Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are powerful, but the sad reality is that most people aren’t maximizing their true potential.
The average user is unaware that their pocket AI assistant can instantly scan thousands of photos and find old images with a few simple commands.
And these bots also do awesome PAs, marking dates on your calendar and setting reminders for crucial meetings.
So, let’s dive into the main voice commands for your smart assistant that can simplify your daily life:
With those details ironed out, let’s dive into the top voice commands for your smart assistant that can simplify your daily life (stock image)
Before you begin, to make your phone’s virtual assistant work best, make sure it really understands your voice, tone, and inflections. These common mistakes make it more complicated.
turn on the flashlight
In low-light situations, like trying to figure out a menu or navigate a hallway, the last thing you want is to struggle with your phone to locate the flashlight feature. Opt for a simpler solution: control your device with your voice.
Just say, ‘Turn on the flashlight.’
It works for both Siri and the Google Assistant. Just say the stele’s name first to make sure you’re being heard. You can also tell your assistant to turn off the flashlight.
Here’s a magical tip for all you Potterheads out there! You can channel your inner wizard by saying ‘Lumos’ to light things up, just like Harry and his friends would with their wands.
And when you’re done, a simple ‘Nox’ will send out the light. How’s that for a fascinating hack?
Show me pictures of…
Say to your phone, ‘OK, Google, show me pictures of (your pet’s name)’. Even if a pet isn’t part of your household, this voice command has the power to quickly navigate your photo gallery.
On Android, this trick works when you’ve already backed up and organized your photos via Google Photos. Attaching a name to the people and pets you photograph often makes it much easier to find them this way.
For Apple fans, Siri can dig into your Photos app and dig up images based on various parameters: the names of people, activities, objects, dates, or even locations.
Now, take your photo search to the next level.
Get fancy and match parameters: ‘Show me photos from Christmas 2019’ or ‘Show me photos of Ella from February at the beach’.
It reminds me of…
This voice command is as simple as it is invaluable: “Hey Google, set a reminder…” or “Siri, remind me…”.
After asking your device, it tells you about the task you want to be reminded of.
For example, if you have a phone call with Kim tomorrow at 2:00 PM, say, “Hey Google, remind me to call Kim tomorrow at 2:00 PM.”
The reminder will then be set, allowing you to get on with your day without fear of forgetting this important task.
Or maybe you should remember to buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store at 3:00 PM Say, ‘Siri, remind me to pick up the milk at 3:00 PM.’
Start using your digital assistant as your helper.
How long until…
It’s a familiar scenario: the kids are peppering him with questions, persistently wondering, ‘How long until Christmas?’
Fortunately, Siri or Google can quickly come to your rescue.
All you need to do is ask, ‘How long until (insert desired date)?’ It is simplicity personified.
This approach is versatile and can meet a large number of needs.
For example, you’re planning a family getaway in a few months, and the excitement has led to a countdown.
Your digital assistant will easily provide you with the remaining days, taking the guesswork out of the process and allowing you to focus on planning the perfect vacation.
Find your apps
Many people don’t know that their voice assistant works with their apps.
If you’re using an iPhone, activate Siri by saying, ‘Hey Siri, launch (app name)’ to access the desired app.
You can take advantage of this feature for more complex tasks, like requesting a ride through Uber by saying, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber ride” or making a payment on Venmo with “Hey Siri, pay Sam $5 with Venmo.”
On an Android device, the Google Assistant responds in a similar way to voice commands.
You can open apps by saying, “Hey Google, open Dunkin Donuts.” For more advanced interactions, like placing an order, say, “Hey Google, order coffee from Dunkin Donuts.”
The Google Assistant can also help you track orders or play your favorite music with commands like “Hey Google, where’s my Walmart order?” or “Hey Google, play Frank Sinatra on Spotify.”
Android devices provide voice assistant support for numerous apps like Snapchat, Discord, Etsy, MyFitnessPal, Mint, Nike Adapt, eBay, Kroger, Best Buy, Postmates, and Wayfair.
Add to my calendar
Take advantage of your voice assistant, Siri or Google Assistant, to manage your calendar without manually opening your calendar app. They need information about the participants, the date and time.
Here’s an example: Instead of manually scheduling a meeting, say, “Hey Siri, schedule a lunch meeting with Bob tomorrow at 1pm.” You can even further detail your events by saying, “Hey Google, add an event called ‘Birthday Dinner’ this Sunday at 4:00 PM and remind me to request an Uber home at 9:00 PM.”
Remember, if you are maintaining multiple calendars, specify the destination calendar during your command; otherwise, your event will default to your main calendar.
Siri is designed to connect seamlessly with Apple’s Calendar app. However, if you are a Google Calendar user on an Apple device, you will need to add your Google Calendar using the default Apple app.
silence my phone
Silence your phone before going to church, starting a meeting, or sitting down for a job interview.
An easy way to do this is with your voice. Say “Siri, silence my phone” or “Google Assistant, silence my phone.” Phew, no more potential distractions.
That was not for you
It’s common to unintentionally summon your voice assistant with a word that sounds a lot like ‘Siri’ or ‘Hey Google’.
The device, mistakenly believing that you have been called, may start recording your speech, which could lead to privacy issues.
The good news is that both Siri and the Google Assistant audibly indicate when they’re activated.
If you want to prevent the Google Assistant from capturing the rest of your conversation, just say, “That wasn’t for you.” This command also deletes the recent recording from your history.
If Siri is accidentally activated, you can use the exact phrase, “That wasn’t for you.”
It’s important to note that while this will disable Siri, Apple hasn’t officially confirmed whether this command also deletes the last recording from your memory.
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Know Voice Commands for Emergencies
Siri and Google Assistant can be lifesavers during emergencies. Here are some vital voice commands:
- Call the emergency services: Both Siri and the Google Assistant can dial emergency numbers. Saying “Hey Siri, call 911” or “Hey Google, call 911” will immediately connect you to emergency services.
- Locate nearby hospitals– If you need to find a nearby hospital quickly, your voice assistant can help you. Question: ‘Hey Siri, where’s the nearest hospital?’ or ‘Hey Google, find hospitals near me.’
- share your location: In an emergency, you can quickly share your location with someone. Both Siri and the Google Assistant can help with this. Try saying, “Hey Siri, share my location with [contact name]’ or ‘Hey Google, send my location to [contact name]’.
- medical identification: Siri can display your medical ID, including critical health information. This can be particularly useful for first responders. Say, ‘Hey Siri, show me my medical ID.’
- Scheduled check-in– If you’re venturing out solo, you can use Siri or the Google Assistant to send a check-in message to a contact at a specific time. For example, ‘Hey Siri, send a message to [contact name] at 6:00 pm saying, “I just checked in.”