A list of all the Now voice comms

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 25 Aug 2016

Updated 08/25/16: Added the new Solitaire Tic-Tac-Toe comms, plus animal noises.

You pick up your phone say “OK ”… then what? Your phone is listening. The microphone icon is pulsing. at do you say to your phone? at can you say to it? Now’s voice function has become surprisingly robust over the years.

Here’s a list of just about everything you can say to Now. Try experimenting with different phrasing, you’ll be surprised how much it understs. The part of the phrase in [brackets] can be replaced with any similar term you choose.

If Now doesn’t get your spoken comms right, you can correct it by saying “No, I said…” trying the phrase again.

General information

  • How old is [Neil deGrasse Tyson]?
  • ere was [uis C.K.] born?
  • Define [colloquial] (Or “at does [colloquial] mean?”)
  • at time is it in [Tokyo]?
  • Search for [photography tips]
  • Show me pictures of [the aning Tower of sa]
  • Do I need an umbrella today? at’s the weather like? at’s the weather in [New Orleans] [this weekend]?
  • at the [] stock price? at is [Apple] trading at?
  • at’s [182 yards] in [miles]? at is [12 ounces] in [liters]?
  • at’s [135] divided by [7.5]? (A great many types of math equations will work.)
  • Search [Tumblr] for [cat pictures] (more apps are added to this search-within-apps function all the time)

Device control

  • Open [greenbot.com]
  • Take a picture (“Take a photo” also works)
  • Record a video
  • Open [Spotify]
  • Turn [on / off] [Bluetooth, -Fi, Flashlight]


  • at’s the tip for [123 dollars]?
  • Set an alarm for [6:30 am]
  • Set a timer for [20 minutes]
  • Create a calendar event: [Dinner with Glenda, Saturday at 9pm.]
  • Remind me to [buy coffee at 7am] (try locations! Remind me to [buy coffee filters at lgreens])
  • at is my schedule for tomorrow? (also: at does my day look like [Friday]?)
  • ere’s my package? (tracking confirmation must be in Gmail)
  • Make a note: [update my router firmware] (also try “Note to self:” This works with multiple apps, you can even email yourself!)
  • Find [ ’s] [phone number] (rks with all info in your contacts – addresses, birthdays, etc.)
  • Show me my bills. (or: My bills due this week.)


  • Show me my last messages. (Then follow voice prompts)
  • Call [] (also works with relationships: Call [sister])
  • Call [Cartman] on speakerphone
  • Text [] [great job on that feature yesterday] (also works with relationships: Text [mom] [I’m not going to be able to pick you up from the airport, period, I’m a bad son, period])
  • Send email to [Robert Baratheon], subject, [hunting], message, [I don’t think you should drink so much when you go hunting, period]
  • st to [Twitter]: [Oh my god the Red dding episode!]
  • at is French for [I am Charlie]?
  • [Send a Hangout message] to [Dad].
  • Send a [Viber] message to []: Hang on, I’m going to get more coffee. (works with atsApp, Viber, Chat, Telegram, Nextus)

Navigation Travel

  • ere is the nearest [sushi restaurant]?
  • Navigate to [llis Tower, Chicago] 
  • Directions to [Fisherman’s arf] by [bike] (also try “Directions home” or “How do I get home?”)
  • ere is [the uvre]?
  • Show me the menu for [Green Chile Kitchen]
  • Call [Asian Art Museum]
  • Show me my flight info
  • ere’s my hotel?
  • at are some attractions around here?
  • How do you say [good night] in [panese]?
  • at is [50,000 yen] in [dollars]?
  • at’s the flight status of [United] flight [735]?
  • Show me restaurants near my hotel -or- Give me directions back to my hotel (this works if your hotel confirmation was sent to your gmail account)


  • ay [solitaire] (also try tic-tac-toe)
  • ay some music (opens “I’m feeling lucky” radio station in ay Music)
  • Next Song / use Song
  • ay [Happy] (songs must be in ay Music on your device)
  • tch [The go Movie] (movies TV must be in your ay account)
  • at’s this song?
  • sten to TV
  • at songs does [arrell] sing?
  • Read [Hunger Games]
  • Did the [Giants] win today? at’s the score in the [rriors] game?
  • at movies are playing [tonight]? ere is [Toy Story] playing?


  • Say a team name to get the latest score during the season.
  • en is the next [rriors] game?
  • ere are the [Giants] in the [M] stings?
  • o does [Bron ] play for?
  • o won [the Superbowl]?
  • en is the [Stanley Cup final]?

Fun hidden stuff

Many of these deliver funny voice responses, but normal search results. Turn up your sound!

  • at sounds does a [tiger] make?
  • Flip a coin
  • Roll dice (rolls a single six-sided die)
  • at is the loneliest number?
  • Do a barrel roll!
  • Askew / Tilt
  • Go go Gadget [Spotify]
  • en am I?
  • Make me a swich
  • Sudo make me a swich
  • o’s on first?
  • Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
  • Tell me a joke
  • o are you?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • at is [ wrence’s] Bacon number?