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Get directions and commute information on your Google Nest speaker or display

With your Google Nest or Home speakers or displays, you can get information about your commute, traffic conditions and estimated time of arrival based on your preferred form of transportation.

Step 1. Manage your commute settings

You must set the following locations in the Google Home app Google Home app to get relevant commute information:

  1. Set work and home location.
  2. Set an address for your speakers or displays.

Step 2. Choose your preferred way to get around

Google Assistant provides traffic and commute info for the travel methods that you choose.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google device. If correct, tap to close the account window. To switch accounts, tap the dropdown icon , then tap another account or Add another account.

  4. Tap Settings
  5. Tap Google Assistant Manage all Assistant settings Transportation.
  6. For 'Getting around':
    • Choose the travel method that you use to get to work.
    • Choose the travel method that you use to get to other places.

Step 3. Ask for directions and commute information

Check the following table for questions that you can ask Google Assistant on your speaker or display about commute conditions, estimated time of arrival and more:

To do this: Say 'Hey Google', then: What your speaker or display will tell you:

Get commute conditions

'How long is my commute?'

Estimated time to get to work by your preferred commute method

Specify method

'How long will it take to walk to the library?'

You can also ask how long it will take to cycle, or take a bus or train.

Estimated time to get to a destination from your home address by the method that you specified

Specify destination

'How long will it take to get to [destination]?'

Estimated time to get to a destination from your home address by your preferred travel method

Specify source and destination

'How long will it take to get from [starting location] to [destination]?'

Estimated time to destination by your preferred travel method

Important: If you ask how long it takes to drive somewhere, Google Assistant also tells you the traffic conditions for the fastest route. You must be specific with your query to get the correct traffic information.

Troubleshooting

  1. Make sure that you've set your home and work locations either in the Google Home app Google Home app or in Google Maps.
    Note: You can't use your voice to set your locations.
  2. Make sure that you've set your home address.

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