news from specific provider  “Listen to NPR News," "Play BBC Minute"
Listen to the latest news about a specific news category “What’s the latest in sports/business/technology?”
Pause  "Pause" or "pause the news"
Resume "Resume" or "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop " or "Stop the news"
Play next news story   “Next”, “Skip”  
Rewind  "Rewind," "Rewind x seconds/minutes"
What’s playing (news) “What’s playing?”
“What news is playing?”

Here's more on how to listen to news.
Chromecast-enabled apps
To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Pause  "Pause," "Pause the music"
Resume "Resume," "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop," "Stop the music"
What’s playing  “What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5," "Set volume to 40%" 

Here's more on how to play media from Chromecast-enabled apps to Google Home.
Android Audio
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Stop playing Android Audio on Google Home "Stop"
Control volume "Turn it up/down," "Max volume"

Here's more on how to play Android Audio on Google Home.
Content playing from Chrome to Google Home
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Stop playing Chrome content Google Home "Stop"
Control volume "Turn it up/down," "Max volume"

Here's more on how to play content from Chrome browser to Google Home.

Control TV or speakers

Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Home
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...

Play music on a specific device by name

You can use any of the music initiation and control commands on your remote device — add <on device name> to your command. 

Note: News and podcasts are not supported

“Play <artist> using <Spotify> on <bedroom speakers>”

“Pause on <living room TV>”

"Play classical music on <Patio group>", "Stop <Patio group>"


Here's more on how to play audio on speakers & TVs from Google Home.
Play video on TVs using Google Home
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Play general videos from TV show / YouTube Channel / artist “Play John Oliver videos <on  TV>"
"Play Casey Neistat videos <on Living Room TV>"
"Play Adele videos <on Chromecast>"

Play specific videos / songs

"Play Secret Life of Pets trailer <on TV>"
"Play Rise by Katy Perry video <on Bedroom TV>"
Play videos by category "Play yoga videos <on TV>"

Turn on subtitles/captions

Turn off subtitles/captions

"Turn on subtitles," "Turn on captions," "Subtitles on," "Captions on"

"Turn off subtitles," "Turn off captions," "Subtitles off," "Captions off"

Turn on <language> subtitles
 

Note: Supported languages depend on the content service (example: YouTube or Netflix) and the video title.

"Turn on French subtitles"
You can use any of the initiation and control commands on your remote device — add <on device name> to your command.  “Pause <on TV>”
Resume <on TV>”
"Skip <on Living Room TV>"
Stop <on TV>”

Here's more on how to play video on TVs using Google Home.
Play TV shows and movies using Google Home
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or Hey Google," then..

Play TV series, TV show, or movie
 

Note: For TV series, each session usually starts where the previous session ended. For The CW, each session starts from the latest aired episode.

Requesting specific episodes / seasons of a TV series is not currently supported. 

“Watch <Orange is the New Black> <on TV>" or “Watch <Orange is the New Black> <on/from Netflix> <on TV>"

"Watch <Stranger Things> <on Chromecast>" or "Watch <Stranger Things> <on/from Netflix> <on Chromecast>" 

"Play <The Crown> <on TV>" or "Play <The Crown> <on/from Netflix> <on TV>" 

Play next episode / previous episode

Note: This functionality is not supported for CW [CWTV]. 

“Next episode <on TV>"
“Previous episode <on TV>”
Pause/resume/stop “Pause <on TV>”
“Resume <on TV>”
“Stop <on TV>”

Skip back 

“Skip back <time> <on TV>," “Rewind <time> <on TV>,"  “Jump back <time> <on TV>”

Turn on subtitles/captions

Turn off subtitles/captions

"Turn on subtitles," "Turn on captions," "Subtitles on," "Captions on"

"Turn off subtitles," "Turn off captions," "Subtitles off," "Captions off"

Turn on <language> subtitles

Note: Supported languages depend on the content service (example: YouTube or Netflix) and the video title.

"Turn on Spanish subtitles" 

Turn on dubbing

Note: Dubbing switches the spoken language to a language of your choice. 

