A Smart Choice: Go Hands Free With Google Assistant

OK, Google—help me put away these groceries.”

A digital assistant may not be able to help you with household chores yet, but spend a little time using the newly enhanced Google Assistant and you’ll quickly discover that voice-activated control of your smartphone is now easier than ever. And it’s available for many Android smartphones and for iPhone—as a matter of fact, if you’re using Android 6.0 or higher, you already have it!

You can use this handy digital assistant to control apps and devices, find answers to all kinds of questions, make plans, or carry out a variety of useful tasks. On Android phones, simply unlock your phone, hold down the home key, and you’ll see it open up. Say, “OK, Google” or ask a question to activate it, and you’re off and running!

Unlike the Android version, you can’t wake your iPhone by saying “OK Google” to the Assistant. Instead, you’ll need to add the app to your list of widgets. You can download it here. With the widget added, you can access Google Assistant from the lock or home screen with a swipe and a tap. Scroll to the bottom of the widgets you currently have added, and then tap on the Edit button. Find “Your Google Assistant” in the list and tap on the green button.

Once you’ve activated the Assistant, ask it anything you want. It will search the Internet or use associated Google apps to get you an answer or do the job you require. I use it to make phone calls, send text messages, or even email. For example, I just tell it “Text Hubby Be Home At Five”, or “Call Mom,” and Google Assistant takes care of the rest. It’s terrific for searching movie show times, or flight information. Say “take me home”, and it will use Google Maps to direct you to your home address. You can ask it to choose music from your phone’s library (“play me jazz”) and search your Google Photos to find exactly what you’re looking for (“show me pictures from the beach.”) You can even sync it to other “smart” devices in your home—a thermostat, a lamp, or others—and control them remotely (“turn off the lights in the kitchen.”)

If you’re new to using hands-free technology, or gave up on earlier versions, I highly recommend giving the latest Google Assistant a try. From waking you up in the morning to turning off your bedside lamp at night, it provides a thousand conveniences to make your smartphone an even more indispensable tool.

15 Thoughts on "A Smart Choice: Go Hands Free With Google Assistant"

  1. Genevieve Zinteck says

    CC Network out alot, I am worried when on the road..we are in our 80’s. Dissapointed in this phone

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that, Genevieve, and we’d like to resolve the issues you’ve been experiencing. Please give us a call at 888-345-5509. We can do some additional troubleshooting over the phone with you at your convenience. Thank you for taking the time to post, and we look forward to assisting you!

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  2. Roland Millar says

    Thank you!

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  3. John & Sharon Seiling says

    Thanks for the replaced SIM card. Everything works well.

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  4. RoseMoya says

    After trying T-mobile I decided Consumer Cellular is the only way to go. Glad to be back, love your service and very helpful agents. Best service and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon. Keep up the wonderful work! RoseMoya

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  5. alan says

    Ordered an Apple 8 plus. Have been promised next day shipment NOT true. Have been footballed around but still not shipped 4 days later. So much for fast service. Alan

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We apologize for any delay in the shipping of your new phone, Alan. I reviewed your account, and I see that it has shipped, and that we’ve emailed you the tracking information. We’re happy to review the situation with you over the phone if you like at 888-345-5509. Thank you for your patience, and we hope you enjoy your new iPhone!

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  6. David Petersen says

    Looking for covers for our phones, can you help?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, David! We offer a variety of accessories for our devices. I took a look at your account, and I see that Alicia, our account advisor, was able to assist you with ordering a combo pack for your device. If we can help you with anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  7. Ray says

    Been trying to talk to a representative today and have been unable to contact anyone. Always get the voice recording of a 15 minute wait. left my number and missed the call back, called the number that was left and it was busy.
    I switched to consumer because I heard the service was good, NOT ANY MORE. What is going on with you guys, 15 minute waits all day???? Give me a break.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We apologize for the wait you experienced, Ray, and we appreciate your patience. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that Anthony, our account advisor, was able to answer your questions. If we can be of any further help at this time, please don’t hesitate to call us again at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we hope you have a great day!

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  8. grover hunter says

    I just found out that I had no service in Lafayette Tn, all the way to Bethpage, Tn. Its bad not to have service when you need it.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for taking the time to post today, Grover. We can take a look at this and let you know if there is any tower maintenance being addressed in your area. Please give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to look into this further. We appreciate you posting!

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