Google Home: 5 questions you never knew you could ask

The brand new Nest Audio is the newest addition to the Google Dwelling household.

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Nearly any thought that pops into your head could be changed into a Google Home ($99 at Walmart) trick. Have to crunch some numbers and too lazy to seek out your telephone? Google Home can calculate it approach quicker. Undecided easy methods to spell a phrase? Google Home knows how. The checklist of issues you may clear up with Google House is as almost infinite as Google’s search outcomes.

After you’ve got mastered the fundamentals — playing musicchecking the weather, playing games — it is time to broaden your repertoire. Listed here are a few of the finest not-so-obvious questions and instructions you may (and may) ask Google Dwelling:

Restaurant reservations are surprisingly simple

Simply say, “OK, Google, reserve a desk for 2 at Spago for 7 o’clock tonight.” Google Dwelling will then stroll you thru reserving a reservation. It is not completely glitchless. You could be requested for data you already gave it (“What number of in your get together?”) however it’s nonetheless remarkably – surprisingly – simple to do. A minimum of it is vastly easier than navigating the Open Table reservation service website, filling in net types and clicking via drop-down menus.


Do not hassle with the bodily quantity button — regulate in increments of 100 together with your voice.

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Here is a trick to set the quantity precisely the way you need it

This is not a query, precisely, however it’s an answer to an issue you may not have even recognized you had. You would possibly set the quantity by saying a quantity from 1 to 10: “Hey, Google, set quantity to five,” for instance.

However quantity on Google Dwelling audio system truly has far more settings than 10. 100, as a matter of truth. Meaning if 5 is simply too loud however Four is simply too quiet, you may inform Google Dwelling to “set quantity to 4.5” or “flip quantity to 45%” (both one will get you an identical consequence). You will by no means take heed to a round-number quantity once more.


You will get the climate report for any of the subsequent 10 days, all the way down to the hour, simply by asking.

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Ask in regards to the climate this weekend and past

Certain, it is good to seek out out when you want a jacket earlier than you head out of the home, however “Hey, Google, what is the climate like at the moment?” solely tells you what is occurring now. What when you’re planning a weekend getaway or outside meetup? You possibly can ask Google Dwelling for the climate forecast not simply on a particular day, however even a particular hour of the day. Attempt questions like these (beginning with “Hey,” or “OK, Google…”)

  • “What is the temperature going to be at 11 p.m.?”
  • “What is the climate going to be like this Saturday?”
  • “Is it going to rain Friday at 5 pm.?”

Google Dwelling is aware of celebs higher than TMZ

Say you are watching the breakout 1998 movie starring Matt Damon. You already know he was virtually a child again then, however you may’t bear in mind how younger he was. Ask, “Hey Google, how outdated was Matt Damon in Good Will Searching?” (He was 26, however his character was 20.)

And anytime you catch one of many late-greats on YouTube, ask, “Hey, Google, how outdated was Johnny Carson when he died?” (He was 79).


Discover out you probably have time to make it to the shop earlier than they shut by asking Google Dwelling for working hours.

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Get retailer hours, telephone numbers and journey instances

This one’s fairly easy. Something you wish to find out about a retailer you are eager about visiting, from working hours (together with, often, up to date pandemic hours) to telephone numbers (however you may have to set up Google Home as a speakerphone if you wish to name from the system itself) to instructions to the closest location, simply ask (“Hey,” or “OK, Google…”)

  • “The place’s the closest Best Buy?”
  • “What time does Walmart shut?”
  • “What is the quantity for/name the closest Walgreens.” 

In fact, for all of those tricks to work proper you may wish to be certain that your Google Dwelling is ready up proper. Here is easy methods to fix issues with Voice Match, the expertise that identifies who’s chatting with Google Dwelling. Bump up your safety settings with these two privacy tips. And make sure to turn off these five settings for the very best Google Dwelling expertise.

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