Note: Dubbing is not supported for CW [CWTV], CBS [CBS All Access], HBO NOW, or Viki

"Dubbing on"

"Turn on dubbing"

"Can you turn on dubbing?"

Change dubbing to a language of your choice

"Change language to <German>"

"Switch language to <Spanish>"

"Turn on <French> dubbing"

"Play it in <English>"


Here's more on how to play TV shows and movies using Google Home.
Multi-room group playback with Google Home
To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Play music using group name “Play rock on <group name>”
Control music using basic commands “Pause, resume, stop, play next song on <group name>” 

Control volume

Note: During group playback, volume commands only change the local Google Home device unless you say "Ok Google, ... on <Group name>."

"Set volume to 5," "Set volume to 40%"

Here's more on how to use multi-room group playback with Google Home.
View Google Photos using Google Home 
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or Hey Google," then...
View photos of named people (face grouping)
Note:
Face grouping isn’t available in all countries. Here’s more on the face grouping feature. (US, CA, AU only)
“Show me photos of <Margaret> on <device name>”
 

View photos of places

“Show me photos of <San Francisco> on <device name>”

View photos of things

“Show me photos of <dogs> on <device name>”

View photos by date

“Show me photos from <last year> on <device name>”

View photos in albums

“Show me photos from <beach trip 2015> on <device name>”


Here's more on how to view Google Photos using Google Home.

Plan your day

Traffic and commute
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then... What Google Home will say or do:
Hear commute conditions "How long is my commute?"

Estimated time to drive to home/work from your Google Home device address

Traffic conditions for the fastest route

Specify method "How long will it take to walk/train/bus/bike to the library?"

Estimated time to walk/train/bus/bike to a destination from your Google Home device address

Traffic conditions if you’re driving

Specify destination "How long will it take to get to Costco?"

Estimated time to drive to a destination from your Google Home device address

Traffic conditions for the fastest route

Specify source and destination "How long will it take to get from work to San Francisco International airport?"

Estimated time to destination

Traffic conditions for the fastest route


Here's more on how to get traffic & commute information.
Weather and forecast
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Ask for current weather “What’s the weather?”
Note: This command will provide weather information for your Google Home device address
Ask for weather forecast for:
  • tomorrow
  • specific day
  • weekend
  • week
  • next xx days (choose between 1-10 days)

“What’s the weather tomorrow, specific day, weekend, for the next 4 days etc?”

“What will the weather be like between one day of the week and another day of the week?”

Note: This command will provide weather information for your Google Home device address

Ask specific questions about weather / forecast

“Is it going to rain tomorrow?”

“Is it sunny today?”

“Should I carry an umbrella?”

Note: This command will provide weather information for your Google Home device address

Ask specific question about  in a certain location for:

  • tomorrow
  • specific day
  • weekend
  • week
  • next xx days (choose between 1-10 days)

“Will it rain tomorrow in London?”

"What's the weather this weekend in Mountain View?"

Ask for general weather in a certain location “What’s the weather in London?”
Specify unit “What’s the weather in Celsius?”

Here's more on how to get weather & forecast information.
Business
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Hear nearby locations

“Where are pharmacies nearby?", “Any ATMs nearby?”, “Find me a restaurant”

Hear business phone number “What is the phone number for the nearest Walgreens?”
Hear business address

“What is the address for Walgreens in Pacifica?”

Hear business open hours "Is the Walgreens on Middlefield open right now?”

Here's more on how to listen to get local business information.
Calendar and event
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...

Hear information on
a single upcoming event/meeting

“When/what/where is my first event/meeting?”

“When/what/where is my next event/meeting /
agenda/calendar?”
Hear information about multiple events/
meetings/ agenda/calendar​


Note: You'll hear information
for your first three scheduled events 
“List all events for August 1st”

"What’s my agenda for today?"

“What’s my calendar for Friday?”

Here's more on how to get calendar & event information.
Flights
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Hear date / time/ airline /destination /origin of next upcoming flight "My next flight"
When is my upcoming flight?"
"What time is my upcoming flight?"
"My next <United> flight"
"My flight to <New York>"
Hear on time/delay status

“Is my flight on time?” 
“Is my British Airways flight delayed?”

