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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!
October 9, 2021
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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

Editor’s note: All instructions in this article were put together using a Pixel 4a running Android 11. Remember, steps might be slightly different if you’re using other hardware or software. 

How to turn off Google Assistant

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. Here 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 just have to flip the toggle in the opposite direction once you reach step five.