Queue up Your Favorite Shows and Videos
If you use Chromecast with your TV, you can ask your Google Assistant on Sonos to play shows, movies, and YouTube videos. Just say “Hey Google, play yoga videos on YouTube,” “Hey Google, play cat videos,” or “Hey Google, play The Lego Movie.” With the Google Assistant on Sonos Beam, you can also tell Google to turn the TV on and off and adjust the volume.
Control Your Smart Home Devices
The Google Assistant works with over 30,000 smart-home devices, including smart light bulbs, thermostats, door locks, and kitchen appliances, like dishwashers and coffee makers. Once you set up your Google Assistant-compatible smart gadgets, dimming the living room lights, starting the dishwasher, preheating the oven, and even brewing coffee is as easy as saying, “Hey Google…”
Give Yourself a Reminder
Whether you want a little nudge to work out or need to remember a lock combination, your Google Assistant can help. Just say “Hey Google, remember that my lock combo is…” or “Hey Google, remind me to get ready for barre class at 6:45 pm.”
Get into a Routine
Trigger a series of actions with one simple phrase when you set up a routine in the Google Assistant app. When you go to bed, for example, you can say, “Hey Google, good night,” to turn off the lights, set your morning alarm, and start a sleep-inducing playlist. Similarly, saying “Hey Google, I’m home,” could start your favorite radio station, turn on the lights, and adjust the thermostat. Choose from Google’s ready-made routines or customize your own.
Stay on Top of Your Day
Between your morning playlist and your ambient bedtime soundtrack, your Google Assistant can help you with many things throughout the course of your day. Update the calendar, find a dinner recipe, manage your shopping list, call a rideshare, stay informed about your upcoming commute, and a whole lot more. It’s not called an assistant for nothing.
Have Fun with Games (and Dad Jokes)
Turn your Sonos One or Beam into a game-night powerhouse. Ask for jokes, test your knowledge, and much more. There are tons of games to enjoy on your own or with a group. Some favorites include Guess My Age, Lucky Trivia, and Dad Jokes. Try “Hey Google, entertain me.” The Google Assistant has a few fun Easter eggs up its sleeve, so keep asking to discover some unexpected surprises.
Fall Asleep to Ambient Sounds
Sleep may be a basic life function, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Thankfully, white noise and ambient sounds can help calm the mind and lull you into a deep sleep. Just say, “Hey Google, play white noise,” or “Hey Google, play forest sounds,” to wind down without needing to get up or look at a screen. Tell your Google Assistant to set a sleep timer, or let the ambient sounds play for a full 8-10 hours before they turn off automatically.