How to use Google Assistant: make your Google Home speaker work for you

Google Assistant is now built into billions of smart speakers, smart home devices, headphones, and smartphones across the world, making its mark on the modern home – and there are lots of good reasons for it.

The things Google Assistant can do are incredibly varied: the powerful voice assistant is capable of anything from answering your general knowledge questions to checking your emails and appointments – and just about everything in between. If you have a Tile tracker, Google Assistant can even help you find your lost keys, wallet, or phone.

Google Assistant is getting smarter all the time too, using machine learning to adapt and mature, becoming more useful with every passing day. Now you can even teach the voice assistant to better recognize your voice so you can receive personalized results to your commands and queries.

Plus, with more and more smart devices adding Google integration to their spec-list, it’s easier than ever to control your smart home using the clever voice assistant. Whether you're new to Google Assistant (or just want to brush up on its latest capabilities), read on for our comprehensive guide on how to use Google Assistant in every situation.

What is Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is Google's voice assistant, launched in May 2016, and it's available on smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and smart home devices. Powered by artificial intelligence, it's Google's answer to Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri.

While you might be most familiar with the assistant on Android, it's also available in all of Google's smart speakers and smart displays: the Nest Hub, the Nest Hub Max, the Nest Mini, and the Nest Audio.

You'll also find it in a variety of non-Google speakers and devices, as well as on Wear OS smartwatches. Through Google Home, you can use Google Assistant to control a host of smart home devices, even if they don't support Google Assistant directly.

In other words, it's available all over.

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