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"Ok Google, I've had enough": How to turn off Google Assistant

Update: Updated for 2022
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Just as how Google Assistant can be a great tool when used the right way, it can also be annoying because of the "Ok, Google" command activation errors. You may also want to learn how to disable Google Assistant if you happen to be privacy-conscious and don't really want your phone continuously listening to the things you say. In this article, you'll find out how to get rid of Google Assistant in a few simple steps.

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Why does the Google Assistant launch by itself?

Voice assistants use a feature known as "hotword" to function, in which a particular keyword acts as a trigger to activate an action. In the case of Google Assistant, hotwords include commands like "Hey, Google" and "Ok, Google." Other companies such as Apple, Amazon and Samsung also use this feature in their respective voice assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Bixby.

However, this system has its fair share of flaws, ending up being activated by "false accepts", that is, having the software recognize what humans said as being the "hotword" resulting in activating the service. And that's why the Google Assistant can launch by itself on your smartphone once too often.

The issue became so relevant to the privacy of users that false accepts in Google Assistant have already become the subject of a lawsuit in the US.

Another reason may be related to the dedicated button or gesture activation that has been set up on your smartphone to launch Google Assistant. By remapping this button on your smartphone or disabling gesture activation, you can also prevent Google Assistant from launching by accident.

If something like this has happened to you too and you’re sick of Google Assistant, it’s time to turn the feature off. There are many options to go about this. Let's explore a few.

How to turn off Google Assistant on your smartphone

That said, the first thing that you need to know about Google Assistant is that this service cannot simply be uninstalled. So, you'll need to disable the feature on your smartphone. Thus, you will need to access the system settings to stop using the voice assistant. I'll show you how to do just that below.

Turning off Google Assistant:

  1. Launch the Google app on your smartphone.
  2. Click on your profile image (at the top of the screen).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Google Assistant.
  5. Navigate to the General option.
  6. Disable the Google Assistant option by tapping on the slider button.
    1. Once this is done, a pop-up will appear warning you about the features that will not work when you disable Google Assistant on your mobile device. It is also here that you can delete your search history on Assistant (recommended if you usually save your voice searches).
  7. Click Turn Off.
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Step-by-step procedure to disable Google Assistant on your smartphone / © NextPit

How to disable/silence the "Ok Google" command on your smartphone

If instead of turning off Google Assistant, you might simply want to prevent the service from activating by itself, I would recommend disabling the "Ok, Google"/"Hey Google" command on your smartphone. This way, you can continue using Google Assistant but ensuring it is triggered without your consent. In order to do this, check out the step-by-step instructions below.

  • Open Settings > Google > Setting for Google Apps.
  • Select Search, Assistant & Voice.
  • Select Voice.
  • Navigate to the Hey Google section and select Voice Match.
  • Disable the Hey Google option.
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This is how you disable the Google Assistant from accidentally turning itself on / © NextPit

By doing this, you will still be able to voice enable Google Assistant in driving apps like Google Maps and Android Auto. However, if your intention is to turn off voice commands completely, click on Driving Setup, link available in the pop-up window, and disable the While Driving option.

And you're done! Google Assistant will not accidentally activate from voice commands from now on.

How to disable the activation button or activation gesture of Google Assistant

On selected Android smartphones, there is a dedicated button to activate Google Assistant. In other cases, this shortcut can be configured using on-screen gestures. Often, these dedicated gestures or buttons unintentionally activate the digital assistant on the smartphone.

However, there is an option in the system settings that allows you to remove such a function or, in the case of Android 12, will allow you to remap the quick access method to the voice assistant. Below, you can check out the most practical solution to prevent Google from listening to your conversations by activating the feature as a result of an accidental touch on your smartphone:

  • Launch Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  • Select Digital assist app.
  • Click on Default digital assistant app.
  • Select None.
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Removing Google Assistant from the default apps is the least radical option / © NextPit

This way, you can continue using Google Assistant on your smartphone from the Google app or search box on your device's home screen. However, it prevents the service from being triggered unintentionally.

How to disable/silence Google Assistant on Google Home devices

If you are heavily invested into the Android platform, chances are you already own a Google Home smart speaker or another Google home smart device. While most of these devices are heavily dependent on Google Assistant, Google still offers users the option to disable "Hey Google" commands on these devices. 

