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How To Turn Off Google Assistant On Android In 4 Easy Steps

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How To Turn Off Google Assistant On Android In 4 Easy Steps

Google Assistant is among the top three digital assistances, alongside Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Using voice commands, the AI tool can launch apps, Google stuff, make calls and send messages all hands-free. 

Unfortunately, Google Assistant can turn on or pop up unnecessarily. It can record your voice when speaking to others or get activated by the TV. If this happens, it may be best to turn off Google Assistant. Continue reading to learn different ways to stop Google Assistant from interrupting you on your Android phone or tablet. 

Method 1: Turn Off Google Assistant

If you no longer wish to use Google Assistant, follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open the Google app on your Android

Locate the Google app among your list of apps and tap it to open. 

Open the Google app.
Tap the Google icon on your device.

Step 2: Go to settings 

Tap the profile icon or letter at the top right corner of the screen. Click settings among the option. 

Scroll down and tap settings.
Scroll down and tap settings.

Step 3: Navigate to Google Assistant 

On the settings options, tap Google Assistant to open the settings specific to it. 

Under Settings, navigate to Google Assistant and tap it.
Under Settings, navigate to Google Assistant and tap it.

Step 4: Open Google Assistant settings

Under Google Assistant, scroll down to ‘All Settings’ and look for ‘General.’ These settings are arranged in alphabetic order, so it’s easier to find a specific item.

Under General, you can manage the Assistant's settings.
Under General, you can manage the Assistant’s settings.

Step 5: Turn off Google Assistant 

Toggle off the switch to the right of ‘Your assistant helps you answer your questions and get things completed.’ This action prompts a message informing you what you miss when you disable Google Assistant. If you’re sure about your action, tap ‘TURN OFF.’

Tap on Turn Off to disable Google Assistant.
Tap on Turn Off to disable Google Assistant.

Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:

Congratulations, you have now successfully turned off Google Assistant. However, if it was set to activate by button or gesture shortcut, it will still prompt you to turn it on. If this doesn’t bother you, you can leave it that way.

Stop Google Assistant via Pre-Set Shortcuts

Alternatively, you can use preset shortcuts to turn off Google Assistant. If these steps do not match the ones on your device, check for similar settings. 

Step 1: Open your phone’s settings 

Go to Settings and scroll through to find the Home screen. You can also search ‘Home screen’ in the search apps bar.

Open Settings and locate the Home screen option.
Open Settings and locate the Home screen option.

Step 2: Go to System Navigation 

Under Home screen, click ‘System Navigation’ for more options.

Under Settings, you will see System navigation.
Under Settings, you will see System navigation.

Step 3: Turn off the shortcut 

Under System Navigation, select ‘Button shortcuts’ to open a list of possible shortcuts. Click on the one that triggers  Google Assistant and tap ‘None’ or set it to perform a different action. 

Scroll the drop-down menu and tap None.
Scroll the drop-down menu and tap None.

This way, you won’t turn on Google Assistant either accidentally or intentionally. In case you need to reverse this, follow the steps above and turn on the option. 

Method 2: Disable Hey Google or Ok Google

Turning off Google Assistant is one thing, and turning off the Hey Google or Ok Google commands is another. If you still want to keep using Google Assistant but stop activating it through voice commands, go for the latter option. Here is how you disable Hey Google or Ok Google commands. 

Step 1: Open the Google app 

Tap the app with the Google logo icon to open the Google app. 

Tap the Google icon on your phone.
Tap the Google icon on your phone.

Step 2: Go to settings 

Tap on your profile icon at the top right corner, then select settings among the options that open. 

Scroll down and tap Settings.
Scroll down and tap Settings.

Step 3: Go to Google Assistant

Under the settings, select ‘Google Assistant.’ 

Go to Google Assistant under Settings.
Go to Google Assistant under Settings.

Step 4: Turn off Hey Google

Scroll down to popular settings in Google Assistant and tap ‘Hey Google and voice match.’ It is the first option in this category. Then, turn off the button to the right of ‘Access your assistant every time you say Hey Google.’ 

Under popular settings, tap Google Voice & Match.
Under popular settings, tap Google Voice & Match.

