How to activate the Google Assistant from the power button in Android 12

How to activate the Google Assistant from the power button in Android 12

With the latest version of Android, there are even more ways to open Google Assistant. Jack Wallen shows you how to turn a long press of the power button into one of these methods.

Android 12 is almost there and the verdict (at least by myself) is extremely positive. With Material You and a host of new features and optimizations, the latest iteration has a lot to offer every type of user.

A new feature makes activating the Google Assistant even easier. This new option is a great fallback when voice activation fails or if (like me) you have several Android devices lying around and don’t want to call “Hey, Google”, just to have each device recognize the hot word and wait further inputs. Another example where this new method can be useful is when you are in a noisy environment and Android is not responding to voice commands.

Either way, you have options and with Android 12, and one of those options is to map a long press of the power button to launch the Google Assistant. Let me show you how to enable this feature.

What you will need

To make it work, you will need a device with Android 12. Since the final version of 12 is not available, you can always choose to join the beta program. To find out how to join the Android 12 Beta program, read “How to get Android 12 Beta”.

This is all you need. We enable this new feature.

How to map the power button to Google Assistant in Android 12

To map the power button to the Google Assistant, swipe down the Notification Shade twice and tap the gear icon to open the Settings window. In Settings, scroll down and tap System. From the System menu, tap Gestures.

Under Gestures, locate and tap Press and hold the power button ( Figure A ).

Figure A

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The Gestures section of the Settings window in Android 12.

In the resulting window ( Figure B ), tap the On / Off slider associated with Hold for Assistant until it is in the On position.

Figure B

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Enabling the power button to launch the Google Assistant in Android 12.

After doing that, exit out of Settings and then long press the Power button. This will bring up a new screen ( Figure C ) who will notify you of the change. This will also instruct you on how to turn off your device, which is done by saying “Turn off”, once the Google Assistant is open. If you want to restart your phone, open the Google Assistant and say “restart”.

Figure C

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The information window will help you understand how to interact with the new feature.

And that’s it to map the Google Assistant to your device’s power button. This new option won’t be for everyone, but for those who prefer to have more options for opening Google Assistant, this is a great addition.

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