Get started with the Google Assistant on your device

You can find info and get things done with the help of your Google Assistant. Ask it questions and tell it to do things.

Languages you can use

On Android phones and tablets, the Google Assistant is available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. More languages are coming soon. 

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

What you need

To use the Google Assistant, you’ll need a phone or tablet with:

  • Android 5.0 or higher
  • Google app 6.13 or higher
  • Google Play services
  • 1.0 GB of memory
  • Device's language set to a language listed above
Check if your device has what it needs

Check your Android version 

Check your Google app version 

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google app Google Search
  2. On the Home screen, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then About.
  3. Look for the version number at the top.
  4. If your version is below 6.13, go to the Google app page, then tap Update

Check if you have Google Play services

  1. On your phone, go to the Google Play services page.
  2. Tap Install. If you see "Uninstall" or "Deactivate," you already have Google Play services.

Start a conversation

  1. On your phone or tablet, touch and hold the Home button or say "Ok Google." If the Google Assistant is off, you'll be asked to turn it on.
    Tip: On some devices, you can also say "Hey Google."
  2. Ask a question or say a command.

Tip: On phones running Android 8.0 and up, you can also talk to the Google Assistant when your phone is locked by saying "Ok Google." Learn how to control what information you see and hear on your lock screen.

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Other ways to reach your Assistant

  1. On your phone or tablet, touch and hold the Home button.
  2. Tap Keyboard Type.
  3. Enter a question or command and then Send Send
Open the Google Assistant app

First, get the Google Assistant app.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant .
  2. Ask a question or say a command.
Squeeze your phone (Pixel 2, 3, & 3a)
  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.

What you can ask 

To get ideas, ask your Assistant "What can you do?" Here are more examples of what you can ask.

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