There’s a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even “take a selfie.”

With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out “what does the fox say?”

And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant’s reponse will sound more natural than ever. (Though, of all the voice assistants, Google Now was already the most natural-sounding one.)

If you can’t get enough of talking to your phone (or your Android Wear watch), we put together a long list of OK, Google commands to help you get more done with just your voice.

Editors’ Note: This post was originally published in March, 2016 and has since been updated to include newly discovered commands.

OK, Google

There are two ways to say a command.

  • With newer Android devices, just say “OK Google,” followed by a question or task. For example, if I wanted to know the weather, I could say “OK Google, what’s the weather like today?” and a few seconds later Google Now would provide the forecast.
  • Tap on the microphone button in the Google search bar, and skip the “OK, Google” portion of the conversation. If the search bar isn’t on a home screen, swipe right from the primary home screen to see Google Now.

If “OK, Google” isn’t working for you, make sure that feature is enabled. Head to the Google Now app, go to Menu > Settings > Voice > “OK Google” detection.


Use “Hey Google” voice searches & actions

You can use your voice to do actions like search, get directions, and create reminders. For example, to see if there’s rain in the weather forecast, say, “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow?”

The (almost) complete list of Google commands

We searched high and low for a complete list of “OK Google” commands, but came up short. So we put one together ourselves. Below is a list of commands we have verified work on Android. Odds are it’s not entirely complete, since Google did not share one with us — we asked.

If you know of a command missing from our list, please leave a comment and we will be sure to included it.

The basics

  • Open [app name]. Example: “Open Gmail.”
  • Go to [website]. Ex.: “Go to”
  • Call [contact name]. Ex.: “Call Mom.”
  • Text or Send text to [contact name]. Ex.: “Text Wife I’m running late.”
  • Email or Send email. Ex.: “Email Wife subject Hi message I’m running late, sorry.” You can also add CC and BCC recipients.
  • Show me my last messages. This will present a list of recent messages, and read them to you, giving you a chance to reply.
  • Create a calendar event or Schedule an appointment. Ex.: “Create appointment Go on a walk tomorrow at 10 a.m.”
  • Set an alarm for [specific time, or amount of time]. Ex.: “Set alarm for 10 a.m.” Or “Set alarm for 20 minutes from now.”
  • Set a timer for [X] minutes.
  • Note to self [contents of note].
  • Start a list for [list name].
  • Send Hangout message to [contact name].
  • Remind me to [do a task]. Ex.: “Remind me to get dog food at Target,” will create a location-based reminder. “Remind me to take out the trash tomorrow morning,” will give you a time-based reminder.
  • Show me my pictures from [location]. Ex.: “Show me my pictures from San Francisco.”
  • Show me my calendar.
  • When’s my next meeting?
  • Where is my next meeting?
  • Post to Twitter.
  • Post to Google+
  • Show me [app category] apps. Ex.: “Show me gaming apps.”
  • Start a run.
  • Show me emails from [contact name].


  • Basic search queries. Ex.: “Mountain bikes.”
  • When is [special event]. Ex.: “When is the next eclipse?” or “When is Easter in 2018?”
  • Define [word].
  • Synonyms for [word].
  • Etymology of [word].
  • What is [phrase]? Ex.: “What is YOLO?”
  • What’s the phone number of [business name]?
  • What’s the weather like? Alternative phrases such as “Do I need an umbrella?” or “Is it going to be hot tomorrow?” will return weather forecasts.
  • What’s the stock price of [company name or stock ticker]?
  • Math calculations. Ex.: “What is 2.65 percent of 2,045?”
  • Who is [person’s name]?
  • Who is [person’s name] [mom/sister/dad]?
  • Who wrote [book title]?
  • Who invented [item]?
  • How old is [person’s name]?
  • How do I [task]? Ex.: “How do I make an Old Fashioned cocktail?” or “How do I fix a hole in my wall?”
  • How tall is [person, landmark, building]?
  • Show me pictures of [object or person]. Ex.: “What does Mount Everest look like?” or “Show me pictures of kittens.”
  • What sound does [animal] make?


  • Take me home.
  • Take me to work.
  • What’s the traffic like on the way to work?
  • Map of [city or specific location in a city]. Ex.: “Map of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.”
  • Where is [business name or location]?
  • Directions or Navigate to [address, name, business name, type of business, or other destination].
  • How do I get to [destination] by [walking, bike, bus, train, etc.]?
  • How far is [address, city, or other location]?
  • Where is the nearest [business type? Ex.: “Where is the nearest fast-food restaurant?” or “Nearby gas stations.”
  • Show me nearby attractions.


