The Google Assistant is everywhere. From Android handsets to hundreds of smart home accessories, including Google Home, it's being incorporated into our workplaces and homes. But how to make the most of Google Assistant? Here are our top ten tips, hacks and tricks for a better Google Assistant experience.
# 1 Start with preferences
It's tempting to dive in when you get a new piece of technology, but it's worth spending some time looking at and adjusting settings to make the most of your device on the first day.
In the Google Home app, access preferences and adjust Assistant voice for one that is more to his liking. Also, be sure to set your units of measure to the locations, so that you get the Celsius temperature instead of Fahrenheit.
It is also worth going into More Settings so you can choose your default music source when you call "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" and request that the songs play.
And, if you have devices that are compatible or compatible with your Chromecast, set them up so you're ready to get started as soon as possible.
# 2 Get Multi User Happening
If you share your home, it's worth adding extra users with Voice Match so Google Assistant is tailored to each person's preferences. Each user will need to access the Google Home app on their smartphone and add a voice recording so that Google Assistant recognizes each person.
The service supports up to six people – which is a bummer in my seven person home.
# 3 stay organized
On most days, I start things with a scan of my schedule and to make the list. But if you say "Hey Google, Good Morning," it will review your schedule and tell you what's in store before you open your eyes and deal with the pain of getting out of bed.
This requires you to be using Google Calendar.
# 4 The Shazam Smasher
"Ok Google, identify this song." It's simple and it works. Summoning this simple spell will tell you the name of the song, the artist, and store the list in chronological order so you can create a playlist file.
It's simple and helps you discover new artists and songs that you can miss or forget.
# 5 do not forget the eggs
Every week, I shop from a paper list that my wife and I put together while we run out of things or plan the meal weekly. With Google Assistant, I can just say "Ok Google, add sausages, milk and yogurt to my shopping list".
The items are added to my list and I can look at saying "Hey Google, show me my shopping list".
# 6 Clear your history
Google Home devices store a log of your activity so you can review what you've been asked about. You can review this history and delete all recordings made by Google Home.
If you want to delete data from Google Home, there are instructions here. I go to the Your Privacy tab and go to How do I delete my search / location / history?. This will take you to the Google My Activity page.
# 7 Custom Routines
You can create your own automated workflows that can be enabled by Google Assistant. For example, if you automated the lighting, blinds or curtains and the TV, you can create a "Watch a Movie" workflow that reduces the intensity of the lights, closes the curtains, and triggers the home theater system so you can participate of a movie without having to manually control or order each device separately.
To create a routine, open the Wizard settings and scroll down Routines. Create a trigger phrase and add the commands that you want to run.
# 8 smarter reminders
There are times when I want to buy something from a specific place, but I forget what I want when I'm near the store. Google Asistant can use your location to remind you when you're close to a specific location.
For example, if you want to try a specific item on a local restaurant menu or need to buy a new book in your favorite bookstore, Google may remember you when you are near those places.
# 9 Faster Selfies
Although you can manually activate the camera on your smartphone to take a photo, "Accept Google, take a selfie" will allow Google Assistant to instantly open the camera application and start a three-second countdown.
It's time to put your arm out and make a duck face to share with the world.
# 10 Currency and Unit Conversions
I spend a lot of time traveling and talking to people all over the world. Being able to do conversions quickly is a real-time protection. Checking the price of something you are buying abroad or planning a trip has gotten a little easier.