How to disable the Google Assistant

How to disable the Google Assistant

The app Google Assistant has its advantages: it allows you to find the name of a song, have a hands-free option for Google searches, create reminders for various tasks. But sometimes activating it is too easy, or for some the fact that it’s always listening is just creepy, rather than useful.

Sometimes, what you really want is to disable the feature and have more control over your technology.

Whatever your reason, turning off the Google Assistant is relatively easy for those with Android devices. This will completely revoke your access to the assistant functions. But if you’d rather have occasional access, you might consider turning off the support button instead, rather than turning off the Google Assistant altogether. That way, you’ll still be able to access the assistant via your phone, but not via the Home button.

Here’s how to perform both actions on your Android device:

How to disable the Google Assistant on Android

If you want to completely get rid of the Google Assistant features, follow these directions to completely disable it via your Android device:

1. Open your Google app and then tap the three dots in the bottom toolbar (labeled “other”).

2. Select “Settings” to open a new menu.

SCREENSHOT TURN OFF GOOGLE ASSISTANT

3. Tap “Google Assistant” and go to the Assistant section.

4. Under “Assistant devices”, select “Phone”.

5. Tap the toggle button to turn off the Google Assistant.

how to disable google assistant

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How to disable the Google Assistant support button

For those who still want to access Google Assistant, but with a little more intentionality, disabling the support button can be a good alternative to a complete shutdown. Basically, it means you can’t accidentally turn on the Google Assistant via your phone’s Home button.

Here’s how to turn it off:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to access settings.

disable the Google Assistant support button

2. Scroll down to the “Applications” section, then select “Default Applications”.

How to disable the Google Assistant

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3. Tap “Device Assistant App” or “Assistant & Voice Input” (the wording of these commands may vary from device to device).

Assistant and voice input

4. To disable the Google Assistant support button, tap “Device Assistant App” (not the gear icon next to it) and choose an option other than Google Assistant.

Google device assistance app

Google Assistant is meant to be a useful tool, but if it no longer works for you, disabling it or just making it harder to activate can be helpful in minimizing your tech frustrations.

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