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How to Configure ‘Ok Google’ on Any Device

Google Assistant includes an Ok Google feature where you can say that phrase so that your device starts listening to your voice.

From there, you can do all sorts of things by speaking directly to Google’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) based virtual assistant, such as ok google set up my device.

Many of Google’s devices come with the Google Assistant built in and ready to use out of the box. This is true for Google Home, for example.

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However, if you want the option to use Ok Google on your smartphone or tablet, there may be some extra steps involved, i.e. you may have to configure your device to use Ok Google.

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What is Google Assistant and Ok Google Set Up My Device?

Google Assistant is Google’s virtual assistant that lets you get things done faster.

Instead of manually performing tasks by tapping your finger on the screen a million times, you can get the job done using voice commands like ok google set up my device.

Google Assistant is smart and very well integrated with Android. It is the analog of Siri, Cortana or Alexa among others.

Google Assistant, you can use it to open apps, send messages, make calls, play a specific song, check the weather and many other things without touching the phone screen.

Of course, Assistant is not only available on phones. You can also find it on smart speakers, smartwatches, headphones and a host of other products, more on this later.

How to set up ‘Ok Google’ on your Android device?

To find out if your Android device is already set up to use Google Assistant, say Hey Google or Ok Google, with your android device unlocked or press and hold the home button.

If you did not have it enabled you will need to follow these steps, which are also required to set up the Google Assistant, Ok Google.

Open the Google app if you have it and if not, just install it from Play Store, don’t confuse it with Google Chrome browser.

Then tap on your account icon on the top right.

Click on Settings > Tap on Voice.

Then click on Voice Match, after that we will activate Hey Google, and thus be able to use “OK, Google” even when your phone is locked.

Now you will have to train your voice so that the Google Assistant recognizes it better and faster than if you did not.

The process is easy, after activating Ok google in Voice Match you click next, read the terms by clicking on the blue arrow to see all the text and then accept.

In this step you will have to say Ok Google three times, although if it does not recognize your voice it will ask you more times and finally click on finish to have the voice recognition configured.

You can also go to Settings > Search > Put Google in the search engine > Click on Google Voice Dictation.

We need to Hit Voice Machine > Do the step before this one, though in short it’s following the instructions to train your phone to recognize your voice.

If you have problems when you say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” and it doesn’t seem to work for you, then try tap Retrain voice model or Delete voice model and set it up again.

If that doesn’t work, note what you need to use Google Assistant on your Android to be able to set up ok google:

  • Android 5.0 or higher
  • Google app 6.13 or higher
  • Google Play services
  • 1.0 GB of memory
  • Device is configured in one of the languages listed here (English, German, Spanish and many others)
Now that it’s activated and configured, we can start using voice commands.

Let’s take a look at all the different commands you can use with your device. All you have to do is say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google”, and Google will start listening for your commands.

You can always tap the microphone icon and issue a voice command if you prefer not to use the “OK, Google” feature, or you can tap the keyboard icon on the bottom left and type your queries and commands.

Note that some phones have to be unlocked for this to work.

If the screen turns off when you say a command, Google Assistant will hear it but may ask you to unlock the phone before it can perform the requested task.

For example if you ask it to make a phone call or send a whatsapp. It’s an annoying feature that is there for security reasons.

It is recommended that you activate the option that will give in most cell phones or systems of different companies, this option is to unlock more features of the assistant.

After clicking on start in the message that comes up when you say ok google, you have to follow these steps that we describe in the image, and summarizing as you can see is to give to activate, click on use context of the screen and give to continue.

And so you will get the most out of the google assistant with Ok Google.

There are some alternative methods to invoke or call Google Assistant.

The main one is to press and hold the home button on your device and wait for the Assistant to appear, as you can see in the image below.

If you use gestures in Android 12 and/or don’t have a home button, you’ll have to swipe up from the bottom left or right edge. Some phones from brands like Nokia and LG also come with a dedicated Google Assistant button.

Note that you can also type to the Assistant instead of speaking to it. This is useful when you’re in public and don’t want people to think you’re crazy for giving your phone demands.

To try this, summon the Assistant, tap the keyboard icon at the bottom and type your request.

