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Use "OK Google" voice searches & actions

You can use your voice to do actions like search, get directions, and create reminders. For example, say "Ok Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow?" to see if there's rain in the weather forecast.

Turn on voice search

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Menu Menuand then Settings and then Voice and then "Ok Google" Detection.
  3. Choose when you want your phone to listen when you say "Ok Google."

Learn more about the options for turning on "Ok Google" on an Android device.

Start a voice search

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, openthe Google app Google Search.
  2. Say "Ok Google" or tap Microphone Microphone.

Ways you can use your voice

If voice search is available in your language or your country, you can say most of these examples but some aren't available in every language.

Account, privacy, and search

Change your account settings: "Open Google Account settings."
See your search history: "Show my Google search history."
Change your privacy settings: "Adjust my Google privacy settings."
Change your security settings: "Adjust my Google security settings."
Calendar, alarms, reminders and information

Set an alarm: "Set an alarm for 7 AM" or "Set an alarm for every Friday morning at 7 AM."

Set a reminder: "Remind me to call John at 6 PM" or "Remind me to buy Belgian chocolate at Ghirardelli Square."

See SMS (text) messages: "Show me my messages from Brian about dinner."

Create a Google Calendar event: "Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM."

See your upcoming bills: "My bills" or "My Comcast bills 2013."

Check your schedule: "What does my day look like tomorrow?" or "When's my next meeting?"

Communicate with friends and family

Call a friend: "Call Lindsay Hampson" or "Call Mom."

Text a friend: "Text Jason that I'm running 5 minutes late."

Send a Hangouts chat message: "Send a Hangouts message to Bob" or "Start a Hangouts chat."

Start a Hangouts video call: "Start a video call" or "Video call Jane using Hangouts."

Send an email: "Send an email to Kristin, subject new shoes, message, I can't wait to show you my new shoes, full stop."

Check your voicemail: "Listen to voicemail."

 

Entertainment (music, movies, TV, books and images)

Play music: "Play Macklemore" or "Play Can't Hold Us."

Identify a song: "What's this song?"

Find new music: "What songs do Mumford and Sons sing?"

Play a radio station from Google Play: "Play some music."

Watch a movie from Google Play: "Watch Frozen."

Learn about a TV show you're watching: "What's on TV?"

Read a book from Google Play: "Read Ender's Game."

Find a movie: "What movies are playing tonight?" or "Where's Hunger Games playing?"

Search for images: "Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge."

Take a photo or video: "Take a picture" or "Record a video."

Directions and travel

Get directions: "Navigate to Safeway" or "Directions to 1299 Colusa Avenue Berkeley California."

Find nearby places: "Where's the closest coffee shop?"

Plan your trip: "What are some attractions in New York City?"

Look up travel plans: "Show me my flights" or "Where's my hotel?"

Book a table: "Book a table for 2 at Cascal on Wednesday night."

Facts and quick answers

Find the time: "What time is it in London?"

Check the weather: "Do I need a jacket today?" or "What's the weather like tomorrow morning?"

Answer trivia questions: "Where was Albert Einstein born?" or "How old is Beyonce?"

Get stock prices: "What's the Google stock price?" (Disclaimer about financial data)

Calculate the tip: "What's the tip for 42 dollars?"

Translate words or phrases: "How do you say cucumber in Spanish?"

Define a word: "What does gluttony mean?"

Convert between units: "What's 16 ounces in pounds?"

Solve a math problem: "What's the square root of 2209?"

Track a package from your Gmail order confirmation: "Where's my package?"

Search within apps on your device: "Search for thai food on Yelp."

Change your device's settings

Wi-Fi: "Turn on Wi-Fi" or "Turn off Wi-Fi."

Bluetooth: "Turn on Bluetooth" or "Turn off Bluetooth."

Flashlight: "Turn on my flashlight" or "Turn my flashlight off."

More apps you can use "Ok Google" with

You can say "Ok Google" to do voice actions with other apps on your device. This is currently only available on certain apps, and only certain phrases work.

More apps that work with "Ok Google"

  • Flixster: "Show me Inception on Flixster."
  • Instacart: "Show instacart availability."
  • Lincoln: "Start my Lincoln MKZ."
  • NPR One: "Listen to NPR."
  • NextPlus: "Send a message with NextPlus."
  • Realtor.com: "Show rentals near me on Realtor."
  • Shazam: "Shazam this song."
  • Telegram: "Send a Telegram message to Mom."
  • Threema: "Send a Threema message to Kate."
  • TripAdvisor: "Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor."
  • Trulia: "Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia."
  • TuneIn Radio: "Open TuneIn in car mode."
  • Walmart: "Scan my receipt on Walmart."
  • WhatsApp: "Send a WhatsApp to Joe."
  • Wink: "Activate home mode on Wink."
  • Viber" "Send a message with Viber."
  • Zillow: "Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.

See more voice action examples.

Google learns some of your preferred apps

When you don’t mention the app name for some requests (for example, you only say “scan my receipt”), you can open the app from the search results. After you do this a few times, Google learns that you want to open the app and won't ask you again.

If you want to be asked each time before opening the app:

  1. Say or type the voice action.
  2. Cancel by tapping   .
  3. Repeat a few times.
The app will no longer launch automatically, and will appear in search results again, in some cases after a few minutes.

Where you can use voice search

These actions are available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, and South Africa.

Your device needs to have the Google app 4.0 or higher with Web & App Activity turned on.

Katie is a Search expert and author of this help page.

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