Access Google Assistant with your voice

Important: To access this feature you must have Voice Match.

This provides hands-free help on your Assistant-enabled phone, tablet, or smartwatch when you say "Hey Google."

You can use a speaker or Smart Display with Google Assistant built-in.

Turn on Google Assistant

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Assistant.
  2. If Google Assistant is off, you’ll get the option to turn it on. At the bottom, tap Turn on.

Learn how to set up Google Assistant on your phone or tablet.

Turn off Google Assistant
  1. On most Assistant-enabled devices, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings."
    • Alternatively, open the Google Assistant app Assistant and say, “Assistant settings.”
  2. Under "All settings," tap General.
    • If you don’t find “General,” first tap View all settings or See all Assistant Settings.
  3. Turn off Google Assistant.

Turn on "Hey Google" & teach Google Assistant

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Assistant and say, “Assistant settings.”
  2. Under "Popular settings," tap Hey Google & Voice Match.
  3. Turn on Hey Google.
    • If you don't find "Hey Google", turn on Google Assistant.
    • Tip: If you're signed in to a Google Workspace for Education account on your device and can't turn on "Hey Google," the admin might have turned off settings that are needed for "Hey Google" to work. Contact your admin for more details.
  4. To set up a Voice Match, follow the prompts so Google Assistant can recognize when you say “Hey Google.”

Tip: If you want to get hands-free help from Google Assistant while your Android phone or tablet is locked, make sure your Assistant on lock screen setting is turned on.

Retrain Google Assistant to recognize your voice

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Assistant and say, “Assistant settings.”
  2. Under "Popular settings," tap Hey Google & Voice Match.
  3. Make sure Hey Google is on.
    • If you don't find "Hey Google," turn on Google Assistant.
    • Tip: If you're signed in to a Google Workspace for Education account on your device and can't turn on "Hey Google," the admin might have turned off settings that are needed for "Hey Google" to work. Please contact your admin for more details.
  4. Tap Voice model and then Retrain voice model.
  5. Follow the steps to record your voice.

Use your voice to open Google Assistant

Phone or tablet

On Android phones running Android 5.0 and up, you can use your voice to talk to Google Assistant even when your phone is locked. Learn how to control what info you see and hear.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Assistant and say, “Assistant settings.”
  2. Under "Popular settings," tap Hey Google & Voice Match.
  3. Turn on Hey Google.
    • If you don't find "Hey Google," turn on Google Assistant.
    • Tip: If you're signed in to a Google Workspace for Education account on your device and can't turn on "Hey Google," the admin might have turned off settings that are needed for "Hey Google" to work. Contact your admin for more details.
  4. To set up Voice Match, follow the prompts so Google Assistant can recognize when you say “Hey Google.”

Tips:

  • You can set up Voice Match on an undocked Pixel Tablet. When the tablet is redocked, tap Agree to Voice Match for Hub Mode to complete the setup.
  • If you turn off “Hey Google” you can talk with Google Assistant when you touch and hold Home on your phone.
  • On Pixel 4, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 2 phones, you can squeeze your phone to talk to Google Assistant.

Watch
  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake it up.
  2. On the watch screen, swipe down from the top.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Personalization.
  4. Turn on Hey Google detection.

Access Google Assistant on your headphones with Voice Match

You can use Voice Match on your headphones to talk to Google Assistant when you're connected to an Android phone or tablet. You can teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice with Voice Match and  use voice commands to get personal results. You can use Voice Match with your headphones, even if it’s turned off on your phone.

Important: Voice Match isn’t available on all devices. Your device’s instruction manual or packaging can tell you if your headphones support Voice Match.

Turn Voice Match on or off

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 

  2. Tap Devices and then your headphones.

  3. Turn Say Hey Google on or off.

Teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 

  2. Tap Devices and then your headphones.

  3. Make sure Google Assistant is on.

  4. Turn Say Hey Google on.

  5. Follow the steps to train your voice model.

How Voice Match & Google Assistant language settings work

Your Assistant listens for “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” spoken in an accent similar to your primary Assistant language. For example, if your primary Assistant language is set to Spanish, your Assistant listens for the "Hey Google" or "OK Google" as it would be spoken with a Spanish accent. Learn how to change your language or use multiple languages.

Important: Voice Match on your headphones might not be available in all Google Assistant languages supported by your phone.

How Voice Match works with multiple Google Assistant devices

  • If you say “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” while you wear your headphones, Google Assistant responds in your headphones, even if there is another Google Assistant device nearby.
  • If more than one device responds, make sure that you have linked the same Google Accounts on your phone and other devices. Learn how to fix issues with Ok Google not working.
  • If you want to talk to another device while you wear headphones, include the device name while you say your command. For example, you can say "Play music on the living room speaker."
  • If that doesn’t work, you can take your headphones off to say a command to another device.

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