How With “Ok Google, Set up my device”, you can COPY YOUR OLD Android phone to the NEW one.

If what we want is to copy all or part of what we had on our old mobile to the new phone, to lose as little time as possible in the configuration and setup, with Ok Google .

And this we can also do with the Ok Google command, Set up my device (with the infinitive verb) as follows.

Well let’s get down to work and we will see below how easy and fast we will have our mobile or new device with everything we had in our old mobile, or what we want this.

Step 1 In the new mobile that we want to copy the data from the old mobile, through the assistant, we say “Ok Google, set up my device”.

After this, a screen will appear where we will click on “Next”.

Step 2We have to have activated in both mobiles, the same Wi-Fi network, activate the Bluetooth and the location in both.

You also have to enable notifications if they are disabled, you can see here how to enable everything. Remember to have both phones unlocked.

If it still does not work, you can restart the phones and if it still does not work, you will have to do it the old-fashioned way, via Bluetooth, searching for the other device and when you find it, click on pair.

It happens very rarely, it is very rare, but if the devices are not found you will have to make the copy of your old mobile to the new one with these alternative methods.

After hitting next, it will start searching for devices. It will start searching for any available device you have nearby.

As soon as it finds your new phone, tap it.

Step 3Now we will have to confirm that the verification code that appears on both mobiles is the same and click “Next”. Step 4Now on our new Android device it will say “Continue on old device” and we will do that.

On the old device we click “Copy” to go to the next step. After this we will be asked to enter the unlock pattern or fingerprint or security method you have.

Step 5On the new phone click on “Next” and then confirm our screen lock.

On the old phone we click “Close” and we can leave it aside but close, as we will not need it anymore.

Step 6 Next we will have to choose which Google Services to leave active and click “OK”. Step 7 We are almost finished and although it seems extensive this can be done in several minutes.

In this step we choose what we want to copy from the old phone to the new one.

As you can see in the image you can restore the applications you had, contacts, sms, device settings, call history, Google calendar.

Just select what you want to copy to your new phone from the old one and click “Restore”.

After a few seconds it tells us that if we want to continue the configuration, for what we wanted that was to copy all our old mobile we can give “Exit and receive reminder”.

If you decide to do so you will have to configure several things like, Google Assistant, set password with Fingerprint or Lock, additional settings, in this article you have everything about, how to Configure my Android Device.

At the end of this manual you will have to wait a few minutes to install all the applications of your old mobile, your notes are updated, give him yes to some permissions, etc..

And now you will have everything from your old phone, in your brand new phone.

Setting up “Ok Google” on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch can respond to Ok Google as well, and the setup is extremely easy.

  1. Tap the screen to wake the watch if the screen is dim.
  2. Swipe down from the top and select the settings icon (it looks like a gear).
  3. Tap Personalization.
  4. Turn on “OK Google” detection.

Set up ‘Ok Google’ on iPhone or iPad.

iOS devices must be running iOS 10 or higher and must be set to one of the languages listed on this page. Unlike Android devices, Google Assistant is not included on the iPhone or iPad, so you need to download the mobile app.

  1. Download Google Assistant.
  2. Sign in with your Google account when prompted.
  3. Select CONTINUE on the page that talks about Google partners.
  4. Click Allow on the prompt about sending notifications. You can decline the request if you do not want to receive Google Assistant alerts.
  5. Optionally, sign up to receive updates from Google about new features, offers, and other things for Google Assistant, then tap NEXT.
  6. When prompted for microphone access, select OK. This is required if you want to talk to Google Assistant.
  7. Using Ok Google or Hey Google to talk to Google Assistant is not as efficient as on Android. The Google Assistant app for iOS has to be open and active (i.e., it’s the app you see on the screen) for it to respond to your voice.

However, you can use Siri to open Google Assistant if you want a slightly freer experience, from where you can say Hey Google. Learn how to use Google Assistant on iPhone to get help.

If Google Assistant doesn’t respond to your voice, learn how to fix it. If you find yourself not using the “Ok Google” feature, you can turn it off.

Google Assistant devices

There are two types of Google Assistant devices you should know about. One has Google Assistant built-in, while the other only works with Assistant.

