How to Stop Google Assistant from Popping Up

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Carl Paige

Do you ever find Google Assistant popping up on your phone at inconvenient times, like when you're playing music or working on something important? While Google Assistant can be a helpful tool, it can also be disruptive. Luckily, there are ways to prevent it from appearing unintentionally.

How to Stop Google Assistant from Popping Up


Disabling the Assistant Button

Many Android phones have a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. This button can be a convenient way to access the Assistant, but it can also lead to accidental activations. Here's how to disable it:

  1. Long-press the Assistant button. This will launch Google Assistant.
  2. Tap "Open Assistant settings." This will take you to the Google Assistant settings menu.
  3. Under "General," toggle off the switch next to "Assistant button." This will disable the button and prevent it from launching the Assistant.

Turning Off "Hey Google" Detection

Another way Google Assistant might activate is through voice detection. By saying "Hey Google" or "Ok Google," you can trigger the Assistant hands-free. Here's how to disable voice detection:

  1. Open the Google app.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. Select "Settings" and then "Google Assistant."
  4. Under "Hey Google & Voice Match," toggle off the switch next to "Hey Google." This will prevent the Assistant from activating with your voice commands.

Additional Tips

  • Check your default apps: Some apps might have permission to launch Google Assistant. You can review and adjust these permissions in your phone's settings menu.
  • Update the Google app: Ensure you're using the latest version of the Google app, as updates often include bug fixes that could be causing your Assistant to misbehave.
  • Consider using a different launcher: Some custom launchers for Android allow you to disable the Assistant button entirely.

Remember: While disabling Google Assistant can prevent unwanted interruptions, it also limits its functionality. If you find yourself needing the Assistant occasionally, consider keeping voice detection off and only using the Assistant button when needed.

By following these steps, you can take control of Google Assistant and ensure it only activates when you want it to. This will keep your phone experience smooth and uninterrupted.