Announced in May 2016, Google Assistant has gone from answering basic questions to booking restaurants, reading articles, helping with long customer service calls, and more. Google’s answer to Siri is no longer just about setting the alarm, creating a reminder, or calling your friends. Here are the best tips for getting the most out of Google Assistant on the best flagship and budget Android phones.
Google Assistant is built into all Android phones and tablets. iPhone and iPad users can download it from the App Store. It also comes pre-installed on Wear OS smartwatches, Android TV, and top smart speakers. If you’re new to Google’s smart virtual assistant, read our dedicated Google Assistant explanation.
Since Google Assistant works best on an Android phone, we are focusing this article on it.
1. Add multiple languages
You don’t need to switch between languages with Google Assistant. It understands two languages simultaneously. Here’s how to set it up.
- Launch Google Assistant by long-pressing the power button or saying the voice command “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”.
- Press your flyer account picture to open the Google Assistant settings.
- To select Languages.
- Faucet Add a language and choose one of your preferred languages.
This is a beta feature. Your assistant is still learning to use two languages together. Google says the feature is improving over time.
2. Use your favorite apps with Google Assistant
Popular third-party apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Outlook, and others have added Google Assistant support to perform tasks with voice commands. Let’s check out some examples.
- Hey Google, open my Twitter notifications.
- Hey Google, show my friend’s birthday on Facebook.
- Hey Google, show my status on WhatsApp.
- Ok Google, add a WhatsApp photo.
- Ok Google, my Instagram profile.
- Ok Google, show screenshots.
You can view a list of all app shortcuts from Google Assistant settings.
- Head toward Google Assistant settings (see steps above).
- Develop Show all parameters and open it Shortcuts menu.
- Check all the shortcuts for your apps.
3. Read an article aloud
If you’re driving or stuck in a crowded place, summon Google Assistant to read articles.
- Open an article in your favorite browser.
- Activate Google Assistant using the power button or voice command and say “Read”.
- Google Assistant opens the article in reading mode with reading controls.
- You can jump to a specific section, skip paragraphs, and change the reading speed.
After a tiring day, lay back, relax, and ask Google Assistant to read you articles.
4. Book a restaurant reservation
Google Assistant comes in handy when you want to book a table at a nearby restaurant. You can say, “Ok Google, reserve a table at [restaurant name]” and share more details like number of people, date, time, etc., when prompted. Follow the on-screen instructions and tap Confirm to finalize the reservation.
5. Set Routines
Google Assistant supports Routines to perform multiple actions with a single command. For example, you can say “Google Morning” and set Google Assistant to notify you about weather, calendar, today’s reminders, birthdays, and work directions.
Similarly, you can say the “Bedtime” command to turn on Do Not Disturb, set alarms, play sleep sounds, and more. The possibilities are limitless. Check out our best Google Assistant routines for staying productive.
We also have an article dedicated to setting up and using Google Assistant Routines. Check it out for more details.
6. Enable Ongoing Conversations
Once you enable continuous conversations on Google Assistant, you don’t need to use the “Hey Google” command for every request. The system briefly reopens the microphone after each answer and listens to the follow-up question. This leads to a natural conversation with Google Assistant.
- Launch Google Assistant settings (check the steps above).
- Scroll to Ongoing conversation.
- Enable the feature for your device.
7. Use Google Assistant on the lock screen
Google Assistant is ready to serve on the lock screen. To get personalized results, such as your contacts and messages, say “Ok Google” so that Assistant recognizes your voice.
- Go to Google Assistant settings (see steps above).
- Scroll to Lock screen.
- Activate it Assistant responses on the lock screen to fall over.
8. Listen to music on your favorite streaming service
Google Assistant uses YouTube Music to play your favorite songs and playlists. You can change the default music streaming service from YouTube Music to Spotify or Apple Music by following the steps below.
- Open Google Assistant settings (check the steps above).
- To select Music.
- Connect your favorite streaming service and set it as default.
9. Broadcast a message on compatible smart speakers
You can use Google Assistant to broadcast messages if you have a compatible smart speaker.
- Ok Google, let me know I’m home.
- Ok Google, tell everyone to get ready in 20 minutes.
- Hey Google, tell everyone to come over for lunch.
You can check out our dedicated article for the requirements and other details about posting messages on Google Nest.
10. Find your phone
Lost your phone? You can use another Google Assistant-enabled phone or smart speaker (that’s signed in to your account) and use the “Hey Google, find my phone” command to ring the phone.
Google Assistant finds all your connected devices and waits for your confirmation to ring the lost phone.
Use Google Assistant like a pro
Google Assistant is also available on the Google Nest product line. If you recently bought a new Nest device, read our article for the best and useful Google Assistant commands for your new device.