Google Assistant: Theoretically, Google Assistant is a beneficial component of the Android ecosystem. It calls you, sets reminders, and even recognizes songs for you. However, it’s also another thing fighting for your focus. You can turn off Google Assistant on your Android smartphone and Google smart speakers if you find yourself inadvertently activating it occasionally or if you no longer find it useful. However, you are unable to completely turn off the assistant on the latter, as it serves as the main method of communication with the device.
How to turn off Google Assistant on an Android smartphone
The Google app on your Android phone is where it all begins. In the upper-right corner, tap your profile picture, then select Settings. As an alternative, you can say, “OK Google, open Google Assistant settings,” to invoke Google Assistant itself to get here (how hilarious!).
You’ll see a Popular Settings area at the top; scroll down a little to see the All Settings section, which has an alphabetical list of every configuration option. Select the General option located in this section. Lastly, to turn off Google Assistant, simply tap the toggle next to it.
How to stop Google Assistant’s “Hey Google” voice requests on an Android device
Perhaps you disagree with Google Assistant’s random activation when you haven’t consciously spoken the instructions “Hey Google” or “OK Google,” but you still believe it’s very helpful.
If so, you can keep using Google Assistant through the app and disable just the voice commands feature. To accomplish this, open the Google app once more, hit the Profile button in the upper-right corner, and select Settings. Next, disable the Hey Google feature by going to Google Assistant > Hey Google & Voice Match.
How to disable Google Assistant from Nest or Google Home smart speakers
On Google Home or Nest smart speakers, you cannot completely switch off Google Assistant; however, you can disable the microphone to prevent the speaker from listening to you or from responding to the “Hey Google” trigger phrase. The back of the Google Home or Google Next speakers has a microphone button. This button is located next to the power cord on the Google Nest and Home Minis.
When you press the button, the gadget will immediately become silent and the Google Assistant will stop working. All you have to do is hit the Microphone button once more to bring back Google Assistant.