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A complete (for the moment) list of “OK Google” commands for Google Assistant

Google Assistant give you a dizzying number of phrases to work with on its Home and Android devices. You can ask Google Assistant to help you communicate, work smarter, and even lock your doors at night. The hardest part is keeping track of all the new stuff, since Google is always adding new phrases. For the moment, here’s a complete list. Have fun!

A complete (for the moment) list of “OK Google” commands for Google Assistant

Communication & Productivity

  • Call someone: “OK Google, call Mom.”
  • Text someone: “OK Google, text Mom.” Or, “Ok Google, text Mom and let her know my flight lands at noon tomorrow.”
  • Send an email: “OK Google, email Joe and confirm our meeting for tomorrow.” You can also CC or BCC contacts.
  • Have messages read aloud: “OK Google, show me my messages.” You’ll be shown or read your recent messages, and you can reply by voice.
  • Create a calendar event: “OK Google, schedule my meeting with Joe for tomorrow at 10 am.”
  • Set an alarm or timer: “OK Google, set an alarm for 6:30 am tomorrow.” Or, “Ok Google, set a timer for 20 minutes.”
  • Take a note: “OK Google, make a note: The window frame is 36 inches tall by 48 inches wide.”
  • Make a list: “OK Google, start a grocery list.” Or, “Ok Google, add butter to my grocery list.”
  • Set reminders: “OK Google, remind me to get cash back next time I’m at Kroger.” Or, “OK Google, remind me to order printer ink tomorrow morning.”
  • Ask for stored information: “OK Google, when is my next meeting?” Or, “OK Google, read me my grocery list.”


You can ask Google Assistant for any information you might search Google for, or might dig through your emails and texts looking for.

  • Cooking questions: “OK Google, what temperature should you cook chicken to?”
  • Recipes: “OK Google, how do I make marinara sauce?”
  • Important dates: “OK Google, what day is Christmas this year?”
  • Local queries: “OK Google, what’s the best pizza place nearby?”
  • Weather info: “OK Google, what’s the weather like?” Or, “Ok Google, do I need a jacket this morning?”
  • Calculations: “OK Google, what’s 20 percent of 58 bucks?”
  • People: “OK Google, who’s the guy in the Heineken holiday commercials?” Or, “What movies was Patrick Swayze in?”
  • Places: “OK Google, how many people live in Chicago?” Or, “OK Google, how far are we from Dubai?”

Navigation & Travel

  • Get directions: “OK Google, take me home.” Or, “OK Google, take me to my meeting at Starbucks.”
  • Get traffic info: “OK Google, what’s the traffic look like on the way into work today?”
  • Get specific location info: “OK Google, where is Hell’s Kitchen?”
  • Find places: “OK Google, where’s the nearest Starbucks?”
  • Get directions however you want them: “OK Google, how do I walk to the nearest coffee shop? Send directions to my phone.”
  • Get flight information: “OK Google, how much is a flight to Vegas next weekend?” Or, “OK Google, what time is my flight tomorrow?”
  • Get destination ideas: “OK Google, what’s a good place for a ski trip?”
  • Get time changes: “OK Google, what time is it in London?”
  • Get translations: “OK Google, how do I order a beer in French?”
  • Ask about your surroundings: “OK Google, how old is this church?” Or, “OK Google, what is there to do around here?”


  • Get showtimes: “OK Google, when is Star Wars playing near me?”
  • Get scores and sports info: “OK Google, how did the Spurs do last night?” Or, “OK Google, when is the College Football Playoff?”
  • Find out what song is playing: “OK Google, what song is this?”
  • Play media: “OK Google, play “Bad at Love” by Halsey.” Or, “OK Google, show me a YouTube video on how to flip a fried egg.”

External Apps

  • Uber: “OK Google, order an Uber to O’Malleys.”
  • Social media: “OK Google, send a Tweet.” Or, “OK Google, post my photos from the Europe trip to Facebook.”
  • Shopping: “OK Google, order more printer ink from Amazon.” Or, “OK Google, order my cart from Walmart to pick up.”
  • Dining: “OK Google, order my usual order from Dominos.” Or, “OK Google, order my usual drink to pick up at Starbucks.”

Settings & Smart Home

  • Find your phone: “OK Google, find my phone,”
  • Adjust volume: “OK Google, turn it up.” Or, “OK Google, set the volume to 9.”
  • Adjust your smart lights: “OK Google, turn off the lights.” Or, “OK Google, dim the lights.” Or, “OK Google, switch the lights to red.”
  • Adjust your smart thermostat: “OK Google, turn the heat on upstairs.” Or, “OK Google, turn the A/C on at home when I leave the office.”
  • Lock your doors with a smart lock: “OK Google, make sure the front door is locked.” Or, “OK Google, unlock the door for the kids.”
  • Control your smart TV or Chromecast: “OK Google, play Bojack Horseman on Netflix.” Or, “OK Google, show me what games are on tonight.”

Broadcast – for use with multiple Google Home speakers & Assistant devices

  • Broadcast lets you communicate with people at home while you’re out. “OK Google, broadcast that I’m on my way home.” Or, “OK Google, tell everyone it’s time to wake up.” Or, “OK Google, tell everyone dinner is ready.”

Easter Eggs

Here are some phrases you can use just for fun.

  • “OK Google, do a barrel roll.”
  • “OK Google, sing me a song.”
  • “OK Google, tell me a story.”
  • “OK Google, I am your father.”
  • “OK Google, it’s my birthday.”

And more – keep asking!


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