Google Home: 5 surprising things your smart speaker can do

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

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Nearly any thought that pops into your head may be become a trick for Google Home, Nest Audio, Nest Mini and so forth. Must crunch some numbers and too lazy to seek out your telephone? Google Home can calculate it approach sooner. Unsure spell a phrase? Google Home knows how. The checklist of issues you possibly can clear up with Google House is as almost infinite as Google’s search outcomes.

After you have mastered the fundamentals — playing musicchecking the weather, playing games — it is time to broaden your repertoire. Listed below are among the greatest not-so-obvious questions and instructions you possibly can (and may) ask Google House:

Google House could make your restaurant reservation

Simply say, “OK, Google, reserve a desk for 2 at Spago for 7 o’clock tonight.” Google House will then stroll you thru reserving a reservation. It isn’t fully glitchless. You might be requested for info you already gave it (“What number of in your social gathering?”) but it surely’s nonetheless remarkably – surprisingly – straightforward to do. No less than it is vastly easier than navigating the Open Table reservation service website, filling in internet kinds and clicking via drop-down menus.


Do not trouble with the bodily quantity button — modify in increments of 100 along with your voice.

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The amount controls are far more versatile than you would possibly suppose

This is not a query, precisely, but it surely’s an answer to an issue you may not have even identified 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 House audio system really has far more settings than 10. 100, as a matter of truth. Which means if 5 is simply too loud however Four is simply too quiet, you possibly can inform Google House to “set quantity to 4.5” or “flip quantity to 45%” (both one will get you an identical outcome). You will by no means hearken to a round-number quantity once more.


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

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Inform you detailed climate forecasts

Positive, it is good to seek out out in the event you want a jacket earlier than you head out of the home, however “Hey, Google, what is the climate like at present?” solely tells you what is taking place now. What in the event you’re planning a weekend getaway or out of doors meetup? You possibly can ask Google House for the climate forecast not simply on a selected day, however even a selected hour of the day. Strive questions like these (beginning with “Hey,” or “OK, Google…”)

  • “What is the temperature going to be at 11 p.m.?”
  • “How windy will or not it’s at 7 tonight?”
  • “Is it going to rain Friday at 5 p.m.?”

Google House is aware of celebrities higher than TMZ

Say you are watching the breakout 1998 movie starring Matt Damon. You understand he was virtually a child again then, however you possibly can’t keep in mind how younger he was. Ask, “Hey Google, how previous was Matt Damon in Good Will Looking?” (He was 26, however his character was 20.)

And anytime you catch one of many late-greats on YouTube, ask, “Hey, Google, how previous 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 House for working hours.

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Google House is aware of retailer hours, telephone numbers, journey instances

This one’s fairly easy. Something you wish to find out about a retailer you are desirous about visiting, from working hours (together with, often, up to date pandemic hours) to telephone numbers (however you will must set up Google Home as a speakerphone if you wish to name from the gadget 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.” 

After all, for all of those tricks to work proper you will wish to be sure your Google House is ready up proper. Here is  fix issues with Voice Match, the expertise that identifies who’s talking to Google House. Bump up your safety settings with these two privacy tips. And make sure you turn off these five settings for one of the best Google House expertise.

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