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

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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  • TwirlyGIrly
    September 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    This worked the first time I did it a couple of weeks ago, but apparently there’s been another update and now this method no longer works. No matter what I do, I CANNOT get rid of Google Assistant and I’m getting really aggravated. When I did this previously, it removed the Google Assistant page from my home screens, which is what I wanted to do (I keep accidentally swiping left – prior to the stupid Google Assistant thing, I only had 2 home screens, now I have three). Isn’t there ANY way to get rid of that page and Google Assistant entirely? I can’t believe I’m literally being forced to have something on my phone (which I bought and paid for) that I don’t want to have! (My battery life has decreased noticeably with it, and I don’t use it).

    • September 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      This method still works for me as of the latest update of the Google app. As for removing a home screen, it sounds like you may be using the Google launcher which is why you can’t get rid of it. If you go to the app store and download a different launcher, it should remove that. Hope it helps.

      • TwirlyGIrly
        September 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

        I no longer have the screens shown in the above article, as of the latest update. When I launch the Google app from the app launcher (Step 1), and then click on the three bars in the upper-left corner (Step 2), then settings – the screen now has a blue bar at the top, followed by the words Google Assistant in blue on a white background, then various options in black below that. The screens in Step 3 and Step 4 are totally different, and if I click on “Settings” under Google Assistant on the screen I DO have (following that sequence), the screen that loads is “Meet Your Google Assistant”. THAT is what I get when I click “Settings”. There are no “Settings” options – no way to get rid of the Assistant completely, get rid of the Google Assistant card when I (accidentally) swipe left on my Home screen – and now my battery is taking the hit.

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