"Hey, Google" may be an integral part of your day, but do you know everything you can do with Google Home ($ 99 at Walmart) Assistant? The possibilities are endless, from recipe help in the kitchen to the morning wake-up on time to entertain partygoers and track your favorite podcasts. Google Home can be a lot.
We have five important tips that you will use regularly.
Setting an Alarm Has an Advantage
Requesting Google to wake you in the morning is a bit easier than putting the alarm on your phone's clock or ̵
Of course you do not have to sign up for the night to use the alarm clock. You can also say "Hey Google, set a timer for …" that keeps your hands free while you work out, cook or dye your hair. To turn the alarm off again, just say "stop". You do not have to say "Hey Google or OK Google" beforehand.
Listen to Music, News, and Podcasts
To play your favorite song podcasts, make sure you're using your favorite music app – YouTube – Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer supported – is linked to your Google Home app. From there you can ask Google to play a specific song or genre (ie "Hey Google, play 90s Rock"). If you like a song, you can ask Google to save it in the app. To finish your tunes "Hey, google, stop the music" is your saying.
You can also use the Smart Speaker for podcasts, but you must ask for a specific question (ie "… play My Favorite Murder"). If you've stopped in the middle of an episode, either on Google Home or on your phone, playback resumes where you left off. To hear the headlines, you can customize your favorite news sources in the Google Home app and change the order in which they are played. Most news channels have a podcast weather forecast, even next week
Need an umbrella today? Did it get really cold right now? Just ask Google what the weather is and get the current temperature and an overview of the rest of the day wherever you are. Google can also provide more advanced forecasts if you ask for the weekend or next week.
Google has some games – I would recommend trying it with Mad Libs, Lucky Trivia or Song Quiz first. These can be fun party games or a great way to keep kids busy on a rainy afternoon.
Movies Near You
The days when people called the cinema and listened to the tracks of a read album are long gone. If you see "What movies are playing?" Questions, Google lists some titles and asks which movie interests you. From there, Google can help you choose a time and tell you how to buy tickets at your nearest theater through Fandango.
Published June 14, 2019. Updated June 22 at 9:00 AM
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