How to disable OK Google

OK Google (or Google Assistant) is a handy Android feature that listens to your voice commands. This virtual assistant allows you to use the device without the help of hands, make calls and search for information.

Here you can choose which app will open if you hold down the Home button on your Android device.

  • In the menu, you will see Google in the ‘Device Support App’ section. Click on it.
  • Select ‘No’.
  • If you do this, you can still use your OK Google and all of its microphone functions without worrying about the assistant activating itself. Please note that this will not prevent Google Assistant from being activated by voice.

    Delete Google updates

    If you want to completely remove Google Assistant from your phone, try removing the updates. Since Google Assistant was not available in previous versions of the Google app, removing updates will also remove it. To remove the updates, follow these steps.

    1. Click on the ‘Settings’ app.
    2. Click ‘Applications’ to open the list of applications.
    3. Find ‘Google’ in the list and enter the application menu.
    4. Click the ‘more’ button at the top right of the screen. The ‘Delete Updates’ option will appear.
    5. Click on it and Google will return to the first version on the phone.

    Keep in mind that this will remove all the extra features that you got with Google updates in the past. You will also have to stop all new Google updates manually to prevent Google Assistant from appearing again.

    Which method is better?

    Depending on what’s bothering you about Google OK, you should choose the method that suits you best.

    If you want to disable or delete it completely, you can do it easily. But if you just don’t want to activate it from your pocket, it’s enough to disable the support button. Also, if you are uncomfortable knowing that Google can access your microphone, there is a way to revoke access to the microphone.

    Since Google Assistant is a useful feature, it’s usually best to leave it on your device so that you can turn it on if the need arises.