Google Assistant can perform a variety of tasks that you may not have anticipated.
The Google Assistant is the most popular virtual assistant on the market, with over 500 million active users. While Google has added dozens of unique features and capabilities to the Assistant over the years, many are hidden or simply not commonly recognized.
To that end, here are five Google Assistant tips and techniques to help you get the most out of it.
Access The Built-In Shopping List
The Assistant comes with a helpful shopping list that you can share with the whole family. When you’re in the kitchen and your hands are already engaged, delegating your grocery list to a hands-free helper can be incredibly beneficial.
Activate the Google Assistant by saying “add milk and eggs to my grocery list” or “delete coffee from the shopping list” whether you’re using your phone or a smart speaker.
The nicest aspect about this function is that it instantly syncs your shopping list with your Google account. This means you may access it at any time, even on a desktop, by going to your Google Shopping List page.
Click the “add a collaborator” link to share the list with your family or other members of your household.
You Can Program Your Smart Home With Timed Orders
From Android’s power menu shortcuts to custom routines, Google provides a variety of ways to turn on and off your smart home devices. However, if you want to time or schedule their operation, you should use the Assistant instead.
To delay smart home controls to the future, simply instruct the Assistant to “turn on the living room lights in 15 minutes” or “turn off the air conditioner at sunset.”
You can go a step further by turning a gadget on or off for a set period of time. For example, say “turn on the heater for 30 minutes” and watch the heater come on for exactly that amount of time.
You can even use the same command to timing additional actions, such as sleep sounds, if you have a smart speaker or display. To avoid the sounds from playing all night, say “OK Google, play white noise for thirty minutes.”
Pose Questions Based On The Context Of Your Screen
The Assistant’s ability to interpret context depending on the contents on your screen is one of its more interesting features. Bring up the Assistant and ask a question if you ever come across a tweet or chat about which you need more information.
Consider the following scenario: Without naming a product, I asked Google Assistant for price information. Despite this, it was able to deduce that I was talking about the smartphone in the background and even directed me to an Amazon search for it.
Trigger A Routine Alongside Your Morning Alarm
Routines are a simple and quick way to run numerous Google Assistant instructions at the same time. A routine can be started with a voice command or at a specified time each day, but it can also be started simultaneously with your alarm.
You may need to download Google’s Clock app from the Play Store, depending on your smartphone. Create a new alarm and tap the “Google Assistant Routine +” button if you already have the app installed.
After that, you’ll be prompted to set up the routine on the following screen. You may use the Assistant to operate smart home gadgets in addition to the normal instructions like reading out your calendar and the current weather conditions.
For example, you may add the command “Turn on the coffee maker after five minutes” to set a specific action once the alarm goes off.
Any Webpage Can Be Read Out Loud
Do you enjoy reading the news but despise scrolling through the internet’s visual clutter and other distractions? The Assistant can read aloud any article on the internet, whether it’s from a well-known publication or a niche blog.
To use this feature, go to a web browser and open an article (like this one). Then say, “Read this article” or “Read this page” to the Assistant.
It will automatically begin playing an audiobook version of the webpage after a second or two of processing. You can now lock your phone while the Assistant continues to chat in the background. If you want to fast forward, rewind, or fine-tune the narrative speed, the feature also provides playback options.