By using Google Assistant device Google Home can entertain, answer questions and make life easier by controlling many smart home devices. Let’s take a look at some cool Google Home tricks you can use.
The following applies to smart speakers Google Home , Google Home Hub Google Nest and individual third-party speakers and smart displays with Google Home support .
Use Google Home as a Bluetooth Speaker or Bluetooth Source
Google Home smart speakers and hubs can receive straight access to multiple services music streaming but can also act as Bluetooth speakers for additional services streamed from a smartphone or PC.
Google home can also be a source to send music to an external Bluetooth speaker or headphones (there may be exceptions — Lenovo Smart Displays Home with Google Home support can act as a Bluetooth speaker, but cannot send audio to other Bluetooth speakers or headphones).
Although Google Home smart speakers do not have a screen to watch videos, you can use Bluetooth for listening YouTube or other streaming audio when watching videos on a smartphone or PC.
Google Home can also work with Sonos wireless speakers .
Use Google Home as a calculator
The calculator is easy to use on a PC or smartphone. However, if you’re not nearby and need a quick calculation, just ask Google Home to do it.
You can ask him to add, subtract, multiply, calculate and calculate percentages and get the answer with voice response. On a Google Nest/Home Hub or other compatible smart display, you’ll get a visual display of the response.
Set music alarm
Google Home has multiple alarm functions but one that you may not notice is the awakening of your favorite music or news. You can set a musical alarm for one occasion or specific days, or for every day of the week. You can set a separate music alarm for each day for a different news or music service, playlist or artist, depending on the services you subscribe to.
Use Google Translate and Translator Mode
The Google homepage provides several command languages, but you can also use Google Translate. Regardless of which command language you use to work with Google Home, you can also ask it to translate the word(s) for you into many other languages.
Another translation feature you can hook into is the interpreter mode. This enhances Google’s translation capabilities in conversations. Just say «OK, Google will be my (language) translator», «Help me speak (language)» or «Turn on translator mode» (Google will ask you what languages you want to translate into). Say «OK Google, stop» when you want to return to normal.
Make phone calls
You don’t have to reach for your landline or smartphone to make a call, ask Google Home to do it for you.
With audio calls, you can call anyone from your contact list or dial any phone number. If you have Google Nest/Home Hub you can use Google Duos for video calls.
Find the wrong phone
Do you sometimes put your smartphone somewhere in the house and turn everything upside down to find it? Ask Google Home to find it .
There are two ways to do this:
- Let Google Home dial your phone number.
- If your phone is signed into your Google account and your Google home and phone are on the same network, you can just say «OK Google, find my phone».
When you find your phone, a phone number will be displayed in addition to the call. When you answer, an automatic voice will confirm that you have found your phone. Just stop the call as usual.
Reminder to do something
Instead of writing lists of things you need to do, use Google Home to save those reminders For you. For example:
- Time reminders . Tell Google Home to remind you of a meeting or event on a specific date and time.
- Location Reminders . Tell Google Home to remind you to do something (shopping, work, activities) when you get to a certain place.
- Recurring Reminders : set up reminders for every day or on specific days such as bill payments or laundry.
Have you forgotten an important phone number, lock pattern, password, keys, or where did you put an important document? Google Home can be used to remember things for you.
To get Google Home to remember something, say something like «Hey Google, remember my keys are in the kitchen drawer.» To get this information, say «Hey Google, where are my keys?»
If you want Google Home to stop remembering things, just say, «Hey Google, forget my keys are in the kitchen drawer.»
Google Home can be your assistant in cooking . Google Home speakers can find and read recipes, as well as guide you through the cooking process.
If you have a Google Nest/Home Hub or other compatible smart display, it can show you finished videos from YouTube and other sources. A Hub or Smart Display can provide a visual view of each ingredient with the subsequent cooking step. You can advance (or repeat) each step using your voice or by tapping on screen prompts.
You can also use voice commands to set one or more cooking timers on any Google Home device.