How to Create a Custom Google Now Command for Anything on Android


Google Now already has a ton of useful voice commands built in. Thanks to a recent update to Tasker plugin AutoVoice, though, you can now create your own commands that plug directly into Google Now to accomplish anything that Tasker can do with nothing but your voice.

For this guide, we’re going to be using Tasker and AutoVoice primarily, focusing on the new UI. If you don’t already have either of these apps, they’re certainly worth paying the few bucks for. Not that you needed to be told that. You guys love Tasker. So, let’s get started.

(Optional) Step 0: Get Ok, Google (If You Haven’t Already)

One of the coolest features Google has introduced lately is the ability to launch voice commands without minimal non-voice input. If you’re using a phone like the Moto X, you can already say “Ok, Google Now” to launch voice commands. If you’re not, here are some of the ways you can get it:

  • Use the Google Now launcher (on certain devices): One of the headlining features of the Nexus 5 when it came out was that you could say “Ok, Google” from the lock screen. This has since been expanded to several other devices, though it’s unclear how many are supported. To make matters more complex, Google has added an “Ok, Google” everywhere option that lets you launch voice commands even when you’re not at the home screen. This is also only supported on a limited number of devices and it’s unclear how (or if) the rollout is happening. Still, if you’re one of the lucky ones that this works for, it’s a great option.
  • Use an alternative launcher like Apex: Not content to wait for Google’s rollout, some developers like Apex have added their own “Ok, Google” hotword detection. This allows you to launch voice commands from the home screen, even if you’re not using Google’s software.

by Eric Ravenscraft

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