Google Now Commands Revealed For Latest Google Search Update

November 17, 2013 - Written By Samantha P. Hawthorne

With the introduction of Android’s latest delicious dessert, KitKat (Android 4.4), also comes a slew of new Google Now commands. The personal assistant allows Google Experience Launcher (GEL) users to truly enjoy a hands-free experience by uttering the home screen command, “Okay, Google,” or if you are feeling a bit more geeky, “Okay, Jarvis.” The new Google Search update (version 3.1.8)  is available to anyone running Android 4.1 or higher, however, launching Google Now from your home screen requires GEL. Unfortunately, GEL is only native to the Nexus 5; all others will have to install it via the APK released by Android Police. Of course Google has documented a list of voice commands we can use to control our daily lives, but the bulk of commands are left for the community to discover on their own. With such a curious community, it is no wonder that many, if not all, have already been discovered. let us in on the secret by publishing a list of almost 60 commands, both new and old. Some of the new commands not only give us a taste of the woman behind the search bar’s sense of humor, but also appeal to the inner geek in us all.

General Commands

  • “Search for [your hearts desire]”
  • “Say [something] in [French]?”
  • “What is [Tom Cruise’s birthday]?”
  • “Who invented [the light bulb]?”
  • “What is the meaning of [life]?”
  • “Who is married to [Jennifer Lopez]?”
  • “Stock price of [Google]”
  • “Author of [The Raven]”
  • “How old is [Michael Jackson]?”
  • “Post to Google+ [Where’s the beef?]”

Notes & Reminders

  • “Remind me to [buy milk] at [5 PM]”
  • “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to send an email to John]”
  • “Wake me up in [5 hours]”
  • “Note to self: [I parked my car in section D]”
  • “Set alarm for [8 PM]”

Time & Date

  • “What time is it in [Tokyo]?”
  • “When is the sunset [in Chicago (optional)]”
  • “What is the time zone of [Berlin]”
  • “Time at home”
  • “Create a calendar event: [Dinner in New York] [Saturday at 8 PM]”


  • “Call [Daniel]”
  • “Send [email] to Daniel, [Subject: Meeting], [Message: Will be there in 5]”
  • “Send [SMS] to Philipp mobile, don’t forget to buy milk”
  • “[Contact name]”


  • “Weather”
  • “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Monday]”
  • “What’s the weather in [Boston]?”
  • “How’s the weather in [Portland] on [Wednesday] going to be?”

Maps & Navigation

  • “Map of [Flagstaff]”
  • “Show me the nearby [restaurant] on map”
  • “Navigate to [Munich] on car”
  • “How far is [Berlin] from [Munich]?”
  • “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]”

Conversions & Calculations

  • “What is the tip for [125] dollars?”
  • “Convert [currency / length …] to [currency / length …]”
  • “How much is [18] times [48]?”
  • “What is [45] percent of [350]?”
  • “Square root of [81]”
  • “….. equals”


  • “How are [the New York Yankees] doing?”
  • “When is the next [Los Angeles Lakers] game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “Did [Bayern Munich] win their last game?”

Flight Information

  • “Flight [AA 125]?”
  • “Flight status of [AA 125]”
  • “Has [LH 210] landed?”
  • “When will [AA 120] land / depart?”

Web Browsing

  • “Go to [Huffington Post]?”
  • “Open []”
  • “Show me []”
  • “Browse to []”


  • “Listen to / play [Intro] by [The XX]?”
  • “YouTube [fail compilation]?”
  • “Who acted in [Ocean’s 11]?”
  • “Who is the producer of [Gladiator]?”
  • “When was [Alien] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Avatar]”
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”

Easter Eggs

  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “When am I?”
  • “Okay Jarvis, …” (Instead of “Okay Google, …”)
  • “Who are you?”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”

VIA: Android Spin