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OK, Google: 160 valuable voice commands for Android

JR Raphael | July 14, 2016
This diverse collection of voice commands will turn your phone into a powerful personal concierge -- no tipping required.

Location and navigation

  • How's the traffic to work?
  • Is [Steak 'n Shake] open right now?
  • How late is [Office Depot] open?
  • What time does [Target] open tomorrow?
  • What's a good [Mexican] place near me?
  • What's the best [sushi] nearby?
  • What restaurants are near me?
  • Where is the nearest [Burger King]?
  • Where's a [museum] around here?
  • Where's the closest [bowling alley]?
  • What movies are playing nearby?
  • Navigate to [123 South Main Street]
  • Go to [California Pizza Kitchen] with public transportation
  • Take me to [Bank of America] by foot
  • Take me home

Messaging and communication

  • Text [Grover] that [I'm running late]
  • Send text to [Ernie], mobile -- [I enjoy cheese]
  • Send email to [Gordon] -- [I'll call you in 20 minutes]
  • Send email to [Guy Smiley]. Subject: [Pickles.] Body: [Dill is always the way to go]
  • Send [Hangout] message to [Bert] -- [wanna grab lunch?] (also works with WhatsApp and other third-party messaging clients)
  • Start a video call with [Maria]
  • Post to Twitter -- [What a gorgeous day!] (requires Twitter app to be installed)
  • Post to Google+ -- [Hello, all of you stunning people] (requires Google+ app to be installed)
  • Check my voicemail
  • Read my messages
  • Call [Mom], mobile/home/work
  • Call [my brother] on speakerphone
  • Call [McDonald's on Third Street]
  • Call the [Hilton in Downtown Chicago]
  • What is [Zoe's] number?
  • What's the phone number for [Applebee's]?
  • What is area code [323]?

Organization and personal info

  • Add to my [grocery] list (or any list name you want -- your phone will prompt you to speak the item or items you want to add; when finished, say either "finished" or "that's it")
  • Add [Purchase beef] to my [to-do] list (or any list name you want; with this command as well as the previous command and the next two commands, you'll be able to choose to have the info saved into Google Keep or any other compatible note-taking app)
  • Note to self: [The Beef Purchasers would be a good name for a band]
  • Write this down for me: [There are different ways you can make a note to yourself by speaking]
  • Remind me to [take out the trash] in [two hours]
  • Remind me to [put out dog food] when [I get home]
  • Remind me to call [the boss] when [I'm at the airport]
  • Remind me to [eat at Canter's] next time [I'm in L.A.]
  • Wake me up at [7 a.m.] [tomorrow]
  • Set an appointment for a [haircut] [tomorrow at noon]
  • When is my next meeting/appointment?
  • What's my schedule for [July 17th]?
  • What does my day look like on [the 3rd]?
  • When is [Father's Day]?
  • When will my package arrive? (requires shipping confirmation to be present in Gmail)
  • Show me my bills (requires bills to be present in Gmail)
  • Show me my bills due this week/next week/[in July] (requires bills to be present in Gmail)
  • Show me my photos from [France] (requires photos to be present in Google Photos)

 

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