Control Google Nest or Home devices by voice

You can use your voice to enjoy Google Nest or Home speaker or display features, like media, alarms, lights and thermostats, volume control, and much more. 

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do not disturb.

Learn more about Digital Wellbeing

Use single or multiple voice queries

Single voice queries

Simply say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" before any of the voice queries below.

Multiple voice queries

Learn how to ask your Assistant to do multiple things at once (US English only).

Listen to media

Music
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then:
Request a song

"Play [song name]"
"Play [song name] by [artist name]"
"Play [song name] from [album name]"
“Play [song name] on [music service]"
"Play songs like [song name]"

Request an artist

"Play [artist name]"
"Play music by [artist name]"
"Play [artist name] on [music service]"
"Play songs like [artist name]"

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 or 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]"
"Shuffle some music"
"Play [album] and shuffle"
"Play [album] shuffled"
"Play [album] on shuffle"

You can also use an artist or playlist name instead of an album name.

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: You must use a Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TV or Assistant built-in TV that is linked to Google Nest or Home speaker or display.

"Play music on my living room TV"
"Play [genre] on my bedroom speakers"

Play music on a speaker group

"Play music on all speakers"

Note: Set up a speaker group in the Google Home app to enable this feature.


Learn more on how to listen to music.
Podcasts
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Listen to a podcast

"Listen to Oral History of The Office on Spotify"
"Play This American Life on Google Podcasts"

Continue to listen to a podcast "Continue listening to Oral History of The Office"
Listen to podcast by latest episode "Listen to the latest episode of Oral History of The Office"
Listen to the next or previous episode

"Next episode"
"Previous"

Pause

"Pause"
"Pause the podcast"

Resume

"Resume"
"Continue playing"

Stop

"Stop"
"Stop the podcast"

Change the playback speed

"Play at 2x speed"
"Play slower or faster"
"Play twice as fast"
"Play at half the speed"

Play previous or next podcast

"Next"
"Skip"
"Next podcast"
"Previous"
"Previous episode"

What’s playing (podcast)

"What’s playing?"
"What podcast is playing?"

Discover new podcasts "Recommend a podcast"

Learn more on how to listen to podcasts.
Radio
To do this: Say "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"

Listen to premium online radio streaming

Subscription required

(US and Canada only)

"Play Hits 1 on SiriusXM"
Listen to the last radio station or channel you played

"Turn on the radio"
"Play the radio"

Listen to the last radio station or channel you played on a specific service "Play SiriusXM"
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"
"Pause the radio"
Resume

"Resume"
"Continue playing"

Stop

"Stop"
"Stop the radio"

What radio station is playing "What's playing?"
Control volume

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


Learn more on how to listen to radio.
News
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Listen to the latest news "Play me the news"
"Listen to the news"
"Tell me the news"
Listen to news from specific provider  "Listen to (the news from) [provider name]"
"Play (the news from) [provider name]"
Listen to news about a topic  "Listen to news about NASA"
"Play the latest on college football"
"Hear headlines about Google"
Listen to the latest news about a specific news category "What’s the latest in sports?"
"Play business news"
Pause 

"Pause"
"Pause the news"

Resume

"Resume"
"Continue playing"

Stop

"Stop"
"Stop the news"

Change the playback speed 

"Play at 2x speed"
"Play slower or faster"
"Play twice as fast"
"Play at half the speed"

Play next news story

"Next"
"Skip"

Rewind 

"Rewind"
"Rewind x seconds or minutes"

What’s playing (news) “What’s playing?”
“What news is playing?”

Learn 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%"


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

Learn more on how to play Android Audio on your speaker or display.
Content playing from Chrome to your speaker or display
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Stop to play Chrome content on your speaker or display "Stop"
Control volume "Turn it up or down" or "Max volume"

Learn more on how to play content from Chrome browser to your speaker or display.

Control TV or speakers

Play audio on speakers and TVs from your speaker or display
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>"


Learn more on how to play audio on speakers and TVs from your speaker or display.
Play video on TVs using your speaker or display
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Play general videos from TV show, YouTube Channel, or artist “Play John Oliver videos <on TV>"
"Play Casey Neistat videos <on Living Room TV>"
"Play Adele videos <on Chromecast>"

Play specific videos or 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 or captions

 

 

Turn off subtitles or 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>”

Learn more on how to play video on TVs using your speaker or display.
Play TV shows and movies using your speaker or display
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Open an app

"Open YouTube on the TV"
"Start Netflix on the TV"

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 or seasons of a TV series is not currently supported. 

