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Google Assistant can help you shop at Walmart—here's how

Say hello to your new shopping buddy

A bag of groceries sits inside of a blue Walmart bag next to a smartphone on a kitchen countertop Credit: Walmart

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Grocery shopping online is an easy way to stock up on pantry essentials without entering the store, thanks to grocery subscription services like Walmart+. To make things even more convenient, you can shop at Walmart using Google Assistant to order groceries for delivery.

With a few simple voice commands, you can order everything you need from Walmart using a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or smartphone. Here’s how to do it.

What is Walmart+?

Walmart+ bags sitting on a doorstep
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Walmart plus offers free unlimited delivery on groceries.

Walmart+ is a subscription-based membership service that includes unlimited free delivery on more than 160,000 products, including groceries, tech, toys, and more. The $98 yearly fee (or $12.95 per month) also includes scan-and-go in-store shopping and discounts on fuel at select gas stations. At the time of publication, you can sign up for a free 15-day trial of Walmart+.

How to shop Walmart+ using Google Assistant

Three screenshots that show how to log into your Walmart account with Google Assistant
Credit: Walmart

Make sure to connect your Walmart account with Google Assistant.

1. Getting started

If you have an iOS device, download the Google Assistant app. Planning on using a Google Home speaker? You'll still need to install the Google Assistant app on your iOS device.

Android users (including those users who intend to use a Google Home speaker), can skip to step 3.

2. Launch the Google Assistant app.

Open the app and log into your Google account.

3. Talk to Google Assistant

For iOS users, tap the microphone icon in the Google Assistant app to get started, while most Android devices allow you to summon Google Assistant by holding your phone’s Home button. Then use the command, "Hey Google, talk to Walmart."

4. Sync your Google account with Walmart

In order to embark on your virtual shopping trip, you need to create a Walmart account. (If you want to access Walmart’s free delivery service, sign up for Walmart+ before you shop.]
Google Assistant will ask to link your Google account with Walmart when you say, “Hey Google, talk to Walmart.” Follow the prompts to connect your accounts using Google Assistant on your smartphone.

5. Select your default Walmart store

If this is your first time using Google to shop at Walmart, it’s important to set your location so Google Assistant knows which store to shop. To do this, say, “Select my store.”

Google will ask permission to obtain your current location. Upon granting access, Google will display the closest Walmart location to you. Tap or say “yes” using Google Assistant on your phone to confirm the default pick-up store. Now you're ready to shop using Google Assistant on your smartphone or continue the conversation on any Google Home speaker.

6. Add items to your cart

To add items to your cart, say, “OK Google, tell Walmart to add [product] to my cart.” Google Assistant will suggest an item that matches the item you requested. Google will also let you know the size, price, and product name before asking if you’d like to add the item to your cart.

To place the item in your cart, tap or say, “Yes.” Need more than one? Just ask Google Assistant for however many you need. For example, you can say, “Hey Google, add five bananas to my cart.”

Don’t like Google’s suggestion? Say “next item,” and Google Assistant will pull up a similar product. To add a specific item to your cart, specify the name, brand, or other details about the item you’re looking for.

You can also modify what's in your cart by saying things like, “OK Google, tell Walmart to add four more bananas," or, “Ok Google, tell Walmart I don’t want bananas anymore.”

Ready to review your order? Ask Google Assistant, “What’s in my cart?”

7. Check out

Once you’re done shopping say, “Check out.” Google will tell you how many items are in your cart and the total cost. Google will direct you to complete the checkout process in the Walmart app, but you can also respond with “Book a time” to select a delivery window.

Delivery time slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. If your preferred delivery window is unavailable, keep checking. Someone may cancel their order, opening up a new time slot for you. Luckily, Google will remember your grocery order for an extended period of time if you can’t get the time you want. Additional delivery slots also open up each morning.

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