Did you know: Google Now voice search automatically recognizes multiple languages

The 'Ok, Google' always-on voice recognition has come as a blessing for people who just want to do quick things with their phone without ever touching the screen, but did you know that you can have Google's voice search automatically recognize between various languages?

If you speak multiple languages, or if you live in a family where two or more languages are spoken, or if you're learning a new language and want to use it, this option is a big convenience.

You just need to download the Google app (in case your phone does not already have it installed) and add the additional languages you want to use for search. We've tested it ourselves with four languages and it all worked like a charm, every time correctly understanding, transcribing and answering our queries. You can also try it by just following the simple steps outlined below.



9. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Make sure you guys are training your voice in the Google Now settings. On my GS6, it will only respond to my voice, no one else's. It is strange and cool.

3. twens

Posts: 1194; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Off topic but one thing I like about Google now is it understands different accents very well. I'm from Africa and Siri on my 6 plus struggles to understand me whiles Google now always understands what I'm saying. Plus one to google for that.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, Not always true. I have no problem with Google Now understanding me, but I have a co-worker who's from Louisiana and his accent is so think it's impossible for Google Now to understand him. Though we do have fun watching it try to.... we get some very interesting search results.

7. CableTelcontar

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Google understands me half of the time.

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It's a software, not a human. So it isn't perfect.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There's a West Indian guy on my job and half the time I don't understand what he's saying.

2. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Works on my 6p English and Russian :)

1. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Doesn't work. Tried mixing mandarin and english, everything was recognized only as english

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Did you mix them in a single search? I don't think it's supposed to be able to mix languages in a single search, but rather individual searches. I.e. you're able to search something in English then search something in Mandarin without needing to change settings.

6. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Neither way works

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