Make the Most of Google Assistant
Make the Most of Google Assistant
Google Assistant is a voice-activated assistant that can help you with tasks such as making a phone call, setting a timer, or sending a text. It’s similar to Siri and Alexa, but it has some unique features that make it worth using. For example, Google Assistant can answer more complex questions than Siri or Alexa, and it can also control smart devices in your home. If you’re looking for an assistant that can do it all, Google Assistant is something you have to look at.
If you’re using an Android phone, you already have Google Assistant. You can use it with iPhone or iPad too but you’ll have to activate it first. In this post, we’ll talk about how you become a power user.
Unlock Your Screen Using Voice
You can unlock your screen by saying “Hey Google”. This will activate Google Assistant, which will then unlock your phone for you. First, turn this feature on by going to Settings>Smart Lock>Trusted voice. You can then train your phone to recognize your voice so you can unlock it just by saying “Okay Google” or “Hey Google”.
Bonus: You don’t have to unlock your screen to access information about the weather, set reminders, or get directions.
Locate Your Misplaced Phone
We’ve all been there, you can’t find your phone. You go back to where you were last, but it’s gone. If only there was a way for your phone to tell you where it is…
Google Assistant can do this for you. Just make sure that the app Google Play services is up to date on your Android device and activate location tracking on Google Assistant. Then, if you ever lose your phone, just log into Google Assistant on a different phone or computer and find your phone. You can also enable “Play a sound” in the options menu to make it even easier to find your phone when it’s lost under the couch.
Control Your Television Using Voice
You can talk to the Assistant to play TV shows and videos on your TV. This is especially useful if you’re watching something on your phone and want to see it on the big screen. To activate this feature, say “Hey Google, play [show or video] on my TV.”
You can even ask to play specific episodes of a show by saying “play [episode name] on my TV.”
Bonus: You can also ask Google Assistant to play YouTube videos on your TV.
Control Your Music Using Voice
Google Assistant can help you control the music playing around you. This works for both Chromecast and Bluetooth devices, so if your sound system isn’t connected to Wi-Fi it will still work. Just say “Hey Google, play [song name] on my TV.” If you want to use your voice to play music from a specific artist or album, just say “play [artist name or album name] on my TV”.
You can also ask for songs and albums using specific lyrics. Say what the lyrics are and it will shuffle songs with those lyrics. You can even play songs by humming or singing into the mic, just be aware that this feature isn’t perfect yet.
Set Reminders Using Google Assistant
You can use Google Assistant to help you schedule appointments and reminders, which is especially useful if you’re using your voice on the go. To start, open up Google Assistant and say “remind me to [task] at [time or location]” or “set a reminder”.
Google Assistant will then ask what the reminder is, and it will send you an email with the information. If you don’t have time to create your own reminders, you can also say “note to self” followed by your task or note.
It will add it to your history, which you can access from the Google app.
Bonus: You can ask Google Assistant to play reminders and new messages, so you don’t have to look at your phone while driving or doing whatever else.
Check Your Schedule Using Voice Using Google Assistant
You can use a voice command to quickly check your schedule and what you have going on that day. If you want to know more about a specific event, just ask “what’s my next meeting?” or “when does [meeting name] start?”
You can also find out about events happening near you by saying things like “what’s happening this weekend” or “what are the movies showing near me?”
Play Games Using Voice
Be entertained with games like trivia, word scrambles, and quizzes. Just say “let’s play [game name]” to start playing. You can also use it to help you kill time when you’re bored. Just say “help me pass the time” or “I am bored” to enjoy some random facts, riddles, and laughs.
Introduce Yourself to Google Assistant
It can learn your voice and use it for personalized answers. First things first, make sure you’re signed in to the same account on both your phone and any other devices you want to control with Google Assistant.
Then say “OK, Google” or “Hey Google.” You’ll notice a note in the bottom left corner that says “Voice Match” if the feature is activated.
Google Assistant is a powerful way to control your phone, TV, music system, and more with just your voice. The article has given you the knowledge of what it can do for you in these various aspects of life. If this seems like an interesting prospect for how to better manage daily tasks or entertain yourself when bored, it may be time to set up Voice Match on all devices that are connected to the same account. This will allow each device’s personal assistant software (Google) to know who you are by your voice alone!