This means that they don’t have the Assistant built in, but can be controlled with voice commands through a phone, smart display and other devices. We will take a closer look at the two options below.

Smartphones and tablets: Google Assistant is on board all new phones and tablets, as well as a lot of older ones with at least Android 5.0. There are some other requirements here, which you can check in the introduction of this post.

Smart speakers/screens: Getting a smart speaker or smart display is one of the first steps to take if you want to set up a smart home.

A smart speaker can play the music you want, will answer questions you have, and can be used to control other smart devices in your home.

A smart display does basically the same thing but also allows you to watch YouTube videos, make calls through Google Duo and see who is at the front door when the device is connected to a smart doorbell.

You can check out the best smart displays if you’re interested in getting one.

Chromebooks: Assistant is available on most Chromebooks – but you have to turn it on first.

You can get the job done by opening the settings, selecting “Google Assistant” under “Search and Assistant,” and then turning it on.

Once that’s done, you can invoke it with a keyword and then state your demands.

In case you’re in the market for a new Chromebook, we’ve got a list of the best ones to spend your money on here.

TVs and streaming devices – Google Assistant works natively on Android TVs and TV boxes like the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S.

All you have to do is press the dedicated Assistant button on the remote control and speak a command.

Which devices work with Google Assistant, “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”?

Smart cameras: While some cameras have a built-in Google Assistant, such as the Nest IQ camera, most of them work best paired with a device such as a smartphone or smart display.

That way, you can see what’s going on in your backyard or kitchen. Interested parties can check out the best security cameras available at the link.

Lamps and bulbs: If you’re just starting to set up your smart home, getting a lamp or a few bulbs that work with Assistant is a smart and affordable move.

You’ll be able to turn lights on and off with voice commands, even when you’re on the road. This allows you to make it seem like someone is home while the house is empty, just to scare off the bad guys.

It’s a great trick, although getting a big, scary dog is a better option.

Headphones: There are several headphones available that work with Assistant, including the latest Google Pixel Buds and Sony’s popular WH-1000XM4.

You can summon Assistant with a tap/press of a button and tell it to skip a song, turn up the volume and more.

You can check out the best Google Assistant headphones available on our sister site SoundGuys.

Smartwatches: Smartwatches running Google’s WearOS work with Google Assistant.

It’s very useful for checking the weather, tracking a run, or setting a reminder, among many other things.

Smartwatches aren’t as popular as some had hoped, but they still have a loyal following – check out the best models here.

These are just a few of the most popular devices that have a built-in assistant or work with it.

There are many others including smart plugs, thermostats and garage door openers, just to name a few.

Best Questions or Commands to Google Assistant (Ok Google). 

As we already know Google can be asked about anything, and these are the most frequent and useful questions.

Ok, Google, where is my hotel?
Ok, Google help me relax
“How old is [name]?”
“Who invented [anything you want to find]?”
“Where was [name] born?
“How tall is [name of person or building]?”
“What is my commute to work like?”
“Will it rain tomorrow?”
“What country is [anything you want to find] in?”
“How far is [whatever business you want to find] from here?”
“What is a good restaurant nearby?”
“Where is my hotel?”
“Help me relax.”
“Browse [website name.com],” when you want to go directly to the website.
“Go to [website name],” when you want it to show up in a Google search.

Google can obviously turn to the Internet for answers, but it can also search your Gmail inbox and a few other places.

For example, when we asked “Where is my hotel?” it searched Gmail and found an upcoming reservation.

Ok, Google, how is Barcelona doing?
Ok, Google, what is the price of Apple stock?
Ok, Google, when is the next Celtic game?

Sports

I’m going hiking tomorrow and Real Madrid or Barcelona is playing, it doesn’t matter, I like them both.

You are not tired of unlocking your mobile, look for the browser you use or the application you use and write to find out what time your team plays.

Well, just say Ok Google when Barcelona plays, without unlocking the screen or anything, the google assistant will give you the answer, fast and without detours.

Here are more commands or commands related to sports:

“How is [say team name]?”
“When is [team name]’s next game?”
“Results of the [team name] last game.”
“Did [say team name] win the last game?”
“How is [say team name] doing in the league?”
How did the [say team name] do?

