Manage your Google Assistant headphone notifications

On headphones, your Google Assistant can notify you when there’s a new message or email, or upcoming calendar event. For some messaging or chat apps, your Google Assistant can also read out the content of a new message.

Hear a notification

  1. On your headphones, press the button or touch area to ask your Google Assistant to read notifications.
  2. Your Assistant will read any notifications you have.

Turn spoken notifications on or off

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Explore & Your stuff.
  3. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Assistant.
  4. Under "Assistant devices," tap your headphones.
  5. Turn Spoken notifications on or off.
    • Tip: You can also turn off spoken notifications specific apps.

Respond to a message

When you get a new message, your Google Assistant can let you quickly speak a response that will be returned to the sender.

  1. After you get a new message, wait until you hear a "blip" sound. Your Google Assistant will wait for several seconds to allow you to trigger a gesture.
  2. While you hear the “blip” sound, trigger the gesture you use to start a conversation with the Assistant, and speak the reply you want to send.
  3. Your Assistant will read out the message, then ask you to send it or change it.

How notifications and Assistant language settings work

If you have different languages configured on your phone and in your settings, your Google Assistant will try to read your notifications in the language the message was received in.

For the best experience, set your primary Assistant language and your phone's system display language to be the same language.

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