11 sophisticated assistant techniques for Android you should never forget

11 sophisticated assistant techniques for Android you should never forget

Specifically, I want to think our way through some incredibly useful advanced features connected to Google Assistant — the friendly if sometimes slightly sassy virtual companion that’s always standing by and ready to lend a helping hand (and/or voice). The best part about these Assistant-associated gems is that they’re every bit as beneficial with a three-year-old LG jalopy as they are with a high-end 2021 flagship. But since Assistant commands are inherently invisible, they’re all too easy to overlook or forget.

The fancy new features are fantastic. But, let’s face it, not everyone has Google’s gleaming new Pixel phones. And we still don’t have Android 12 in front of our sparkling faces. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to focus on some of Android’s many buried treasures — phenomenal time-saving and productivity-boosting capabilities built right into the software on our existing phones, regardless of who made ’em or how old they are (within reason, of course; if you’re still carrying around a phone running Froyo, sorry pal, but you’re on your own).


  • Once you know it’s there, though, good golly, will you be giddy. So here it is: Anytime you’re viewing an article within Chrome, the Google app, or the Google News app on your Android phone, you can summon Assistant — by saying “Hey Google” or using whatever method you like — and then say one of the following commands:

  • So without further ado, I give you 11 advanced Google Assistant commands you should really remember to use on Android — no matter what Android phone you’re carrying or which Android version it’s running. [Want even more advanced Android knowledge? Check out my free Android Shortcut Supercourse to learn tons of time-saving tricks for your phone.] Google Assistant Android trick No. 1: The voice in your head
    This first Google Assistant trick for Android is one of my all-time favorites. It’s one of Assistant’s most practical and impressive powers — and yet, hardly anyone seems to realize it’s available.