Google home is a member in almost every family these days. And while we love having a voice assistant, we often do not know how to make good use of it.
Let’s start by introducing Google home. Google home is a voice assistant and speaker for your home. Assistant to help in your daily activities and speaker to shout out loud and play music. You simply ask it different questions and it responds in a manual tone. It plays all kinds of sounds and music, stores data for you, sets your alarms and reminders, play news for you and tells you the weather forecast. It can be activated by following commands:
- OK Google
- Hey Google
Interesting enough, we discovered it can also be activated if you say “Goo Goo” instead of Google.
Google home can be managed using Google Home app. It can also be integrated with your devices to perform manual actions like making coffee, turning lights off/on, setting up thermostat and playing different channels on TV. For a detailed list of what devices can be used, you can refer this link – Devices to Integrate.
Here is a list of commands we use to enjoy the features of Google home in our daily lives:
Hey Google, how’s the weather outside
We use this command almost every time we have to step out. Not just your own city, you can ask the weather for any part of the world, helps planning vacations 😉
OK Google, wake me up at 8 in the morning
Set your age old morning alarms with ease. Its loud enough that you won’t need a snooze!
Hey Goo Goo, play a lullaby
This one puts my baby to sleep. It plays soft lullabies with gentle music. Can also use to play rhymes, my kiddo absolutely loves them.
Hey Google, add tomatoes to grocer list
Feel free to add items to your shopping list on the go. The list keep getting long and can be accessed through your google play app when you go out shopping.
OK Google, play party songs
It plays all kinds of songs. It works even better if you have a YouTube Red subscription because then you can play a specific song as well. Nonetheless, pair it with you phone with “Hey Google, pair a bluetooth device” and you can play songs from your phone.
Hey Google, how does a dinosaur sound
Oh Yes! It plays all kinds of animals/birds/music instruments. The sounds come to rescue to calm down a crying child. My kiddo giggles on the sound of a monkey!
OK Google, play relaxation sounds
This one is my absolute favorite. When the lights are off, play relaxation sound and it gives you most peaceful sleep. It plays different relaxation sounds like fire, water, airplane, insects. You can always ask google to stop playing the sounds after sometime. We prefer to set for 30 minutes.
Hey Goo Goo, tell us a joke
Yeah, it is humorous too. Ask for a joke or fun fact and enjoy a laugh.
Hey Google, how long will it take to reach work
Plan ahead for the traffic that you are going to face before stepping out of the house. This is my husbands daily command before he leaves for office.
OK Google, remind me to call mom
If you forget small things just like me, Google home has got your back. Just tell it to remind you something and it will do so at the time you want to.
Apart from these, you can play quiz, games, and what not. The list is never ending, we are still exploring too!
These are some of the commands that we use on a daily basis. While we still continue to explore the very vast features it offers. If you use Google Home too, we would love to know what you do with it!
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