About Google Now

Google Now gives you just the right information at just the right time – before you even ask. Use Google Now to get commute traffic before work, popular nearby places, your favorite team's current score, and more.

To open Google Now, follow the steps for your device:

  • Android 4.1+ devices: Touch the Google Search bar at the top of the screen. You may be able to swipe up from the bottom of the screen on certain devices.
  • Nexus devices: Swipe up from the bottom of any screen.
  • Nexus 5: Swipe to the leftmost Home screen.
  • Google Play edition devices: Touch & hold your phone's Home button.

After you decide to start using Google Now, you don't need to do anything else. If you like, you can fine-tune some settings, but Google Now doesn't need any elaborate setup. The information you need is always at your fingertips.

To know when to display what information, Google Now uses contextual data from your device and from other Google products, plus data from third-party products that Google Now may access.

For example, Google Now uses the time of day, your current location, and your Location History to show you what the traffic on your commute is like when you wake up in the morning. It also uses information from Google services such as your Web History for sports or flight updates, or from your synced calendar entries for appointment reminders.

About Google Now cards & Public Alerts

A Google Now card is a short snippet of useful information that slides into view right when you're most likely to need it.

In the U.S., Public Alerts give you emergency information from sources such as the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. To learn more, visit support.google.com/publicalerts.

You're in control

When you decide to use Google Now, you're also turning on Location Reporting and Location History:

  • Location Reporting allows Google to periodically store and use your device's most recent location data in connection with your Google Account. Location Reporting is a per-device setting.
  • Location History allows Google to store a history of your location data from all devices where you're logged into your Google Account and have enabled Location Reporting.

Google won't share this information without your permission.

You can also control how Google Now uses your current location. When your location is turned on, certain apps can use it to give you more relevant information, such as nearby restaurants or commute traffic.

If you opted in to Location History in the past, Google Now uses your previously recorded locations as well as ongoing locations when making suggestions. Turning off Location History pauses the collection of location information, but it doesn't delete your history.

You can manage these location settings for Google Now and turn them off at any time.

Google Now also uses data that you may have stored in other Google products. For example, if you have searches stored in your Web History, Google Now can show cards based on sports scores, flight status, and so on. To manage your Web History, visit google.com/history/. You can delete or pause your Web History and still use Google Now, but certain kinds of information won't show up.

Similarly, Google Now can use data that you may have stored in third-party products that you allow Google to access. For example, your device's synced calendar may include entries from non-Google calendar products. If you have a synced calendar entry for a dentist appointment that includes the dentist's address, Google Now can check traffic and suggest when to leave.