Use "Ok Google" voice searches & actions

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

Turn on voice search

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

Start a voice search

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

Tip: On some devices, you can also say, "Hey Google."

Change your "Ok Google" settings

"Ok Google" settings you can change

Settings can vary by device and Google app version. Not all settings are yet available for all languages.

When you can say "Ok Google"

  • Access with Voice Match or From any screen:
    If the screen is on or the device is charging, you can say "Ok Google" from any screen. This setting could prevent some other voice services that use hot words or wake-up commands from working.
  • While driving:
    You can say "Ok Google" while you use Google Maps and Android Auto.
  • Always-on:
    You can say "Ok Google" whether your screen is on or off.

When your screen is locked

  • Unlock with Voice Match:
    When you say "Ok Google" from a secure lock screen and we're able to recognize the sound of your voice, you can ask Google to take actions for you or visit sites without having to unlock your device manually.
  • Personal results:
    See personal results for your voice searches, even when your device is locked.

"Ok Google" voice model

  • Retrain voice model:
    Teach Google the sound of your voice again. Try this if Google isn’t recognizing your voice when you say "Ok Google." If you don't see this setting, make sure "Access with Voice Match," "From any screen," or "Always-on" is turned on.
  • Delete voice model:
    Remove what you've taught to Google to recognize your voice.
Fix issues with "Ok Google"

Learn how to fix issues with "Ok Google."

Ways you can use your voice

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

Account, privacy & 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 & info

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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 available only 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 say only “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 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. It will appear in search results again; in some cases, it will appear 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 must have the Google app 4.0 or higher with Web & App Activity turned on.

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