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How to Turn Off ‘OK Google’ Voice Assistant in Android

Sam ChenSeptember 7, 2017

Over the years, Google’s voice assistant has become significantly more powerful than it has been ever before, but it’s unfortunately still not for everyone. For some it simply doesn’t work well enough, for others the drain on battery life is unacceptable, and for some just simply knowing that Google is always listening is a bit paranoid inducing. While everyone has their reasons for disabling Google Assistant, finding the option to do so isn’t as easy as just heading to the settings menu.

Today we’ll show you how to turn off Google Assistant in Android once and for all.

 

Turn Off Google Assistant (Android)

Step 1

Open up the app drawer and launch the Google App.

 

Step 2

Tap on the hamburger menu at the top left corner of the screen and tap on Settings.

 

Step 3

Under Google Assistant, tap on the Settings.

 

Step 4

Scroll down and find your Phone under Devices. Tap on your phone.

 

Step 5

At this point, you have two options. You can either disable Google Assistant completely which will not only disable the OK Google voice recognition portion of Google Assistant, but it will also disable manually firing up Google Assistant by holding down the home button. The second option is just to disable the OK Google voice recognition portion of Google Assistant which will still allow manually starting Google Voice, but it will not allow Google Assistant to be activated by saying OK Google.

Option 1

You can disable Google Assistant completely by tapping on the option slider next to Google Assistant. Once it’s greyed out, it will be disabled.

Option 2

Another option is to simply disable “OK Google” detection. To do this, tap on “OK Google” detection. Then, tap the Say “OK Google” at any time option slider to disable it. Once it’s greyed out, it will be disabled.

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Sam Chen
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