How to use Google Now

Last Updated: 11th July 2018

Firstly, what is Google Now?

Think of Google Now as Google’s version of Apple’s Siri, except much cleverer, it’s not simply an ask-a-question-get-an-answer-tool, it’s so much more. All the data from all the Google products you’re signed up with is collected and used to help deliver a personal and highly-engaging Google Now service.

How can you access Google Now?

Google Now is built into Android devices with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. To access Google Now on your phone simply follow the steps below:

Step one: From your home screen select ‘apps’ to bring all apps up

Step two: Scroll across until you find the ‘Google’ folder. This folder contains all Google-related products including Gmail, Maps, Drive and Google. Select ‘Google’.

Step three: The screen that comes up should have your search bar at the top, plus all content that Google Now deems relevant to you as the user.

Step four: There are two buttons at the bottom of your screen, one on the left with a symbol containing multiple files and the other on the right of a pile of files. Select the one on the right.

Step five: In this window, you can customise your screen, to include your interests, sports, weather etc. so you can be sure the content you see is both relevant and timely.

What can Google Now show you?

Google Now can show you an array of interesting and relevant content, from news stories relating to your specific interests and past searches, to the weather and traffic forecast for your morning journey to work ahead - seems pretty basic so far? It can do a tonne of other stuff too.

The tool is set up in three sections; Daily Management, Locations and Stay Connected.

Daily Management

  • Google Calendar - highlighting appointments or events you’ve scheduled
  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Flights

Locations

  • Local bars and restaurants
  • Nearby attractions and photo spots
  • Plus, if you venture abroad, you can find new and exciting things to do and explore on holiday. The location-based cards can also show you translation cards, currency cards and also the time back at home.

Stay Connected

This is great for staying up-to-date on the things you love, from:

  • Stocks
  • Sports - set your favourite sports team in settings and get notifications about game scores
  • Basically, anything you Google!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Google Now?

A: Google Now was a feature of Google Search offering predictive cards with information and daily updates in the Google app for Android and iOS. Google Now proactively delivered information to users to predict information they may need.

Q: When was Google Now released?

A: Google Now was released on 9th July 2012.

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Article By Helen Jackson

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