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"Ok, I've had enough Google": how to deactivate Assistant

Yes, I agree the Google Assistant can be very useful and has evolved considerably in recent months, but what if you don’t need it all the time? In this article, you'll find out how you can turn it off and go back to your old life before Google Assistant.

Why is it activated by mistake?

For me personally, I’m particularly annoyed that Google Assistant is activated without me having asked for it. The assistant appears multiple times whenever I unlock my smartphone. If I don’t need it (99% of the time), I have to close it before I can perform the actions I want. This happens because I might have accidentally pressed the Start button on my smartphone, which is set up to open Google Assistant.

Once it’s opened, the assistant captures your voice, analyzes it and performs the action you’ve indicated. You might even have your smartphone in your pocket and activate Google Assistant by accident. If you’re in the middle of a conversation, your device might pick up a fragment of what you've said and think you’re asking a question… and then answer you! This happened to me recently when I was talking to a friend. Suddenly, a voice from my pocket began to speak about the tomb of some Egyptian pharaoh. And believe me, at the time we weren’t in an exciting debate about Egypt.

How to turn off Google Assistant

If something like this has happened to you too and you’re sick of Google Assistant (even though you'll laugh at the more surreal searches), it’s time to turn it off. There are 3 different options that we’ll explain below.

Completely deactivate it

If you choose to disable Google Assistant, open the Google application and click Menu (the three horizontal lines), go to Settings, and in the Google Assistant section click Settings > Phone and disable the Assistant option.

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Deactivate it and forget about it. / © AndroidPIT

Deactivate the support button

In most cases, deactivating the Assistant button will be enough. This way, you’ll no longer be able to access Google Assistant via the start button, which will prevent you from accidentally clicking it.

In the Device menu, click on Applications,  then Default applications, and then tap Device assistant app. Here you can specify which assistant app you want to open when you press the start button. In my case, I could choose between Google and having no supporting app.

This is the least radical option, as you can continue using Assistant whenever you want, but without having to worry about it being activated unintentionally.

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The least radical option. / © AndroidPIT

Uninstall updates

Google Assistant is a relatively new development, as it didn’t exist in previous versions of Google. If we could go back to those versions, we wouldn’t have the Assistant.

So it can be as easy as that: uninstall the updates and you’re free of Google Assistant. Of course, all the other novelties that you might like will also disappear...

Under Settings > Applications, go to Application manager and search for Google. When you click on Menu (the three little dots), you’ll see the Uninstall updates option pop up.

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You can also go back to a previous version. / © AndroidPIT

What do you think? Does Google Assistant bother you or is just the opposite? Have you had any strange experiences with Google’s trusty sidekick? Let us know in the comments!

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  • finally! This was where I was looking for the moment the assistant was available in Dutch a was automatically activated on my device. It was bothering me several times a day without me needing it. I had been looking for a way to deactivate the assistant but only could find ways that did not do the trick. Thanks to you guys... the assistant is silenced!


  • I got rid of it (along with other things and a lot of bloat) by disabling the Google Search app. I use the Google Search box, and most other Google services, in a browser.


  • storm 1 month ago Link to comment

    It needs a simple disable method that is complete and total.

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