How to turn off Google Assistant when you don’t need it

How to disable Google Assistant, totally or just the activation word.

Google Assistant is a very useful feature of the Android ecosystem. It lets you set reminders, make calls, and even identify the song you’re hearing. But at the same time, it’s an additional element that wants to get your attention. If you occasionally accidentally trigger Google Assistant, or feel like you don’t need it anymore, you can turn it off.

How to Disable Google Assistant

There are two ways to do this. You can either disable the entire Googel Assistant voice search feature or disable the wake word “OK Google”. So Google Assistant will still be accessible when you need it, but it won’t accidentally trigger anymore.

Before disabling Google Assistant, make sure all your Google reminders are backed up or moved to another device. Indeed, once Google Assistant is deactivated, you will also lose access to the Reminder feature (which is completely separate from the feature of the same name in the Google Keep app).

Totally or just the activation word

To turn off all functionality, open the Google app on your smartphone and tap the Profile icon. Go to Settings, then Google Assistant, then General. There, turn it off by tapping on the “Google Assistant” line to disable the feature on that device.

If you only want to disable the wake word, open the Google app, tap the Profile icon and choose Settings. There, in Google Assistant then “Hey Google and Voice Match”, tap on the line “Ok Google”.

Disabling Google Assistant doesn’t mean you’ll lose access to all smart features on Google apps. You’ll find that your News Feed is intact and you can still tap the Microphone button in the Search app or the widget to start a voice search in the Google app – rather than having the answer via the Assistant -.

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