Unlike Amazon’s Alexa, you don’t need to download or install anything to add features to Google Home. New features are constantly being added behind the scenes, and most of the time you just have to ask. (“ Hey Google, I need a sugar cookie recipe, for example. ”) For other tricks, including a few of these tips, all you need to do is link an existing account to Google Home (which, as you’ll see shortly, is pretty easy and do it quickly).
So keep your questions to the end because chances are, Google Home is the one you should be asking for these five things that it can surprisingly handle for you.
Find your lost car keys in two different ways
There are two ways to get Google Home to find your car keys, depending on whether you’re using a tile tracker. If you don’t, next time you put your keys in a drawer or elsewhere, you don’t normally put them away, say, ‘Hey Google, remember I put my keys under the sink [or wherever you put them]. Then, the next time you can’t find them, say, “OK, Google, where did I put my keys” and Google Home will tell you.
If you have a tile tracker on your keychain, even better. Google can call it for you so you can locate it.
1. Open the Google Home appand then tap it + sign in the top left corner and choose Set up the devicethen tap Works with Google.
2. Press magnifying glass in the top right corner, then type “Tile” and tap Tile logo that will appear below the search bar.
3. Log in to Tile as you would in a browser and follow all on-screen prompts.
Now you can say, “Hey” or “OK, Google is calling my keychain [or whatever you’ve named the Tile attached to your keys]“The next thing you know is your keys start to buzz. This trick works for anything you’ve got a tile tracker hooked up to, like school bags, pets, you name it.
Use voice commands to order your favorite Starbucks drink
The next time you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for your coffee order to be made, give Google Home your Starbucks order and it will place it for you so you can pick it up when it’s ready. This tip requires you to link your Starbucks account so you will need the Google Assistant app.
1. Open Google Assistant app and tap it compass icon in the lower right corner.
2. Type ‘Starbucks’ in the search bar and tap on it Starbucks logo that appears below the search bar, then tap Linkthen tap Linking accounts.
If you’re not signed into Starbucks on your phone, you’ll need to enter your username and password, but for most people, everything else should be done automatically. From there, just say “Hey” or “OK, Google, talk to Starbucks” and tell the virtual barista what you want to order.
Google Home is a powerful dictionary, thesaurus, calculator and more
The next time you’re watching TV and a character says a word you’ve never heard (like ‘gasconading’ or ‘coruscant’), don’t pick up a dictionary – just ask Google Home what the word means. “OK, Google, what’s the definition of ‘anomalistic’?” or “Hey, Google, what does ‘cupidity’ mean?” Same if you need a thesaurus, translation, or word game help (check out our full article on all the fun stuff).
Are you a fan of words but not much of math? Google Home will get you there too. However, you can use Google Home like much more than a calculator: it can count days, weeks, or years; convert measurement units; handling distances and many other calculations (check out our full article on all).
Let Google Home read your horoscope
You don’t necessarily have to buy astrology to get a kick out of hearing your horoscope. And if you don’t like the way Google Home reads the stars to you the first time, you can easily try again with a different service. Just say “Hey Google, what’s my horoscope?” and it gives you a list of horoscope providers it can draw from.
Brush up on some dad jokes
You know what makes a pun to a dad joke? It’s a parent. (Boooo.) As a dad who loves punny one-liners, I’m always on the hunt for the next big groan. You can ask, “Hey” or “OK, Google, tell me a daddy joke,” to start, but for the creme de la creme, say “Talk to the best daddy jokes” instead.
Google Home is packed with all kinds of surprising, hidden talents. First, it makes oneespecially if you enjoy role-playing style narrative adventures. Or try planning an assignment for the future using the . Of course, for most people, the number 1 thing they do is listen to music, so be sure for the best experience.