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Use the JW.ORG Action for Google Assistant

Use the JW.ORG Action for Google Assistant

Play selected content from jw.org using the jw.org action for Google Assistant.

Setting Up Your Device

Use the manufacturer’s instructions supplied with your Google Assistant-enabled device to connect it to the Internet and set it up for use.

Enable the jw.org action on your device by saying, “Hey Google, talk to jw.org.”

Supported Devices

The jw.org action works on Google Assistant-enabled devices and apps from Google, such as those listed below. Other devices may be compatible, but we are not able to guarantee support for every available device.

  • Google Home

  • Google Home Mini

  • Google Nest Hub

  • The Google Assistant app on Android or iOS devices

Using the JW.ORG Action

Your command must include the action name jw.org before the description of what you want to play. For example:

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play original songs”

Google Assistant plays the audio version of the content you ask for. Below are some examples of what you can ask Google Assistant to play.

Note: Some of the words are optional, and these are shown in square brackets. For example, you can say, “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read the daily text [for today].” In this case, the words “for today” are optional, since Google Assistant reads the daily text for today if you do not request a different day.

You can also ask Google Assistant to play content in other languages. See the heading “ Play Content in a Different Language.”

Bible

Google Assistant plays recordings of the 2013 edition of the New World Translation if they are available. Otherwise, it plays recordings of the 1984 edition.

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play Genesis”

    (play the entire Bible book starting with chapter 1)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play Matthew chapter 5

    (play the Bible book starting with the specified chapter; starting at a specific verse is not supported for Google Assistant)

Music

When you ask Google Assistant to play a music collection, it plays the songs in random order until you tell it to stop.

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play music”

    (play a variety of music)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play original songs”

    (play original songs)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play children’s songs”

    (play Become Jehovah’s Friend songs and Kingdom songs sung by children)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play Kingdom songs”

    (play instrumental and vocal arrangements of Kingdom songs)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play Song 38”

    (play the meeting arrangement of the song)

Meetings

Google Assistant can play the assigned Bible reading, the Watchtower study article, or the Congregation Bible Study material from last week, this week, or next week. In each case, the week begins on Monday.

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read this week’s Bible reading” or “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read the Bible reading for this week”

    (play all Bible chapters assigned for this week’s midweek meeting)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read last week’s Bible reading”

    (play all Bible chapters assigned for last week’s midweek meeting)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read next week’s Bible reading”

    (play all Bible chapters assigned for next week’s midweek meeting)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read this week’s Watchtower Study”

    (play the study article for this week)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read this week’s Congregation Bible Study”

    (play the chapter being discussed at this week’s midweek meeting)

Additional Features

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read the daily text [for today]”

    (Google Assistant reads today’s text and comments from Examining the Scriptures Daily)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read the daily text for tomorrow (or yesterday/next Wednesday/December 1)”

    (Google Assistant reads the text for the specific day)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play the latest morning worship”

    (play the most recently released Morning Worship program)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play Morning Worship [programs]”

    (play Morning Worship programs in random order)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play dramas”

    (play audio dramas in random order)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play dramatic Bible readings”

    (play dramatic Bible readings in random order)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play the [monthly] broadcast”

    (play the audio version of the latest monthly broadcast)

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play the [monthly] broadcast for January 2019”

    (play the audio version of the monthly broadcast for the requested month)

 Play Content in a Different Language

You can play audio content in a different language if the content is available in that language on jw.org.

For example:

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read this week’s Watchtower Study in Russian.”

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to read this week’s Congregation Bible Study in Tagalog.”

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play original songs in Korean.”

  • “Hey Google, ask jw.org to play the latest morning worship in Hindi.”

Please note these limitations:

  • You cannot request the daily text in a different language, since it is read by Google Assistant and Google Assistant can read only in the language of your device.

  • The jw.org action follows the midweek meeting schedule used in English and other major languages. In some cases, congregations in other languages may use a different publication for the Congregation Bible Study.

Playback Control

You can control playback by giving commands such as the following:

  • “Hey Google, pause” or “Hey Google, stop”

    (stop playback until you ask Google Assistant to resume)

  • “Hey Google, resume”

    (resume playing the last content that was stopped, whether from jw.org or another source)

  • “Hey Google, next” or “Hey Google, skip”

    (stop playing the current track, and play the next available one)

  • “Hey Google, repeat” or “Hey Google, restart”

    (restart playing the current track from the beginning)