Since there has been almost absolute massification of mobile devices and virtually almost everyone in the world owns a cell phone which includes different extra functionalities in addition to allowing the use of the telephone operator service, the great challenge has always been to be able to generate innovations that allow us to take the use of these devices further.
In this sense, the company Google, with its Android operating system, It is really at the forefront of developments, especially in the field of software, and that is why they constantly launch new applications, which usually have the goal of making life easier for users.
Such is the case of Google Now, which in a few years in the market has managed to give Android users a different and unique experience. Thanks to the magic words “OK Google” which allows us to access Google’s personal assistant. In this way, people no longer need to write on the smartphone in order to obtain a timely result, but they can Communicate with the cell phone through your voice.
The ease of use of Google Now and the excellent user experience provided by the Google personal assistant, they are really the main reasons why the tool has been so successful, and the truth is that we no longer find it strange to hear in the streets that someone says "OK Google", because the truth is that it has become an integral part of the daily use of Android devices.
Precisely here we review some of the aspects that make the tool, we tell you what is it for and how to use Google’s personal assistant, We give you the step-by-step to configure the personal assistant of Google and we also bring you some standard voice commands, to be able to start using Google personal assistant without major inconvenience.
What is Google Personal Assistant?
When we tell our Android phone “OK Google” The device recognizes this phrase as if it were an order that wakes you from your lethargy, and immediately Start the Google personal assistant application, which gives us the possibility of performing different types of tasks without having to touch the phone screen with our fingers, just by talking to you.
In general terms, Google Now is a smart personal assistant which was intended to work through the Google Search application on Android devices. While we can use Google Now using the traditional method of pressing with our fingers on the computer screen, one of the main features of this tool is the possibility of accessing almost everything we want through voice commands, for which we must use the phrase "OK Google."
After telling our Android smartphone or tablet “OK Google” followed by any question, Google's personal assistant will answer us through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, where he will also give us recommendations and also allow us to perform different types of actions with our voice.
Notably Google Now and Google's personal assistant It has been introduced on Android since the launch of the Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the operating system, back in 2012, from which all Android devices are compatible with this tool.
However, in some models of equipment the functionality may not be active by default, due to which the user must activate and configure Google personal assistant to your liking and needs.
What can the Google Assistant do for me?
The inclusion of Google's personal assistant in Android devices since 2012 has undoubtedly been the attempt that Google has made to make Android mobile devices more intelligent, and in this way give the user a much simpler and more direct experience.
If we ask what Google's personal assistant is for, the answer is very simple, since it is basically the extraordinary functionality that allows us communicate with our phone or tablet through our voice, and in this way to be able to make inquiries, access options included in the device, such as running applications, in short, to be able to do what we always do with the phone without touching your screen.
Google’s personal assistant provides us with a series of cards that automatically show us information on the computer screen, and from the traditional search bar itself, integrated voice search is included, whereby through voice commands we can make Google give us the direct answers to our questions.
One of the most important aspects to get the most out of this tool not only focuses is Know how to use Google’s personal assistant, but also to configure it, since although the company Google ensures that because Google's personal assistant can learn about us over time, so it should not be necessary to configure the tool, the truth is that it is recommended adjust Google personal assistant settings to our needs, before starting to say in front of the phone "OK Google."
Configure the Wizard
To configure Google’s personal assistant to our needs, What we have to do is make a simple configuration of the cards that Google Now shows. Next we tell you how to do it.
In principle we must access Google Now cards by pressing the start button, which is located at the bottom of the device screen, and by pressing and holding it, the personal assistant of Google will be displayed. We can also tell the phone "Ok Google" for Google’s personal assistant to run.
Once we are facing the Google personal assistant screen, What we must do is slide it up, to access the news provided by the assistant and at the same time to access our account.
In the full screen of the Google personal assistant, click on the photo of our user profile, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen.
A new configuration screen of our account will be displayed where in addition to placing our personal data for the assistant to store, to configure our preferences we must click on the three-point icon, located in the upper right corner, to access the menu, in which we must click on the item "Google activity controls."
A new one will be displayed. Google account screen, in which we can configure different parameters, including for example the history of physical places we have visited.
After that, on the main screen of our Google personal assistant account we must go to the tab "Assistant" and there click on the section "My day", from where we can Tell the Google personal assistant what our preferences are for the summary of news and developments that will show us daily.
