We've already explored a number of ways you can bring Alexa more company during our current stay at home; of course there are plenty of ways to do the same with Google Assistant.
If you want you can change the voice of Google Assistant voice (a trick Alexa can't do apart from celebrity cameos), learn your nickname and go even surprisingly authentic back and forth with her (or with him, depending on which voice you choose).
Change the voice of Google Assistant voice
If you are tired of the faintly sterile sound of the default voice of Google Assistant, switching to a new one is an easy way to get a fresh start. Ten different voices (including the standard assistant voice) are available, with both male and female options, plus the voice of American or British accents. You can also choose the voice of Issa Rae (co-creator of HBO & # 39; s Insecure ) to take on some of the basic Google Assistant tasks, including answering questions, giving weather reports and telling jokes.
To change the voice of the Google Assistant voice, open the Google Home app, tap Settings scroll all the way down and tap More settings . Tap the Assistant tab tap Assistant Voice and then swipe the slider to choose an option, from Red (the default Google Assistant voice) and Orange (a male voice) to British Racing Green (a British voice) and Sydney Harbor Blue (a voice with an Australian accent).
Tell the Google Assistant your nickname
No, you can't change the Google Assistant's password like you can with Alexa, but you can change what Google Assistant calls you . By default, she will call you by the first name that is in your Google account, but if you want you can have her call you with a nickname or any other name you like. (If my eight-year-old had her druthers, she'd have the Google Assistant call me 'stupid headline' or some other snappy second-class name.)
To change your Google Assistant nickname, open the Google Home app, tap Settings scroll all the way down and tap More Settings then tap Nickname under the You tab. You can then spell or record your nickname to help the Google Assistant learn to pronounce it.
Turn on ongoing conversations
It's hard to keep the illusion that you are actually chatting with the Google Assistant while you are every time & # 39; Hey Google & # 39; to say if you say something to her. Fortunately, the Google Assistant has a setting that makes it easier to forget you're talking to a machine. Once you have the & # 39; Continued Calls & # 39; Google Assistant will continue to listen to follow-up questions after an initial command.
On a practical level, that means you don't have to say "OK Google" over and over again when you ask her to set the volume level for your music. On a more sensitive level, Ongoing Calls make your chats with the Google Assistant much more natural. Here's how to turn on the Google Calls Continuous Calls feature.
Say "please" and "thank you"
Like Alexa, the Google Assistant is very open to politeness. Assuming you have the & # 39; Ongoing Calls & # 39; enabled, the Google Assistant responds with & # 39; You've got it & # 39; or & # 39; No problem & # 39; if you're & # 39; Thanks & # 39; says after following an assignment. It's a simple touch that makes your chats with the Google Assistant much more personal.
Try to Chat Her
Google Assistant can be surprisingly good at having a conversation. If you ask: & # 39; Hey Google, do you want to chat? & # 39 ;, she will happily agree, and if you encourage her (& # 39; what do you want to talk about? & # 39;), they suggest conversation topics. For example, Google Assistant offered to reveal her secret crush (Jarvis from The Avengers she told me), then asked if I was & # 39; something weird & # 39; wanted to hear (like the fact that bees have two stomachs). Or you can ask the Assistant if she wants to do something fun, and she will check some options.