Slowly but surely, Google Now is becoming something of an indispensable feature for millions of Android device users worldwide. Though initially regarded as something of a novelty, voice assistants like Google Now, Siri and Alexa are proving to be surprisingly popular and useful.
But alongside the primary features that voice assistants like these are known for, there are dozens of ‘hidden’ commands and functionalities that tend to go unnoticed. So if you can drag yourself away from your Free Rooting Tutorials for a while, here’s a quick rundown of just a few interesting and entertaining Google Now commands you probably didn’t know about:
“Post to [Twitter, Facebook, etc.]”
This command will instantly prompt your device to post whatever it is you would like to post to the social media accounts of your choosing. Useful, but at the same time eliminating the possibility of checking and editing your post, before it goes lives!
Control Phone Hardware
By using commands such as “turn on/off” or “enable/disable”, you can take control of pretty much any of your phone’s primary hardware features. From Bluetooth to mobile data to flashlights to cameras and so on, all these and more can be accessed with a quick voice command.
If you use Gmail to manage your schedule and your life in general, you can access information on things like meetings, flights, bills, travel plans and so on. You can simply say “show me” or “what time is” and Google Now will take you directly over to the information you need.
“Note to Self …”
This is a great way of taking random notes when you don’t have time to scribble them down the usual way. This command will save your notes to Gmail as standard, which can then also be accessed via additional apps and note-taking tools.
“Listen to …”
This command linked with Google Play Music allows you to be as specific or a vague as you like. You can either tell your device to play you a specific song, or simply choose an artist, or even a genre of music. Great if you cannot decide exactly what you want to listen to. You can also tell your device to “shuffle” if you wish.
“Remind Me …”
Just about the easiest way to set reminders is to do so using Google’s voice assistant via the home screen. All you need to do is tell Google to remind you of anything at any time and on any date, in order to store the reminder and have it activated when necessary.
‘Alternative’ Google Now Commands
Last but not least, there are many examples of Google Now commands that aren’t exactly as useful as those above. Nevertheless, they are certainly entertaining. But rather than tell you what happens when you speak any of the following, we think it’s better for you to find out for yourself!
- “Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right”
- “Make me a sandwich”
- “Beam me up, Scotty”
- “When am I?”
- “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
- “What is the loneliest number?”
- “Do a barrel roll”
- “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?”