Smart Phone Assistants and How to Use Them

Did you know… 
Both Android and Apple smart phones come with an invaluable assistant who is ready to complete common tasks such as dialing up one of our contacts, sending a text message, checking our calendar for our next appointment, or plotting the fastest route to our destination. 

Androids Google Assistant

Androids Google Assistant

Turn on “OK Google” 
1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google app. (To get the latest version, go to the Google app page on the Play Store and tap Update). 

2. Open the Google app . 

3. At the top left, tap Menu Settings Voice "Ok Google" detection. 

4. Check the box next to "From Google app." 

5. Now simply launch the google app and press the microphone icon to initiate the Google Assistant.  There are additional features listed below that will allow you to initiate the assistant from any screen.


“OK Google” settings you can change 

When you turn on "Ok Google," there are a few settings you might be able to change depending on your device. Here’s what the terms mean: 


  • From any screen: You can say "Ok Google" from any screen on your device if the screen is on or the device is charging. This isn't available in all languages. 

  • Always-on: You can say "Ok Google" whether your screen is on or off on a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Samsung Note 4 device. 

  • Trusted voice: When you say "Ok Google" from a secure lock screen and we're able to recognize the sound of your voice, you can ask Google to do things for you or visit sites without having to unlock your device manually. 

  • Personal results: See personal results for your voice searches, even when your device is locked. 

  • Retrain voice model: Reteach Google the sound of your voice. Try this if Google isn’t recognizing your voice when you say "Ok Google." If you don't see this setting, make sure "From any screen" or "Always-on" is turned on. 

  • Delete voice model: Delete the voice model that Google uses to recognize your voice. 

OK Google is invaluable once you start using it.  Answers to questions such as “How many days until next Christmas?”, “How many Miles is 350 Kilometers?”, and “When do the Oilers play again?” are just a small sample of what Googles Assistant can do.

This link is a list of 160 OK Google voice commands provided by

Moving on to iPhone’s Siri

iPhone’s SIRI

iPhone’s SIRI

Turn on Siri 
1. Open the settings app found on your home screen or app list.  

2. Click on Siri found in the settings list and toggle the feature on.  

Activate Siri and issue a command 
1. Press and hold the Home button. Siri is enabled by default on all devices that support it, so usually you can just press and hold the Home button to start the Siri interface. The Siri prompt will appear, and you'll be able to speak your command or question. 


2. Say "Hey Siri" if your iOS device is plugged into a power outlet. When your iOS device is plugged in, you can say "Hey Siri" to launch the Siri interface without pushing any buttons. 


3. Press and hold the Call button on your Bluetooth headset. If you have a Bluetooth headset, press and hold the Call button until you hear a short notification chime. You can then speak your command or question. 


4. Press and hold the Voice button on your steering wheel to start Siri with CarPlay. If you're using CarPlay in your car, you can start Siri by pressing and holding the Voice button on your steering wheel. You can also press and hold the digital Home button on your CarPlay display. 


5. Bring your Apple Watch up to your face to start Siri. If you use an Apple Watch, you can start Siri by bringing the watch up to your face. As soon as you raise your watch, you can start speaking the command or question. 


Hey Siri is invaluable once you start using it.  Answers to questions such as “What appointments do I have tomorrow?”, “Who is near me?”, and “What is the address of Felesky Flynn Calgary?” are just a small sample of what Apples Assistant can do.  This link is a comprehensive list of Hey Siri commands