How To Compose And Send A Message Using Google Now Voice Commands

Google Now in a recent update has added the ability to send messages. And by ‘send message’ we don’t mean you can use the feature to open the Hangouts app where you then have to type the message in. Google Now supports voice commands for composing and sending message. When invoked, an on-screen message box appears with the recipient you chose already added. It then listens for the message and if correct, you can order it to send the message. There is zero interaction involved with the screen. Here’s how it works.

Say the magic words; Okay Google. When it starts listening, tell it who you want to send a message to. The command is, ‘Send a message to Mom’. Once the message box opens with the contact already entered, speak your message and wait for Google Now to convert it to text, and add it to the message.

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It continues to listen if you want to add anything else to the message. If you remain quiet for a while, Google Now asks if you are ready to send the message. Saying ‘Send’ or ‘Send this message’ will send the message.

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Should the message fail to send for any reason, options to report a problem, open the Hangouts app, or to try again appear on the screen. These options, however, cannot be used with a voice command. Google should consider adding support for the ‘Try Again’ option. This feature works in Google Now v4.2.16.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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