Google Home Tips

The Top 12 Google Home Commands

Looking for something new in the library of useful or just-for-fun Google Home commands? We've got you covered with these twelve Google Home commands.

Even the savviest of Google Home users are sure to constantly find new features that their Google Home is capable of. To help, we’ve curated some of the best Google Home commands out there. Whether you’re a new Google Home owner or connoisseur of commands, we’re sure you’ll find something new in this list.

The Basics

“CHECK TODAY’S NEWS”

One of the simplest commands, but also one of the best. You can ask your Google Home to check the news of the day, and it’ll repeat back to you all of the trending stories for the day. This makes it easy to keep up with what’s going on in the world without ever stopping what you’re doing.

“REMIND ME TO…”

Another simple and overlooked command of your Google Home is that it can remind you of things. By saying something like, “Hey Google, remind me to clean the car tomorrow,” you’ll be able to more easily remember simple things. Google will send this reminder to your phone and light up when the reminder is due; so if you notice your Google Home lit up for no apparent reason, just say, “What’s up, Google?”

“HEY GOOGLE, REMEMBER…”

Google Home’s ‘Remember’ feature is similar to its ‘Reminder’ feature – only much more flexible. Items that you ask Google Home to remember for you don’t have an alert time, so your Google Home will only bring these items up with a prompt. To have your Google Home repeat what you asked it to remember, say, “Ok Google, what did I ask you to remember?” If you have several things that you’ve asked Google to remember, you can use keywords to access a specific request.

“FIND MY PHONE”

Everyone misplaces their phone from time to time, and when you’re in a hurry, it can be stressful. Fortunately, with Google Home, all you have to do to find your phone is say, “Ok Google, find my phone.” Google will play a sound on your phone – even if it’s on silent – so that you can quickly find it and get on with your day.

“ADD EGGS TO MY SHOPPING LIST”

Google Home can also keep track of your shopping list easily – just say what you want to add to your shopping list as you go throughout the week. Then, when you’re ready to pick up groceries, ask Google Home to recall what you added to your shopping list.

Play Games

“HEY GOOGLE, PLAY MAD LIBS”

Playing this classic game with your Google Home is even better than the original – you don’t have to write anything down or find a story online! Just tell Google that you want to play a game of Mad Libs, and it’ll find a story and ask you for the words instantly.

“LET ME TALK TO AKINATOR”

For those who don’t know, Akinator is an online game you can play that’s similar to the game 20 Questions, except that there isn’t a limit on how many questions it can ask you. You can play this game whenever you want with your Google Home simply by saying, “Let me talk to Akinator.”

“LET’S PLAY DING DONG COCONUT”

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Ding Dong Coconut is a memory game where your Google Home plays a sound and then associates it with an unrelated word – for example, it will make a doorbell sound and ask you to associate it with coconut. The longer the game goes on, the more things you have to remember.

“LET’S PLAY MYSTERY SOUNDS”

Mystery Sounds is another game you can play on your Google Home, and, as with Ding Dong Coconut, it has to do with sound. The way it works is that your Google Home will play a sound and ask you to guess what the sound was. You can advance to different levels in this game and keep track of your progress with your Google Home.

Listen To Music

“HEY GOOGLE, LET’S LISTEN TO…”

The most basic music command is, obviously, asking Google Home to play whatever song or playlist you’re in the mood for. However, you can go much broader than this if you like, asking Google to play a particular artist, genre, and so on.

“HELP ME RELAX”

Your Google Home can also play music based on moods or feelings you want to elicit. You can say things like, “Play something happy,” or “Help me relax.” Sometimes Google will pick songs to meet your needs; other times, it may just find ambient noise to play. 

“PLAY 94.5 FM”

If you have favorite radio stations that you like listening to, you can listen to them with your Google Home! You will need a third-party service for this to work – like iHeartRadio or TuneIn – but once you have these set up, you can simply ask Google Home to play your desired radio station and it will happily oblige.

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