Get to Google Now on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Google Now has made waves in the internet tech world with its release for smartphones. If you aren't familiar with Google Now, it is an artificially intelligent virtual assistant application, which delivers results in real time with voice recognizable audio. It can answer user generated questions on the fly and deliver search results in no time at all. Also it can give answers to your queries. Following the development and release of such advanced phones as Samsung Galaxy S4, makers have incorporated Google Now as an app on its device. So if you have purchased an S4 and want to know how to enable the application on your device, read on to find out how.

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Setting up Google Now for your Phone

To setup Google Now on your Galaxy S4, you need to have an internet connection and follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on the Home button once
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    You can also press the Back key for a few times to go to the Home screen.
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    On your Home screen, look for the Google search bar, tap on it to open Google Now
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    As an alternative, you can press and hold on the Menu key (lower-left button of your phone) to go directly to Google Now. You can also press and hold on the Home button to get and press on the "G" icon on the page that will prompt; this will take you to Google Now too.
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    If it is the first time that you opened Google Now, you will see a search button
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    Below it is the "Get Google Now" link; tap on the link to proceed.
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    You will be taken to Get Google Now page where you will be asked to all Google to access information on your phone, tap on "YES I'M IN" button to proceed
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    Choose a Google account that you want to use for Google Now
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    If you have not yet Set Up Google Account on Samsung Galaxy S4, check on our article on how to make one.
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    Google Now is set up on your phone
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    You can now enjoy Google Now's features like voice commands, voice searching, view your preferred display cards, and more.
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How to use Google Now

Google Now has two main features: the display cards and the voice commands. The display card shows useful cards based on your location and your current time. Google Now voice commands allow you to do complex searches and phone commands to do tasks with minimal phone touches.

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    Perform Google Now searches
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    You can perform manual searches by tapping on the search bar button and typing the key words. You can also use voice searches by tapping on the microphone icon on the search button and speaking a search command like "search for Facebook".
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    View Display Cards
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    Display cards are shown below the Google Now search bar. Tap on the Display Cards to view a more detailed version of it.
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    Add more cards
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    To add more Display Cards, tap on the More option on the lowest part of your Display Cards.
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    Remove Display Cards
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    You can remove any Display Card that you want by swiping it off to the left or right of your phone's screen. If you removed it by mistake, you can press on the "Undo" button to bring the display card back.
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    Turn cards off and change card settings
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    If you want a specific card to stop from appearing on your Google Now app, tap on the options icon located on the upper-right part of the card and choose "No" to stop receiving updates from that card. You can change any settings that you want by tapping on the desired options.
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    Customize Google Now
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    You can customize Google Now by tapping on the Customize icon. You can customize your preference for sports, stock lists, places and everything else.
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Tuning up Google Now using the Settings

You can personalize and give your Google Now application with your own preferences by going to the Settings. Once you are on the Google Now page, tap on the Menu key to view available settings. You can then tap on the Settings option to get to the settings page. These are the options that you will see on Settings.

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    Google Now
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    You can turn on or off Google now by tapping on the switch button. If you want to use another account, you can turn off Google Now and follow the steps to set up Google Now on your phone; this time choosing the other account that you want to use.
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    Phone Search
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    This option will allow you to choose which applications on your device will be included in Google Now searches.
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    Voice Settings
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    Voice settings allow you to change the default settings that are applied when you use your voice for commands. The following are the available options:
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    1. Language. Allows you to change the Language for Voice search input. This is an independent language option so changing the language here will only change the language on Google Now and not on your device.
    2. Speech output. Allows you to change the source of the Voice command from the phone's microphone to your headset's own microphone.
    3. Block offensive words. Allows you to block, or unblock, search results with offensive and vulgar words.
    4. Hot word detection. Allows you to automatically perform voice command and actions without touching the microphone icon. Simply say "OK Google", followed with the key words and Google Now will perform the action based on the given command.
    5. Offline speech recognition. Allows you to use Google Now's voice commands without the internet connection. You need to have a downloaded language and choose it to use offline speech recognition.
    6. Bluetooth headset. Allows you to do Voice command and actions whenever a Bluetooth headset has been paired and available.
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Google Now Voice Commands

The following are the list of voice commands that can be used with Google now. To use Google commands, tap on the Microphone button or, if you have enabled Hot word detection, speak "OK Google" and say the voice commands.

