Google Assistant is by far the best and perhaps the most commonly used voice assistant for pretty much all devices out there. It’s pretty accurate, can run on practically anything and just fits.
However, most of us don’t use Google Assistant to its full potential. The common perception is that the Assistant is there to tell you the weather and other tiny details about your day. But in reality, there’s a lot more to it and here’ are seven ways you can make the most out of your Google Assistant.
Get your schedule sorted
The first thing you want to use your Assistant for is sorting your schedule. If you use a smartwatch, the entire experience gets even better.
You can talk to the Assistant and schedule meetings as you go about your morning chores and as your day passes by, you’ll be reminded of everything you need to take care of by the Google Assistant
Control your media
Another rather common feature the Google Assistant is used for is controlling your music using voice commands. It’s just so convenient that you wouldn’t want to go back. Once you get used to something playing songs on demand without you needing to get up and press a button or tap on a screen, nothing beats that ease.
Of course, this translates to other media such as Youtube videos and Netflix, however, you’re going to need something like a Chromecast to use those capabilities to the fullest.
Control your house
Practically every smart appliance available is compatible with Google Assistant, which means that all you need to do is plug them in and start using them through the Assistant right away.
You can also tell your assistant to switch off the lights rather than getting out of the bed on a cold winter night — nothing beats this too
Granted you’re going to have to buy said appliances (or build them yourselves), these days entry-level smart bulbs come for nearly the same price as a good quality regular bulb.
Get the regular Assistant stuff done
Aforementioned, this is one of the most commonly used features of the Google Assistant. Everyday questions like asking the time, weather and standard unit or currency conversions are a breeze for the assistant to handle.
You can also ask for directions, addresses, ask it to search for things and toss a coin too if you’re having trouble making a decision.
The Google Assistant has a bunch of tricks up its sleeve as well. You can play games such as Ackinator, Never have I ever and Truth and Dare, among several others.
Number games, trivia or whatever your taste might be, Google Assistant will keep the party going. There are over 40 games to keep the party going.
Hold an actual conversation
For those of you who don’t know, this is completely possible. The conversation isn’t going to be as natural as it would be with a loved one but the Assistant tries its best.
The responses do get a bit generic after the first few times, but you can bet Google Assistant will be one of the most supportive voices should you ever share your plight. Trust me, I have.
Make phone calls or communicate
Okay for this one you would need a Google Nest or Mini. Formerly known as Google Home, this line of smart speakers brings a lot more to the table than just a speaker with a built-in smart assistant.
For starters, you can do everything on this list and it’ll work just as well as it would on your phone. Besides, you can use it for making phone calls and communicate too.
Using your Google Nest or Mini, you can call people on Duo, or leave broadcast messages to be played on these speakers whenever you want. No need to reach for your phone all the time now.
If you’ve other amazing Google Assistant tips and tricks that we missed out, let us know in the comments below.
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