Weather.

You just woke up and you’re listening to a blizzard just telling you to go to bed again that you’ll come out ahead.

Well, by saying Ok Google, will it rain today, it might just say no and encourage you a little more to enjoy the morning ahead.

These are other commands, queries or commands for your Ok Google regarding the weather.

“Will it rain today?”
“When does the sun set?”
“What is the temperature?”
“What is the weather like in [say place]?
“What is the temperature in degrees Celsius?”
“Will it rain in London tomorrow?”
“What is the weather going to be like this weekend in Valencia?”
“Is it going to rain tomorrow?”
“Will it be sunny today?”
“Will I need the umbrella tomorrow?”

Fun

“Ok Google, Tell me a Joke.”
“Ok Google, Lumos.”

Actions

“What is [name] trending in?”
“What is the stock price of [name]?”

Definitions and Words

“What is the definition of [say the word]?”.
“Synonyms for [say the word]”.
Google account and privacy settings.
“Define [say the word].”
“Open Google account settings.”
“Adjust my Google privacy settings.”
“Adjust my Google security settings”.
“Show my Google search history.”
“How are you keeping my data secure?”
Find and unlock your phone.
“Find my phone.”
“Call my phone.”
“Delete everything I said today.” (Also works for this week, month, or year).

Both commands will work, even if your phone is on the “Do Not Disturb” setting.

However, the Android phone’s location must be turned on and the phone must be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi.

If you have multiple people using the same device (e.g., a nest house) to find their phones, all of their individual Google accounts must be linked separately.

Streaming Apps with Google Assistant

Google Assistant supports a variety of streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube TV and many more.

Some of these may need to be linked individually through the partner app for full compatibility.

When this is done, you can open these commands to control your favorite streamer, such as:

“Open YouTube on TV”.
“Put Umbrella Academy on TV.”
“What’s new on Netflix?”

Music, messaging and social apps that work with “OK, Google.

If you want to send a message with Viber, and not your default texting app, then you would say, “OK, Google, send a message with Viber.”

You can also try commands like “take note with Evernote” or “search for cat videos on YouTube”.

These are all “OK, Google” compatible apps, but this is not a complete list:

Evernote – “Take note with Evernote”.
Whatsapp – “Send a Whatsapp message to [say contact name]”.
Viber – “Send a message with Viber”.
Telegram – “Send a Telegram message to [say contact name].”
YouTube – “Search [say what you want to search for] on YouTube.”
Pandora – “Play [name of song] on Pandora.”
Google Music – “Listen to [name the song].”
Facebook – “Post [say your message] on Facebook.”
Twitter – “Post [say your message] on Twitter.”
If you want to install any of these apps, you can find them in the Play Store by saying, “OK, Google, search for [app name] in the Play Store.”

Send money with Google Assistant

As long as you have Google Pay set up on your phone, you can send people money or ask them for money using Google Assistant with commands like:

“Send [say contact name] €15.”
“Request €5 from [say contact name] for dinner tonight.”
Alarms, math, travel and more
Ok, Google schedules a meeting
Ok, Google set an alarm
Ok, Google set a reminder

Alarms

This option or command that we can give to Ok Google is one of the most useful.

Are you tired of every time you have to set an alarm, unlock, find the alarm clock app, enter, set and set the alarm.

Well, by saying, ok google set an alarm at …… or in an hour or whatever you need. Also with this option you don’t have to unlock the screen and it will save you valuable time overall.

You can do it in these ways and also with these other commands.

“Set an alarm to [tell time]”.
“Set a snooze alarm for [say label] on [tell time].”
“Set an alarm for [say how many minutes or hours].”
“Set a snooze alarm for [say label].”
“Show me my alarms.”
“Set a repeating alarm at [say time] for [say label] every/on [say days of the week, or say every day].”
“When is my next alarm?”
“Wake me up on the hour and then the day, or say ‘every day’.”

Calendar

“Create/Add/Schedule a meeting.”
“Create a calendar event.”
“What is my next appointment?”
“Schedule an event [say event title] and then [say day and time].”
“Show me the appointments for [say day].”
“What does my [say schedule or calendar] look like on [say day]?”

