One of my absolute favorite parts of Android 4.x is Google Now. I use Now and voice commands for pretty much everything. Combine those features with Google’s awesome speech-to-text capabilities, and I’m full speed ahead. Sometimes, Google Now can be quite frustrating.

For instance, check out this question from a Solosez compadre:

I recently got an HTC One. So far, so good.  But, the phone has Voice Search, and while it’s kinda cool, if I ask it for the temperature it gives me the temp…in Celsius.  I do not live in Canada. I want the temp in Fahrenheit.  By default.

I’ve looked all over the place for settings to change this, but to no avail.  It’s likely that I missed it in some painfully obvious place, but can someone please help me with this issue? Yes, I know I can ask for the temperature in Fahrenheit, but I  shouldn’t have to do that.

Oh yeah, it’s 35 Celsius, which equates to 95 Fahrenheit.  Typical for Houston this time of year.

And this friend is correct: Google recognizes that you’re not in Canada, and assuming you’ve got the correct settings from your carrier (SettingsDate & time), you should be rocking whatever degrees you want (though 35 sounds much better than 95 for this time of year).

No sweat, because there’s an easy fix. You’ve likely missed a step somewhere, probably when Google Now asked whether you want Fahrenheit or Celsius, so you’ll have to make the switch “old school.”

First, make sure Google Now is active. Obviously, my Celsius-hating colleague does, but if you’d like Google Now to tell you the weather (among other things), you’ll need to “opt in to the Borg.”

If you don’t have the Google or Voice Search apps installed, go get ’em. Side note while they’re downloading and installing: in order for Google Now to work, you must have a device running Android 4.0+.

Click Voice Search or Google to open.

Voice Search app

This will sort of get you to Google Now. That’s okay, because right now your only concern is making sure Google Now is active. Click the menu button in the lower right hand corner.

Google Now Menu

This will launch the settings menu where you can check to make sure Google Now is turned on.

Google Now Settings

If that’s all great, it’s time to wrangle in some prodigal settings. Note: you can also use these following steps to change any Google Now card and the information displayed.

Now, it’s time to open Google Now. Use Home button + Up-drag to open. I prefer using my Google Now widget from my home screen.

You should see something like this:

Google Now Home Screen

The key is to remember the information or “I” icon in the upper right-hand corner of each card.

Google Now Card Settings

This is your “golden boy” ticket to Google Now card happiness.

Clicking the icon gets you this:

Google Now Weather Settings

Which also gets you this:

Celsius or Fahrenheit Setting Google Now

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! You are saved! When it’s hot you want hot, and now you have it.

Quick, easy, and definitely time to go relax in the pool.

Remember, if you have a question or issue you can’t solve, let me know.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Jason Murray · August 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Excellent information. My problem is that one of the key functions I would like to take advantage of is the ability to open music through Google Now. I have the specified Google Play Music app and Google Now active and functional. However, no command I try actually searches and finds music as their example shows – ie “listen to Tom Petty Wildflowers”. This gets me a web search. The closest I can come is open play music app, then I still have no easy voice options and have to start button-mashing…

    Jeffrey Taylor · August 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah, as far as playing music, it’s not too sharp yet.

Jack Minshull · December 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

How do you change the order in which cards are displayed?

For instance, I have the local weather card on my home page, but when I add a sports team, it takes over the space. And when I click on it, the sports team is at the top and the weather card below. I want both, but I want the weather card to take precedence. Is there a way to switch them around?

    Jeffrey Taylor · December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The basic answer is that you can’t. Google Now looks at your cards with the question, “what are you most likely to want to know about?” Unfortunately, the answer is always time-related — what comes next? —- and not necessarily interest related. Plus, if you’ve looked at the card, then Google Now figures you won’t be interested in seeing that the next time, so it will move it lower down the list.

    I hope that the next thing Google Now will “learn” is my habits — such as when I leave for work (approximately) and return home (approximately) — and give me the ability pin particular cards at the top.

      Jack Minshull · December 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Jeffrey, that’s what I figured after playing around with it extensively. I was hoping things had changed with Jelly Bean, but apparently not. I’ll just delete the sports team card like I did last time and hope along with you.

Nicole in Clearwater · March 6, 2014 at 5:57 am

Thanks for the help. I had my app set up o.k. but thought maybe it switched to Celsius because the predicted high today was 120. However, that would be 248 Fahrenheit so obviously that is just a crazy error. Or so I hope as I have motions and contracts to work on and being baked alive would interfere!

    Jeffrey Taylor · March 6, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Glad to help! I wish I could use Fahrenheit in the summer and Celsius in the winter. -5°C seems so much colder than 23°F. And 110°F sounds so much hotter than 43°C.

Let's discuss this (you can use Markdown in your comment)

%d bloggers like this: