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3 little-known location tricks for Google Assistant on Android


I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our favorite virtual helper is losing some of its location-sensing smarts.

Yes, oh yes: For reasons unknown, Google’s in the midst of quietly pulling back Assistant’s ability to handle reminders based on your physical location — y’know, the “remind me to do something when I get to this place” sorts of commands that have long been possible on Android. It’s part of a broader confusion campaign realignment of Google features that seems to be placing more emphasis on the company’s Tasks service and its integration with other Google apps.

Blah, blah, blah — yadda, yadda, yadda. We can yammer on all day about the silliness of this shift and the comedic gold of Google’s never-ending flip-flop habit. And let’s be honest: We almost certainly will, one of these days. But not today, gersh dern it.

Today, I want to turn our focus to some little-known location features Assistant still has in its grasp — ’cause while it may be losing that one location-related option, Assistant still possesses some powerful ways to interact with our whereabouts. It’s just up to you to realize they’re available and then remember to use ’em.


Assistant location trick No. 1: The self-location spell

We’ll start with the simplest command of the bunch but one that can be surprisingly helpful in the right situation. Clear your throat, practice your finest fancy-person voice, and say the following to your favorite Android phone:

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