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Extensive List of Google Now Voice Commands and Tricks

In our last post on Google Now we explained What is Google Voice and How it is so amazing and a game changing feature added by Google. The most exciting feature of Google Now is the Voice search. This voice search can perform an endless list of tasks for you only if you are familiar with the related commands. Most people who are unfamiliar with these commands are not utilizing their Android Phones to the fullest capacity. To help you get started, here we are providing an extensive list of Voice commands that can be used with Google Now to find information.

General CommandsExamples
– “Search for ”“Search for Google Doodles ”
– “What is ”“Meaning of Android”
– “Who invented ”“Synonyms of visages”
– “What is the meaning of ”“Show stocks for Samsung electronic ”
– “Who is married to”“How old is Larry Page”
– “Capacity of ”“Population of Bangalore”
– “Show me the stocks for ”“Who is the CEO of Samsung”
– “Author of ”“How tall is Kobe Bryant”
– “How old is ”
Time & Date CommandsExamples
– “What time is it in ”“When is the father’s day in 2013”
– “When is the day in ”“Show me the time and date”
– “When is the sunset in ”“When does sun set in Chennai”
– “What is the time zone of ”“What time is it in Sydney”
– “Time at home”
Weather CommandsExamples
– “Weather”“Is it raining in New York”
– “Is it going to rain tomorrow”“Will it snow today”
– “Do I need an umbrella”“What’s the weather in Colombo”
– “Should i bring a Jacket today”“Is it raining outside”
– “Will it snow this week”“Is there any rain expected for Friday”
– “What’s the weather in ”“Weather forecast for Wednesday”
– “How’s the weather on going to be”
Maps & Navigation CommandsExamples
– “Map of ”“Where is the statue of liberty situated”
– “Show me the nearby on map”“Show all hotels near me”
– “Where is situated”“Bookstores in New York”
– “ in ”“Take me to the convention center on foot”
– “Navigate to on car”“Coffee bars in Madrid”
– “How far is from ”“How far is the motorway from my current location”
“When does the next train arrive”
Calculations & Conversions CommandsExamples
– “How much is times ”
– “What is percent of ”“How much is 57 point 78 minus 22”
– “Square root of ”“65 plus 135 into 20 minus 18 equals”
– “ ….. equals”“Convert 36 degrees Celsius into Fahrenheit”
– “What is the numerical value of Pi”“How many gallons in 1 kiloliter”
– “Convert into ”“Convert 100 hours into minutes”
– “Temperature of the sun”“What is the 75 percent of 1 point 5 million”
Sports CommandsExamples
– “ points table”
– “Who won the last match between and ”“Did the real madrid win last night”
– “ scorecard”“Scorecard of last Real Madrid match”
– “schedule of games”“La Liga table”
– “”“KaKa”
Web Navigation CommandsExamples
– “Go to ”
– “Open ”“Open”
– “Show me ”“Show me”
– “Browse to ”“Take me to”
Entertainment CommandsExamples
– “Listen to ”“Play YouTube Smosh FOOD BATTLE 2012”
– “Play ”“the cast of The Avengers”
– “YouTube ”“Movies of Leonardo Di Caprio”
– “When was the first episode of ”“Who produced The departed”
– “ movies”
– “Who acted in ”
– “Who is the producer of ”
– “When was released”
– “Runtime of ”
Notes & Reminders CommandsExamples
– “Remind me to at ”“Water the plants in one hour”
– “Wake me up in ”“Set an alarm for 2 hours from now”
– “ at ”“Remind me to call Bill in 45 minutes”
– “Self note to ”“Pick up kids from school at 3 P M”
– “Set alarm for ”“Note to self ”
Contact & Communication CommandsExamples
– “Call ”“Send email to Ian, Subject, post fix, Message, BLAH,BLAH”
– “Send to ”“Send SMS to dad mobile please call me A S A P”
– “” (shows the contact card)“Call help center”
– “Call in ”“Send I cannot come right now to Erin via text”
– “Email to , B C C , Subject , message ”
Image Search CommandsExamples
– “Images/photos/pictures of ”“Photos of mars”
– “Photos of at sunset”“Images of the Earth from moon”
– “Images of ”“Pictures of Eiffel Tower at sunrise”
– “Show me the photos of at ”
– “Logo of ”
Flight Schedules & Status CommandsExamples
– “Flight Status of ”“Status of B A 215”
– “Has landed/departed”“When Is Emirates 230 going to depart”
– “When will land”“Air Canada 760”

The following video will give you a better idea about the unlimited potential of Google Now.

