Send Information from Google Assistant to Your Phone

With all of the announcements around Google Home and Google Assistant yesterday at Google’s big product event, it is not surprising that we are starting to see new functionality come into the products.  One of the new functions that you can do with Assistant is send information that you have searched for to your phone so you can get to it while on the go.  It saves you from having to do the search again from your phone.

How it works is pretty straight forward.  On your Google Home, ask Assistant about something and then follow it up with “OK Google, send this to my phone”.  For example, “OK Google, what was the score of the Rockies game?”  Google will give you the sad loss of the Rockies to the Diamondbacks last night.  As soon as Assistant finishes, say “OK Google, send this to my phone” and the results are sent to you phone via a notification.  Tap that notification and you can get that information.

Notifications will remain on your phone for 24 hours and disappear afterwards if you don’t deal with them.

In order for this to work, you need to have notifications enabled in Google Assistant on your phone.  Google has set up an excellent help page to guide you through everything you need to do to enable the feature.

As for what apps this will work with, the list is reasonably extensive and likely will expand.  That list, for now, includes:

  • Calendar information
  • Shopping list
  • Weather
  • Sports standings and schedules
  • Movies
  • Lists
  • Images and photos
  • Translations
  • Finance information
  • News

Give it a try and see what you think.  I suspect as we get further into 2018 we are going to see more and more of these types of cross device information sharing through Google Assistant.

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