Prevent Google Home devices from actively listening for "Hey Google" or "Ok Google"

The simplest way to ensure that your Google Home devices are not actively listening to your conversations is to engage the dedicated mute button that most of these devices come with. This action effectively disables Google Assistant features for that particular device.

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Turning off the microphone on Google Home devices is a simple way to disable Google Assistant / © NextPit

To turn on Google Assistant for these individual devices, all you need to do is to flick back the 'mute' button to the on position. This feature lets you individually manage these devices and you do not need to turn off Google Assistant for the entire account.

Well, that pretty much sums up our article on how to turn off Google Assistant. What do you think of this tutorial? Did you choose to turn off Google Assistant or just limit the voice activation feature in the service? Let us know in the comments below.


Guide updated on March 2022 with updated instructions. Existing comments on this page were not removed and may refer to previous versions of this article.

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  • Matt F May 16, 2019

    When my headphones are plugged in, Google Assistant interrupted every 5-10 minutes to ask if I needed anything. I deactivated it.
    Now, it makes the volume fluctuate and a window at the bottom of the screen is there to "Turn On."
    This is obscenely frustrating. I want it gone. Off my phone. This will be THE MAJOR consideration when choosing my next phone.
    Do not install or activate ANYTHING without my permission.

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  • Timothy Takemoto 2 months ago Link to comment

    I am using Android 6.0.1. Assistant steals the home button if I press it twice. So as per this article I went to Settings, Default Apps, Assistant but there is only one option (Google) and no "None". Is there any other wsy to turn off button activated Assistant? Google Assistant is not in the Applications list, so I can't disable it. It upsets me. It has nothing to do with Japan.

    Fortunately I have managed to turn off "Hey Google".


  • Sorin 3 months ago Link to comment

    Okay Google, I've had enough. I have enough Coffee, please shut Up!


  • BroncoBuff 4 months ago Link to comment

    Fourth tutorial In a row telling me first to: "launch the Google app, then click 'More.'" Well I'm sorry professor, but there is no app called "the Google app." I tried several actual Google apps, but none had a "more" option. (And did I mention there is no app called the Google app?)


    • Camila Rinaldi
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      3 months ago Link to comment

      Hi BroncoBuff, you can find the Google App in your app drawer, it's the "G" icon app. To access it, you can also swipe left to right in the home screen and open Google Discover. From there, you only need to click on your profile image, so you will find the settings and all the steps mentioned in the article.

      I also added a link to it, maybe it's easier to find it out! Thanks for your commentary!


  • maszek 6 months ago Link to comment

    I managed to disable google assistant, but what I am looking for is a way to remove the Google screen from my home screen on my device. The one with a search bar at the top, a snapshot icon and my initial.


  • Danny Wambugu 7 months ago Link to comment

    I don't want Google assistant in my phone


  • storm 9 months ago Link to comment

    Don't forget to install swipeup utility to intercept the accidental triggers and bypass the reinstall prompt.


    • Amaan 8 months ago Link to comment

      Dig this


  • Michael Masseri 10 months ago Link to comment

    Now my microphone speech to text is gone! Fuk u Google I hate the dam assistant. I need my home button for other shit. Wtf! Stop forcing us to take shitty updates. Like I want to talk to a dam phone that can't decipher Your F's from S's I'll be there saying the word 20 damn times and not once does it get it right...


  • melinda Mar 26, 2021 Link to comment

    I've turned off Google Assistant but now the phone won't stop interrupting what I'm doing to ask if I want to turn it on. Help!


  • Butterfree Jan 17, 2021 Link to comment

    Honestly this hasn't solved the issue unfortunately. I have followed this, and still, when I hold my home button on my (android) phone and double click my earphones it still appears. It's deeply frustrating, and is blocking the functionality of my earphones!!
    I dearly hope it is just me being stupid and there is a simple way to stop it from asking "Turn on google assistant!", but even when disabling it as stated here, it continues to fuck me over!


