PCWorld

15 essential Google Assistant commands you’ll find yourself using every day

Google Assistant is everywhere, ranging from the Android smartphone in your pocket to the smart speakers and smart displays ensconced in your kitchen or living room. And that means you can control all your smart home devices without so much as turning your head.

All you need to say is “Hey Google!” What do you say after that? Well, almost anything, but here are 15 essential commands you should commit to memory.

1. GET A WEATHER REPORT

One of the simplest commands is probably also one of the most useful. As you’re getting ready to head out the door, say “Hey, Google. What’s the weather like?” You’ll get a succinct explanation of the current conditions and the forecasted conditions for later in the day.

2. READ THE NEWS

Want to know what’s going on in the world? Just ask Google Home to “read the news.” You can use

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from PCWorld

PCWorld2 min read
Acer Unveils A Hulking $14,000 Gaming Cockpit, A 300Hz Predator Laptop, And More At IFA
Acer rolled into the annual IFA tradeshow in Berlin with plenty in store for PC gaming enthusiasts, showing off a hulking $14,000 multi-monitor gaming cockpit, a laptop with a blazingly fast 300Hz display, an affordable new gaming notebook, and more.
PCWorld6 min read
WoW Classic Is A Step Back In Time—and A Step Back For World Of Warcraft
Few of us ever get a chance to start over from scratch, but last night World of Warcraft players got exactly that with the launch of WoW Classic. Blizzard Entertainment’s “newest” game is essentially the popular massive multiplayer online roleplaying
PCWorld6 min read
Acer Nitro 5 (17-inch, AN517-51-56YW): Here’s your cheap Fortnite laptop
In the field of low-end gaming laptops, Acer’s latest Nitro 5 (model AN517-51-56YW) is about as budget as they come. But for $880, you don’t need more than what the Acer Nitro 5 offers to play Fortnite and Apex Legends at 1080p and 60 frames per seco