  • Sports updates. Ex.: “Who are the Broncos playing next?” or “Did the Nuggets win last night?”
  • Sports scores.
  • Naming a sports team or athlete will bring up general information about the team or person. Ex.: “Steph Curry” or “LA Kings”
  • Show me the trailer for [movie title].
  • Play me a video of [random idea]. Ex.: “Show me a video of someone opening a can without a can opener.”
  • Find out what song is playing. What is this song? or Who is this?
  • Listen to [type of music, playlist, song, artist, album]. Ex.: “Listen to workout playlist.”
  • Movie showtimes. What’s playing? or Movies nearby.
  • If a song is playing, ask questions about the artist. For instance, “Where is she from?” (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • Play [X song] by [X artist] on Spotify.

Essential OK Google commands

  • Open [App Name]
  • Go To [Website URL]
  • Search for [Search Term]
  • Turn [on/off] [Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Flashlight]
  • Turn the volume up
  • Turn the volume down
  • Turn the volume to [number] percent
  • Mute the volume

Camera Commands for Ok Google:

  • Take a selfie
  • Take a picture
  • Record a video

Alarms, Timers, Reminders for Ok Google:

  • Set an alarm for [time]
  • Set a repeating alarm for [time] on [days]
  • Show me my alarms
  • Turn off all alarms
  • Set a timer for [length of time]
  • Show me my timers
  • Turn off all timers
  • Create a calendar event: [Event Name at Location on Date/Time]
  • Where’s my package?
  • Note to self: [explain your note]
  • What’s my next appointment?
  • What does my day look like?
  • What does my day look like on [insert day]?
  • Remind me to [task and time/location]
  • Remind me to [task name] every [day/time]


  • Call [Contact Name]
  • Call [Contact Name and Label of Phone Line]
  • Call [Contact Name] on speakerphone
  • Text [Contact Name and Message Content]
  • Show me my messages
  • Send email to [Contact Name], subject [your subject], message [email message content]
  • Listen to voicemail
  • Find [Contact Name]’s number
  • When is [Contact Name]’s birthday?
  • Post to [Social Network Name]: [Message to share]

Music and Media with Ok Google

  • Listen to: [Artist/Album/Song/Genre]
  • Play:[Artist/Album/Song/Genre]
  • What’s this song?
  • Play some music
  • Watch [Movie Name]
  • What movies are playing tonight?
  • Where is [Move Name] playing?
  • Show me pictures of the [Subject]
  • Read [Book Name]

Games with Ok Google

  • Play [solitaire/tic-tac-toe]
  • I’m feeling lucky
  • Spin the wheel

Navigation and Travel with Ok Google

  • Navigate to [Location Name or Address]
  • [Walking/Biking] directions to [Location Name or Address]
  • Find [Name of Landmark]
  • Where is [Landmark Name]?
  • Where’s the nearest [Type of Business]?
  • Show me the menu for [Restaurant Name]
  • “Call [Business Name]
  • Show me my flights
  • Where is my hotel
  • What are some attractions in [City/Place/Around Here]?
  • What is [amount of money in foreign currency] in [your currency]?
  • What’s the flight status of [Airline] flight [flight number]?
  • What is the time zone in [Place Name]?
  • What’s the tip for [total bill amount]?
  • Is [attraction/business] open now?
  • When does [attraction/landmark/business] close?
  • Distance from here to [landmark/location]?
  • How far away is [place name]?

Weather Commands for Ok Google

  • What’s the weather?
  • What’s the weather in [Location] for [day or time period]?”
  • Do I need an umbrella today?
  • Is there a chance of rain [today/tomorrow/date]?
  • When is [sunrise/sunset]?
  • When is [sunrise/sunset] in [place name]?
  • What’s the temperature?


  • What time is it in [City/Location]?
  • Where was [Famous Person] born?
  • How old is [Famous Person]?
  • Who is [Famous Person] married to?
  • Who is [Famous Person]’s [Sister/Brother/Mom/Dad]?
  • Who wrote [Book Name]?
  • When was [Movie Name] released?
  • Runtime of [Movie Name]?
  • Who is the Producer of [Movie Name]?
  • Who acted in [Movie Name]?
  • What are the best [Actor/Actress] movies?
  • Oscar winner of [Year]?
  • Who invented the [Invention Name]?
  • How do you say [Word or Phrase] in [Language]?
  • What does [word to be defined] mean?”
  • What’s [Company Name] ‘s stock price?”
  • “What is [Company Name] trading at?
  • What’s [amount or measurement] in [unit of measurement]?
  • What is the square root of [number]?