Tips and Tricks of Google Now

Change Default Voice for Better Voice Recognition

The default language in Google Voice is English (US). If you are a Non-American, Google Voice will have a hard time understanding few phrases. So if you have difficulty, you can change the default language  to your choice.

– Open Google Search Aplication and Go to Settings

– Tap on Voice And then on language

– Select the language of your choice and now you can have a better recognition

Do a Barrel Roll

The popular barrel roll easter egg also works in Google Now. To test it, open the application and say “Do a barrel Roll” and see for yourself what happens on your phone screen.

Using Google Now without tapping the speaker icon

If you are using Android Jelly Bean, you can use a phrase ‘Ok Google” to wake up the Voice Search and let it perform tasks for you. So you do not need to tap on the speaker icon every time you want to run a search or find information.


Everything you need to know about Google Now

Google Now is your one stop solutions for an intelligent personal assistant. It is developed by Google and is made available within the Google search in the Android and iOS operating systems. It helps you to answer questions, recommend or perform actions by delegating requests to the web services as it uses natural language user interface. Google Now connects with your Gmail account and your search history and passively delivers information that it thinks you might want. Google Now is the close competitor of Siri on the iPhone and was thus developed as a response to it. In the future avatar of Google Now it might truly replace Siri.

Google Now in coming time will change the way we use smart phones. Google Now gets you the right information at the right time. It can wake you up, it can tell you about the traffic condition before you start your drive to office. It can fetch you results with the help of a voice command. Weather, sports, traffic or any information related to you will be provided by Google Now. In simplest terms at present Google Now  do the following for you:

– Can search and find relevant information from web and from your phone/tablet

– Can respond to your voice commands to perform actions

– Get location based personalized result

As Google Now integrates with the Google Search app, in order to launch it, just tap on the google search icon. As soon as you open it will show you relevant information in the form of cards. Below are few cards you can find on Google Now

Weather – This card will show the weather forecast of your current location or any location you choose. You can even customize the unit in which the weather data is displayed.

Sports – Either you can let Google Now know your favorite team or it can find about it with it’s intelligence based upon your search behavior to display the scores of the team. We have not had much success with this card till now.

Traffic – Depending on your recent searches, default map location and your common movement pattern, it automatically guesses your work place and guides you with the traffic you might face from your home to your work.


Google Now connects with your Gmail account to track your shopping, packages, reservations and upcoming events. Some of the new features and updates of Google Now are car rentals, event tickets and an updated public transit card and new sharing options.

Car rentals – This new addition helps you to display the reservation details and directions back to the dealer. Car information can be toggled ON or OFF by selecting the settings options in the upper right hand corner of the app.


Tickets – This card automatically display tickets, based on the data from your Gmail account and display it on your device when you arrive at your destination. It keeps track of your favorite sporting events or concerts.


Commute sharing – A little bit controversial yet very interesting feature of this card is to share location data with your friends and family.


Some Useful voice commands in Google Now

The voice recognition of Google Now is quite impressive. It can understand American, British and even Indian English pretty well when you set the default language to corresponding version of English.

SayFollowed byExamples
“Open”App name“Open Gmail”
“Create a calendar event”“Event description” & “day/date” & “time”“Create a calendar event: Dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7:00PM”
“Listen to TV”Displays TV cards relevant to the TV show that’s currently being broadcastWhile a TV show is being broadcast, say “Listen to TV”
“Map of”Address, name, business name, type of business, or other location“Map of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.”
“Directions to” orAddress, name, business name, type of business, or other destination“Directions to 1299 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, California” or
“Navigate to”“Navigate to Union Square, San Francisco.”
“Post to Google+”What you want posted to Google+“Post to Google+ I’m going out of town.”
“What’s this song?”When you hear a song, ask “What’s this song?”
“Scan a barcode”Scan a barcode or QR code to learn more about a product.“Scan a barcode” and hold barcode in front of the device’s camera.
“Go to”Search string or URL“Go to”
“Send email”“To” & contact name,“Send email to Hugh Briss, subject, new shoes, message, I bought a par of shoes period.”
“Subject” & subject text,
“Message” & message text (speak punctuation)
“Note to self”Message text“Note to self: remember the milk”
“Set alarm”“Time” or “for” & time, such as “10:45 a.m.” or “20 minutes from now,” “Label” & name of alarm“Set alarm for 7:45 p.m., label, switch the laundry”
“Listen to”Play music in the Google Play Music app by speaking the name of a song, artist, or album.“Listen to: Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Google Now soon will no longer be an app but much more than that, it will not only change the way you work on your smart phone but will also change the way you work in your life, and it will surely make your life easier but at the cost of your privacy.