Get started with the Google Assistant on Pixel

The new Google Assistant is built into your phone and apps, making it easier to complete tasks. You can text, call, get answers, look up directions and do more with just your voice.

What you need

To use the new Google Assistant, you need a Pixel 4 and later, including Fold, with:

  • The Google app with version 10.73 and up.
  • Google Play services.
  • The Assistant language set to: 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 and Vietnamese. More languages are coming soon.

Talk to your new Google Assistant

  1. Use your voice or phone:
    • Voice: Say 'Hey Google'.
    • Squeeze: On Pixel 2 to 4, squeeze the bottom half of your phone. Learn how to squeeze your phone.
    • Press: On Pixel 6 and later, including Fold, press and hold the Power button.
  2. Ask a question or say a command. For example, you can say "What’s the weather like today?" or "Set a timer for 10 minutes".
  3. Listen to the answer.

Tip: If you have a Pixel 4 or later, including Fold, that runs Android 12 and up, and want to talk to Assistant with the power button, open device Settings and then System and then Gestures and then Press and hold power button. Learn how to check your Android version.

Continue the conversation

Important: This feature is only available in English (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and Singapore).
  1. On your phone, say "Hey Google" and ask your question or say a command.
  2. Listen to the answer.
  3. To continue the conversation, ask another question or say a command.

Learn how to have a conversation with Google Assistant.

What you can ask

Take pictures, open apps, change your settings and get answers. For example:

  • "Turn on Bluetooth."
  • "Take a screenshot."
  • "Take a selfie."
  • "Go to John Legend on Twitter."
  • "Help me speak Spanish."
  • "Start a voice recording."
  • "Search Wikipedia for Henry VIII."

Get more examples of what you can ask.

Complete tasks without "Hey, Google"

Assistant can perform specific tasks without the voice prompt, "Hey, Google". For example, to snooze an alarm, you can say "Snooze", or to decline a call hands-free, you can say "Decline".

Important: This feature is only available:

  • In English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. More languages are coming soon.
  • On Pixel Buds Pro, Pixel 6 and later, including Fold, when you have one language selected.

Learn how to change your Google Assistant language.

  1. On your Pixel, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings".
  2. Tap Quick phrases.
  3. On the right, tap the slider to turn each quick-phrase scenario on or off.

If you turn on quick phrases for incoming calls, calls might sometimes connect unintentionally. For example:

  • If you say "answer" when you're not aware that your phone is ringing, or if it's on silent
  • If other voices say "answer"
  • If Google Assistant detects something that sounds similar to "answer"
Add your language

You may need to download your language to use quick phrases.

  1. Open the Google app Google app.
  2. Tap your Profile picture or initial.
  3. Tap Settings and then Voice and then Offline speech recognition and then All.
  4. Choose the language that you use to talk to Google Assistant.
  5. Tap Download.

Open Google Assistant settings

  1. Say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings", or on your phone, go to Settings and then Apps and notifications and then Assistant and then See all Assistant settings.
  2. At the top, you’ll find popular settings.
    • To search for a specific setting: At the top, tap Search settings.

You don’t have the new Google Assistant

If you don’t find the moving lights at the bottom of your screen, you have an older version of the Assistant. To get new Google Assistant, check this info:

Check your phone settings

For new Google Assistant to work, confirm that you have these settings:

  • The Assistant language is set to English (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, India), French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. To change the language that you use with Google Assistant, go to the ‘Change or add a language’ setting.
  • You only use one Assistant language. If you have a second Assistant language, remove it.
  • You don’t use a third-party launcher.
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