  • LeahHodges Dec 19, 2020 Link to comment

    Thanks google for you updates


  • Deborah Jul 21, 2020 Link to comment

    What a nuscence! It kept recording all the private conversations between my wife and I. Then we would here a strange voice asking the most bizzarre and irrelevant questions! Talk about rude and invasive! This goes beyond "BIG BROTHER!! I never turned it on not was never asked if I wanted my life to be recorded a d provided to God knows who! It bad enough you have to give up most of your civil & constitutional rights to add an app to your device and, of course, grant full access to your contacts, photos, e-mails and on and on. Where,why and what reason does anyone all this "gossip" for? Is it political? If people don't agree with a politician's viewpoint, what happens to them. If folks don't care for a particular product, what then? This is not the future, it is now! Who do think has the bankbook to afford to buy all this info? It is not for us l This is an aide to control the masses. Some people may find it to be a treasure in helping get their day in order & on track. Great! Just ask yourself, who else is reading it and should ANYONE know where you are going and why? If you use as a journal or a diary, should the "terms and conditions" of a corporation" take precedence over "The bill of rights", "The Constitution" and every Privacy Law enacted by our lower courts and the Supreme Court! Please, just be very careful and use what God gave you, the brain.


    • Sarah Lund 7 months ago Link to comment

      Hi. Yes I agree. I'm glad I have aspergers, to be fair, because I find that other people with aspergers aren't all always bothered about technology, as they are more consumed in other things. When did we become such a jaded technology-obssessed world? I suppose it's to do with forced imposing onto the rest of the world, just so that we can all be like Japan or North Korea. I'm not racist. It's just that I'm fed up of the likes of Japan imposing the rest of the world, or forcing the rest of the world to like whatever is next in line in digital technology. Just because they have the latest tech innovations, but what might seem like a good innovation, might still seem pointless to other countries, and countries need to recognize this. So what, if they have the latest technology? More fool them. I wouldn't trust it with my life.


  • Kylehobie16 Jul 15, 2020 Link to comment

    I love the Google Assistant for things like setting reminders, timers, websearches and calendar events. But I absolutely can't stand the voice responses and there doesn't seem to be any way to turn that crap off. It's a deal killer for me. For instance, I get up at 4:45AM, and when I turn off the alarm that wakes me up, the Google ass says, "Good morning Kyle. (long pause to make you think it's over) Have a nice day." All at what seems to be full phone volume because you can't control the voice volume. With my wife trying to sleep next to me, this is absolutely unacceptable. Who needs their phone to tell them, "good morning"? That's about as meaningful as my right shoe telling me the beer is good. I picture the Google geniuses sitting in their collaborative space thinking up new ways for the assistant to wedge its way into our lives. All those little shits are single, so they don't care if their dream Andriod wakes them up in the morning. I'm surprised they don't come up with a sexy voice to use. Think, Allyssa Milano saying "Hey sexy nerd, have a fantastic day and may the force be with you sweet cheeks!"


    • Sarah Lund 7 months ago Link to comment

      Ha ha 😂. I love your comment. Who DOES need some meaningless voice telling them "Good morning!". Our life partners can provide us with much more valuable things than anything from Google ever could. Ha ha. What these technical developers who make these things don't understand is that not all of us are single, and not all of us like monotone robot-like voices. It needs to go and die. Or i will just end up buying a cheap Nokia phone if it means having a more private life again. That Google Assistant voice is bloody irritating. "Hi. How can I help you?". You can't help me. It's over before it even starts asking me. Goodbye Assistant. 🙄 . I really don't give a crap if we're behind other countries, in the way of digital things constantly being updated and modernised. That's just government and their statistics. They will always say stuff like "Britain is slightly behind other more developed countries like Japan", etc. I do not care. I have important stuff to think about. I'm not going to be wasting my time worrying about pointless technology. 😑


  • tequilasoup Jul 2, 2020 Link to comment

    I'm not in any way blind to the convenience of voice commands. In the past I've used Assistant with much better results than Siri or Alexa which are downright annoying. I do, however, have a big problem with the constant tracking and recording our modern devices do in the background. Yes, the manufacturers swear up and down that it's private and in many cases anonymous, but were it so benevolent data mining wouldn't be a billion-dollar industry. So I've chosen to live without the convenience of voice commands. I've even disconnected my Xbox Kinect for the same reason...it's ALWAYS listening.


  • Rus Jun 23, 2020 Link to comment

    I think the best thing to do is to disable the Google application and revoke all its permissions.

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