Troubleshooting Cortana: Examples of Voice Commands That Won’t Work

If you’re having trouble getting Cortana to respond to your voice commands, it can be frustrating trying to figure out what’s going wrong. Below are some examples of voice commands that may not work with Cortana, along with troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the issue.

Basic Troubleshooting Commands

“Hey Cortana, why aren’t you responding?”
“Hey Cortana, why can’t I hear you?”
“Hey Cortana, why won’t you understand me?”
“Hey Cortana, why won’t you open apps?”

Specific Command Errors

“Hey Cortana, set a timer for 5 minutes.”
“Hey Cortana, play my new music playlist.”
“Hey Cortana, call John Smith.”
“Hey Cortana, send a text message to Mom.”

App and Device Control

“Hey Cortana, open Spotify.”
“Hey Cortana, turn off Bluetooth.”
“Hey Cortana, adjust screen brightness.”
“Hey Cortana, open the camera app.”

Search and Information Retrieval

“Hey Cortana, find Italian restaurants near me.”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the weather today?”
“Hey Cortana, show me my calendar for next week.”
“Hey Cortana, define the word ‘ambivalent’.”

Location-Based Commands

“Hey Cortana, give me directions to work.”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the traffic like on my commute?”
“Hey Cortana, show me a map of downtown.”

Productivity Commands

“Hey Cortana, create a new document.”
“Hey Cortana, schedule a meeting for tomorrow.”
“Hey Cortana, remind me to buy milk at 5 PM.”
“Hey Cortana, set an alarm for 7 AM tomorrow.”

Entertainment and Media

“Hey Cortana, play the latest episode of The Crown.”
“Hey Cortana, pause the music.”
“Hey Cortana, skip to the next track.”
“Hey Cortana, what song is this?”