Google Search update now lets you designate contacts as mom, dad, etc

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 11, 2014


Today Google has announced it is bringing a new feature to Google search, giving us the ability to mark specific contacts as our children, wife, mom, dad and so on. Basically the feature allows you to say “call dad” or “call wife”, and Google will start dialing.

The new functionality is all about making it easier to call or text our family members and supports all sorts of relations including cousins, nephews, aunts, uncles and so on. If you have more than one person for each of these categories, it will open a sub-menu asking specifically which one you wish to call/text.

It’s important to note that the new feature doesn’t require an update to Google search, as Google has enabled it on the backend. You will need to say something like “call dad” in order to opt-in and set up the feature, however.

Although this feature isn’t exactly a game-changer or all that exciting, it is nice to see Google continually evolving its Search capabilities, making our lives just a tad bit easier in the process. Of course, if you’re like me, that means you are now going to have to edit your contacts so your parents names are more than just ‘mom’ or ‘dad’.

  • Shark Bait

    this is well over due! good to see it gradually getting more intelligent. I welcome the day Google does every thing for me!

  • Nick

    After this update Google search works on my galaxy note 10.1 it wasn’t working since the previous update.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    Pretty neat.
    Now I look forward to seeing it being able to differentiate “younger sister” and “older sister”, lol. I have two sisters, and Google Now lets me add only one “sister”. xD

    • fvqu

      Or you can just use their name.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        Asian names. Google Search is not very good at that… yet. :/

  • Google getting creepier each day

  • Amine Elouakil

    The update was for this alone? hmm so they want more datas about you, it seems…

  • fredphoesh

    THANK YOU GOOGLE!! I asked for this feature about a year ago, tired of Google voice search not understanding my wife or my son’s names!!! Good job google.

  • Stas

    Tried it. In Italy right now doesn’t work. Hope will soon.

  • Shaun

    works in hong kong

  • 404Kim

    My boyfriends name is Aaron, but when I say “Call Aaron”, it pulls up “Erin”, of which there are two. Neither of whom I actually want to call :)