Set up "Ok Google" on your Android

You can say "Ok Google" from any screen on your phone or tablet to start a voice search or have Google do something for you. For example, you can do a search or send a text using "Ok Google" while looking at your photos or checking your email.

Turn on "Ok Google"

"Ok Google" is a hotword that tells the Google app that you’re ready to start using your voice. To start using "Ok Google" from any screen on your device, you need to update some settings and teach Google what your voice sounds like.

Note: If you use the Google app on more than one device, you need to turn on "Ok Google" 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 touch Update).
  2. Open the Google app .
  3. In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon menu icon > Settings > Voice.
  4. Touch "Ok Google" detection.
  5. Check the boxes next to "From Google app" and "From any screen."
  6. Follow the instructions to teach Google what your voice sounds like.
Turn on "Ok Google" (Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Samsung Note 4 only)
  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 touch Update).
  2. Open the Google app .
  3. In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon menu icon > Settings > Voice.
  4. Touch "Ok Google" detection.
  5. Check the boxes next to "From Google app" and "Always-on."
  6. Follow the instructions to teach Google what your voice sounds like.
"This feature is currently unavailable on this device"

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.

"Ok Google" settings

When you turn on "Ok Google," there are a few settings you can change:

  • From Google app: Say "Ok Google" from the Google app or any home screen in the Google Now launcher.
  • From any screen: Say "Ok Google" from any screen on your device if the screen is on or the device is charging. You won't see this setting if you're on a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Samsung Note 4.
  • Always-on: Say "Ok Google" whether your screen is on or off. This setting is only available for Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Samsung Note 4 devices.
  • Personal results: Allow personal results, even when your device is locked. If you don't turn on this setting, you may need to unlock your device to see some of your results.
  • Retrain voice model: If you set up "Ok Google" from any screen or Always-on, you can retrain your device to respond to 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: If you set up "Ok Google" from any screen or Always-on, you can delete the audio you recorded so that Google could learn the sound of your voice.

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