Don’t you just love commanding your phone to do something without even touching it?
You may already know this. One of the best things about using Android phones is the voice command feature. With just “OK Google” or ” Hey Google,” you can get your smartphone to do different kinds of things. Using it as one thing, but activating it is another thing. In this article, we’ll discuss the methods on how to activate Android voice commands.
We’re pretty sure you have heard of it already, if not used it. Android phones come with a built-in voice assistant… yes, it’s none other than the popular Google Assistant.
What can it do?
Pretty much anything.
You can ask it to answer questions, to research something, to make notes, or do a shopping list, and so on. It is what it is….an assistant. A fast, reliable assistant that you can command with just your voice. Aside from Google Assistant or OK Google, you may also want to check out these other voice-activated apps for Android.
But before you can command, you must first activate it.
Much has changed since Android voice commands were first introduced. Activating these voice recognition features now takes fewer steps and easier ways.
So without taking any more of your time, let’s proceed… Here are some of the methods you can try to activate Android voice commands.
Just take note that there may be variance depending on the Android smartphone you’re using or what OS version it runs on. Still, these pretty much work for most.
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Method 1: “Ok Google” – Turn on Voice Search
There’s a lot you can do with “OK Google” voice search: get directions, search something, create memos or reminders, and what-not. You just say, “Ok Google,” or on some Android devices, you start your command with “Hey Google.”
But before you can use it, you must turn on the voice search first. Just follow these steps.
Related: Turn on Ok Google
On your Android smartphone or device, find the Google app and open it. If you don’t know where to find it, just look for this logo.
At the bottom-right of the Google app, you’ll see 3 dots. Tap it to show more, go to Settings and then to Voice.
Scroll down and look for “Ok Google”. Just below it, you’ll see Voice Match. Tap this to start getting things done.
Lastly, turn on Access with Voice Match. Once you’ve activated the voice search, you’ll just say “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” (depending on the device you’re using), and it will automatically detect your voice.
Note: Below Access with Voice Match, you’ll see While Driving. You can turn this on to use voice search while driving or when you want to use it for Google Maps. If you want to use voice commands without unlocking your device, you can also turn on Unlock Voice Match.
Method 2: Swipe Up or Long Press Home
This is the easiest way to launch the Google Assistant. For those using Android 4.1 or up, you’ll need to swipe up from the center button to launch the app and start commanding using your voice.
However, for those using Android 5.0 and above, Google 6.13 or higher, the easiest way is to just long-press the home button. It’s as simple as that. You need for additional downloads.
From the home screen, just long-press the home button.
The Google Assistant will then pop up. All is set. You can start speaking your commands. No need to tap the mic. Just start speaking.
However, if you’re doing this for the first time, you’ll need to set up the Assistant first.
Method 3: Use App Shortcut
This is not a popular method of activating or launching Google Assistant. But it’s another basic option of activating Android voice commands.
Like any other app, Google Assistant has an app shortcut. You’ll find this in the app drawer. Just simply move this app shortcut to the home screen so you can easily access it. You can do this by long-pressing the app and adding it to home, or simply dragging it to your home screen.
When the shortcut is on your home screen, you can just tap on it whenever you need to make voice commands.
Method 4: Get Started with Voice Access
Aside from Google Assistant, Android also has another voice-controlled app. This is Voice Access. It’s an accessibility service designed for people who have difficulty or who cannot use a touchscreen (due to an injury, paralysis, and others), or simply for convenience.
The app basically allows you to command your phone to do the following:
- Navigation from any screen (like “go home” or “go back).
- Gestures like “scroll down”, “click next”, and other interactions on the current screen.
- Dictation and text editing (like saying “type hello”).
To get started with Voice Access, follow the steps below.
Note: You can only use the app in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, or German.
Check your device and its settings
Before you download and install the app, make sure that you check the following:
- Your phone must be running on Android 5.0 or later. Check which Android version your phone is running on by going to Settings>About phone.
- Your Android device may already come with a Google App. But make sure you’re using the latest version. So download it or update your app to the latest version.
- Since Voice Access is integrated with Google Assistant, make sure that you have activated “OK Google” from any screen. To do this, follow the first method in this article.
- It’s also recommended that you download Google Now Launcher.
Recommended: Go to Settings>Voice and choose a language for offline voice recognition.
Download the app
Once you have checked your device and changed the Settings accordingly, you can now download and install Google Voice.
Download it here for free.
Turn on Voice Access
Once you’ve installed Voice Access, it’s time to set it up. Just follow these steps:
- Go to your Android phone‘s Settings app.
- Tap Accessibility, then Voice Access.
- Tap the On/Off switch.
- To turn on Voice Access, just say “Ok Google”
- However, if the Voice Match is not on, you’ll need to go to notification and tap “Touch to start”
- Now you’re good to go. Start saying your command.
Method 5: Samsung S Voice (Samsung Devices)
If you’re using a Samsung device, the company has its own Android voice command feature. It’s called the S Voice.
What is S Voice?
Samsung advertises it as a virtual mobile assistant. It can run a wide array of tasks through voice commands. However, it’s not available on all Samsung devices.
Before we proceed with the steps, let us first see which Samsung devices have built-in S Voice. Check them out below:
- Samsung S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, and S7 (including their variants)
- Samsung Galaxy Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note Edge, Note 5, Note FE, Note 8.0, and Note 10.1
- Samsung A3, A5, A7, A8 and A9
To begin any S Voice command, the feature needs to be turned on first.
On Samsung devices, this is turned off by default. To enable it:
- Navigate to your Settings
- S Voice settings will be near the bottom
- From here, enable them if they are disabled by default.
If you can’t see the S Voice in the Settings. That may be because your phone has no built-in S Voice feature.
Now at any time if you want to make an S Voice command, press the home button rapidly twice.
Once in S Voice, if you tap the three horizontal setting dots, you can customize S Voice options and activation parameters.
Say Your Command
Android voice commands are getting better and better over the years. As of this writing, there is so much one can do using Google Assistant and other voice control apps. It looks like things will be getting easier for us in the near future. With such technology, we’ll just say the word and we’ll get what we want. It sounds like magic.
This is especially true now that there are plenty of apps that have voice control as an option. Just say the magic words and get the results.
How do you like using your Android device hands-free? We hope you find this article helpful. Let us know your thoughts by dropping your comments below.