Google Now Search Bar

Since the debut of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android users have been privy to an increasingly cool experience known as Google Now. Baked into the search app for Android, it’s the personal assistant that we’ve always needed. And, the best part about it is that it improves all the time. New commands and features are being added to Google Now on a regular basis. We’ve compiled a list of everything we know about Google Now and how to activate/use them.

Below are a list of commands for Google Now. Keep in mind that these are just some of the examples available and that the tool allows for slight variations in verbiage. What’s more, the more you teach Google what your interests are, the less you may have to “ask” it to do.

Basic Commands

  • “Search for [Nexus 5]”
  • “How do I say [I love you] in [French]?”
  • “How old is [Morgan Freeman]?”
  • “What is the stock price for [Google]?”
  • “What is the meaning of [life]?”
  • “What is [Chekhov’s Gun]?”
  • “Open [Gmail]”
  • “Take a picture”
  • “Record a video”
  • “Where’s my package?”
  • “Listen to voicemail”
  • “Find [Adam’s] number”
  • “When is [Adam’s] birthday?”
  • “What’s the tip for [$27]?”
  • “How late is [The Home Depot] open?”
  • “What are [Red Robin’s] hours?”
  • “Show me pictures of [Memphis]”
  • “What’s [16 ounces] in [pounds]?”
  • “What is the square root of 2209?”
  • “When is sunset?”


  • “Navigate to [Cleveland, OH]”
  • “Navigate to [home]”
  • “Directions to [123 Main Street]
  • “[Biking] directions to [FedEx Forum]”
  • “Find [the St. Louis Arch]”
  • “Where is [the Empire State Building]?”
  • “Where’s the nearest [ice cream shop]?”
  • “Map of [San Francisco]”
  • “How far is [Cleveland] from [Columbus]?”
  • “Show me the menu for [Rendezvous]”
  • “Where is my hotel?”
  • “What are some attractions in [Memphis]?”

Reminders, Notes, and Tasks

  • “Remind me to [call mom] at [9:00AM]”
  • “Remind me to [buy gas] when leave [work]”
  • “Set timer for [10 minutes]”
  • “Set alarm for [7:000AM]”
  • “Wake me up in [6 hours]”
  • “Note to self: [remember to buy Cheese]”

Time and Date

  • “What time is it in [Japan]?”
  • “What is the time zone for [Denver, CO]?”
  • “What time is back home?”
  • Create a calendar event [Dinner at Red Robin] [on Friday night at 9:00PM]”


  • “Weather”
  • “Is it raining?”
  • “Will it rain tomorrow?”
  • “Do I need an umbrella [tomorrow]?”
  • “What’s the weather in [Las Vegas]?”


  • “Did the [Cavaliers] win today?”
  • “When does the football season start?”
  • “What are the [American League East] standings?”
  • “How did [The Packers] do?”


  • “Post to Google+ [I am having an awesome day!]”
  • “Call [mom]”
  • “Call [my wife]”
  • “Send SMS to [Shawn Collins] [I will see you in a week]”
  • “Send email to [Adam Pollich] [I need you to call me as soon as possible.]”
  • “[Contact name]”


  • “Play some music.”
  • “Watch [The Hobbit]”
  • “What movies are playing tonight?”
  • “Where is [Godzilla] playing?”
  • “Listen to: [John Lennon]”
  • “Play: [Everybody Hurts]”
  • “What’s this song?”
  • “Who directed [Stand By Me]?”
  • “Who sings [Everybody Hurts]?”
  • “Listen to TV”


  • “Go to []”
  • “Open []”
  • “Show me []”
  • “Browse to []”


  • “Show me my flights”
  • “Flight [AA 1230]”
  • “Has [AA 1230] landed?”
  • “When will [AA 1230] land/depart?”

Easter Eggs and Fun Stuff

  • “Flip a coin”
  • “Roll a die”
  • “What does the fox say?”
  • “What is the loneliest number?”
  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “How wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty”
  • “When does the narwhal bacon?”
  • “Up up down down left right left right”
  • “Go go gadget [Baconreader]”
  • “What is the Bacon number for [Tom Cruise]?”
  • “Tilt”
  • “Askew”
  • “When am I?”
  • “Who are you?”
  • “Sudo, make me a sandwich”
  • “Make me a sandwich”
  • What is your favorite color?
  • “Tea, Earl, Grey, hot”

What did we miss? What are your favorites? How do you use Google Now in your daily life? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

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