Skip to main content

Your Android phone can now read you a bed-time story

Image credit: Shutterstock / TechRadar
Audio player loading…

If you long for your childhood when someone would always read you a bed-time story before bed, you're in luck (if you have an Android phone) as Google Assistant can now do just that.

Google has just released its Tell Me a Story function to Google Assistant on all Android phones – previously it was only available on Google smart home products, but now you can have a bed-time story read to you on the go.

The Tell Me a Story function works just how you'd expect – if you ask Google "tell me a story" or a few other variations, such as "read me a bedtime story" or "bedtime story me now", the app Google Play Books will open and a randomly-selected story will be read to you.

The stories aren't exactly complex works – when we tested the feature we had Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and then the Sorcerer's Apprentice, then Hansel and Gretel – there are also a few Dora the Explorer and Nickelodeon stories available.

Each audio book is between three and ten minutes long, and read in a lovely, comforting voice – perfect to dose off to after a long day at work. You can't choose what story is read to you, and it isn't exactly the most challenging or adult of content, but then again what better way to return to your childhood?

Via Androidpolice (opens in new tab)

Tom Bedford
Deputy Editor - Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.


He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.