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A Current List Of Google Home Commands

We have been enjoying playing with Amazon’s new Echo Dot here in the showroom. Frankly, we are amazed at the level of integration it offers with out automated lighting, music control, and the ability to arm and disarm our security system. You can look for a in-depth post in the future on our experience. Today, however, we want to give you some insight into the Google Home. We don’t have nearly the time of using it compared to the Echo Dot, but we can’t wait for some of the new commands that are rolling out.

Over on Cnet, Taylor Martin & David Preist have put together a master list of Google Home commands. There is no “official” list from Google, but Taylor and David must have done their research. There were even some surprises on the list. We thought we would share them here for our Blog Readers:

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.”


Roll a die: “OK Google, roll a die” or, “OK Google, roll a 12-sided die.”
Flip a coin: “OK Google, flip a coin.”
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?”
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?”
Recipes: “OK Google, how do I make [dish]”
Add to shopping list: “OK Google, add to my shopping list.”
Check shopping list: “OK Google, what’s on my shopping list?”
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.”)


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 ?”


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: “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 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].”


  • 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?”

Smart home

  • Turn Philips Hue lights on/off: “OK Google, turn on/off my lights.”
  • Dim Hue lights: “OK Google, dim my lights to fifty percent.”
  • Change Hue colors: “OK Google, turn my lights [color].”
  • Control Nest thermostat: “OK Google, turn the temperature to [temp].”
  • Make incremental changes: “OK Google, raise the temperature 1 degree.”
  • Customize trigger phrases for IFTTT. For example: “OK Google, let’s get this party started.”

We love that Google has spent so much time integrating  simple home control commands such as temperature adjustment, raising and lowering shades, and the easy to use audio control. You can see the full list on Cnet here: Cnet Google Home Commands

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