8 commands to know (and use)

Google Nest connected speakers allow you to do a ton of tasks with lots of useful everyday controls. Here are some.

“Ok Google” may already be part of your daily life, but chances are google assistant Still can do some things you don’t know, like suggest a recipe in the kitchen, start your robot vacuum, or translate a foreign language in real time. Google’s Nest range of smart speakers can do a lot of things, including things like the Amazon Echo and Apple Siri.

Here are some essential commands you’ll want to use regularly.

manage lighting

Equipping your home (or even a room) with bulbs and other connected lights is a good way to take advantage of Google Home or Nest. These bulbs tend to be more expensive than normal bulbs, but being able to control everything via voice or smartphone is life changing. “Ok Google, turn on the lights” and the lights in the room turn on. “Ok Google, turn off the lights”. You can also adjust the brightness and color.

To add new lighting devices, go to the Home app then Add > Configure Device > New Device > Next and follow the on-screen instructions.

manage temperature

With Nest Thermostat, you can fix the temperature of your home from afar. After adding an accessory to the Google Home app, you can ask Google to set the thermostat to a particular temperature. You can also make incremental changes: “OK Google, raise the temperature by 1 degree.”

You can also control the thermostat from the app, by tapping on the thermostat icon and then tapping “Change Temperature.” Even better, the Nest Thermostat learns from your habits and adapts. For example, the temperature drops when you go to bed and raises it when you wake up. It may even remind you to change your air filter.

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Alarms and other countdowns

Asking Google to wake you up in the morning is easier than setting an alarm on your smartphone or a regular alarm clock. Say “Ok Google, turn on the alarm” [heure désirée]To stop it when it’s playing, just say “Stop.”

And you can also use a timer: “Ok Google, set a timer [délai désiré]To make it stop playing, just say “Stop” again.

Music, News & Podcasts

To play your favorite songs and other podcasts, make sure your streaming app — YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora or Deezer — is connected to the Google Home app. Once done, just say “Ok Google, Play” [ce que vous voulez]This works with specific titles, singers, playlists or even genres. To end playback, say “Ok Google, stop the music.”

You can also use smart speakers for podcasts, but you’ll need to request specific podcasts. And if you stop in the middle of an episode, playback resumes from where it left off.

For news and current affairs, you can customize your favorite sources on the Google Home app and change the order in which they are announced.

Weather Forecast

Will you need an umbrella today? Is it really cold? Ask Google what the weather is like and the Assistant will give you the current temperature and forecast for the day. Google can also give you forecasts for the coming weekend and next week.

make cleaning easy

The Google Nest is compatible with most robot vacuums that contain an app. Depending on the manufacturer and model, you can use Google Assistant and the Nest speaker to start, stop or stop cleaning. If you don’t know where it is, it is possible to ask to clean or locate a specific room.

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Find movies in theaters nearby

When you say “Ok Google, what movies are nearby?” Ask, Google will list the movies and ask you what interests you. From there, you can even choose a session and, if necessary, go all the way up to paying for that space.

speak a new language

Google Home can translate up to 50 languages ​​in real time, which can come in very handy in many situations.

To switch Google Assistant into interpreter mode, simply ask what you want to translate: “Ok Google, translate Japanese to Dutch”, “Ok Google, I need an interpreter for English” or “Ok Google, what is the Korean word for ‘hotel’?”

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