Reminders

“Add a reminder.”
“Remind me [say what you want to be reminded of] at [say time]”.
“Remind me [say what you want to be reminded of] when I arrive at/next time I’m at [say location].”

Games

“Play animal trivia.”
“Tell me a riddle.”
“Play Lucky Trivia.”
“Roll a die.”
“Crystal Ball.”
“Flip a coin”.

Conversions

“What is [say the number] [say the conversion category: meters, years, yards, liters] in/to [say what you want to convert it to]?”.
“Convert [say the number] [say the coin] into [say the number] [say the coin].”

Math

“What is the square root of [number]?”
“What is the percentage of [number] of [number]?”
“What is [number] divided by/multiplied by/plus/minus [number].”
“What is [number] percent of [number] divided by/multiplied by/ plus/minus [number]?”
“Flip a coin.”
“Toss a die.”

Maps and travel.

“Where is [say the name of the place]?”
“How far is [say place name] from [say place name]?”
“Walking directions to [say name of place].”
“Show me the nearest [attractions/cafeteria/restaurant/gas station/bank/market/etc].”
“Navigate to [say name of place].”
“Distance from here to [say name of place].”
“When does [say name of business] close?”
“How far is it [say the name of the place]?”
“How do you say [word] in [say language]?”
“What is the flight status of [say the name of the airline] [say the flight number]?”

Translations

Google Assistant now has a built-in interpretation mode, as well as support for a variety of translation apps.

Without downloading anything extra, you can switch Assistant to translate with commands like these:

“Turn on interpreter mode.”
“Be my Italian interpreter.
Interpret from Chinese to English”.

Then a tone will sound, and anything said after the tune will be translated by Google Assistant.

If you have specified two languages, you don’t have to toggle between them; Assistant will just interpret based on what you said last.

You can exit this mode at any time by saying “Stop” or “Quit”.

Control your device

“Ok Google, Call Mom.”
“Take a picture/photo.”
“Increase/decrease volume.”
ok google, set up my device or ok google, set up my device.
“Record a video.”
“Take a selfie.”
“Mute volume”.
“Turn on/off flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth”.

Configure Devices

If you want to access manuals to configure a device just say the following and change it to the device you want to configure if it is not in the list.

This way you don’t have to go to the browser, after unlocking and typing all these words, so you save a lot of time.

  • Ok google, set up my bravia 4k device
    Ok google, configure my device my box 4
  • Ok google, configure my redmi note 8 device
  • Ok google, set up my beyond tv device
  • Ok google, configure my agile tv device
  • Ok google, Set up my tcl device
  • Ok google, set up my philips device 4
    and a long etc.

Other task and note apps that work with “OK, Google

All of these note apps work by saying, “Make a note with [app name].”

ok google set up my phoneWunderlist
Trello
OneNote
Catch
Google Keep
Any…
Bring!
AnyList

Highly recommended tasks that you have to configure Google Assistant.

There are some commands, requests, orders, indications that we give to Ok Google that are very useful depending on the circumstances that we have and that it is highly recommended that you configure to take full advantage of them.

Configure and Create Traffic to Work

There are two options to configure the traffic status from where you live to where you work, being this almost indispensable if you live in very large cities or towns with a lot of traffic.

The first option to start to activate or configure, is to say ok google and if we give it with the finger up the screen when the google assistant appears we will see a screen like the one below, and we will give it to Add Home and Work.

After this we enter our home address and then our work address as you can see in the image.

After entering the two addresses will be as in the image all configured, to tell the google assistant, for example before taking the vehicle, Ok Google tell me the traffic from my house to work.

It will tell you the traffic by voice and will also give you the option to use Google Maps to guide you or see the alternative route.

The second option to configure the traffic command to work, is to open the Google Assistant settings, saying Ok Google, open the assistant settings – then You – and click on Your Places. 

After this you follow the steps that in the two images above and ready to get the most out of it.

Configuring and Creating Shopping Lists

To start setting up Shopping Lists just say Ok Google and swipe up and you will see the first screen in the image.

Tap on Shopping List – Add Item – and as you see in the plus sign, you add products. For example you put coffee and hit Enter (or the send arrow on android), and so on with the items you want.

