Why disable Google Assistant
With Google Assistant, you can use a variety of smartphone functions without touching the screen: for example, launch the desired application, dictate text, find information on the Web. But there are two main reasons for not using an assistant.
To save resources
Any running application consumes memory and CPU power. On weak smartphones “Google Assistant” can additionally load the system and it will start to slow down significantly.
In addition, the application increases power consumption. So, if your smartphone does not have a very capacious battery, and without recharging you need to hold out as long as possible, the voice assistant should be turned off.
To keep yourself safe
Google does not hide , which saves queries from the history of voice search and analyzes them. According to the official version, this data is needed to more accurately select ads for you, optimize search results and recommendations.
But many users are seriously convinced that information about them can be used for other purposes. Plus, sometimes Google Assistant turns on suddenly. And not everyone is comfortable using a device that potentially hears and analyzes every word.
Turn off Google Assistant
Complete both of the steps below to prevent the assistant from launching again without your request.
Deactivate in account
Go to the standard Google application and click “More” in the lower right corner.
Under “Settings” select “Google Assistant”.
Find the item “General Settings” and turn the switch “Google Assistant” to the inactive position.
Disable start on voice command
In the settings, select “Applications”. You need to find a list of the default software for each category.
Go to the “Default Applications” menu. Under “Voice Assistant”, click the “No” option.
These option names are used in pure Android. In the shells of different smartphone manufacturers, the sequences may differ slightly. But in any case, you need to find the item about voice assistants in the applications menu.
When you disable the “Google Assistant” here, it will no longer be able to start a dialogue by voice command “Ok Google”, it will not be launched using gestures on the screen or physical buttons. But you will still have access to voice commands in the search bar, dictating notes, and other standard Android features.
How to customize Google Assistant to make it more convenient for you
Perhaps you do not need to completely disable the function of the voice assistant: it is enough that it is simply not invoked in ways that are not suitable for you.
Disable start by pressing the “Home” button
In the settings, go to the “Advanced settings” – “Button functions” (in some versions – “Buttons and gestures”).
Set the “Launch Google Assistant” to “No”.
Disable startup by pressing the power button
In the item “Advanced settings” – “Button functions” (in some versions – “Buttons and gestures”), turn the switch “Launch” Google Assistant “with the power button” in the inactive position.
Disable recognition of the phrase “Ok Google”
In the Google app, tap More and go to Settings> Google Assistant. In the Voice Match item, switch the Ok, Google switch to inactive position.