Voice search and voice actions (iOS app)

You can quickly search the web for whatever you need by speaking your search terms. With Spoken Answers turned on, you’ll even hear your answers aloud after you search for them. You can also use your voice to perform common tasks, such as setting a reminder for yourself.

Use your voice to search

The Ok Google hotword is only available for iPhone 4S+.

Whenever you’re in the Google Search app, simply say “OK Google” followed by your search. You can also speak your search terms when you see the “Speak now” alert after touching the microphone icon  on the homepage or above the search box after you open the keyboard.

To improve processing of your voice input, Google may record a few seconds of ambient background noise in temporary memory at any time. This recording remains on the device only fleetingly and is not sent to Google.

Learn how to change your voice search settings, like Spoken Answers, the "Ok Google" Hotword and your Language preferences.

Voice search examples

You can now speak to your phone through more natural phrases. This feature is only available in a limited number of languages. Try it out by saying things like these:

  • Weather: What’s the weather like tomorrow morning?
  • Locations: Where’s the nearest gas station? Is there a pharmacy nearby? What’s a good place for sushi?
  • Flight status: When does United Airlines flight 900 depart?
  • Time: What time is it in London?
  • Events: When is sunset? When is Passover? When are the Olympics?
  • Math: What's 15% of 47 dollars and 44 cents? What is the square root of 2209?
  • Translation: How do you say cucumber in Spanish?
  • Sports: Did the Giants win? When is the Red Sox game?
  • Finance: How is the S&P 500 doing today?
  • Trivia: How tall is the tallest building in the world?
  • Conversions: How many dollars is 2600 rupees?
  • Images: Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

In other languages, you can still use voice search for search terms that you would otherwise type, for example: weather Stockholm or height Empire State Building

Voice actions

Use your voice to set reminders for yourself or call people in your address book. From the Google Search app home screen, touch the Microphone icon  and say "Remind me to" and what you want to be reminded about. Google Now will create a reminder that you can then edit or save. Try it out by saying something like "Remind me to buy coffee beans when I get to Starbucks."