Make Life Simpler with OK Google on Android

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With All The Features, There’s Nothing You Can’t Do With OK Google

Google Now has had some extraordinary advancements over the last two years, making it packed with features to make life much simpler. And when you combine “OK Google”, where users can interact with Google Now by using simple voice commands, you get much more.

What Is OK Google Capable of Doing?

Many people tend to be unsure if OK Google provides real value or not. Listed below are just a few valuable things it is capable of doing:

  • Send text messages.
  • Send emails.
  • Calls contacts.
  • Searches the internet and answers your questions.
  • Post updates on social media.
  • Provides you with maps and routing while driving.

Using OK Google to find your next turn, gas stations, exits, or change your destination is more convenient than paper maps. Rather than using your hands while driving, this allows many aspects to be accomplished by voice commands making it much safer.

OK Google is able to integrate with many of your third-party apps, such as Pandora, WhatsApp, Trello, etc. Think of the simplicity of using only your voice to “Play Drake on Pandora”.

OK Google Set Up

The majority of Android phones now come equipped with OK Google. However, you will need to manually turn it on for phones where it is not enabled.

The only thing you need other than your Android phone is the Google app. There are more features with this app than with only OK Google. For example, having the ability to search the internet even when busy doing something else on your phone.

To set up OK Google, start up the app. Go to the top left and open the menu. Hit Settings > Voice > “OK Google” detection. Look down and find From the Google app. If not already enabled, do it now. It is recommended to also enable From any screen as well, to take full advantage of this app. When enabling this option, you must repeat the phrase “OK Google” 3 times. This way, your voice will be recognized by the app.

It’s that simple. That is all that needs to be done. There are a few setting you can adjust to make OK Google more to your liking.

To activate OK Google when your screen is locked, you want to adjust Trusted Voice. This works with only your voice.

When your screen is off and you want to activate OK Google, adjust Always On. However, this does not work with all models.

To have personal results returned with your searches, you want to adjust Personal Results. This works no matter if your phone is locked or not.

Commanding OK Google

There is an endless list of commands that you can use, just simply say “OK Google” and the command. Your life will be easily navigated by having OK Google by your side.

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