"Watch <Orange is the New Black> <on TV>"
"Watch <Orange is the New Black> <from [partner]> <on TV>"

"Watch <Stranger Things> <on Chromecast>"
"Watch <Stranger Things> <on [partner]> <on Chromecast>" 

"Play <The Crown> <on TV>"
"Play <The Crown> <on [partner]> <on TV>" 

Play next episode or previous episode

Note: This functionality is not supported for CW [CWTV]. Crackle supports "Next episode" but not "previous episode."

"Next episode <on TV>"
"Previous episode <on TV>"
Pause or resume or 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 or captions

 

 

Turn off subtitles or 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. Dubbing is not supported for Google Play Movies, CW [CWTV], CBS [CBS All Access], HBO NOW, Viki, Crackle, or STARZ.

"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>"


Learn more on how to play TV shows and movies using your Google Nest or Home device.
Multi-room group playback with your speaker or display
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 or play next song"

Control volume

Note: During group playback, volume commands only change the device you said the voice command to unless you say "Hey Google,... on <group name>."

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


Learn more on how to use multi-room group playback with your speaker or display.
View Google Photos using your speaker or display
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. Learn more on the face grouping feature.

"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>"

Learn more on how to view Google Photos using your speaker or display.

Plan your day

Traffic and commute
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then: What your speaker or display will say or do:
Get commute conditions "How long is my commute?"

Estimated time to drive to work from your home address.

Traffic conditions for the fastest route.

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

Estimated time to walk, train, bus or bike to a destination from your home address.

Traffic conditions if you drive.

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

Estimated time to drive to a destination from your home 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.


Learn more on how to get traffic and commute information.
Weather and forecast
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then:
Ask for current weather

"What’s the weather?"

Note: This command will provide weather information for your device home address.

Ask for weather forecast for:
  • Tomorrow
  • Specific day
  • Weekend
  • Week
  • Next xx days (choose up to 10 days)

"What’s the weather tomorrow, specific day, weekend, for the next 4 days?"
"What will the weather be like between [day] and [day]?"

Note: This command will provide weather information for your device home address.

Ask specific questions about weather or forecast

"Is it going to rain tomorrow?"
"Is it sunny today?"
"Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?"

Note: This command will provide weather information for your device home address.

Ask specific question about weather or forecast 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?"

Learn more on how to get weather and forecast information.
Business
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Get nearby locations

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

Get business phone number "What is the phone number for the nearest Walgreens?"
Get business address

"What is the address for Walgreens in Pacifica?"

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

Learn more on how to listen to get local business information.
Calendar and event
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then:

Get information on a single upcoming event or meeting

"When, what or where is my first event or meeting?"
"When, what or where is my next event, meeting, agenda or calendar?"

Get information about multiple events,
meetings, agenda or calendar​

Note: You'll get information for your first 3 scheduled events.

"List all events for August 1st"
"What’s my agenda for today?"
"What’s my calendar for Friday?"


Learn more on how to get calendar and event information.
Flights
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Get date, time, airline, destination or 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>"

Get on time or delay status

"Is my flight on time?"
"Is my British Airways flight delayed?"

Get date, time, airline, destination or origin of upcoming multiple flights

Note: You will hear information for your next 3 scheduled flights.

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


Learn more on how to get flight information.