You can also add products by tapping on the product names as you can see in this image, and then swiping left or right to see more items.

Finally click on READY at the top right and you will have created your shopping list.

And to access it you just have to say Ok Google, tell me the shopping list for example. Remember that you can write the command if you do not want to do it by voice, but the grace is not having to be writing and looking for the note on the mobile.

Finally, you can edit these lists, remove items, add, move up or down in order and make several lists of things depending on whether they are for the supermarket, hardware store or whatever you need.

Google Assistant Routines You Can Set Up

Google Assistant routines allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single phrase.

For example, you can get the weather report, turn on Bluetooth, and launch the Netflix app just by saying “Let’s go” to Google Assistant.

In addition to making your own, there are ready-made routines available, all of which you can customize to your liking. One of them is called the good morning routine. When you say “Good morning” or “Tell me about my day,” Assistant can:

  1. Turn off silent mode.
  2. Adjust lights, plugs, thermostat and other smart devices (if you have any).
  3. Tell you about the weather.
  4. Tell you about your commute to work.
  5. Tell you about today’s calendar events.
  6. Tell you about today’s reminders.
  7. Adjust media volume.
  8. Play music, news, radio, a podcast or an audiobook.

Here is the most complete information about the routines of Google’s assistant, Ok Google.

Google Assistant Actions

Google Assistant is powered by actions, which are the little conversations you have with Assistant to accomplish something.

While Google provides many actions out of the box, additional commands can be added to interact with third-party hardware and software through Assistant apps.

Users can discover third-party apps for Assistant through the Actions app directory on the web and mobile devices.

The directory is designed to enable users to find new apps for and customize their Assistant ecosystem.

And it includes products ranging from trivia apps to fitness and TV tools designed to work with external hardware.

Here are some examples of third-party actions for Google Assistant:

“Ask El Pais for the latest news” – CNN.
“Ask the railroad if the L train is delayed” – Railway track.
“Send a WhatsApp message” – WhatsApp
“Show me easy recipes” – Recipes by Course
“Cadena Ser” – Tune in

There is an ecosystem of third-party tools and apps, with over a million actions currently available.

Developers can create their applications and ancillary actions using Dialogflow or the Actions SDK.

Dialogflow is a “conversational platform” that offers an easy-to-use IDE, machine learning and other tools, while wrapping the functionality of the Actions SDK.

Tips for setting up a smart home

One of the most powerful features of Google Assistant is its ability to act as the hub of your connected smart home.

The assistant can be used to control a wide range of devices, from your Chromecast or TV to something as monotonous as a light bulb.

All of these devices can be configured and controlled through the Google Home app.

Google Assistant supports more than 10,000 smart home products from more than 1,000 brands.

A directory of all compatible devices is available here. Product categories include:

  • Lighting, plugs, outlets and other electrical equipment.
  • Washers, dryers, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and other appliances.
  • Cameras, locks and security systems.
  • Speakers, Internet radios and other audio equipment.

To get started, you’ll want to connect your devices. Each device will walk you through the necessary setup, which usually requires little more than being near the device with Wi-Fi and location turned on, pressing a button and naming the device.

To add new devices to your smart home, just go to the Google Home app, tap the plus icon in the upper left corner followed by “Set up device.” Then simply follow the setup instructions.

If you didn’t do this during setup, you’ll get more flexibility in your smart home by using Google Assistant’s Nickname and Room mappings.

This will allow you to refer to specific devices or rooms when issuing voice commands to better target your requests.

To add, edit and delete names and rooms, access the Settings menu and click Control in the Google Home app.

For example, if you assign lights to a place called the living room, you can say, “Hey, Google, turn off the lights in the living room.”

Similarly, you can set up your home so that “OK Google, play music on my living room speaker” works, even if you’re talking to a different smart speaker or your phone in the kitchen.

If you plan to set up a smart home, getting a smart speaker or display is a must.

The option to control smart products through your phone is not as good.

You often have to unlock your phone before the assistant will perform an action you’ve requested, which kills the whole charm of the smart home.

There is no such limitation with a smart speaker or smart display.

