Get help from Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds

Your Google Pixel Buds allow you to get hands-free help from Google Assistant, making them the perfect companion to stay connected wherever you may be. 

Whether you are on the go and want to control music, get directions, and manage your to do lists, or you are at home and need a moment to disconnect, your Assistant on Pixel Buds is always ready to help. To talk to your Assistant, just say “Hey Google,” or touch and hold either earbud, wait for the chime, then continue touching the earbud while you ask your question.

How to use the Google Assistant | Google Pixel Buds

What you'll need

To use with Google Assistant you need:

Data rates may apply. For minimum requirements, go to

Examples of what you can ask

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

Check on your Pixel Buds

  • Battery level: What's the battery on my earbuds?

Change settings

  • Toggle touch controls: Turn off/on touch controls.

Control music

  • Music: Play my workout playlist. (Subscription may be required)
  • Podcasts: Play [podcast name] podcast. (Requires podcast approval and subscription may be required)
  • Volume: Turn up the volume.

Keep in touch

  • SMS: Text Michelle "Be there in 5 minutes".
  • Calls: Call Mom

Get directions and answers

  • Traffic: How's traffic on the way to work? (Requires location enabled)
  • Food: Are there any coffee shops nearby? (Requires location enabled)
  • Navigation: Navigate me to [airport name]. (Requires location enabled)
  • Weather: What's the weather like tomorrow? (Requires location enabled)
  • Info: How many pounds are in one dollar?

Manage your plans

  • Reminders: Remember the door code is 1234.
  • Timers: Set a timer for 30 minutes.
  • Shopping lists: Add coffee to my shopping list.
  • Schedule: When is my next meeting?
  • Events: Add an event “Lunch with Michelle” for 12:30pm tomorrow.


  • Talk with someone: Help me speak Chinese.
  • Understand someone: Ayúdame a entender inglés. (Available in select languages)

    • German - Hilf mir, Englisch zu verstehen
    • Spanish - Ayúdame a entender inglés
    • French - Aide-moi à comprendre l’anglais
    • Italian - Aiutami a capire l'inglese
    Learn more about this feature in the Translate Help Center.


Requires a Google Assistant-enabled Android 6.0+ device, Google Account, and an internet connection. Data rates may apply. Translation is not instantaneous. For available languages go to

Integrate media services

You can link other media apps in your Assistant.

For your watch, phone, tablet, or car

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 
  2. Tap Music.
  3. Choose a music service.

Speakers, Smart Displays, Smart Clocks & TV devices

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Services," tap Music.
  4. Choose a music service.

Pixel Buds (2017)

Start a conversation

  1. On your Pixel Buds, touch and hold the right earbud.
  2. Ask your Google Assistant for help — no need to say 'Ok Google' first!
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