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5 hidden Google Assistant tricks for your Android

Virtual assistants can be used with your smartphones, tablets, computers and smart devices, including speakers, televisions, light bulbs, thermostats, surveillance cameras and more. While Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, Bixby and others are designed to make your life easier, it’s worth knowing all they can do.

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Google Assistant is one of the most popular virtual assistants and there’s always something new to learn about what it can do for you. We’ve collected five neat tricks you might not know about.

1. Take screenshots

Screenshots are great for sharing anything from a recipe to a fun meme. They are also useful reminders for appointments and grocery lists when browsing recipes online.

You can take a screenshot just by using your voice. Simply activate Google Assistant through the app, start it by pressing a button or say “Hey Google”, then say “Take a screenshot”.

If the command does not work, you may need to check your settings. Open Settings and go to Apps and notifications > Advanced > Default apps > Assistance and voice input. Then turn on Use screenshot.

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2. Search for photos

Google Lens lets you explore your photos in detail or take action, such as linking to a store that sells an item in the image. It can also translate text into your language.

According to Google, “Google Lens lets you search what you see. Using a photo, your camera, or almost any image, Lens helps you discover visually similar images and related content. , collecting results from all over the internet.

You can open Google Lens by activating Google Assistant and saying “Open Google Lens”. When using Google Lens, point at an object and ask Google Assistant what you’re looking at.

3. Read this page

Staring at your phone for too long harms your eyes and can lead to headaches. Google Assistant can help you by reading the content of the page aloud.

This is especially useful for people with visual impairments, but anyone can benefit from this feature. You can listen to the latest post from your favorite blogger or the news during your commute or when you are busy with other things.

Go to a web page with Google Chrome, the Google Google app or the Google News app and say “Hey Google”, then say “Read this page” or “Read it” or “Read aloud”.

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4. Open/search apps

If your phone is cluttered with apps, you should get rid of the ones you don’t use much. They take up space and slow everything down. While you’re at it, here’s how to use Google Assistant to not only open an app, but also interact with it.

You can say “Hey Google, open Dunkin Donuts” or go further and say “Hey Google, order coffee at Dunkin Donuts”. Try similar commands such as “Hey Google, where’s my Walmart order?” or “Hey Google, play Foo Fighters on Spotify”, or “Hey Google, check the news on Twitter” or “Hey Google, start my run with Nike Run Club”.

Other supported apps include, but are not limited to, Snapchat, Discord, Etsy, MyFitnessPal, Mint, Nike Adapt, eBay, Kroger, Best Buy, Postmates, and Wayfair.

5. Need good news?

We can all use a little good news once in a while. Unfortunately, it’s not easy when sifting through the countless outlets and publications we find online. Bad news sells, after all. But you can weed out the good news without too much effort. Just ask Google Assistant.

Say “Hey Google, tell me something nice” to get positive news that goes beyond cute and cuddly issues to real issues like people helping others. Learn about progress in treating disease, advances in education and equality, initiatives for safer neighborhoods and more.

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