15+ Secret Google Functions Only 10% of Users Know About

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Google is not only a search engine but also a real laboratory that develops tons of apps to entertain its users.

 

 

Play Solitaire.

This is one of the secret games hidden in the search engine. Just type “Solitaire” in the search box, and a screen with the game will appear under the box.

Turn any doodle into a drawing.

The AI Experiments project allows you to test how the AutoDraw neural network recognizes images: draw an outline or a shape of any object with your mouse, and the “smart” algorithm will guess what you mean and replace it with a more precise image.

 

Do some quick calculations.

If you don’t have a calculator at hand, and you don’t want to use an app on your computer or smartphone, then an inbuilt calculator with extended functions will come to the rescue. All you need to do is type “calculator” in any language in the search box.

 

Play Pac-Man.

In 2010, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, an interactive minigame for all users appeared in the search engine. To start it all you need to do is type “Pacman” in the search box.

 

Listen to the sounds various animals and birds make.

Try typing “What sound does a zebra make” in the search box to hear how zebras and other animals and birds sound.

 

Play a duet with the computer on a virtual piano.

Yet another experimental project where artificial intelligence tries to make an arrangement for any melody a user creates. Regular users can have fun with the virtual piano, and professional musicians can even plug in an electronic one.

 

Take a challenge — play the legendary Breakout.

A classic arcade game created in 1976 by the Atari company. To play it in your browser, type “Atari Breakout” in the search box, and open image search results.

 

Learn about the nutritional value of any food.

If you are trying to stay fit and healthy and you need to calculate the nutritional value of food and drinks, try special Google cards. Just type “nutritional value” and the name of the food or drink in the search box.

 

Climb into the TARDIS.

The TARDIS time machine from the Doctor Who TV series has now appeared in our dimension. The spaceship in the shape of a police box has been on one of London’s streets for several years now. Google Maps allows you to take a look inside.

 

Build a house, or do repairs.

Bubble level will appear in Google if you type “Bubble Level” in the search box. Hold any of the phone’s or tablet’s 4 sides against an object to test it for level or plumb, or lay it down on a flat surface for a 360° level. It works only on mobile devices.

 

Play with a dinosaur if there’s no Internet connection.

A small gift to the most attentive users. When your Internet connection breaks, you get a game about the adventures of a 2D-dinosaur named Steve in your Google Chrome browser. To start the game, simply press the space bar.

 

Become a musician, and create a melody from any kinds of sounds.

One more Google lab project in association with several talented developers. The Infinite Drum Machine Web App creates a beat melody from thousands of sounds present in our daily life: the sounds of a lock opening, newspaper rustling, dogs barking, birds singing, or a strong wind blowing.

 

Play with a spinner, or turn a wheel.

A virtual spinner or a number wheel will appear if you type “Spinner” in the search box. Get it spinning by clicking it or the Spin button. Switch the bar to Number, and you’ll get a number wheel.

 

Play Snake.

To launch the Chinese Snake click here. Control it with the up, down, left, and right arrows. Collect coffee, dumplings, and other bonuses, but avoid dynamite. And watch your own tail.

 

Compare and decide which takeout food to order.

If it’s hard for you to decide what to eat, ask Google for advice and compare 2 dishes. To do this, go to the main page of the search engine and type the names of the dishes, for example, Pasta vs Burger. Then click I’m Feeling Lucky. This will get you to the page where you can compare these and other takeout dishes.

 

Bonus: How are the numbers 466453 and Google connected?

These strange numbers are a numeric interpretation of Google: they match the letters on the phone keyboard. Mobile SMS-search was quite popular in the past, and it was enough to send a text with a question to 466453 and get an answer in an incoming message. Alas, today the service is disabled.