Are you a first time Google Assistant user? Have you recently made a switch from a Windows/iOS device to an Android one? Are you having a difficult time figuring out how to turn on the OK Google? If you are, this article is here to give you a walkthrough.
Activating Your Google Assistant (OK Google)
Google is already a powerful tool that can help you do navigation, research, create reminders, play your music, manage your smart devices, and a lot more. But things do get better as you can now “wake your mobile up” with just a few words.
If you haven’t already, below are the methods on how to turn on your Google Assistant. Please bear in mind that the icons and/or the icon’s location (or any other navigation menu) may vary depending on the model of your Android phone.
1. Using the Google App
- Open the Google App
- Tap the Menu (3 vertical lines) on the upper leftmost corner of your screen.
- Open Settings
- Select Voice
- Tap OK Google Detection.
You can choose between selecting “From the Google App” which lets you do a voice search straight from the Google App or your home screen and “From Any Screen” which will work when your phone screen is on (or when the device is charging).
You will be asked to say “OK Google” 3 times. This will help Google Assistant recognize your voice and avoid other people from using your Google Assistant.
2. Using the Mic+ App
The Mic+ app was previously available at Google Play Store. It was, unfortunately, put down. Luckily, you can still download the app on Amazon.
This app lets your Android phone respond to commands like “OK Google” or by waving your hand in front of your screen. It runs in the background and uses offline voice recognition. There is one issue with the app though. It could drain your battery faster than it should.
- Disable the hot word detection from your Google Assistant
- Launch the app
- Select Preferences
- Select Hot Phrase then type the phrase that you’d like to use and press OK
- Tap the Start button, record the phrase that you assigned and press Stop.
- Click on the green Play button on its default menu.
3. Using Tasker App – $2.99
The Tasker app offers a lot of features. This app provides you with full automation, from triggering an app to looping certain tasks. This app can also automate voice command by assigning a hot word so your Android device can respond to your voice.
To activate the feature all you need to do is:
- Launch the app and tap on the (+) sign on the bottom right
- Add Event
- Select Plug-in
- Select AutoVoice
- Select Recognized
- Tap the Edit button which is located next to the Configuration button
- Tap “The Hard Way” > Speak Filter > Check Mark
- Tap on the Edit button and select Speak Filter. It will ask you to speak your hot word (OK Google) then select Save.
If you are having trouble getting your Google Assistant to recognize your voice, you may want to do a “Retrain Voice Model” setup. If it still doesn’t work, try deleting your hot word and repeat the process.
What Are Some of the Coolest Google Assistant Commands That I Can Use?
Of course, you ought to know some more information about the Google Assistant.
You can use your Google Assistant to help you do a variety of things. You can ask it to play a song on your playlist, check the weather, and call someone on your contact list and many more. Aside from the basic commands, below are some of the coolest tasks that you can ask your Google Assistant.
1. Make Your Google Assistant Sound Like a Celebrity
Ever thought of John Legend answering your queries? You can switch the Assistant’s voice response and make it “talk like John Legend”. It will respond to questions like, “Tell me a joke”, “Serenade me”, and “Are you John Legend?”
2. Use Continued Conversations
In addition to the conversational commands that you can do, you can also do 2 (or more) commands at the same time.
Say, “OK Google. What is the weather for tomorrow?” After it responds, you can then say “Remind me to bring a raincoat tomorrow.” Alternately, you can string 2 commands together.
3. Do Math Problems
Your Google Assistant can do basic math problems, do a conversion of units, provide you with the real-time exchange rate, and give a random number.
4. Access Your Apps That Work With OK Google
Apps like Facebook, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Viber, Evernote, Telegram, Pandora, Youtube, Google Music, Twitter, Trello, OneNote, Google Keep, Wunderlist, Catch, and Play Store works with OK Google.
5. Send and Request Money
This works as long as you have Google Pay installed and properly set up on your phone.
Want to learn more about “Ok Google” commands? Then better read our 160 “Ok Google” commands list.
How Do I Turn On OK Google from my Lock Screen?
If you want to activate your Google Assistant on your lock screen, you can do so by following these steps.
- Touch and hold the Home button of your Android phone
- Tap your profile picture
- Tap Settings
- Tap Assistant and select your phone
- Select Access Voice Match
- Toggle Lock Screen Personal Results
Do You Have a Google Home Mini Yet?
There are a lot more ways to use your OK Google. It can function not just on your Android phones but on Google Home as well. If you are thinking of automating your whole household, we are rooting that you get the Google Home Mini.
It does all the things that the Google Home does, only smaller. You can purchase one for $49.00.
Everything Okay With Your OK Google?
You probably are overwhelmed by how today’s technology can control our daily activities. Who doesn’t? And Google Assistant just leveled that convenience a notch higher.
Getting the hang of Google Assitant? Here are 160 Ok Google commands that you can use.
Are you still having problems letting your Google Assistant work? Did we fix your problem on how to turn on your OK Google? Do you know other ways to do so? We like to hear your thoughts. Share it with us in the comments section below!