Android phone and tablet support

How to use Google Assistant on Android

How to use Google Assistant on Android

Google Assistant is pre-install all newer Android devices.  If you have an Android phone or tablet with Android 5.0 or higher, you probably already have Google Assistant installed.

What is Google Assistant?

This is an app which allows the user to use their voice to tell the Android device what to do, such as “Open Facebook”, or to ask questions such as “Who is the best quarterback in the NFL?”.  This app also works very well for visually impaired people as it will read out loud the content on a page, or the results of an Assistant query.  There are many voice commands that you can use, please go to this page “Use Voice Commands on Android” for more detailed information.

How to install Assistant?

If you don’t have Assistant on your Android device, it is easily installed by going to Google Play store, search on Google Assistant, then download and install it. (How to Install Apps on Android…)

How to use Assistant?

Wake up your phone if it is sleeping.  Hold the phone to your mouth and say “Hey Google” or “OK Google”, then ask your question, or give a voice command.  If you don’t have the app installed or if it is not configured, when you say “Hey Google” it will open asking if you want to enable or configure it.

On some Android models, you need to touch and hold the Home button to open Assistant.

How to Communicate with Assistant?

  • On your Android phone or tablet, say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.”
  • Under “All settings,” touch General then touch Preferred input.
  • Choose your preferred input.
    • To say your question or command: Touch Voice.
    • To type your question or command: Touch Keyboard.

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