How Google Now works (iOS app)

Google Now intelligently brings you the information you want to see, when you want to see it - before you even ask. Just touch or swipe the cards on your Google Now home screen to get today’s weather before you start your day, find out how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and see your favorite team’s score if you can’t make it to the game. All this happens automatically.

Start using Google Now

To use Google Now on your iOS device, you’ll need to download the Google Search app. As soon as you sign in to your Google Account and opt in to Google Now, you’ll start seeing Google Now’s predictive cards. You can fine-tune some settings, but Google Now doesn’t need any elaborate setup.

How Google Now decides what information to show you

Google Now uses data from multiple sources to help predict what information you need. For example, if you have a Google Calendar entry for a dentist appointment, Google Now can check traffic and suggest when to leave. And if you have relevant searches saved in your Google Web History, such as for your favorite team or for upcoming flights, Google Now can show cards for sports scores, flight status, and more.

Google Now cards

A Google Now card is a message that appears on your screen when it’s relevant to you. When you see a card, touch the  info icon for more information like why Google Now is displaying that card and any settings you can update related to the card. For example, if a card appears for your favorite sports team, you can adjust when you want the card to appear (before, during or after a game) or see cards for another team.

To see some sample cards, visit the Google Now home screen >  > Show sample cards.

Learn more about Google Now cards