In the screen that is displayed below, we will see a series of items that we can configure according to our tastes and needs, including information about the weather, traffic, reminders and news.
Precisely to configure the sources we want Google’s personal assistant to use to show us the news, what we must do is click on the gear icon that is located next to the item "News."
We will see that next a list of sources and websites from which Google's personal assistant collects the information he shows us, So here we can indicate what are the sources that we want you to use, as well as add new sources.
It is important to mention that once we start using Google’s personal assistant often, The application will be collecting information about our tastes and preferences of search, which will learn and this will allow you to offer results increasingly closer to our claims.
When we meet at the Google personal assistant settings, it is important that we introduce our voice model into the tool, that is, so that the “OK Google” be detected without inconvenience by our device, provided you notice that it is our voice.
To do this we must perform the following procedure.
In this case we must open the “Settings” of the phone and once there click on the section "Google"
On the screen that is displayed below we will see a series of items that we can configure from our Google account, and among them we must click on "The search, the assistant and Voice".
A new screen will be displayed in which we must click on the item "Voice" and then in "Voice Match", to finally click on the option "Voice model training", where we can begin to register our voice so that Google's personal assistant identifies us without inconvenience.
It should be noted that from the Google Settings main screen, we can configure different parameters, including showing results from recently visited pages, applications that we use to be displayed in the search, search trends and so on.
How to use Google Personal Assistant?
To use Google's personal assistant, of course, we must have Google Now enabled on our Android device.
To confirm that Google Now is enabled, we must go to "Settings", and there click on the section "Google", then click on the item “The Search, the Assistant and Voice” from where we can verify that Google's personal assistant is enabled on our mobile, which currently comes by default in almost all phone models.
From there, when we are in this configuration sector we can perform the necessary settings that we want for Google’s personal assistant, including as we saw above the recognition of our voice, to be able to store the model of our voice.
From this moment, we can start using Google's personal assistant with our voice, telling the device in a clear voice "OK Google." The Google search box will be displayed immediately by voice, so we can ask a question below.
From detecting what is the question we asked after saying "OK Google", Google’s personal assistant will try to provide us with an answer based on the knowledge you have about us, so it’s necessary set up Google personal assistantIn addition to the frequent use of this functionality, the tool will learn more and more about our interests.
The responses of Google personal assistant our questions will be displayed on the screen, through the application that you consider necessary to execute, for example the browser. In this regard, we must bear in mind that in saying “OK Google” We can also tell Google's personal assistant to open an application or that we need to perform an action, such as writing and sending an email.
We can for example know how the weather is in our city and the extended forecast, asking Google’s personal assistant if we need an umbrella to get out, or to know the state of the traffic to move to a specific place, or to tell you that we want to eat a specific type of food to indicate which restaurants are close to our location.
We can also look for images, news, definitions, and all kinds of information, since the conversation we have with Google’s personal assistant From telling our phone “OK Google” it works the same way the search works through the Google search page.
In the event that Google cannot correctly understand what we are asking, and therefore does not know how to answer our question, what will happen is that Google search will be carried out to define what we want to know.
The voice commands of the wizard
Here are some of the voice commands for the most used Google personal assistant, that will surely help you a lot to start using it.
Anyway, any question we ask, usually the Google personal assistant You will understand what our concern is and know how to find the most appropriate answer.
As we saw, in order for Google’s personal assistant to be activated, in principle we must say loud and clear "OK Google."
Voice commands OK Google general
- Take photo)
- Make (photo) (video)
- Record to video)
- Add (note) (event)
- Open (application name)
Voice commands OK Google for communication
- Send (Message) to (Contact) by (application name). You will ask us for the shipping confirmation to which we must answer with a yes or no.
- Send a Message from (application name) to (Contact) with (Message). You will ask us for the shipping confirmation to which we must answer with a yes or no.
- Send message from (application name) to (Contact). Then we can dictate or write the message and indicate that we want to send it.
- Call (contact name)
- Send SMS to (contact name). Then we can dictate the text message.
Commands for …
- Google personal assistant voice command to move:
- Where I am?
- How to get to (place we want to go to)?
- How to get home?