The smart speaker will act as a hub that will allow you to control all the smart devices in your home, including light bulbs, blinds and more.

Below, you can check out some of the most popular smart home commands from the Google Assistant to get an idea of how useful they can be for you.

  1. “Turn on [light name]” or “Turn off [light name].” – Turn a light on or off.
  2. “Dim [name of light]” or “Brighten [name of light]” – Dim or brighten a light.
  3. “Adjust [light name] to 50%” – Adjust the brightness of a light to a certain percentage.
  4. “Dim/brighten [light name] by 50%” – Dim or brighten lights by a certain percentage.
  5. “Turn [light name] green” – Change the color of a light.
  6. “Turn [room name] lights on” or “Turn [room name] lights off.” – Turn on or off all lights in a room.
  7. “Turn all lights on” or “Turn all lights off” – Turn all lights on or off.
  8. “Heat/cool”, “Raise/lower temperature”, “Raise/lower temperature two degrees” or “Set temperature to 72 degrees” – Adjust the temperature.
  9. “Turn on heating/cooling”, “Set thermostat to cool/heat”, or “Set thermostat to heat/cool” – Switch to heating or cooling modes.
  10. “Set heating to 68”, “Set air conditioning to 70”, or “Set [room name] thermostat to 72” – Set mode and temperature.
  11. “Turn off thermostat” – Turn off the thermostat.
  12. “Turn cooling/heating on”, “Turn heating/cooling on”, “Set heating to 68”, “Set air conditioning to 70”, etc. – Turn thermostat back on.
  13. “What is the temperature indoors?” – Check the room temperature on the thermostat.
  14. “Hey Google, what is the thermostat set to?” – Check what the thermostat is set to.

Can I use Ok Google without internet or wifi (offline)?

It is very frustrating when you lose internet connection, or your wifi is down, or you have simply run out of data.

A good example would be if you are driving. Saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” will still launch the Google Assistant.

However, there are a number of other issues you’ll face.

While offline, the flexibility of voice recognition will decrease and the accuracy will be low, so you should download the data file or content you are interested in in advance so that it can be preloaded when you need it.

Therefore, if you are driving, I recommend that you download the maps of the areas you are heading towards to secure your navigation plans.

Also download the music you want to listen to or the videos you want to watch before you lose your internet connection.

It’s all about preparation and Google Assistant can still be just as useful to you, you just need to know what you might need or want.

However, Google Assistant can be very inaccurate when it comes to voice recognition, especially if you have an accent that Google Assistant struggles with and Google is working on improving its accuracy at the moment.

But you could be one of the lucky ones who have an accent that is easy for Google Assistant to understand.

In order to access pre-downloaded music for the Google Assistant to play, make sure you have set the default music app in the Google Assistant.

Simply tap your profile picture at the top right of the screen and then select “settings”, tap “music”.

Then select your preferred music service app such as “Google Play Music”.

Obviously, you need to make sure you have a music library, either downloaded music or transferred mp3 files.

So go ahead and say “Hey Google, Play Music” and it will play the music in your library while you are offline.

To use Google Maps on your trip, simply make sure you have downloaded in advance the areas you know you will be traveling through.

To do this simply open maps, click on “offline maps”, now tap “select your own map”, which will open a new window allowing you to select an area within the blue box to download.

You can then check your current map downloads and it will simply download.

When it downloads, use your voice to say “Hey Google, Navigate home” and Google maps will start navigation using the downloaded map data.

Ok Google doesn’t work How do I fix it?

Google Assistant was supposed to help us all exist in a futuristic utopia where we carried our own permanently available assistants in our pockets.

But this is real life, not science fiction and sometimes the best technology doesn’t work.

Some Android users have found that the feature has left them repeating the phrase “Ok Google” over and over again on an unresponsive phone.

But don’t despair just yet, there are some simple solutions you can try that should get the voice recognition software working and keep your thumbs free from the risk of repetitive strain injury.

1. Check your language settings

If Google Assistant doesn’t respond to you, it may be because you speak the wrong language.

Spanish (Spain) will be the default language for many users, but it’s still worth checking it in the settings menu and modifying it if necessary.

