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The complete list of Google Home commands so far

The Google Home might not have the Echo's "skills," but there's still plenty it can do.

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The Google Home ($129.00 at Jet.com) is a $130 smart home speaker that showcases the artificially intelligent, voice-activated Google Assistant. It lets you set timers, control lights and thermostats, play trivia games, watch YouTube videos and more -- all with simple voice commands.

Google hasn't released a full list of commands for Home, so we had to do our best to assemble and test everything we could think of. If we're missing anything, make sure to leave it in a comment so we can update the list as we go. Here's the (almost) complete list of voice commands for the Google Home so far.

Editor's note: Originally published November 3, 2016, this article is regularly updated to include new Google Home features and commands.

Summoning the Google Assistant

You can begin a conversation with the Google Home by simply saying, "OK Google," or "Hey Google." Summoning the Google Assistant on your phone works the same way, but your account will know to only respond on one of the devices, even if both hear you.

Conversational commands

The Google Home allows you to ask lines of questions that are connected. For instance you could say, "Hey Google, play 'Lose Yourself to Dance.'" Then, "OK Google, what album is this from?" Then, "Hey Google, play that album."

Even though you aren't using the name of the album, Google Assistant understands the context and supplies the answer.

Basic commands

  • Ask for help: "OK Google, help."
  • Control the volume: "OK Google, turn it up" or, "Louder" or, "Turn it to 11." (Yes, the max is 11.)
  • Halt an action: "OK Google, stop" or, "Pause" or, "Be quiet."

Tools

  • Roll a die: "OK Google, roll a die" or, "OK Google, roll a 12-sided die."
  • Flip a coin: "OK Google, flip a coin."
  • Count: "OK Google, count to 20."
  • Random number: "OK Google, give me a random number between 5 and 50."
  • Math: "OK Google, what's 354 times 11?"
  • Measurements: "OK Google, how many liters are in 4 gallons."
  • Time: "OK Google, what time is it?"
  • Time in other locations: "OK Google, what's the time in London?"
  • Location: "OK Google, where am I?"
  • Translations: "OK Google, how do you say [word] in [language]?"
  • International time: "OK Google, what time is it in [city]?"
  • Currency conversion: "OK Google, how much is 100 Euros in dollars?"
  • Alarm: "OK Google, set an alarm for [time]."
  • Snooze alarm: "OK Google, snooze alarm."
  • Cancel alarm: "OK Google, cancel my alarm for [time]."
  • Timer: "OK Google, set a timer for [time]."
  • Check timer: "OK Google, how much time is left on my timer?"
  • Cancel timer: "OK Google, cancel my timer."
  • Recipes: "OK Google, how do I make [dish]"
  • Daily briefing: "OK Google, good morning." (includes personalized greeting, info on weather, traffic, and curated news stories)
  • Uber: "OK Google, order an Uber."
  • Tune an instrument: "OK Google, tune my instrument" or, "OK Google, play an F sharp." (If you don't specify "flat" or "sharp," you must say "note" after stating which note you want Google Home to play, such as "play an A note.")
  • Remember things: "OK Google, remember that I put my passport in the filing cabinet" or, "Remember that my password is 'money'."
  • Recall remembered things: "OK Google, where is my passport?" or, "What is my password?"

Search

  • Stocks: "OK Google, how are Alphabet's stocks doing?"
  • Weather: "OK Google, how's the weather today?" or, "Do I need an umbrella today?"
  • Traffic: "OK Google, what's the traffic like on the way to work?"
  • Words: "OK Google, what does [word] mean?"
  • Spelling: "OK Google, spell [word]."
  • Special events: "OK Google, when is [event]?" (Easter, for example)
  • People: "OK Google, who is [person]?"
  • Facts: "OK Google, how tall is [person]?"
  • Things: "OK Google, what is [thing]?"
  • Places: "OK Google, what country is [location] in?"
  • Animal sounds: "OK Google, what does [animal] sound like?"
  • Distance: "OK Google, how far is [business name] from here?"
  • Restaurants: "OK Google, what are the nearest restaurants to me?"
  • Businesses: "OK Google, are there any [business type] around here?"
  • Business information: "OK Google, how late is [business] open?" or, "Is [business] open now?"
  • Quotes: "OK Google, give me a quote" or, "Give me a love quote."
  • Medical information: "OK Google, what is a torn meniscus?"
  • Calories: "OK Google, how many calories are in [food item]?"
  • Authors: "OK Google, who wrote [book title]?"
  • Inventors: "OK Google, who invented [item]?"