When this option is off, you can only access Google Assistant through the Home button or any other shortcut you may set. This way, you won’t accidentally open your device with voice.

Method 3: Change Google Assistant Permissions

Like most apps on your Android phone, Google Assistant requires several permissions to function properly. By changing or denying microphone permissions, you can stop the app from using the microphone. This prevents Google Assistant from being activated using your voice.

Step 1: Go to app settings 

Tap the gear icon in your list of apps to open Settings. Under settings, look for Apps and tap it. Then, select manage apps.

Scroll down the Settings until you see the Apps option.
Scroll down the Settings until you see the Apps option.

Step 2: Open Google App permissions

Scroll through the list of apps as you look for Google. Tap it to open, then select “App Permissions” in the App info. 

Tap app permissions under Google app.
Tap app permissions under Google app.

Step 3: Turn off Microphone permissions

Under app permissions, look for the microphone and tap it. Under ‘Microphone access for this app, select Don’t allow. You get a confirmation message on clicking this.

Tap ‘Don’t allow anyway’ to confirm your action. 
Tap ‘Don’t allow anyway’ to confirm your action. 

With that, you can’t accidentally access Google Assistant using your voice. However, you can still open it through other set shortcuts. To completely disable it, you will need to turn off the shortcuts manually. 

Method 4: Disable Google Assistant as a Default App

Google Assistant is the default assistant app in most, if not all, Android devices. By changing it to a default assistant, you stop it from opening whenever the assistant options are activated. Here is how you do this.

Step 1: Go to app settings 

Open the Settings app on your phone and scroll through as you look for Apps. Click Apps to open more options. 

Open Settings and go to Apps.
Open Settings and go to Apps.

Step 2: Select default apps 

Under Apps, select Default Apps to open a list of apps that function as default in the device. 

Navigate to default apps under your Apps.
Navigate to default apps under your Apps.

Step 3: Select ‘Default Digital Assistant app’ 

Under Default Apps, tap on the ‘Default digital assistant app option.’ 

Tap Default digital assistant.
Tap Default digital assistant as shown above.

Step 4: Set the Default digital assistant app to none 

On the page that opens, tap ‘None’ to set this as the default digital assistant app. Having disabled Google Assistant as the default assistant app, it will not pop up when you press the Home button. 

When you select None, Google Assistant won't appear on your home screen again.
When you select None, Google Assistant won’t appear on your home screen again.

Conclusion 

While Google Assistant is an excellent digital assistant, it can become more frustrating than useful. This can happen when it turns on or responds unintentionally. Additionally, even if it doesn’t respond, it’s usually listening to you as it tries to master your voice. 

Whether you are turning off Google Assistant for privacy reasons or you just don’t use the feature, the above methods are helpful in getting it off your Android. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you uninstall Google Assistant?

No, you can’t uninstall Google Assistant. It’s not an app but a built-in Google app. Uninstalling the Google app is not recommended as it is a paramount feature of your Android device. 

Why does Google Assistant open accidentally on my device?

Google Assistant opens unexpectedly when you activate it using the Hey Google or Ok Google command. You can also activate it by long pressing the home button or power button, based on your phone’s settings.

Why does my Google Assistant not respond to Hey Google?

If Google Assistant doesn’t respond to the “Hey Google” command, you may have probably turned off the setting on your device. Open the Google app, then Google Assistant, and check the “Hey Google” option to see whether it has been turned off.

Do I need to turn off Google Assistant if I had already turned it off on another device using the same Google Account?

Google Assistant settings are specific to devices and not Google accounts. Therefore, if you had turned off Google Assistant on one device, you will need to repeat the process if you turn it off on another device, even if you have the same account.

What are alternatives to Google Assistant?

The main alternatives to Google Assistant are Alexa and Siri. However, you will need to have an Apple device for you to use Siri. 

Is Google Assistant private?

Any conversations that you have with Google Assistant are private and encrypted. To prevent  someone else from activating it via their voice, you can control this by turning off the “Hey Google” commands when necessary.

Is Google Assistant Important on My Android?

Google Assistant is important as it enables you to perform several tasks on your phone hands-free. Even so, if you have no problem with using your hands, you can deactivate the assistant, and your device will still function effectively.

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