Most Android device owners don’t use an assistant in their life, and some of them don’t even know they exist. However, there are a few Android assistants that make your life easier such as Samsung’s Bixby and Google Assistant. You can use a lot of applications via these assistants. Here is how to use Google Assistant and everything you need to know.
What is Google Assistant and what can it offer to users?
Google Assistant is a useful tool that you can use in your daily life to make your work faster and easier. With its improved AI, it allows you to use voice commands to perform tasks or answer questions. Google Assistant can open apps, set alarms, text contacts, check the weather, answer questions, control lights and thermostats, check battery levels, and call contacts.
Addition to this, Google Assistant can plan your day, and play media like music, podcasts, and news, and you can have fun with it. You can use it on any Android device which runs Android 5.0 and up. Some manufacturers like Samsung prioritize their smart assistants, but you can use Google Assistant on any Android device. It’s also accessible via smart speakers, smartwatches, security cameras, headphones, and displays.
How to use Google Assistant?
If you want to use Google Assistant, here is how to use it:
- Open the Google app.
- Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Tap Settings.
- From the Settings menu, choose Google Assistant.
- You can now enable or disable the “Hey Google” command and retrain it to recognize your voice.
- Set up Google Assistant to recognize different voices. You can use this feature if more than one person uses it in a household.
- Change the language of your Assistant.
- Allow it to be used on the lock screen.
- Allow it to access personal information.
- Create Routines.
- Set and manage Reminders.
- Choose what service the Assistant will use to play music.
- Then, you can open the Google Assistant via pressing and holding the power button on Pixel phones, or you can press and hold the home button on other Android devices.
- It’s ready to use. Have fun!
What Google Assistant can do?
You can also use the assistant on your iOS devices, it is available on the App Store. However, it is up to you to prefer Google Assistant instead of Apple’s Siri. Here is the list of all commands that the assistant can do according to Google’s support page:
Get local info
- Weather: What’s the weather today?
- Food: Find pizza restaurants nearby.
- Business hours: Is Walgreens still open?
- Navigation: Navigate home.
Plan your day
- Traffic: How’s the traffic to work?
- Reminders: Remind me to do laundry this evening. Remind me to call Mom every Sunday.
- Calendar events: When’s my first meeting today? Add a meeting to my calendar.
- Flights: Is United flight 1463 on time?
- Game updates: Who won the Warriors game?
- Calculations: What’s 20% of 80?
- Dictionary: What does “gregarious” mean?
- Translations: How do I say “Nice to meet you” in French?
- Finance: How’s the S&P 500 doing?
- Unit conversions: How many kilometers in a mile?
- Search: Search for summer vacation ideas.
- Image search: Find pictures of kittens.
- Web answer: How do you remove wine stains from a rug?
- Music: Play some Jazz music.
- Podcasts: Play the latest episode from This American Life.
- News: Play the news. What’s the latest news from BBC?
- Get to know your Assistant: Do you dream? What’s your favorite color?
- Games: Let’s play a game. Give me a trivia question.
- Entertainment: Tell me a joke. Tell me something interesting.
- Animal facts: Tell me about giraffes. What’s the animal of the day?