Get started with Voice Access

The Voice Access app for Android lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate, and edit text hands-free.

Get started with Voice Access

Step 1: Check your device and settings

Note: Voice Access is currently in a limited beta release in English only.

Before you install Voice Access, check your device and settings:

  • Required: Android version 5.0 or later. To find your Android version, go to Settings and then About phone or About tablet.
  • Required: Google app. To make sure you have the latest version, download or update the Google app from Google Play.
  • Recommended: "Ok Google" detection from any screen. Learn how to turn on "Ok Google."
  • Recommended: Google Now Launcher. Install the Google Now Launcher from Google Play.

Step 2: Download Voice Access

Download Voice Access from Google Play.

Step 3: Start using Voice Access

To turn on Voice Access, follow these steps:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Voice Access
  3. At the top, tap the On/Off switch
  4. Open your notification shade
  5. Tap the Voice Access notification labeled "Touch to start"
  6. Say a command, such as "Open Gmail"

The first time you turn on Voice Access, two extra steps help you get started:

  • A guide to "Ok Google" settings helps set you up for a good hands-free experience
  • An interactive tutorial teaches you how Voice Access works

Learn more about using Voice Access commands.

Optional: Other ways to start Voice Access

After you turn on Voice Access in Settings, you can start Voice Access in several ways, depending on your device and settings.

  • "Ok Google": Say "Ok Google," then say "Start Voice Access." (Note: This option requires certain device settings. See "Step 1" above for more details.)
  • Voice Access button: To show a Voice Access button on your screen all the time, go to Voice Access settings and turn on Activation button. You can then tap the button at any time to start a Voice Access session. To move the button on your screen, touch and hold, then drag it to the new position.
  • Activation key: You can use a physical key, such as a keyboard key or Bluetooth switch, to start and stop Voice Access. To set up an activation key:
    1. Connect your keyboard or switch to your device:
      • Bluetooth: Go to your Android device settings, then choose Bluetooth to pair the keyboard or switch with your Android device. For more instructions, check the documentation for your switch or keyboard, or learn more about connecting to Bluetooth devices.
      • USB: Use a USB cable to connect the keyboard or switch to your Android device
    2. Go to Voice Access Settings, then select Activation Key. Here you can choose the following settings:  
      • Assigned key: Press the key or switch that you want to use to start and stop Voice Access.
      • Behavior: Choose how you'd like to use your key or switch, The default setting is to tap to start Voice Access, then tap again to stop. You can also choose to press and hold to start Voice Access, then release to stop. 
  • Phone calls: Voice Access automatically starts when your phone rings, letting you use your voice to decline or answer the call. You can also set up Voice Access so that it stays on during phone calls. To turn on this setting, go to Voice Access settings and turn on Active during calls.
  • Activate on lock screen: If you've set a screen lock on your Android device, Voice Access turns on automatically when you turn on your screen. To unlock your screen with Voice Access, be sure to use the PIN screen lock option.