PC Doctor June 3, 2019

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Dear PC Doctor:

I recently got a Google Home. (It’s Google’s version of the Amazon Echo.) I’ve been having fun experimenting with it, but I know it can do more than I’m using it for. How can I find out more about the ‘actions” it can do?



Dear Alex:

Do you have the Google Assisant app on your phone or tablet? There should be a directory as part of that. Look for the Explore menu. In lieu of the app, you can also view Assistant “actions” at the following website:


Here are some examples:

To get your Google Home to start up, say, "OK, Google," or "Hey, Google." Then, ask it to do something. You can ask things like, "OK, Google, how's the weather today?" or "OK, Google, do I need an umbrella today?" You can ask Google to remind you to do things: "OK, Google, remind me to feed the fish when I get home" or "Hey, Google, remind me to buy coffee when I'm at the co-op." If you’ve had a grumpy day, you can ask Google to share some uplifting stories from the news: "OK, Google, tell me something good." Google can help you with math: "OK, Google, what's the square root of 144?” or help you play a tabletop game: "OK, Google, roll a die" or "OK, Google, roll a 12-sided die."

There’s also a section of the Google Play store that’s dedicated to apps for your Google Home:


You can find the full manual for your Google Home device at:


If you click on Explore, there is a wealth of information.

I hope this helps!

Until next time,

Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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