Google Home Voice Command Cheat Sheet


Translations and Language Processing

  • Translations:
    • “How do you say [word or phrase] in [language]?”
    • “[Foreign word or phrase] in [language]”
  • On the list of the top 100 spoken languages reported here, Home does not currently support translation to the following languages:
    • Konkani
    • (working on the rest this week)
  • Home currently supports translation from the following languages to other languages:
    • Spanish
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • (working on the rest this week)
  • While home can spell English words and translate to foreign languages, it cannot currently spell foreign words

Services

  • Uber:
    • “Order an Uber.”
  • Stocks:
    • “How are Alphabet’s stocks doing?”
  • Weather:
    • “How’s the weather today?”
    • “How’s the weather today in New York?”
    • “What’s the forecast for [day of week]?”
    • “Do I need an umbrella today?”
  • Traffic:
    • “What’s the traffic like on the way to [work | home | business name]?”
  • Words:
    • “What does [word] mean?”
  • Spelling:
    • “Spell [word].”
  • Special events:
    • “When is [event]?” (A holiday like Christmas or thanksgiving, for example)
  • People:
    • “Who is [person]?”
  • Facts:
    • “How tall is [person]?”
  • Things:
    • “What is [thing]?”
  • Places:
    • “What country is [location] in?”
  • Animal sounds:
    • “What does [animal] sound like?”
  • Distance:
    • “How far is [business name] from here?”
  • Restaurants:
    • “What are the nearest restaurants to me?”
  • Businesses:
    • “Are there any [business type] around here?”
  • Business information:
    • “How late is [business] open?”
    • “Is [business] open now?”
  • Quotes:
    • “Give me a quote.”
    • “Give me a love quote.”
  • Medical information:
    • “What is a torn meniscus?”
  • Calories:
    • “How many calories are in [food item]?”
  • Authors:
    • “Who wrote [book title]?”
    • “When was [book title] published?
  • Inventors:
    • “Who invented [item]?”
  • Founders:
    • “Who founded [company, place, thing]?”

Media

  • Play music:
    • “Play some music.”
    • “Play some [genre] music.”
  • Play an artist or song:
    • “Play [artist].”
    • “Play [song].”
  • Play a song by lyrics:
    • “Play the song that goes, ‘Is this the real life?’”
  • Play a Google Play playlist or album:
    • “Play some indie music.”
    • “Play [album].”
  • Ask what’s playing:
    • “What song is this?”
    • “What album is this?”
    • “Who is this?”
  • Get more information:
    • “When did this album come out?”
  • Fast forward and rewind:
    • “Skip forward 2 minutes.”
    • “Skip backward 30 seconds.”
  • Play music through other speakers using Chromecast:
    • “Cast [song] onto [speaker name].”
  • Play music on Spotify:
    • “Play [artist] on Spotify.”
  • Play music on Pandora:
    • “Play [artist] on Pandora.”
  • Like or dislike a song on Google Play Music / Pandora:
    • “Dislike this song.”
    • “Thumbs up.”
  • Play music on YouTube Music:
    • “Play [artist] on YouTube.”
  • Play stations on TuneIn:
    • “Play [station] on TuneIn.”
  • Play videos on YouTube using Chromecast:
    • “Play on the [TV/Chromecast name].”
  • Pull up lists on YouTube:
    • “Let’s look at what’s trending on YouTube on [TV/Chromecast name].”
  • Play TuneIn Station:
    • “Play [station] on TuneIn.”
  • Sings You a Song:
    • “Sing me a song.”

Netflix and Hulu through a Chromecast

I discovered this and tested out a few phrases running Netflix and Hulu today. If you are watching video on a Chromecast connected to your Home, even if the video wasn’t played through a Home command (which currently would only be YouTube), you can still use voice commands through Home to control it. Here are the ones that I discovered. Every command requires you say “Chromecast” or “the Chromecast” with it (and it looks like you can also say “the TV” in place) or it won’t work near as I can tell. The only thing you can’t do is start a video from an ineligible service just yet.

  • Pause the Chromecast
  • Resume the Chromecast (“play” doesn’t seem to work)
  • Stop the Chromecast
  • Skip the Chromecast to MM:SS
  • Rewind / fast-forward the Chromecast X seconds/minutes
  • Chromecast volume to X%, volume up/down
  • Mute the Chromecast

Entertainment

  • Sports updates:
    • “Who is [team] playing next?”
    • “Did the [team] win last night?”
  • Sports scores:
    • “What was the score for the last [team] game?”
    • “What is the score of the [team] game?”
  • Team information:
    • “Tell me about [team].”
  • Movies:
    • “What movies came out last Friday?”
  • Casting for movies:
    • “What actors are in [movie]?”
  • Shows by network:
    • “What shows are on [network]?”
  • News:
    • “What’s today’s news?”
  • Games:
    • “Let’s play I’m feeling lucky”
    • “Let’s play Madlibs”
    • “Let’s play Crystal Ball” | “Can you tell me the future?”
    • “Let’s play Rock Paper Scissors”
    • “Simon says”
  • Poetry:
    • “Read a poem”
    • “Tell me a story”
    • “Tell me a scary story”
  • Singing:
    • “Sing a song”
    • “Sing me happy birthday”
  • Jokes:
    • “Tell me a joke”
    • “Tell me another one”
    • “Tell me a prank”

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