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
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app .
- At the bottom right, tap Menu Settings Voice Voice Match.
- Choose when you want your phone to listen when you say "Ok Google."
Start a voice search
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app .
- Say "Ok Google" or tap the Microphone .
Tip: On some devices, you can also say, "Hey Google."
Change your "Ok Google" settings
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.
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.
- If you use the Google app on more than one device, turn on "Ok Google" on each device.
- Check that you have Voice & Audio Activity turned on. Learn about the Voice & Audio Activity setting.
- Check that you have the latest version of the Google app. Get it on the Play Store.
- Check that you have the latest Android version available for your phone. Learn how to update your Android version.
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.
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?"
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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:
- Say or type the voice action.
- Cancel by tapping .
- Repeat a few times.
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.