The integration of voice commands with our mobile devices has grown and improved over the years. If we talk about Android, currently, the main command is “Ok Google”, the “magic words” doing so ops… saying, the device starts to work with our voice.
We will tell you how to activate Ok Google from any screen and launcher, so you always have this option at hand. Similarly, we will talk about some of the most useful commands to use on a daily basis, as well as some useful wizard settings.
How to activate Ok Google on an Android mobile device
A few years ago, before the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop, activating “Ok Google”, by default, only worked on the Google Now Launcher home screen. Currently, the application settings have changed.
- We open the Google app on our Android smartphone to activate Ok Google on Android.
- Let’s look at the lower right on the Other menu.
- Finally, let’s go to Settings.
- In this tab, select the Voice menu.
- Now you need to click on Voice Match and activate the button next to the item Log in with Voice Match.
The system will ask us to record our voice so that you can unlock the controls only when you request it. Then press on Next, then on Accept and finally record the activation commands when required, speaking near the telephone microphone.
Activating “Ok Google” allows us to summon the Google Assistant with the locked screen, as well as to do it from any application that you are currently using.
Therefore, it does not matter if you are using a launcher other than Google or in any application, saying “Ok Google” will activate the Assistant and you can start asking what you need.
If you have never set up Voice Match, you will be asked to register your voice three times saying “Ok Google”. This is Google’s method of creating your voice pattern and recognizing you when you speak to it.
From this section of Voice Match, you can delete the voice model you created and add a new one. Why is it important that the model is accurate? Because the phone integrates the Assistant with Android Auto and Google Maps. This way, even if you’re driving and using these Google apps, the command will work the same way.
How to make “Ok Google” work offline
When you activate “Ok Google” with your mobile phone connected to the Internet, the Assistant will use the Google search and database to show you the results. However, if you want to add a reminder, events and other functions that don’t require a network connection, you can activate Ok Google on Android by configuring the results offline.
We can use the Google Assistant offline using “Ok Google” and the previous download of the language packs. It is more limited but still functional.
This is done from the voice menu, which you have already logged in to configure Voice Match. You just have to click on Offline Speech Recognition and download the languages in which you want the Assistant to work. In offline mode, everything will be more limited but will continue to work.
“Ok Google” commands: what can you say to the Assistant
One of the main advantages of Google Assistant is the naturalness with which it understands human language. While you must be precise in giving orders, it is not necessary to be too rigid with the language to understand what you mean.
We will leave you some commands you can tell the Assistant, related to managing your Google account, device alarms, reminders and so on. For example, if you want to configure the device settings
- Open your Google Account settings
- Show my Google search history
- Change my Google privacy settings
- Change your Google security settings
- I want you to call me “your name”
- Enable WiFi
- Increase brightness
- Open the “X” application.
- Turn on Bluetooth
Speaking of requests that you usually use every day, you can set alarms, ask him what time ago, send messages, ask him the news of the day, etc. In short, when you say “Ok Google”, think that you are asking Google to do a search on your mobile. If what you ask for is relatively simple, you will have no problem doing it.
- Add an alarm at 7 tomorrow morning
- Wake me up tomorrow at 8
- Set an alarm in 5 hours
- Turn off the next alarm
- What will the weather be today?
- What will the weather be this week?
- Send a message from Telegram to “mom” (contact name) how to cook…
- Add eggs to the shopping list
- Put an “X Artist” song on Spotify
- Take me to ‘X’