Using voice assistants seem to be the all the rage recently. From asking the weather to commanding your lights to turn on or off, voice assistants are becoming more of the norm in our daily lives.
The thing with voice assistants is this; in theory using your voice is cool, but in practice for some of us, using your voice isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when asking for information or searching for something. Let’s face it, we’d rather type it in the Google search box. Well one area I found practical in using the voice assistant is when asking for directions. Here’s the scenario I found myself in:
It’s after work and you just left for home. There’re a few routes available for you to take. You want to launch Google Maps/Waze to see which is the fastest route. But you can’t because you’re focused on the road. You follow your instinct and choose a particular route over the other and find that the traffic is worse. Too bad, looks like you’ll reach back an hour later.
The solution is simple. Just say “Ok Google, bring me home.”
Here’re the steps to set it up. (Google Maps.)
On your phone, launch Google Maps. Let’s say for this example, your home is located at Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya. Key this in the search box.
Once you have searched it, swipe up the details from the bottom of the screen.
On the top right, tap the 3 dots and select ‘Add label’.
You’ll be greeted with some existing labels. Select ‘Home’ and tap on Update.
Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya is your Home. Enable Google Assistant on your phone. Now say “Ok Google, bring me home”. Google maps will launch and automatically start the directions.
I find this simple command ever so useful and practical especially when you can’t find that few seconds to type on your phone. Got any tips on using Google Assistant? Lets us know in the comments!
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