Shopping

  • Get voice shopping instructions: "OK Google, how do I shop?"
  • Order items from Google Express: "OK Google, buy dish soap."
  • Reorder a previously purchased item: "OK Google, reorder Old Spice deodorant."
  • Add to shopping list: "OK Google, add [item] to my shopping list."
  • Check shopping list: "OK Google, what's on my shopping list?"

Media

  • Play music: "OK Google, play some music" or, "Play some [genre] music."
  • Play an artist or song: "OK Google, play [artist]" or, "Play [song]."
  • Play a song by lyrics: "OK Google, play the song that goes, 'Is this the real life?'"
  • Play a Google Play playlist or album: "OK Google, play some indie music" or, "OK, Google, play [album]."
  • Ask what's playing: "OK Google, what song is this?" or, "OK Google, what album is this?"
  • Get more information: "OK, Google, when did this album come out?"
  • Fast forward and rewind: "OK Google, skip forward 2 minutes" or, "Skip backward 30 seconds."
  • Play music through other speakers using Chromecast ($35.00 at Dell Home): "OK Google, cast [song] onto [speaker name]."
  • Play music on Spotify: "OK Google, play [artist] on Spotify."
  • Play music on Pandora: "OK Google, play [artist] on Pandora."
  • Like or dislike a song on Pandora: "OK Google, dislike this song."
  • Play music on YouTube Music: "OK Google, play [artist] on YouTube."
  • Play stations on TuneIn: "OK Google, play [station] on TuneIn."
  • Play videos on YouTube using Chromecast: "OK Google, play [video] on the [TV name]."
  • Pull up lists on YouTube: "OK Google, let's look at what's trending on YouTube on [TV name]."
  • Play a movie or TV show on Netflix using Chromecast: "OK Google, play [show or movie title] on the [TV name]."

Entertainment

  • Sports updates: "OK Google, who is [team] playing next?" or, "Did the [team] win last night?"
  • Sports scores: "OK Google, what was the score for the last [team] game?"
  • Team information: "OK Google, tell me about [team]."
  • Movies: "OK Google, what movies came out last Friday?"
  • Casting for movies: "OK Google, what actors are in [movie]?"
  • Shows by network: "Hey Google, what shows are on [network]?"
  • News: "OK Google, what's today's news?"

Travel

  • Get flight prices to a destination: "OK Google, how much is a round-trip flight to New York?"
  • Get flights with a specific airline: "OK Google, find me flights with Jet Blue."
  • Check on your flights: "OK Google, when is my next flight?" or, "My flights in [month]."
  • Discover places to visit: "OK Google, what is there to see in Paris?"
  • Find restaurants to try: "OK Google, what's the best restaurant in Berlin?"

Smart home

Google recently updated Google Home to work with even more smart home brands, including August, Lifx, TP-Link and more.

  • Turn smart lights lights on/off: "OK Google, turn on/off my lights."
  • Dim smart lights: "OK Google, dim my lights to fifty percent."
  • Change smart bulb colors: "OK Google, turn my lights [color]."
  • Control Nest thermostat: "OK Google, turn the temperature to [temp]."
  • Make incremental temperature changes: "OK Google, raise the temperature 1 degree."
  • Control August Smart Lock: "OK Google, lock the front door."
  • Turn on the TV with Logitech Harmony: "OK Google, turn on the TV."
  • Change the channel with Logitech Harmony: "OK Google, turn the TV to the Travel Channel."
  • Customize trigger phrases for IFTTT. For example: "OK Google, let's get this party started."

Third-party Actions

Earlier this month, Google rolled out what it calls Actions for Google Assistant. These are third-party services and integrations that work much like Alexa skills, except you don't have to activate them one by one. Actions are enabled by default.

You can find the full list of Actions in the Google Home app by going to More settings > Services. You will also find sample invocations there, which will tell you how to interact with the different services available.

  • 21 Blackjack: "OK Google, let me talk to 21 Blackjack."
  • Best Dad Jokes: "OK Google, talk to Best Dad Jokes."
  • Domino's: "OK Google, talk to Domino's and get my Easy Order."
  • Product Hunt: "OK Google, talk to Product Hunt."
  • Tender: "OK Google, can I talk to Tender about drinks like an old fashioned?"
  • Todoist: "OK Google, tell me what my next task is with Todoist."

Easter eggs

  • "OK Google, always be closing."
  • "OK Google, what is your quest?"
  • "OK Google, I am your father."
  • "OK Google, set phasers to kill."
  • "OK Google, are you SkyNet?"
  • "OK Google, make me a sandwich."
  • "OK Google, up up down down left right left right B A Start."
  • "OK Google, do a barrel roll."
  • "OK Google, it's my birthday."
  • "OK Google, it's not my birthday."
  • "OK Google, did you fart?"