Google Now could well be the personal assistant you’ve always been hankering for, available as it is for the price of absolutely nothing. Since its debut on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices some time back, its been getting better and better at providing personalized information at your fingertips. Google Now can also be used on your PC if you are using a Chrome browser. If you haven’t given Google Now a go yet, here’s how to go about it.
For the uninitiated, Google Now is a service that displays personalized information to you on your Android device or desktop. The information could be anything that you habitually use the internet for, such as displaying the weather at a certain time, showing the best traffic route to take, informing you of the latest updates from a blog or news site that you regularly follow, pulling out the game scores, and so on. The information is displayed a rather attractive format via cards.
How to Use Google Now on your PC
Before we get started, note that you will first need to set up Google Now on your Android or iOS device and use the same Google login to access Google Now on your PC. In case you haven’t installed Google Now on your Android, here’s what you need to do.
1. Open up the Google Search app on your Android.
2. Tap Get Google Now (or search for Google Now) and follow the instructions in the wizard to set up Google Now on your device.
Now head over to your PC, open up your Chrome browser and sign in to Chrome using the same credentials you used on your mobile device.
You will see a small bell icon in your Windows notification center. Click on the bell to see a list of your Google Now cards, displayed in a stacked format. One point to note though is that you won’t be able to see all card types at the moment, but you’ll be able to get weather updates, your reminders, flight data, and sports scores.
You can dismiss individual card details by clicking the close button available at the top of each card. If you are having trouble viewing your cards on Chrome, check to ensure that location services are turned on for your mobile device.
To Disable Google Now on Chrome
If, for some reason, you are not too pleased with the notification service, no worries, simply deactivate it.
1.Click the Bell icon to bring up the Google Now pop up.
2.Click the Gear icon at the bottom of the Notifications pane.
3. Uncheck the box next to Google Now.
Google has only recently begun to roll out Google Now for Chrome, so if you followed the instructions in this post, but are yet to see the bell icon in the notification area on your Windows PC, don’t worry, the staggered rollout will eventually reach your device. And you can enjoy your personalized card cues in a wholesome manner.
Google Now is a pretty cool service that lets you stay up-to-date with news, events, weather, sports and other calendar events that play a big role in your daily routine. If you trust Google with some of your personal data, install Google Now in a few quick steps and take advantage of this free timely personalized service.