How Now cards work

You can use Now cards to get the right information at just the right time without even searching for it. For example, you can get commute traffic before work, find popular places nearby, see your favorite team's current score, and more.

See your Now cards

Android

You can see your Now cards a few different ways:

  • Open the Google app .
  • If you have a Nexus or Google Play edition device, swipe your finger up from the bottom of any screen on that device.
  • If you have the Google Now Launcher, swipe to the left when you're on your phone's Home screen.

Note: If you don't see any cards, you may have turned Google Now off. Learn how to turn on Google Now.

iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Google app .
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Don't see Google Now cards? You might need to turn on Google Now.

Change which Now cards show up

Android

You can't make Now cards show up at a certain time, but you can customize your card settings to let Google Now know what kinds of cards you want to see.

  1. Open the Google app .
  2. In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon menu icon > Customize.

From here, you can pick what kinds of cards you want to see, including sports, stocks, places, and TV & video.

iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Google app .
  2. In the top left corner of the page, touch your photo. (If you're looking at Google Now cards, scroll up to the top of the page.)
  3. Touch Google Now.

From here, you can pick what kinds of cards you want to see, including birthday reminders, Gmail, sports info, and traffic.

How Google Now decides which cards to show

Android

To know when to display cards and reminders, Google Now uses information from your device and from other Google products.

Google Now also uses data from certain Google Account settings that you can choose to turn on when you set up Google Now:

  • Web & App Activity: May include your searches, Chrome history, and activity shared by other apps. When this setting is on, you can see Google Now cards based on things you searched for in the past, like your favorite sports team or TV show.
  • Device Information: Allows Google to know information about your phone, including things like lists of your contacts, calendar entries, apps, and more.
  • Location History: Creates a map of the places you visit when you're logged in to your device. When Location History is on, you'll see Google Now cards that are relevant to the area you're in, like traffic updates and nearby restaurants.
iPhone or iPad

To know when to display what information, Google Now uses information from:

  • Other Google products you use: For example, Google Now uses your Web & App Activity to show you updates about sports teams you've searched for, or update you about an upcoming appointment in Google Calendar.
  • Google Now location settings: For example, Google Now uses your current location to figure out how long your commute to work will be that day.
  • The iPhone or iPad on which you're using Google Now.
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