Set up Google Assistant on your device

You can find info and help you get things done with Google Assistants. With Assistant, you can do actions like:

  • Ask questions
  • Make calls
  • Send texts
  • Schedule reminders
  • Provide directions

Learn more about the new Google Assistant.

Find available languages you can use

On Android devices, Google Assistant is available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kannada
  • Korean
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Check if your device has what it needs

To use the Google Assistant, you’ll need a device with:

  • Android 5.0+ with at least 1.0GB of available memory or Android 6.0+ with at least 1.5GB of available memory
  • Google app 6.13 or higher
  • Google Play services
  • 720p or higher screen resolution
  • Device's language set to a language listed above
Check your Android version Check your Google app version
  1. On your device, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the Home screen, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then About.
    • Look for the version number at the top.
  3. If your version is below 6.13, go to the Google app page.
  4. Tap Update.
Check if you have Google Play services
  1. On your device, go to the Google Play services page.
  2. Tap Install.
    • If you find "Uninstall" or "Deactivate," you already have Google Play services.

Learn how to use Google Assistant on your Pixel phone with our step-by-step tutorial.

Start a conversation

  1. On your device, touch and hold the Home button or say "Hey Google."
    • If the Google Assistant is off, you'll be asked to turn it on.
  2. Ask a question or say a command.

Tip: On devices that run Android 8.0 and up, you can also talk to the Google Assistant when your device is locked when you say "Hey Google." Learn how to control what information displays on your lockscreen.

What you can ask

To get ideas, just ask your Assistant "What can you do?" Learn about what you can ask Assistant.

Other ways to reach your Assistant

Type with the keyboard
  1. On your device, touch and hold the Home button.
  2. Tap Keyboard Type.
  3. Enter a question or command.
  4. Tap Send Send Arrow.
Open the Google Assistant app
  1. On your device, open the Google Assistant app Assistant (iOS).
  2. Ask a question or say a command.
Squeeze your phone (Pixel 2, 3, 3a & 4)
  1. Squeeze the bottom half of your phone.
  2. Ask a question or say a command.

See the squeeze gesture or learn how to change how hard you have to squeeze your phone.

Press & hold the Power button

  • On Pixel 6 and later, this includes Fold, press and hold the Power button.
  • If you have a Pixel 4a or later, this includes Fold that runs Android 12 and up and want to talk to Assistant with the power button: 
    1. Open device Settings. 
    2. Tap System and then Gestures.
    3. Press and hold the power button.

Choose how to communicate with Google Assistant

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings."
  2. Under "All settings," tap General and then Preferred input.
  3. Choose your preferred input.
    • To say your question or command, tap Voice.
    • To type your question or command, tap Keyboard.

Tip: On Pixel 6 and later, this includes Fold, you can talk to Assistant without the need to say “Hey Google” for some tasks. Learn how to turn on Quick phrases.

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