25 Useful Things Dad Can Ask Google Home This Father’s Day

So you’ve opted to get your pops a Google Home Smart speaker. But what comes next? Does he use it as a paperweight? An ornament to decorate his extensive collection of Springbok memorabilia? Well, don’t worry, because we’ve listed some useful questions your father can ask his Google Home this Fathers Day.


PLEASE NOTE: Google ability to answer some questions is dependent on certain apps being enabled and integrated.

1. Ask for help: “OK, Google, help…”


2. Control volume: “OK, Google, turn it up/louder/increase volume”


3. Stop action: “OK, Google, be quiet/ turn it down/decrease volume/lower volume”


4. Set alarm/timer: “OK, Google, set alarm/timer for…e.g. ham and cheese toast, Arsenal vs Chelsea”


5. Set reminder:

“OK, Google, remind me to [title] on [day] and [time]"

"OK, Google, remind me to [title] every day at [time]."


6. Add items to the shopping list: “OK, Google, add...to my shopping list”


7. Media questions:


“OK, Google, play music from [name of streaming service]”

“OK, Google, play some [genre] music ”

"OK, Google, play [artist]"

"OK, Google, what song is this?"

8. Hear your daily briefing (includes: weather, traffic, reminders, calendar entries, flight status): “OK, Google, tell me about my day”


9. Ask what’s on the shopping list: “OK, Google, what’s on my shopping list?”


10. Ask about the weather:

“OK, Google, what’s the weather like today?”

“OK, Google, will it be sunny today?”

“OK, Google, will it rain this weekend?”


11.  Ask about the news:

"OK, Google, what's the latest news from SkyNews?"

"OK, Google, tell me something good?"

12. Play reminders: "OK, Google, what are my reminders for today/tomorrow/[specified date]?"


13.  Order Uber/Lyft/Taxify: “OK, Google, get me an Uber/Taxify/Lyft from [location] to [destination]."


14. Currency conversion: "OK, Google, how much is 100 euros in dollars?"


15. Time:

"OK, Google, what time is it?"

"OK, Google, what's the time in [country/city]?"


16. Recipes(for Google HomeHub): "OK, Google, show me how to make [dish]"


17. Translations: "OK, Google, how do you say [word] in [language]?"


18. Distance: "OK, Google, how far is [business name] from here?"


19. Dining: "OK, Google, what are the nearest restaurants to me?"


18. Trading hours inquiry: "OK, Google, how late is [business] open?"


19. Doctor/dentist: “OK, Google, find a doctor/dentist near me”

20.  Health-related questions:


PLEASE NOTE: Health-related questions should be followed up with professional advice from a consulting health practitioner


"OK, Google, what are the symptoms of…"

"OK, Google, how do I treat…"

"OK, Google, what are the side effects of...?"


21. Play an audiobook:

"OK, Google, read my book"

"OK, Google, next/previous chapter."


22.  Fitness questions:

 "OK, Google, how many calories are in [food]?"

"OK, Google, what's my heart rate?"

"OK, Google, how much sugar/protein/vitamin C is in [food]…"


23. Place a call:

"OK, Google, call mom"

"OK, Google, call [contact name]"

"OK, Google, call the nearest coffee shop."

"OK, Google, hang up."

24. Sports updates:

"OK, Google, who is [team] playing next?"

"OK, Google, did the [team] win last night?"


25. Broadcast: function only works if there are more than one Google enabled smart speakers in the house

 "OK, Google, broadcast wake everyone up"

"OK, Google, broadcast breakfast is ready"

“OK, Google, broadcast it’s time to leave"

"OK, Google, broadcast the movie is about to start”