Allow lock screen personal results on your Android device

Important: This feature only works on devices running Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

On Android devices, you can control what kinds of info the Assistant will say or show when your device is locked. You can turn on lock screen personal results to allow the Google Assistant to send personal communications, call your contacts, and read or show personal results from your:

  • Email, including personal results from Gmail, like flight reservations and bills
  • Google Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Memory aids
  • Shopping lists

If you turn off lock screen personal results, you’ll need to unlock your device to find and hear Assistant responses that include personal results.

Turn lock screen personal results on or off

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings" or go to Assistant settings.
  2. Under "All settings," tap Personalization.
  3. Turn on Personal Results and then turn on Lock screen personal results.

How lock screen personal results work with other settings

If you turn on lock screen personal results, you’ll still need to unlock your device to find Assistant responses or actions involving:

  • Payments
  • Google Photos
  • Requests to open other apps
  • Questions about your name or address

If you add a Google Assistant routine to an alarm in the Clock app and include personal results, you'll still hear or find those personal results in the routine, even if you turn off lock screen personal results.

Access Google Assistant while you charge your device

Important: This feature is only available on some Android devices. To learn more about your device’s capabilities, contact the manufacturer.

While your device charges, you can play media, get commute info, and more. You can also turn on the Photo frame and show Google Photos albums of your choice.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings" or go to Assistant settings.
  2. Under "All settings," tap Ambient Mode.
  3. Turn on Ambient Mode or Photo frame on ambient display.
  4. To select your photos, tap Select Google Photos albums.

You may get a notification to set up Ambient Mode while you charge your device. You can also set up Ambient Mode through the steps on screen.

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