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Search Commands

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    Search
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    • Example: Search for beautiful mountains.
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    What, who and where
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    • Example: Who is President of United States
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    Questions about famous people, places, events and general knowledge
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    • Example: What is Physics?
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Date and Time Commands

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    Current dates of specific places
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    • Example: What date is it in Canada now?
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    Dates of events
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    • Example: When is Good Friday in 2014.
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    Schedule of sunset
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    • Example: When is the sunset in Canada.
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    Time zone of specific places
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    • Example: What is the time zone of Arizona, USA?
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Weather Commands

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    Know the weather
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    • Example: What is the weather today.
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    Questions on outfits
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    • Example: Should I wear a cap tomorrow?
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    Weather forecasts
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    • Example: What is the weather forecast for Sunday?
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Navigation Commands and Maps

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    Show the map of a certain place
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    • Example: Show me the map of Canada.
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    Show direction for a certain place
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    • Example: Navigate to SM Southmall.
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    Compute time and distance between places
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    • Example: How far is Baguio from my current place?
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    Search for nearby places
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    • Example: Search for hotels nearby.
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Mathematical Commands

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    Math equations
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    • Example: What is one plus one plus two.
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    Conversions
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    • Example: Convert three hours to minutes.
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    Math questions and facts
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    • Example: What is the value of Pi?
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Sports Commands

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    Score cards and points table
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    • Example: Show me the score cards of the LA Lakers.
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    Schedule of games
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    • Example: What is the schedule of the NFL?
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    Game results
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    • Example: Show me the game results of NBA.
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Internet Navigation Commands

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    Open a browser
    • Example: Open askmefast.com
    • Example: Go to www.facebook.com
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Music, Movies, and Entertainment Commands

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    Play videos and music online
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    • Example: Listen to Beyonce.
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    General Movie and Music questions
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    • Example: Who starred in Spider Man 2?
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    Play YouTube videos
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    • Example: Play YouTube Counting Stars.
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Reminder Commands

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    Reminder
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    • Example: Remind me to study in three hours.
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    Set an alarm
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    • Example: Set an alarm one hour from now.
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    Personal Notes
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    • Example: Note to self: Do not eat too much.
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Contacts Commands

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    Call a contact
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    • Example: Call "Mom"
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    Send an SMS
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    • Example: Send an SMS to "Mom" I will be home late.
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    Send an Email
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    • Example: Send an Email to Mom Check on this attachment. These are for your pension plans.
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Image Commands

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    Search for an image or photos
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    • Example: Search for images of flower.
    • Example: Pictures of Mount Everest.
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Flight Commands

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    Know Flight Status
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    • Example: Status of Air Canada 123
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    Departure/Arrival schedules
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    • Example: When will Air Canada 123 going to depart.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Remember to create a shortcut of the Google Now App on your home screen for faster access to it.
  • You can use the Google Now app for a number of things, from accessing birthdays, to researching traffic in your area, to receiving notifications about the weather, and much more.

Questions and Answers

Am I able to remove the Google cards from my Galaxy?

Can I take the Google cards off of my Galaxy?

Yes, you can remove the Google cards from your Samsung Galaxy phone. They can be removed from your history, which will cause them not to appear any longer. As an example, you might have visited a restaurant that you did not like, and want to remove it so that you are no longer reminded of it. In this case, simply select the information bubble for the card, and remove it from your history. Now it will no longer appear.

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You can also remove cards by swiping right or left, or selecting the options for a card to no longer receive updates from that card.

How do I add a map/nav to my Google now on the Galaxy S4 mini?

I'm trying to add a map or navigation to Google now on the S4 Mini. Can you help me with this?

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Can I use with K9 web browser?

K9 is a protective internet app. Whenever an internet browser is opened it goes directly to K9. Can you still use this with K9?

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Can Google now negatively affect my sound on my S4?

I'm trying to help my boyfriend with a sound issue, and I read it might be related to a Google setting. Where might I locate these settings?

These settings are in "Apps" (the dock icon) > "Google Settings".

Google Now and "OK, Google!" are known to cause earpiece-speaker-related problems and conflict with other applications causing some sound problems. You can see if the perpetrator is Google Now by following either of the two methods below.

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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on the "Apps" icon.
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    Tap on "Google Settings".
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    Tap on "Search & Now".
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    Tap on "Voice".
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    Tap on "'OK, Google!' detection".
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    Disable all of the options.
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    Go back to the "Search & Now" menu.
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    Tap on "Now cards".
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    Disable "Show cards".
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    Tap on "Turn off".
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    The other solution is to press the home button.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "More".
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    Tap on "Application manager".
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    Swipe the screen left or right to "ALL".
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    Tap on "Google Search".
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    Tap on the "Disable" or "Uninstall" button.
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I removed Google now voice command and want to bring it back to home screen?

Tried to add another app to home screen, it removed four other and the Google now voice

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I don't see the "get Google now" button?

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