How to Tell Google Home to Call Someone
Google has always been at the forefront of every innovation. And even when it comes to improving on existing technology, or upgrading what is the company’s brainchild, Google always manages to capture the interest of both gadget lovers and professionals.
The first Google Home device was released in the fall of 2016 in the USA. That was our first introduction to what is now a well-known smart speaker. There are other brands of smart speakers on the market, but some of Google Home’s features are particularly interesting to explore.
It has a very elegant and smooth appearance, which applies to all the versions that Google released between 2017 and 2019. Some of them are Google Nest Mini, Google Home, and Google Home Max.
The Google Home smart speaker would just be a speaker if it weren’t for a vital component – Google Assistant. This virtual assistant is, in essence, a form of artificial intelligence to make your life a little easier. It is always learning about you and its surroundings but will not interact with you unless you specifically ask it to.
It is the same Google Assistant found on most Android phones. The capabilities of Google Assistant are great, anything from requesting specific songs and recipes to doing some research.
To Be Hands-Free
Most of Google Home’s features are activated by your voice. Only a few things can be done by touch, such as turning it on and off or lowering the volume, which you can also change with voice commands. You have the option to sync it with other devices as well as other speakers that might deliver a better sound quality.
An incredibly easy thing to get used to, Google Home can quickly become a necessary part of someone’s household. Multitasking, maybe not always advisable, is an unavoidable aspect of the 21st century. You want your hands free so you can call mom to ask her about some recipe while you’re cleaning up the kitchen. So, how can you do that with Google Home?
This very cool feature is only available in the UK, the US, and Canada at the moment. So, if that is where you are, this is what you need to do to tell Google Home to call someone:
Also, make sure that the Google app on your smartphone is updated to the latest version. And that your Google Account is linked to Google Home.
To be able to make calls, you have to sync your Google Contacts. And for that, you have to turn on “personal results”. What you need to do is the following:
- Open Google Home
- Click “Home” at the bottom of the screen
- Find “Settings”
- Select “More” and under that turn on “Personal results”
Open Google Home and click on “Account”. Follow this route:
- General Settings
- Manage your Google account
- People & Sharing
- Turn on “Contact info from your devices”
Before the Call
Before you decide to place your first call via Google Home, you have some options about how you want to proceed. You can make your call private or you can show your phone number. If you decide to hide your phone number, it’s a quick setup:
- Grab your phone or tablet and open Google Home App
- Click on “Account”
- Make sure that the correct Google Account is synced
- Click “Settings”, then “Services”, then “Voice and Video calls”, finally “Mobile calling”
- Under “Your number”, click “Edit”
- Click “Use unlisted number”
However, if you want your phone number to show up on the display of someone you’re calling, backtrack a few steps and instead:
- Under “Your number”, type in your phone number and click “Add”
- You’ll get code via text message, type in that code and then click “Verify”
The code should be there instantaneously, but if it’s not, try again with the “Send new code” option. You need to be a little bit patient, as it will take up to 10 minutes for your number to show up under “Your number”.
Ready for the Call
Now that you have everything prepared, it’s showtime. You can activate your Google Assistant in two similar ways. These are some of the ways you can tell Google Home to call someone.
You can say “Hey Google” or “Okay Google” and follow it up with some of these commands:
- “Call mom/sister/dad/”
- “Call Pharmacy”
- “Call *specific phone number*”
- If the line is cut off or busy, you can say “Redial”
Once you are done talking, to end your call:
- Say “End Call” or “Hang up”
- Manually touch the top of Google Home
- If the other party ends the call, you’ll hear the tone
Incoming calls aren’t currently available on Google Assistant, so there are no commands to answer calls. Also, if a contact has multiple numbers listed under their name, Google Home will ask you to specify which one to use. Soon enough, it will learn the preferred number and use it exclusively.
All of our gadgets, the more complex ones or otherwise, have multiple properties. Some are useful and some are fun. With Google Home, it’s often both at the same time. Having your Google Home device always available to make a call when you need it, is incredibly handy and liberating. There are no headphones, Bluetooth sets, or screechy phone speakers. It’s a modern-looking, sophisticated device and odds are, once you start using it for calls, you’ll never stop. It’s particularly useful for those who live alone.
If you are presented with an opportunity to test this feature on Google Home, we suggest you do so.
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