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How to turn off Google Assistant with just a few taps

Not a fan of Google Assistant? Get rid of it!
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April 3, 2022

Google Assistant has become an integral part of our everyday lives. You can use it in almost any situation, and it continues to learn new skills. It can schedule your tasks, play your favorite music, control your smart home devices, and even answer any weird questions you might have. However, it also has the peculiar habit of popping up for no reason. To solve this, your best option is to shut it down completely. Here’s how to turn off this digital helper.

Read more: Here’s how to fix Google Assistant when it’s not working

QUICK ANSWER

Turn off Google Assistant by opening the Google app and tapping on your profile icon in the top-right corner. Then, go to Settings > Google Assistant > General and toggle off Google Assistant.


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Editor’s note: All instructions in this article were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Remember, the steps might be slightly different if you use other hardware or software. 

How to turn off Google Assistant

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Shutting this feature down is a breeze, but the right menu can be challenging to find since Google tucked it away somewhat deep in its settings. Below are the step-by-step instructions you’ll need to follow.

  1. Open the Google app.
  2. Tap on your profile image in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap Google Assistant.
  5. Hit General.
  6. Toggle the slider next to Google Assistant, and you’re done.

Of course, if you want to turn your assistant back on, you follow almost all of the same steps. However, you’ll have to flip the toggle in the opposite direction once you reach step six.

More: The best Google Assistant commands

How to turn off ‘Hey, Google’ voice commands

Sony Xperia 1 III Google Assistant
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If you don’t want Google constantly listening for you to say “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google,” there’s also a way to turn off that feature without turning off the service altogether. Follow the steps below to find out how it’s done.

  1. Open the Google app.
  2. Tap on your profile image in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap Google Assistant.
  5. Select Hey Google & Voice Match.
  6. Toggle Hey Google off.

Here: Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

FAQs

What is Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is Google’s official digital assistant. It can be found on pretty much all Google intelligent gadgets, such as Android phones, tablets, smart speakers, smartwatches, smart TV devices, and more. The service focuses on voice commands, and it can pull information, as well as take actions. You can learn more about Google Assistant in our dedicated post.

Do I need Google Assistant?

Not necessarily, but Google Assistant is good to have, even if you won’t use it. You can ignore the existence of Google Assistant on your phone, and it won’t bother you unless you say “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Google.” Having Google Assistant turned on entails Google listening to you at all times, though, which we know many of you dislike the idea of.

Are there alternatives?

The most popular Google Assistant competitors are Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Of course, you can only use the latter with Apple devices, so the only true direct competitor is Alexa.

What can I do with Google Assistant?

Google Assistant can do a lot! You can ask for general information, request news summaries, ask it to solve mathematical problems, ask for recipes, control your smart home devices, find your phone, make calls, broadcast messages to other Google Assistant speakers, and much, much more. Learn more about what you can do here.