Back in May 2016, Google came to the stage with its Google Home and Google Assistant. The feature was at first exclusive for their flagship device, the Google Pixel. Currently, the feature is available to all Android devices running on Marshmallow or Nougat. So if you own one of the latest Android phones running on any of these iterations of the OS, then it is likely that you too are stuck with the feature. And a situation arises when you need to disable Google Assistant on Android Phone.
And to turn Google Assistant off on your Android, you need to follow this tutorial. With Google Assistant on your device, you simply have to long press on the home button to call on your Virtual Assistant. Also, you can activate the assistant by calling “Ok Google” and going about with vocal commands. Furthermore, there is much more functionality which surely makes the feature quite impressive.
However, what happens if you don’t like Google Assistant? You might have been getting all your work done through Google Now, and don’t like the change. So is there a way to revert to the old Google Now feature? Luckily there is; so without further ado, let’s get into how you can turn off Google Assistant on your Android Device.
How to Disable Google Assistant on Android Phone
Step #1. Launch Google Assistant By long pressing on the home button. Tap on the blue icon at top to open your profile.
Step #2. On the top right corner of the screen, you will find three dots; tap on that.
Step #3. A drop down menu appears; here, you need to tap on Settings.
Step #4. The above steps lead you to your profile. From all the options provided here, search for Phone under the Devices section and tap on that.
Step 5. Here, you will find the Google Assistant feature with a pill toggle. Most likely it will be turned on. Tap it once to turn it off. And if later you are in the mood to use the feature again, the tap it once more to turn it on.
How to Disable Google Assistant from Google News Feed
Step #1. Launch Google News Feed.
Step #2. To the top left corner, there should be a hamburger menu. Tap it.
Step #3. Next, tap on settings from the pop-up menu.
Step #4. This will open a page where you should see Settings under Google Assistant.
Now all you have to do is tap on Phone and Turn off the Functionality. There you go, you are done.
As we discussed, turning off Google Assistant will bring back the familiar Google Now, which might be the driving reason behind you disabling the feature. However, deactivating the feature will also improve your battery life.
Google Assistant continually runs in the background, even if the device is locked, and this can drain the battery life. So if you are also battery conscious and don’t want to bother around with these extra features, then you would be better off keeping the functionality turned off.