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OK Google – the voice commands

Before we start with all the uber cool voice commands, you need to make sure to have OK Google properly activated. Do so by:

  • Open the Google app and tap on the hamburger button > Settings > Voice >”OK Google” detection. Enable both, “From the Google app” and “From any screen”.
  • OK Google will now try to learn your voice, which is why you’ll be prompted to say “OK Google” three times.

Now to the interesting part: All you need to do to make the magic happen is say two simple words: “OK Google”. If everything is set up correctly, this should open Google Now on your device – and it is up to you to decide what you want to ask next.

Not sure what your options are? Then take a look at some of the possible commands in the list below. My favorite part are the easter eggs by the way!

General Information

  • “Search for [the Death Star plans]”
  • “Say [May the force be with you] in [German]”
  • “How do you say [I am hungry] in [French]?”
  • “What is [Star Trek]?”
  • “Who invented [the hoverboard]?”
  • “Define [contemporary]”
  • “What is the meaning of [life]?”
  • “Who is married to [Benedict Cumberbatch]?”
  • “Who wrote [Necronomicon]”
  • “How old is [Yoda]?”
  • “Where was [Iulius Caesar] born?”
  • “Show me pictures of [Orion]”
  • “Show me the menu for [Olive Garden]”


  • “Stock price of [Google]”
  • „What‘s [Volkswagen] trending at?” 


  • “Post to [Twitter/Facebook] [I am awesomesauce!]”


  • “Open [Snapchat]”
  • “Launch [Hangouts]”
  • “Take a [picture / photo / selfie]”
  • “Record a video”
  • “[Increase/Decrease] brightness”
  • “[Increase/Decrease] volume”
  • „Set the volume to [7]“
  • “Set the volume to full”
  • “Mute the volume”
  • “Turn [on/off] [Flashlight / WiFi / Bluetooth / etc.]”

Notes & Reminders

  • “Remind me to [continue working on my Comic Con costume] at [7 PM]”
  • “Remind me to [record Westworld] [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / location of your choice]”
  • “Note to self: [Never use a password like 123456]”

Alarms & Calendar

  • “Set an alarm for [6 AM]”
  • “Set a timer for [30 minutes]”
  • “Wake me up in [2 hours]”
  • “Create a calendar event: [Blow up Alderaan] [Monday at 9 PM]”
  • “When’s my [next meeting]?”
  • “What is my schedule for [tomorrow]?”

Time & Date

  • “What time is it in [Walla Walla]?”
  • “When is the sunset [in Berlin (optional)]”
  • “What is the time zone of [Hong Kong]”
  • “Time at [home / work]”


  • “Call [Jessica Jones]”
  • “Call [mom / dad / wife / uncle / aunt …]” (Relationship must be added for your contacts)
  • “Send [email] to [Mom], [Subject: Food], [Message: I am hungry]”
  • “Send [SMS] to [Anakin mobile], [don’t forget to turn to the Dark Side]”
  • “[Contact name]”
  • “Find [Luke’s] [phone number / email / address]”
  • “Listen to voicemail”
  • “When is [Dad’s] birthday?”

Gmail (information must be available in Gmail)

  • “Show me my bills”
  • “Where is my package?”
  • “Where’s my hotel?”


  • “Weather”
  • “What’s the weather like?”
  • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • “What’s the temperature outside?”
  • “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Friday]”
  • “What’s the weather in [Berlin]?”
  • “How’s the weather in [Tettnang] on [Wednesday] going to be?”

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Maps & Navigation

  • “Map of [Paris]”
  • “Show me nearest restaurant on map”
  • “Find the [Reichstag]”
  • “Where is [the Louvre]?”
  • “Show me the nearby [shopping mall] on map”
  • “Navigate to [Munich] by car”
  • “How far is [Shanghai] from [Moscow]?”
  • “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]”
  • “What are some attractions in [Zurich]?”
  • “Walking directions to [Tower Bridge]?”

Calculations & Conversions

  • “[arithmetic expression] equals”
  • “How much is [5] times [23]?”
  • “What is [42] percent of [2037]?”
  • “Square root of [441]”
  • “What is the tip for [88] euros?”
  • “Convert [currency / length …] to [another currency / length …]”


  • “How is [Bayern Munich] doing?”
  • “When is the next [Manchester United] game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “Did [the Cubs] win their last game?”

Flight Information

  • “Flight [LH 210]?”
  • “Flight status of [LH 210]”
  • “Has [LH 210] landed?”
  • “When will [LH 210] land / depart?”
  • “Show me my flights”

Web Browsing

  • “Go to [Avira]?”
  • “Open []”
  • “Show me []”
  • “Browse to []”


  • “Listen to / play [Raiders March] by [John Williams]?”
  • “YouTube [how to cook chicken]?”
  • “Who acted in [Blade Runner]?”
  • “Who is the producer of [Battle Royale]?”
  • “When was [The Court Jester] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Frisco Kid]”
  • “Best Movie of [1979]”
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”
  • “What are the best [Sigourney Weaver] movies”
  • “What songs does [John Denver] sing?”
  • “Play some music”
  • “Watch [Raiders of the Lost Ark]”
  • “Read [Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]”
  • “What movies are playing [tonight]?”
  • “Where is [Star Wars: Rogue One] playing?”

Easter Eggs

  • “When am I?”
  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “sudo Make me a sandwich!”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”
  • “Tilt / Askew”
  • “Up up down down left right left right”
  • “Tea, Earl Grey, hot”
  • “Go go gadget [app name]”
  • “When does the narwhal bacon?”
  • “What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?”
  • “What does the fox say?”
  • “What is the nature of the universe?”
  • “Who’s on first?”
  • “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears …”
  • “Who are you?”
  • “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?”
  • “How can entropy be reversed?”
  • “Who are you?”
  • “Roll a dice / Flip a coin”
  • “Tea, Earl Grey, hot”
  • “OK Jarvis, […]” (instead of OK Google […])


So – what is your favorite command?

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