Hear date / time/ airline /destination /origin of upcoming multiple flights

Note: You will hear information for your next three scheduled flights

"When are my upcoming flights?"
"What times are my flights?"
"My <United> flights?"
"My flights in <December>"

Here's more on how to get flight information.

Control your home

Lights
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
To turn on/off a light "Turn on <light name>"
Dim a light "Dim the <light name>"
Brighten a light "Brighten the <light name>"
Set a light brightness to a certain percentage "Set <light name> to 50%"
Dim/Brighten lights by a certain percentage Dim/Brighten <light name> by 50%"
Change the color of a light "Turn <light name> green"
Turn on/off all lights in room “Turn on/off lights in <room name>" 
Turn on/off all lights “Turn on/off all of the lights”

Here's more on how to connect & manage lights using Google Home.
Thermostat
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
To adjust the temperature “Make it warmer/cooler,” “Raise/lower the temp,” “Raise/lower temp 2 degrees,”  "Set the temperature to 72"
To switch heating or cooling modes “Turn on the heat/cooling,” “Set the thermostat to cooling/heating," “Turn thermostat to heat-cool mode”

To set the mode and temperature
 

“Set the heat to 68”
“Set the air conditioning to 70”

Turn thermostat Off
Read more about Off mode on the Nest Thermostat
“Turn off thermostat.”
Note: To turn the thermostat back on, you must specify a mode. Try saying: “Turn on cooling/heating," “Turn on heat-cool," “Set the heat to 68," “Set the air conditioning to 70," “Set heat-cool to 72"

 

To set thermostat using the thermostat's room name “Set the <Living Room> thermostat to 70.”
To hear the ambient temperature on the thermostat “What’s the temperature inside?”
To hear what the temperature is set to on the thermostat
Note: This does not work if the thermostat is off
“What’s the thermostat set to?”

Here's more on how to listen to connect & manage thermostats with the Google Assistant and Google Home.
Plugs and switches
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Turn on/off plugs “Turn on/off the [plug name]"
Turn on/off switch “Turn on/off the [switch name]”

Here's more on how to connect & manage plugs or switches using Google Home.

Manage alarms, timers, and shopping list

Alarms
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google”, then... What Google Home will say or do:
Set new alarm "Set alarm for 6am tomorrow” Confirm new alarm time
Set alarm with name “Set an alarm for 7 am called Medicine”  Confirm the setting of an alarm for specified time with specified name
Set recurring alarm "Set alarm for 7am every day of the week” Confirm recurring alarm time
Ask about existing alarm "When is my alarm set for?”
“When is my Friday alarm?”  
"When is my medicine alarm?"

Say what existing alarms you have set

Ask about all alarms “What alarms are set?” Say info about all alarms
Cancel an existing alarm "Cancel my alarm"
"Cancel my medicine alarm”
Cancel existing alarm
Stop a ringing alarm

"Stop"

Note: You can tap the top of Google Home to stop an alarm. 

You can't tap the top of Google Home Mini to stop an alarm. You'll need to use the voice command. 

Stop alarm
Snooze “Snooze for 10 minutes.” "Snooze" Snooze alarm (for time specified)

Here's more on how to set up & manage alarms.
Timers
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google”, then... What Google Home will say or do:
Set a timer,
Set a timer with name
“Set a timer for 1 minute”
“Set a 10 minute timer for pizza”
Set timer for 1 minute
Set timer with specified name
Find out time remaining on timer,
Find out time remaining on timer with a name

"How much time is left?"

"How much time is left on my pizza?"

Say time remaining on timer with specified name
Cancel a timer,
Cancel a timer with name
“Cancel timer”
“Cancel pizza timer”
Cancel timer
Cancel timer with specified name
Stop a ringing timer

“Stop”

Note: You can tap the top of Google Home to stop a timer.

You can't tap the top of Google Home Mini to stop a timer. You'll need to use the voice command. 

