Google's very own Google Assistant, now available for all Android smartphones that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, is an intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant that has been designed to make our lives better. If you are using any of the latest Android smartphones, running one of these versions of the operating system, it is most likely that your phone will have this feature. However, if you own a non-Pixel phone and wish to keep the Stock Android ROM, getting Google Assistant on it is not that easy.
While it’s true that the assistant offers plenty of features that are useful and handy to us, there are times when it can turn out to be too annoying. Considered to be an extension or upgrade of Google Now, the Google Assistant is an intelligent personal assistant that keeps tabs on almost everything you do, and it even comes up with suggestions.
You can use Google Assistant to set reminders, search for information, play music, change settings, open apps, get weather forecast, and carry out a whole lot of other useful tasks. If you have been using Google Assistant, you know very well how it can extract relevant information for you.
The assistant is so intelligent that it starts to learn everything about you and based on that, knowledge, information, and reminders are presented to you on your Android device. That said those who are more concerned about their privacy will find this feature rather intriguing.
Not everyone loves the assistant, and some are even looking for ways to get rid of it from their Android phones. While Google has introduced many features to optimize the smartphone for increasing battery life, having the Google Assistant run in the background will take up more battery power. That is one reason why people tend to disable the service.
If you are one of those people who dislike Google Assistant, here’s how you can disable it on your Android:
- Open Google application from your Home Screen or by opening the App drawer
- After opening the Google app, open the Navigation Menu by tapping on the hamburger menu located on the top left corner, or by swiping in from the left side of the screen
- A list of options will be displayed from which you’ll need to select Settings
- On the settings page for the Google app, there will be a Google Assistant feature on the top
- Select Settings under the Google Assistant menu
- Select Phone under the Devices section
- Toggle the Google Assistant slider to disable it
That’s all you need to disable Google Assistant on your android smartphone. In case you want to enable it, just repeat these steps and toggle the Google Assistant slider to the ON position. You can also enable Google Assistant by long pressing on the Home button even when the feature has been disabled.
To turn off feed on the home screen, follow the steps given below:
- Swipe left on your Home Screen and tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) seen on the top left of the screen
- Select Settings
- Next, select “Your Feed”
- Toggle the slider to the OFF position
How to Get Rid of Google Assistant and Switch Back to Google Now
Want to go back to the way things once were? It’s very easy! Just follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Navigate to Language & input
- Click on Languages and select Add a language
- Choose English from the list
- Next, select U.S. Virgin Islands as the region
- Press and hold English (U.S. Virgin Islands) and then set it as your preferred language by dragging it to the top of the list
What you’re doing here is you’re tricking your phone by changing the region where Google Assistant is not yet available.
While Google Assistant is indeed a cool feature that helps you perform various operations on your Android device, using your voice, it can also be quite intimidating for people, who don’t want its services. Fortunately, Google Assistant does give you the option to turn it off when you don’t want it and enable it when need be.
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