Sports Info with Okay Google

  • Did the [Sports Team] win today?
  • How did [the Sports Team Name]] do?”
  • When is the next [Team Name] game?
  • Where are the [Team Name] in the [League] standings?
  • Who does [Athlete Name] play for?

Ok Google – Funny Commands & Easter Eggs

There are a lot of Ok Google Easter Eggs you’ll find by asking strange and crazy things. If you’re looking for funny okay Google commands you should definitely give the options below a try:

  • What is the loneliest number?
  • Do a barrel roll!
  • Askew / Tilt
  • Go go Gadget [Spotify]
  • When am I?
  • Make me a sandwich
  • Sudo make me a sandwich
  • Who’s on first?
  • Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
  • Tell me a joke
  • Who are you?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • What is [Actor/Actress Name] Bacon number?
  • Sing a song
  • Wubba lubba dub dub
  • Beatbox
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Tell me about Siri
  • I’m naked
  • Meow like a cat
  • Do you speak morse code?
  • My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
  • Spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • What are the three laws of robotics?
  • Can you rap?
  • Read a poem
  • Surprise me
  • Why is six afraid of seven?
  • Sing me happy birthday
  • Where’s Waldo?
  • Clean my room
  • Is your refrigerator running?
  • What am I thinking right now?
  • Ask me a question
  • What’s your favorite ice cream?
  • Are you friends with Siri/Alexa/Cortana?
  • What’s your favorite Pokemon?
  • Star Trek or Star Wars?
  • How do you like your coffee?
  • Who’s your favorite superhero?
  • What does the fox say?
  • Who shot first?
  • Is the cake a lie?
  • Do you know of GLaDos?
  • Here comes dat boi
  • Crystal ball
  • All your base are belong to us
  • Show me the money
  • Mischief managed
  • Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
  • What is love?
  • Who is the walrus?
  • Who you gonna call?
  • Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
  • Open the pod bay doors
  • Party on, Wayne!
  • Set phasers to kill
  • Sren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?
  • (NSFW) Play the name game with Mitch
  • (NSFW) Play the name game with Chuck

Random tips and tricks

  • Show me gift ideas for [holiday, special occasion].
  • Give me a love quote.
  • What does the fox say?
  • Say “Metronome” to start a metronome.
  • Ask for medical information. Ex: “What is a torn meniscus?”
  • How many calories are in [insert food item]?
  • When will my package arrive? (This assumes a tracking number is found in your Gmail account.)
  • Do a barrel roll.
  • Askew.
  • Roll a die.
  • Flip a coin.
  • Play Pacman.
  • What’s the loneliest number?
  • Make me a sandwich.
  • Beam me up, Scotty.
  • What is your favorite color?

Control phone and adjust settings

  • Take a selfie.
  • Take a picture.
  • Turn on my flashlight.
  • Turn on/off [Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC].
  • Find my phone. (You can do this on a computer using Chrome to find and play a sound on your lost phone.)
  • Increase/decrease brightness.
  • Increase/decrease volume.
  • Set volume to [number].
  • Mute the volume.


  • Translate [phrase or word] to [language]. Ex.: “Translate ‘where is the bathroom?’ to German.”
  • Show me [honeymoon, California, France, etc.] destinations.
  • Looking for [food type, restaurant name].
  • When viewing details for a restaurant, you can say “Show me the menu” to bring up a menu.
  • What time is it in [city]?
  • Currency conversion. Ex.: “How much is 100 Euros worth in dollars?”
  • Is my flight on time? (Assuming your flight information is in your Gmail account.)
  • Show me my flight info. (Again, assuming your flight information is in your Gmail account.)
  • What does flight [airline and flight number] land/take off?
  • How late is [business name] open?
  • What time does [business name] open?
  • Is [business name] open right now?
  • To learn more about your surroundings, you can ask things like “What is the name of this place?” or “Show me movies at this place” or “Who built this bridge?”

Ways you can use your voice

If voice search is available in your language and country, you can say most of these examples. Some aren’t available in every language.

Change your account settings: “Open Google Account settings.”
See your search history: “Show my Google search history.”
Change your privacy settings: “Adjust my Google privacy settings.”
Change your security settings: “Adjust my Google security settings.”

Set an alarm: “Set an alarm for 7 AM” or “Set an alarm for every Friday morning at 7 AM.”

