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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

Google Voice Search

If you have an Android smart phone, you have access to Google voice search. You might already know how to use voice search, but if not, this may help you figure it out.

First, you need to download the free Google Chrome Browser onto your smart phone by going to and clicking on the button, “Download Chrome.” If you are using your desktop computer, you will need a microphone or a web camera for voice search to work. Most laptops already have a microphone and camera built in.

After Chrome is installed on your device, go to and look to the right of the search bar; you will see a little icon that looks like a microphone. Next, just click on the microphone icon and speak the words you would like to search for. After you speak your search words, Google will convert your spoken words to text and do a Google search. The search is very sensitive, so be careful. When I show my clients this option, I speak their business name into my phone and they sometimes say, “Yes, that’s my business” so Google will search, “business name yes that’s my business.”

Google Local Voice Search

Now that you know how to use Google voice search, I’ll teach you how to use Google local voice search. Go to and click on maps. Look for the voice search microphone icon in the search bar. Click on the microphone icon and speak your search words, such as, “health food.”  This will give you a list of all health food outlets available in your map area.

After getting your list, you can click on the business you want to see and get its phone number, address, website and reviews. You can also click “more information” to go to the free Google local page for that business.

If you are a business owner, you can manage your local page and I can add a “see inside” tour of your business. Give me a call for more information at (702) 882-9074 or visit

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