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How to: Quickly Access Google Now From Any Screen [Beginners' Guide]

When Google introduced Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) at Google I/O this past summer, the most popular new feature was Google Now, by a landslide. Google Now, combined with Search, turned your phone into an automated and incredibly intelligent tool. There were the beautiful cards for weather, sports, travel, and appointments, plus the knowledge graph displayed in a crystal clear way. With Google Now on your phone, you instantly became the best trivia night cheater in the building. But how can you access it? 

With a stock device like the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, you can quickly access Google Now from the lockscreen. But what if you are in the browser or gallery and want to see an updated sports score? Easy, as long as you have a device with on-screen navigation keys that runs Jelly Bean.

Instructions

1.  Press the Home button and swipe up onto your home screen.
2.  That’s it. No, seriously. Enjoy Google Now.

This can be done from any screen. If done slowly enough, you’ll see that as you swipe up, your finger leaves some sort of a fingerprint trail as it moves towards the Google Now button. There is no better way to access Google Now, than this.

This will also work with the RAZR HD and RAZR M when they receive Jelly Bean.

Alternate Method

1.  Not all phones have on-screen navigation keys, so the method differs depending on the phone.
2.  On other phones, long pressing the physical Home button usually does the trick.
3.  Some phones like the Galaxy Note 2 require a long press of Home and then a tap on a Google icon.

  • Lou

    Has anyone with the Droid Bionic been able to access Google Now after they received Jelly Bean? I received the upgrade, but can’t seem to make Google Now appear, even after following the instructions listed in the article.

  • Eyebolt

    The same thing works on the Transformer Prime

  • i like that

    kellex wall paper where can i find that

  • Ted

    Works on my Galaxy Nexus running Nova by holding down the Home key. Cool!!

  • Daniel

    or if your phone has hardware buttons, just press the Search key and it comes right up :-)

  • iamjackspost

    Am I the only one who thinks that background looks like clown diarrhea?

  • E Diddy

    how did you get Jelly Bean on the Razr HD?????

    • JoshGroff

      Magic?

  • http://www.youtube.com/lordstickmax LordStickMax

    fyi the moto xoom wifi (jelly bean) does this too. just swipe up from the home button on the bottom left.

  • http://www.steelbandhire.com/wedding-reception-music/ Steel Bands

    A few more years and these devices will be fully voice activated with voice slogans as shortcuts. No more RSI in your fingers.

  • joejoe5709

    I think most people find this by accident…

  • Me

    Don’t have it, don’t care….

  • http://www.facebook.com/GodricRyuzaki Ronnie James Duran

    Any chance we can get that moto jellybean launched with the widget? Theres only the ics launcher version…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Andrew-swwrz/100000106816316 Thomas Andrew שוורץ

    Just a suggestion for phones with physical/capacative buttons …there is an app called home2 shortcut and it lets you set any app you want to certain keys as its double press function.

  • chris

    is the background picture/droplets part of the weather program?

    • WAldenIV

      No, that’s a stock wallpaper on the new RAZR line.

  • why.jpg

    Next: how to wipe your own but.

    • JoshGroff

      Butt*

  • Windows7_Gal

    > Press the Home button
    > Swipe up onto your home screen.
    > There is no better way to access Google Now, than this.

    Huh?

    Or just click on the “Google Now” shortcut directly.

    > 1. Not all phones have on-screen navigation keys, so the method differs depending on the phone.

    > 2. On other phones, long pressing the physical Home button usually does the trick.

    > 3. Some phones like the Galaxy Note 2 require a long press of Home and then a tap on a Google icon.

    Huh?

    Works on ALL device, ALL OS versions.

  • TheOiulkj

    This actually irritated me for the longest time because I used aokp and set long-press home to do something else causing the google now shortcut to pop up when I didn’t want it. Thankfully the newer builds allow you to customize/delete it.

  • the truth

    Its not a press on the home screen it is a swipe up from the bottom…has nothing to do with the home button, just an elegant swipe up from the bottom.

    • JoshGroff

      I too noticed this when swiping up from the recent apps button.

  • PuzzleShot

    You can swipe from the recent apps and back buttons as well, or at least I can from my stock galaxy nexus.

  • Logan Jinks

    Is that the RAZR clock? How can I get it on my Gnex?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoganQBerry Logan Berry

    I want that Clock/Weather/Battery Widget so hard

  • Ryuuie

    On the Nexus S, you just press the Search button.

  • Guest

    Thats not the Nexus, its one of the RAZR variations

    • Justin W

      That’s the RAZR M running Jellybean. No Nexus comes with the Circles widget, and that back ground is from Moto’s line-up (maybe it comes with JB?). It’s the same one I got with my RAZR HD.

  • adb.push.Freedom

    And when you do get comfortable with rooting/roming then you get to take advantage of custom shortcuts in the navbar ring ;)

    • Justin W

      What ROM are you running? I’d like to get my hands on THAT.

      • adb.push.Freedom

        Liquid RC5

    • OhAaron

      Is that sexy clock/calendar a part of the ROM? I like CyanogenMod, but I want that widget!

      • adb.push.Freedom

        Download UCCW from the play store.. Then I uploaded the skin for you to download and apply in UCCW here
        https://www.box.com/shared/3956tfp0yjn3cqrfryob

        • JaronDW

          Do you happen to have the market link for that uccw skin or a link to the zip?

          • adb.push.Freedom

            I had it up yesterday but had to remove it because i don’t pay for file hosting and there was 100 downloads lol here it is
            https://www.box.com/shared/3956tfp0yjn3cqrfryob

          • JaronDW

            Thanks!

          • http://profiles.google.com/coquillagedu13 Hugo Ballester

            Me too Me too :D

  • user01

    I don’t think it’s actually the home button…it’s just sweeping up from the bottom of the screen.

    • Tyler Chappell

      It doesn’t work from just anywhere on the bottom of the screen, as I just tested on my Nexus 7. If I do it in the blank space on either side of the back button or the recent apps button, it doesnt work, but it works if you swipe up from any of the 3 soft keys.

    • michael arazan

      Any one else swiping GoogleNow while playing games and it screws up the games? It is so sensitive I’ve accidentally swiped it a hundred times while playing games on my phone.

      • http://twitter.com/EdLessard Ed Lessard

        All the time!!!!!!

  • buckazui

    whats the background in the screen shots

  • Nex12

    Out of topic but what mod is that for the nexus? I’d like transparent nav bars too….

    • will bartlett

      thats not the nexus bro, thats a razr hd or m

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.gonzalez.33886 Jonathan Gonzalez

      Thats not the Nexus, its one of the RAZR

      • kixofmyg0t

        Never thought I’d see the day where people confuse Motoblur for a Nexus. I for one think its awesome.

        • JoshGroff

          Holy ship, it is blur. That’s actually pretty hot.

    • will bartlett

      pretty sure that isnt the nexus…

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      That’s RAZR but you can get similar widget from my site: http://android.dsaif.tk/store/?dir=UCCW%20Skins/MotoBlur%20Clock

      • will bartlett

        does it flip like the moto version?