Set a reminder: “Remind me to call John at 6 PM” or “Remind me to buy Belgian chocolate at Ghirardelli Square.”

See SMS (text) messages: “Show me my messages from Brian about dinner.”

Create a Google Calendar event: “Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM.”

See your upcoming bills: “My bills” or “My Comcast bills 2013.”

Check your schedule: “What does my day look like tomorrow?” or “When’s my next meeting?”

Call a friend: “Call Lindsay Hampson” or “Call Mom.”

Text a friend: “Text Jason that I’m running 5 minutes late.”

Send a Hangouts chat message: “Send a Hangouts message to Bob” or “Start a Hangouts chat.”

Start a Hangouts video call: “Start a video call” or “Video call Jane using Hangouts.”

Send an email: “Send an email to Kristin, subject new shoes, message, I can’t wait to show you my new shoes, full stop.”

Check your voicemail: “Listen to voicemail.”

Play music: “Play Macklemore” or “Play Can’t Hold Us.”

Identify a song: “What’s this song?”

Find new music: “What songs do Mumford and Sons sing?”

Play a radio station from Google Play: “Play some music.”

Watch a movie from Google Play: “Watch Frozen.”

Learn about a TV show you’re watching: “What’s on TV?”

Read a book from Google Play: “Read Ender’s Game.”

Find a movie: “What movies are playing tonight?” or “Where’s Hunger Games playing?”

Search for images: “Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

Take a photo or video: “Take a picture” or “Record a video.”

Get directions: “Navigate to Safeway” or “Directions to 1299 Colusa Avenue Berkeley California.”

Find nearby places: “Where’s the closest coffee shop?”

Plan your trip: “What are some attractions in New York City?”

Look up travel plans: “Show me my flights” or “Where’s my hotel?”

Book a table: “Book a table for 2 at Cascal on Wednesday night.”

Find the time: “What time is it in London?”

Check the weather: “Do I need a jacket today?” or “What’s the weather like tomorrow morning?”

Answer trivia questions: “Where was Albert Einstein born?” or “How old is Beyonce?”

Get stock prices: “What’s the Google stock price?” (Disclaimer about financial data)

Calculate the tip: “What’s the tip for 42 dollars?”

Translate words or phrases: “How do you say cucumber in Spanish?”

Define a word: “What does gluttony mean?”

Convert between units: “What’s 16 ounces in pounds?”

Solve a math problem: “What’s the square root of 2209?”

Track a package from your Gmail order confirmation: “Where’s my package?”

Search within apps on your device: “Search for Thai food on Yelp.”

Wi-Fi: “Turn on Wi-Fi” or “Turn off Wi-Fi.”

Bluetooth: “Turn on Bluetooth” or “Turn off Bluetooth.”

Flashlight: “Turn on my flashlight” or “Turn my flashlight off.”

You can say “Ok Google” to do voice actions with other apps on your device. This is currently available only on certain apps, and only certain phrases work.

More apps that work with “Ok Google”

  • Flixster: “Show me Inception on Flixster.”
  • Instacart: “Show instacart availability.”
  • iRobot Home: “Start mopping.”
  • Lincoln: “Start my Lincoln MKZ.”
  • NPR One: “Listen to NPR.”
  • NextPlus: “Send a message with NextPlus.”
  • “Show rentals near me on Realtor.”
  • Shazam: “Shazam this song.”
  • Telegram: “Send a Telegram message to Mom.”
  • Threema: “Send a Threema message to Kate.”
  • TripAdvisor: “Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”
  • Trulia: “Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia.”
  • TuneIn Radio: “Open TuneIn in car mode.”
  • Walmart: “Scan my receipt on Walmart.”
  • WhatsApp: “Send a WhatsApp to Joe.”
  • Wink: “Activate home mode on Wink.”
  • Viber: “Send a message with Viber.”
  • Zillow: “Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.”

More voice action examples.

Google learns some of your preferred apps

When you don’t mention the app name for some requests (for example, you say only “scan my receipt”), you can open the app from the search results. After you do this a few times, Google learns that you want to open the app and won’t ask again.

If you want to be asked each time before opening the app:

  1. Say or type the voice action.
  2. Cancel by tapping  .
  3. Repeat a few times.

The app will no longer launch automatically. It will appear in search results again; in some cases, it will appear after a few minutes.

Where you can use voice search

These actions are available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, and South Africa.

Your device must have the Google app 4.0 or higher with Web & App Activity turned on.

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