Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Turn Off Google Assistant on Android



'How do I turn off Google Assistant on Android' has become a common search term for users of the operating system irrespective of whether it is Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat (Android 7), or Oreo (Android 8).

Specifically, their concern is how they can disable Google Assistant Home button to prevent the AI from listening on their Samsung S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, S9,  Pixel 2, Pixel 3, LG g7, Moto e4 Plus or Huawei Smartphone.

If the same has been your case, then we've outlined the simplest solutions that will guide you to shut off Google's voice response on your phone.

You may have noticed, this AI has a similar functionality to the Siri on Apple smartphones like the iPhone 6, 7 and 8.

Its level of functionality is also similar to that of Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, and Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.

But if you're still uncertain about what Google Assistant, a bit of an insight may help you to reconsider deactivating it.




What is Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is an Artificial Intelligence software that improves the efficiency of your Android smartphone.

The purpose of this voice-powered assistant is to do the basic things for you which will save your time and effort.

Therefore, it makes calls on your behalf, reads text messages, and allows you to use your voice to carry out searches on the internet and generally, it allows you to get help especially when you need it most.

All you have to do is hold down the home button, and it will be activated.

Next, you'll have to press the voice search button or say 'Ok Google' who then begins listening to your voice.

Other functions of the Google Assistant include:

  • Setting alarms
  • Playing music
  • Opening of apps
  • Scheduling events
  • Asking for directions
  • Making a reservation
  • Changing phone settings
  • Streaming videos to your TV
  • Dimming the lights through Google Home


Why Should You Disable Google Assistant?


At this point, many will wonder, if Google Assistant is so cool, why should I bother about disabling it on my phone.

The first reason is, no one likes something they have no control over.

That is to say, getting the Google Assistant on Android is not optional. It is something you sign up for just by being a user of the operating system.

If you're like some of us who don't like a thing being shoved down our throat irrespective of how useful it may be, then you may want to get rid of this Assistant.

Secondly, the Google Now feature which is accessible when you press and hold the home button may have been replaced with this AI software.

Also, there are times when you'll mistakenly hold down the button or you're trying to exit a current app and Google Assistant will pop up.

If you're speaking at that point in time, it'll capture your voice, analyze it and then search on the internet.

Here's one more way to waste your internet data and battery unnecessarily.

When it happens occasionally, it may be nothing of a major concern until it happens more frequently which becomes undesirable.

If any of the aforelisted reasons matches what you're facing, or you have your own personal reasons that have made you wonder if you can turn off Google Assistant or remove it entirely, then check the section below.


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How to Turn Off Google Assistant on Android


There are two ways you can remove Google Assistant on your phone, you can either change the way it operates or disable it entirely.

The first option means that you will still be able to enjoy some of its features while the second option means you'll finally get rid of it.

To turn off Google Assistant on Android 7 or 8, do the following:
  • Press and hold the Home button
  • Select the Explore Icon at the top right corner of the screen
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  • Click on the dotted menu Icon
  • Choose 'Settings' from the drop-down menu
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  • In Devices section, click on 'Phone' (Note, if it's Google pixel you're using, you'll see the option 'Pixel' instead)


How do I turn Google Assistant off

  • Toggle the Google Assistant option off

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And that's it.

But keep in mind that the steps above will help you in disabling the voice search on Android 7 and 8.

For Android versions like 5 and 6, the steps differ slightly.


How to Turn Off Google Assistant on Android 5 


To shut off OK Google on Android 5 or 6, do the following:

  • Click and hold the home button
  • Click on the Hamburger Icon by the left
  • Navigate to 'Settings'
  • Select 'Voice'
  • Click on 'Ok Google' Detection
  • Turn off the gear Icon on the option 'From Google App'
  • Also turn off the gear Icon option on 'From any Screen'

If you've made it this far, then you've done it!


How to Turn Off Google Assistant on Home Button


To disable Google Assistant on the home button such that when clicked upon, it will not lead to the page Google app page, do the following:

  • Navigate to your device's Settings
  • Scroll down to 'Apps' or 'App Management'
  • Navigate to the Google App
  • Click on 'Permission'

  • Deactivate the gear icon 'Microphone'


  • Finally, Click on 'Deny Anyway'

These simple steps should be able to prevent your Home button from leading you to the voice search page.

Conclusion


The ease at which you can turn off Google Assistant on Android makes it something not to worry your head about.

Although this is a software that can enhance your level of operation, the final decision lies with you if you want to be prompted with a voice search occasionally. 

Whether its Android 5 Lollipop, 6 Marshmallow, 7 Nougat, 8 oreo you're using or Android smartphones from brands like Gionee, LG, Samsung, Infinix, Motorolla, Huawei etc. this can easily be resolved.

Your internet data will not be wasted in cases where the feature gets activated automatically, and neither will your battery.

The best part is, you can turn on the feature at a later time in future if you decide you'll rather enjoy its features.