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Use "Ok Google" on Android

You can say "Ok Google" on your Android phone or tablet to start a voice search or have Google do something for you. 

Change your "Ok Google" settings

When you say "Ok Google," it tells the Google app that you’re ready to start using your voice. To best use "Ok Google," you need to update some settings.

Note: If you use the Google app on more than one device, you need to turn on "Ok Google" features on each device.

Turn on "Ok Google"
  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google app. (To get the latest version, go to the Google app page on the Play Store and tap Update).
  2. Open the Google app Google Search.
  3. At the bottom right, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  4. Tap Voice and then "Ok Google" detection.
  5. Turn on "From the Google app."

For certain devices, you can also change some settings to turn on "Ok Google" detection outside the Google app:

  1. Turn on "From any screen" or "Always on." 
  2. Follow the instructions to teach Google what your voice sounds like.
    Note: "Always on" isn't supported in all languages. If you're unable to turn this feature on, your language may not be supported.

Keep in mind, the "From any screen" setting may prevent other voice services that use hotwords or wake up commands from working. For example, if you have a Samsung S6 and turn on S-Voice to use the wake up command "Hi Galaxy," it may not work if "From any screen" is turned on.

"Ok Google" settings you can change

When you turn on "Ok Google," there are a few settings you might be able to change depending on your device. Here’s what the terms mean:

  • When you can say "Ok Google":
    • From any screen: You can say "Ok Google" from any screen on your device if the screen is on or the device is charging. This isn't available in all languages. 
    • Always-on: You can say "Ok Google" whether your screen is on or off.
  • What happens when your screen is locked:
    • Trusted voice: When you say "Ok Google" from a secure lock screen and we're able to recognize the sound of your voice, you can ask Google to do things for you or visit sites without having to unlock your device manually.
    • Personal results: See personal results for your voice searches, even when your device is locked. 
  • Retrain voice model: Reteach Google the sound of your voice. Try this if Google isn’t recognizing your voice when you say "Ok Google." If you don't see this setting, make sure "From any screen" or "Always-on" is turned on.
  • Delete voice model: Delete the voice model that Google uses to recognize your voice.

Note: The "From any screen" setting may prevent other voice services that use hotwords or wake up commands from working. For example, if you have a Samsung S6 and turn on S-Voice to use the wake up command "Hi Galaxy," it may not work if "From any screen" is turned on.

Turn off "Ok Google"

Turn off "Ok Google" completely

If you turn off this setting, Google won't respond when you say "Ok Google." To turn off "Ok Google" voice search and actions:

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the bottom right, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Tap Voice and then "Ok Google" detection.
  4. Turn off "From the Google app."

Limit "Ok Google"

You can change your setting so that "Ok Google" works only when your device has:

  • The Google app open
  • The Google widget on the Home screen

To turn off "Ok Google" detection outside the Google app & Google widget:

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the bottom right, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Tap Voice and then "Ok Google" detection.
  4. Turn off "Always on" or "From any screen."

Use voice search without "Ok Google"

To use voice search and actions without turning on "Ok Google," go to the search bar and tap the Microphone .

Troubleshoot issues

This feature is currently unavailable on this device error
The "Ok Google" on every screen setting is not available for Moto X and some older Android devices. If you're using a Moto X and you have Touchless Controls turned on, you can say "Ok Google" from any screen without changing any settings in the Google app.
I don't see these settings
  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google app. (To get the latest version, go to the Google app page on the Play Store and tap Update).
  2. Update your phone to the newest operating system. Some of the "Ok Google" settings only work if you're using Android 4.4 or higher.

Requirements

Your Android device needs to have:

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