- Map of (somewhere we need)
- Find (a specific place, such as a building or monument)
- Show me (the closest restaurant)
- Distance (from one place to another)
- Flights to (a place where we are going to travel)
- Bus to (a place where we are going to travel)
- Train to (a place where we are going to travel)
Voice commands from Google’s personal entertainment assistant:
- YouTube (search parameters we want to perform)
- Watch (movie trailer)
- Actor (name of the movie)
- Actress (movie name)
- Director (name of the movie)
- Author of (a book)
Voice commands from Google personal assistant for multimedia playback:
- Listen to music (song name)
- Listen to music (Artist)
- Voice commands from Google personal assistant for applications:
- Open (application name)
- Run (application name)
Google personal assistant voice commands for alarms and reminders:
- Alarm at (desired time)
- Remember me (homework to be done) at (desired time)
- Wake me up at (desired time)
- Create calendar event, (day) at (time) (event theme)
- Go to (https://tecnologia-informatica.com/)
- Open (https://tecnologia-informatica.com/)
Google personal assistant voice commands for various information:
- What time is it in (anywhere in the world)?
- Time to get to (home)
- Where is the nearest hospital)
- How many (pesos) are (XXX dollars)
- How old are you (some celebrity)
- When was he born (some famous person)
- Result (of a sports tournament)
- When do you play (a team)
- Images of (whatever we want)
- Where he was born (some famous person)
- Recipe for (some food)
- Convert (XXX) (pesos) to (dollars)
Voice commands from Google's personal assistant for languages:
- How do you say (any word) in (English or other language)?
- Say (phrase to be translated) in (language we want)
Voice commands from Google's personal weather assistant:
- What will the weather be (day) in (city)?
- Is it going to rain (day)?
- How is the weather in (city)?
Voice commands from Google personal assistant for calculations:
- (XX) by (XX)
- (XX) percent of (XXX)
- Square root of (XXX)
OK Google does not work
Unfortunately, in some cell phones with Android it may happen that Google's personal assistant does not work, so when we say out loud “OK Google” absolutely nothing happens.
The truth is that we should not despair in this scenario, since this problem may have a solution. Precisely below we tell you the step by step of procedure that you must carry out for Google’s personal assistant to work properly on your cell phone
The first thing we should do is confirm that Google personal assistant is properly activated on our mobile phone. At this point we must bear in mind that Not all Android phones come from the factory with Google’s personal assistant activated, so the procedure to be carried out will depend on it.
To verify that Google’s personal assistant is activated, we just have to unlock the phone, and on the main screen we must press and hold the home button. If the Google personal assistant screen is displayed and the message appears "Hi, how can I help you?" Then we will know that Google's personal assistant is activated, so the steps to follow to make it work with our voice will be as follows.
We press and hold the home button again on the main screen of the phone.
When the Google personal assistant screen click on the icon that is located in the lower right sector, which will allow us to access the section "To explore."
Once there we must click on our profile photo, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen, which will display a menu in which we must click on the section "Configuration."
On the next screen, we must click on the tab "Assistant" and we scroll down to find the section "Assistant Devices", where should we click on "Phone" or if it does not appear in “Add a device” to select our phone or tablet.
In the new screen we must activate the box next to the option "Google Assistant" and activate the option "Access with Voice Match".
So far the steps to carry out in those devices that have Google’s personal assistant installed and enabled. For those who do not have Google's personal assistant, the procedure will be as follows:
We're going to "Google app."
In the screen that appears we will have to press on the drop-down menu that is located in the upper left part of the screen, and in said menu we must click on the section "Configuration."
Next we must click on the item "Voice", then click on "Voice Match", from where we must activate the option "Access with Voice Match".
In addition to performing the steps described here, it is extremely important that we always maintain updated the personal assistant of Google, So it never hurts to periodically check your new updates.
On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that In some cell phone brands, a brand-specific assistant is included by factory default, Therefore, it is possible that this assistant is interfering with the normal operation of Google's personal assistant.
If we want to replace it and use Google’s personal assistant, we will need to disable the assistant that has included our cell phone by default, then perform the procedure to activate the personal assistant of Google.
Other aspects to keep in mind so that Google's personal assistant works without problems is that it is in the language corresponding to ours, that is, in Spanish, and at the same time that a good internet connection is available, since if the connection fails or is too weak it is likely that the voice command operation Do not work properly.
Finally, it is important to note that it can happen that Google’s personal assistant on our device lose the registration of our voice model, and therefore the application does not react when we say "OK Google."
In this case, what we will have to do is perform the registration procedure of our voice model, which is recommended to carry out in a quiet environment, so that the system takes our voice without affecting sounds that could confuse it.