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Ok Google, How to Do I…? Your Phone’s Digital Assistant

Ok Google, How Do I…? The Ultimate Guide To Using Your Phone’s Digital Assistant

Turn on voice search On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial Settings. Voice. Under “Hey Google,” tap Voice Match. Turn on Hey Google.

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Ok Google, Turning on Voice Search

If you haven’t already, make sure your phone is running the latest version of the Google app . Open the Google app. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial Settings. Under “Voice Match,” tap Voice Match. Continue with setup. On Google Assistant on your phone, search for something. Let it search for ” restaurants ” or whatever you want to search for. Then, ask Google Assistant to do the thing you want. For example, ask: “What’s the weather in Seattle?” Assistant should then respond with information from the weather app on your phone. You’ll also hear a pleasant, female voice saying “Welcome to Seattle” and talking about the weather. To end a voice search, say “thank you” or tap the search bar. To say “I’m done,” tap the search bar.

The Basics of Voice Search

Although you can easily type search terms into the search bar and navigate a web browser, many users turn to voice search on their devices. Voice search is one of the fastest and simplest ways to get information. Google Assistant searches across the web and documents. For example, say something like, “Call Mom and tell her that I’ll be home soon.” Voice search will open the dialer app and dial your mom. You can also ask Google Assistant to answer questions for you. For example, “What time is it in Honolulu?” will open the sunrise information for your current location. You can also use Voice Search to make a phone call and control your smart home. Say something like, “turn on my lights.” And: “brighten my bedroom.

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How to Use Voice Search With ok Google

After you turn on voice search, it’s time to use it. Open a new tab in Google Chrome and navigate to the Google website . Click the Search tab and start typing. With your finger on the home button of your phone, you can swipe left or right on your screen to choose between regular or vocal search. Once you’ve settled on a search engine, tap “voice” in the top-right corner. Now, set your device’s language to English (US). It’s nice to use the same language as your device, but if you’re on a cellular data plan, you may get a popup prompting you to select a language if you’re not on the same plan as the device. This can be particularly annoying, so use Google’s free Google Translate app to test your settings. When you click on a result, you’ll be taken to the Search results screen.

How to Ask a Question

Once you’ve turned on voice search, you can ask any question you’d like. And the Google Assistant will understand it. Here are some sample questions. “What’s the weather like today?” “How tall is the Grand Canyon?” “How far is the closest gas station?” “Who won the 2016 election?” You can also use your voice to say, “show me some stuff on YouTube,” or “what is a stripper?” And if you want to ask, “what can you tell me about sharks,” the Assistant will use it to find videos on sharks for you. How to Search the Internet You can search the web by voice using the Chrome browser or your browser of choice. In Chrome, open a new tab. In the search bar at the top, type a topic or question. When you want to look for answers to your question, just tap the mic button on the top right.

How to Set a Timer

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For timers on Android, you can use the “OK Google” hotword to control your devices, like Google Home and your Philips Hue lights. How to set a timer on your Android phone or tablet Google Assistant will play a timer sound. Tap the name of the timer you want to start. For example, “10 Minutes,” or “30 Minutes.” You can tap or hold the number for more options. Keep in mind that Android may time out before your timer is over, so you may have to press the OK Google button and start it over again. To repeat a timer, press or hold the numbered timer. To stop a timer, tap or hold the number of the timer you want to stop.


Voice Search is a great way to see what is happening around you, learn about anything you’ve ever searched for, and ask questions from Google’s Knowledge Graph. Give it a shot for a few days to see how it works for you.

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