It really seems like Google wants to provide a solution to all your problems. That’s a big deal these days, but the big G can certainly help you with small, everyday challenges with some of the tools built into the company’s famous search engine.
The platform has long strived to provide answers before you finish typing your questions, but not every problem has an answer that can be found on Google. For them, Google Search has tools that provide simple functions that you would otherwise need apps for. And honestly, who needs more apps on their phones anyway?
The internet can be a stressful place, so it’s always a good idea to literally take a breather. Google “breathing exercises” and enjoy a full minute of guided relaxation. The charts will instruct you when to inhale, how long to hold your breath, and when to let go of all your worries with a deep exhale. And if you need another minute, just click repeat icon and start again. Repeat until you feel calm (or at least a little less anxious).
Google’s tool is set to 100 bpm by default, but you can use the slider below it to increase or decrease the BPM according to your needs. When you’re done, click play button and get into the groove.
Timer / Stopwatch
Temporarily unavailable for unknown reasons, but most likely due to return any day, the timer and stopwatch tools can help you manage time when nothing else does. Just type “10 minute timer” or “3 minute stopwatch” in the search bar and hit Enter to start. It’s perfect for anyone who has so many apps on their phone that digging up the clock app can take 10 minutes.
Colors aren’t just colors, and no, it’s not a “shower thought.” Each color can be translated into code depending on how you plan to use it, a feature that is especially important for fields such as graphic and web design. For web pages you have HEX codes; for everything displayed on the screen you have RGB, but if your end goal is to go to print, you’ll need CMYK.
If you’re making your way into coding, for example, or setting up your printer for some high-quality photographic renderings and need a tool to determine the right hues, Google’s got you: type “color picker,” pick the color you want, and see automatically encoded in various formats. You can also plug in a specific code to see what color it represents and any other code variations it may have.
However, to use it, you’ll need to give Google access to the microphone on your phone or computer. Once you do, make sounds with your voice or an instrument and the platform will identify the pitch for you. It will also show you how close you are to the note you want, so you can adjust up or down if needed.
Unless you’re a high school student, mathematician, or accountant, you probably haven’t owned a physical calculator in the last 10 years.
Most smartphones come with basic calculator apps, and your computer probably has one too, but as a last resort, you can Google “calculator” and the search engine will bring up an interface that will help you solve all kinds of math problems—from the most basic addition to the most complex equation.
These days, we can track almost anything and use the resulting data to make informed and accurate decisions. But sometimes you just need a little chance. Google has not one, but three ways to invoke Lady Luck.
Flip a coin
Yes, you can use real coin, but you may not have one on you, especially if you tend to pay for things with your phone. If that’s ever the case, just type “flip a coin” into the Google search bar. The platform will automatically throw virtual currency and tell you if you won or lost.
Roll the dice
If you need more than two options, you can tell Google to roll the dice for you. Type “roll dice” and the machine will automatically roll a six-faced die. If you want to use another die, remove it by clicking on it in the window where it was rolled, and then select the one you want from the options below – you have six types to choose from, including eight, 10, and 20- strange dice.
You can also add other dice of any kind by clicking on them. We’re not sure what the maximum number of dice you can roll at once is, but we rolled 160 and Google didn’t even flinch.
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If for some reason you want to add or subtract a certain number to the total of the dice rolled, you can set this modifier by clicking +- button by entering the number and clicking Apply.
Spin the wheel
Google also has a tool for when you want to turn housework into a show but can’t be bothered to create your own props. Type “Google spinner” and the search engine will spin a six-section wheel for you. Click Wheel size in the upper left corner of the window and you will be able to select a wheel with up to 20 sections. If you don’t like the idea of cleaning the bathroom and need to turn it again, just click Rotate.