Stop timer
Pause timer “Pause timer” Pause timer
Resume timer “Resume timer"
“Restart timer”
Resume timer from the time it was paused

Here's more on how to set up & manage timers.
Shopping lists
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Add item to list “Add paper towels to my shopping list.”
Add multiple items to list “Add paper towels and batteries to my shopping list.”
Ask what’s on list “What’s on my shopping list?”

Here's more on how to create & manage shopping lists.

Get answers and information

Fact, info and more

Facts and info

Get answers to your everyday questions.

  • “How tall is Barack Obama?”
  • “What’s the capital of Mali?”
  • “How many Oscars has Denzel Washington won?”
  • “Why is the sky blue?”
  • “How far is the sun?”
  • “What is the smallest country in Europe?”

Calculations

Perform complicated calculations.

  • "What is 15% of 92? "
  • "What’s the 5th root of 97? "

Translation

Get translations for words or phrases in supported languages.

  • "How do you say hello in Japanese?"
  • "What's "good morning" in French?

Currency conversions  

Get conversions of global currencies.

  • "How many euros is a dollar worth?"

Unit conversions  

Get conversions for units. Great for the kitchen!

  • "How many pounds are 2 kilos?"

  • "2 gallons are how many liters?"

Nutrition

Get nutrition information for ingredients or food.

  • "How much fiber in kale?"
  • "How much sugar is there in a Coke?"

Dictionary

Get definitions and spellings for words.

  • "How do I spell vigorously?"
  • "What does circumlocution mean?"

Local time

Get the local time in various locations.

  • “What time is it now?” 
  • “What time is it in <location>? ”

Holidays

Get information on upcoming holidays.

  • “When is <holiday>?”
  • “How many days until <holiday>?” 

Learn what Google Home can do

  • "What can you do?"


Here's more on how to get facts & info, dictionary, unit conversions, & more.
Sports
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google”, then... What Google Home will say or do:
Hear the score for a game  “What was the score of the Warriors game?” The score for the game

Hear how a team’s doing

 

 “How are the Warriors doing?” The score for the game if it’s in progress.
The team’s overall win/loss record
Hear information about team's standing in a league “What is the Warriors standings?”
“What is the Warriors record?”
The league’s standings and leaders
Hear the next game for a team / tournament  “When are the Warriors playing next?” The day, time, location, and who they are playing for the next game
Hear the schedule of a team or league

“Who are Warriors playing today/this week?”

“Who’s playing in the <league> today?”

The schedule for team or league
Hear if team won or lost  “Did Warriors win/lose? “ Whether team won or lost
Hear league standings "<League> standings"
The first ranked team 
 

Here's more on how to get sports information.
Stock market and finance
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google”, then... What Google Home will say or do:
Hear about an individual stock "What is Gilead trading at?" The current price of XX stock
The day’s gain / loss for that stock
Hear about an index "What is the S & P 500 trading at?" The current price of the index
The day’s gain / loss for that stock
Hear about market health “How are the markets doing?”  Summarize major indices

Hear about stock price:

  • Before market opened
  • At opening
  • At close
  • After hours 

What was xyzz premarket price?”
“What did xyzz open at?”
What did xyzz close at?”
What is xyzz’s after hour’s price?”

Note: You can use ticker symbol or company name.

The company's stock price information
Hear market cap of company “What is market cap of xyzz?” The company's market cap

Here's more on how to get stock market & finance information.

Hear jokes and play trivia

Fun

Games with your Google Assistant

  • "Play Lucky Trivia"
  • "Crystal Ball"
  • "Mad Libs"
  • "Play the name game with the name 'John'."

Fun

  • "Entertain me"
  • "Let's have fun"
  • "Talk like Yoda"
  • "Where's Waldo?"

Easter eggs & other hidden surprises

  • "What are your easter eggs?"
  • "What are the 3 laws of robotics?"

More ways to play

  • "Sing a song"
  • "Do you know the muffin man?"
  • "Is your refrigerator running?"

Here's more on how to hear jokes, play trivia, games, & other fun.

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