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.
Step 2: Go to settings
Tap the profile icon or letter at the top right corner of the screen. Click settings among the option.
Step 3: Navigate to Google Assistant
On the settings options, tap Google Assistant to open the settings specific to 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.
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.’
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.
Step 2: Go to System Navigation
Under Home screen, click ‘System Navigation’ for more options.
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.
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.
Step 2: Go to settings
Tap on your profile icon at the top right corner, then select settings among the options that open.
Step 3: Go to Google Assistant
Under the settings, select ‘Google Assistant.’
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 2: Select default apps
Under Apps, select Default Apps to open a list of apps that function as default in the device.
Step 3: Select ‘Default Digital Assistant app’
Under Default Apps, tap on the ‘Default digital assistant app option.’
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.
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.
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