To do this, go to the Google app and then to its main menu, then go to Settings > Voice (under Search), and then select the appropriate language(s) from the Voice menu.

2. Check to see if you’re not alone

It can be good to know when the problem is due to Google rather than yours.

Check Twitter, Reddit and Google support forums to see if other users are complaining that “OK Google” and “Hey Google” voice detection has stopped working on their phones.

Sometimes the most common solution, simply retraining Voice Match to fix OK Google detection, doesn’t work because the options to do so in the settings are grayed out.

In this case, when you’ve gone through the options below, you’ll just have to wait for Google to offer a solution.

Note that Google doesn’t always announce these fixes quickly, so keep an eye on the online communities.

There you will see dozens of language options, each with a checkbox, so you can set the primary and secondary languages if you wish.

Google will automatically detect the language you are speaking and switch between them automatically.

If you are multilingual, be aware that speech recognition for languages other than English can sometimes be secondary.

Updating your language pack may also solve your problem.

In the Voice menu itself, go to Offline Speech Recognition and download or update your English language pack.

3. Check your device’s microphone

Being a voice-based system, Google Assistant relies on uninterrupted access to your smartphone’s microphone.

When you open the Google app, the microphone icon on the right side of the search bar will appear in bold, fully formed lines.

If it has a dotted line, you may have a problem with the microphone.

This may be due to debris in the small microphone hole, which is usually next to the charging port; if you carefully poke it with a safety pin or similar, you may be able to fix the problem.

If this doesn’t work, check the microphone settings in the Google app.

Sometimes apps running in the background make noises that can interfere with the microphone picking up your voice, so check those as well and close the ones you think may be making noise.

4. Discard all simple solutions

This may be obvious, but Google Assistant needs Wi-Fi or mobile data to work, so make sure your device is connected before attempting a search.

Also, and this is probably the oldest tip in the book, it never hurts to do a quick reboot – sometimes magic really does happen. And last but not least, -+.

To do this, open the Google app and its main menu, then go to Settings > Voice (under Search) > “Voice Match” detection. From there, enable the feature.

5. Retrain the “Ok Google” voice model.

Sometimes, for unknown reasons, Google Assistant doesn’t retain the commands you’ve given it.

If all else fails, it may be time to retrain your digital companion.

  • Open Settings > Google > Search > Voice
  • Make sure that access with the voice feature is turned on.
  • From there, tap on Retract Voice Model and repeat “OK Google” and “Hey Google” when prompted.
  • The Assistant should once again respond to your voice as usual.

Have you been having issues with Google Assistant, and have we missed any helpful solutions? Let us know below.

6. Disable S Voice or Bixby if you have a Samsung.

While there’s no clear reason why, it seems that Google Assistant isn’t always compatible with Bixby (or the older S Voice app) on Samsung phones.

If you have a Samsung with Bixby or S Voice installed and prefer to use Google’s voice assistant instead, the best thing to do is to disable Bixby or S Voice on your device altogether.

To do this, just locate the app icon for S Voice or Bixby and then press and hold it and select Disable.

How to disable “Ok Google” voice search on Android.

Google voice search is a powerful AI Assistant feature found on almost every Android smartphone.

It allows your device to search the Internet, call contacts, take photos, set an alarm, create a calendar event, make a note, the list goes on.

However, not everyone wants to use the voice-controlled feature for various reasons.

Some don’t like the idea of their smartphone listening to them, while others don’t speak English that well and don’t see the benefits of keeping the feature turned on.

Whatever the reason, here’s a simple tutorial on how you can disable the feature on your Android phone.

The process is very simple and only takes a couple of seconds to complete.

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Tap the General tab
  3. Under “Personal” find “Language & Input”.
  4. Search for “Google voice typing” and tap the settings button (gear icon).
  5. Tap “Ok Google” Detection
  6. Under the “From Google app” option, move the slider to the left.
  7. That’s it, you have successfully disabled the Google OK.

In case you can’t find the setting, there is another way:

  1. Open the Google app.
  2. In the top left corner of the page, tap the Menu icon.
  3. Tap Settings > Voice > “OK Google” detection.
  4. From here, you can choose when you want your phone to listen when you say “Ok Google.”

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