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We asked, you told us: Most of you don't use voice assistants on your phones
More than 500 million people are apparently using Google Assistant. 70% of US smart speaker owners reportedly use Amazon Echo devices with Alexa. Apple’s Siri continues to claim the largest relative market share among smartphone voice assistants, and a survey claims that voice assistant use on phones in the US rose from 51.5% in 2018 to 56.4% in 2020.
With all these statistics out there, we thought of asking our readers if and how often they use voice assistants on their phones. We put out a survey presenting several options for our readers to choose from. Here are the results of that poll.
How often do you use voice assistants on your phone?
We received a total of 1,932 votes in our poll and the results are quite clear. Most of our readers (50.2%) don’t use voice assistants on their phones. It’s possible, however, that these people could be using a voice-activated smart speaker or another device.
Meanwhile, 19.2% of the voters said they use voice assistants on their phones at least once a week. That’s still a pretty low usage number given that almost all smartphones these days support digital assistants.
12.7% of the poll respondents said that they use a voice assistant at least two to five times a day, while 10% use them once a day on their phones. A mere 7.5% of voters are really into voice assistants on phones and use them more than five times a day.
It seems people are pretty happy typing on their handsets rather than using voice commands. This doesn’t mean voice assistants aren’t popular, maybe just not so much on phones.
Wongwatt: All that effort spent on voice assistants and near 50% don’t use them at all. I have “Celia” on my P40 Pro+, I don’t even know what she can do.
thesecondsight: I never use Google Assistant except in emergencies.
Montisaquadeis: Since I hate talking thanks to my autism, I never use a voice assistant and had the Bixby button on my S8 set to act as a physical back button which was insanely useful. Too bad I can’t do that with my Note 10+, though.
Nate Rogers: When I had an iPhone, hardly ever. Siri is such an awful awful thing. Now I’ve jumped ship to Android. I use Google assistant frequently because it is actually helpful and responsive.
Rahul Pai: Very rarely for “what’s this song.” It’s too slow/unpredictable for most other things.
ribogushter: I don’t use it much on my phone because I use it on my watch primarily.
Ozzie Khoo: Literally only for weather. Out of all things, saying “[Location] weather [time/day]” is quick and 99% guaranteed to work as expected. Nearly everything else takes too long or just isn’t accurate.
Brian Fowler: Only when I accidentally hit the dedicated button on my V60. I tried a few times when it was relatively new, but it’s been much easier to just type in the search bar what I want to know or do than use the Google assistant.
Painfully_Candid: Back when I had a Windows phone, I used Cortana all the time, every day, because it was actually useful. Now, nobody does this right. Nobody. Every single assistant is garbage, merely toys.
John Sullivan: The only time I have ever had use for it on the phone is driving (with a hands-free speaker) and even then, very rarely. Now, I work at home almost exclusively, never take any long trips, and so never even bother connecting the phone to the speaker while driving.
Joe Black: Approximately once a day – sometimes weather, turning on BlueTooth, turning on/off Nvidia Shield when I can’t find the remote. No light, no climate, nothing fancy, and I have two Home Max, Nest Max, Nest Mini speaker, and Lenovo alarm clock with the display. They are usually just for playback or as a photo frame.