Control your home

Lights
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
To turn on or turn off a light "Turn on or off [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 or brighten lights by a certain percentage

"Dim [light name] by 50%"
"Brighten [light name] by 50%"

Change the color of a light "Turn [light name] green"
Turn all lights in room on or off "Turn on or off lights in [room name]"
Turn all lights on or off "Turn on or off all of the lights"

Learn more on how to connect and manage lights using your speaker or display.
Thermostat
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
To adjust the temperature

"Make it warmer"
"Lower the temp"
"Raise temp 2 degrees"
"Set the temperature to 72"

To switch heating or cooling modes

"Turn on the cooling"
"Set the thermostat to heating"
"Turn thermostat to heat or cool mode"


Learn more on how connect and manage thermostats with the Google Assistant.
Plugs and switches
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Turn plugs on or off "Turn on or off the [plug name]"
Turn switch on or off "Turn on or off the [switch name]"

Learn more on how to connect and manage plugs or switches using Google Assistant.
Wi-Fi
To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Pause Wi-Fi for a family Wi-Fi device group "Pause Wi-Fi for [Family Wi-Fi group]"
Resume Wi-Fi for a paused family Wi-Fi device group "Unpause Wi-Fi for [Family Wi-Fi group]"
Check the internet speed of the router "What's my internet speed?"

Available when you use Google Nest Wifi or Google Wifi in the Home app.

Note: Since pause or unpause can be voice activated, be careful when you add critical devices to a Family Wi-Fi group.

Manage alarms, timers and shopping list

Alarms
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then:
Set new alarm

"Set alarm for 6 AM tomorrow"

To set an alarm by touch (Nest displays only):

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap Alarms .
  2. Tap Set an alarm.
  3. Choose a time for the alarm and tap Set.
  4. Customize your alarm to:
    • Make the alarm repeat.
    • Change the alarm tone.
    • Include a sunrise alarm.
    • Play your morning Routine after your alarm goes off.
  5. When finished, tap Done.

Note: To view your current alarms and change your alarm defaults, swipe up on your display and tap Alarms  and then Settings .

Set alarm with name "Set an alarm for 7 AM called Medicine"
Set recurring alarm "Set alarm for 7 AM every day of the week"
Ask about existing alarm "When is my alarm set for?"
"When is my Friday alarm?"
"When is my medicine alarm?"

Ask about all alarms

"What alarms are set?"
Cancel an existing alarm "Cancel my alarm"
"Cancel my medicine alarm"
Stop a ringing alarm

"Stop"

To stop an alarm, you don’t need to say “Hey Google,” just say “Stop.” (English language only)

To control by touch:

  • Google Home - Tap the top
  • Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) - Tap the center
  • Google Home Mini (1st gen) - Press and hold either side
  • Google Home Max - Tap the line on the top or right side
  • Google Nest Audio - Tap the center
  • Google Nest displays - Tap Stop on the screen
  • On a Google Nest Wifi point - Tap the center
Snooze

"Snooze for 10 minutes"
"Snooze"


Learn more on how to set up and manage alarms.
Timers
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then: Your speaker or display will:
Set a timer
Set a timer with name
"Set a timer for one minute"
"Set a 10-minute timer for pizza"
Set timer for one 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"

To stop a timer, you don’t need to say "Hey Google," just say "Stop." (English language only)

To control by touch:

  • Google Home - Tap the top
  • Google Nest Mini - Tap the center
  • Google Home Mini - Press and hold either side
  • Google Home Max - Tap the line on the top or right side
  • Google Nest Audio - Tap the center
  • Google Nest displays - Tap Stop on the screen
  • Google Nest Wifi point - Tap the center
Stop timer
Pause timer "Pause timer" Pause timer
Resume timer "Resume timer"
"Restart timer"
Resume timer from the time it was paused

Learn more on how to set up and 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?"

Learn more on how to create and 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 your speaker or display can do

  • "What can you do?"


Learn more on how to get facts, info, dictionary, unit conversions, and more.
Sports
To do this: Say "Hey Google," then: What your speaker or display will say or do:
Get the score for a game  "What was the score of the Warriors game?" The score for the game.

Get 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 or loss record.
Get information about team's standing in a league "What is the Warriors standings?"
"What is the Warriors record?"
The league’s standings and leaders.
Get the next game for a team or tournament "When are the Warriors playing next?" The day, time, location, and who they are playing for the next game.
Get 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.
Get if team won or lost "Did Warriors win or lose?" Whether team won or lost.
Get league standings "<League> standings" The first ranked team.

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

Get info 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
Get info about market cap of company "What is market cap of xyzz?" The company's market cap

Learn more on how to get stock market and 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 and 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?"

Learn more on how to hear jokes, play trivia, games, and other fun.
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