Depending on where you live, air quality can be a daily problem. Forest fires, pollen and pollution can affect the air quality in your area. How to check the Air Quality Index on your Android phone or tablet.
There are many apps and services that you can use to check your local air quality index. iPhones and iPad can check with Apple Maps. It̵
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What is the air quality index?
The air quality index is a scale for evaluating air quality. In the United States, the Air Quality Index is defined by the EPA. The scale ranges from 0 to 500 and has six different color-coded levels.
The assessment takes into account five different pollutants: ground level ozone, particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. The goal is to give you a simple metric for understanding air quality at any given point in time.
Other countries like the UK, Germany and India use their own air quality index method, but the concept is the same.
Check the air quality with the Google Assistant
If you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet, there is a very good chance that the Google Assistant is already there. You can use the Google Assistant to check the local air quality without installing any apps.
There are several ways to start the Google Assistant. Say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” if you normally do this. Some devices can start Assistant with a swipe from the lower left or right corner. This is used.
If the Google Assistant is listening, say, “What’s the air quality?”
Google informs you that a service called “AirCheck” can be used. This service is a Google Assistant action and won’t install anything on your phone. Say “yes” to include AirCheck in the conversation.
AirCheck will open and ask for a location. Say, “How is the air quality? [your location]? “
You will receive a display for the air quality index and AirCheck will leave the call.
To bypass this conversation the next time you open the Google Assistant, just say, “Ask AirCheck [your location]. ”
Download an air quality app
There are dozen of apps on the Google Play Store that you can use to check your air quality. Some of the apps are for specific locations only, while others are for general use. One app we like is “Plume Labs: Air Quality App”.
The Plume Labs app is free to download and does not contain any ads or in-app purchases. You can add multiple locations, choose the air quality index for your country, receive air quality notifications, and even see the air quality in selected major cities on a map.
If you live in the United States, the EPA’s official app is another great check-out app. The EPA app “AIRNow” is free and without advertising. You can add multiple locations, view a forecast for the week, and view the primary pollutant.
These tools can be invaluable when air quality affects your daily life. Never leave the house again without knowing the conditions!