Although the feature is unquestionably useful, its offer of assistance at inconvenient times can be irritating. But don’t worry: there’s a simple way to turn off Google Assistant.
To avoid being bothered by Google Assistant, follow these steps to turn it off on your Android phone or tablet, as well as your Google Home or Nest smart speaker.
How to Disactivate Google Assistant on an Android phone
1. On your Android phone, open the Google app (or tablet). Choose Settings from your profile icon in the top-right corner.
If this option isn’t available, tap the three-dot More button in the corner of your screen and select Settings.
2. When the Settings screen appears, select “Google Assistant.” About halfway down the list, you’ll find this.
3. You can now Disactivate it on some Android phones by toggling off the switch next to that option.
4. If you don’t see this option, swipe down to “Assistant devices” (or Devices on some phones), tap Phone, and use the switch there to Disable it.
5. Google Assistant is built into the firmware of some Android phones, such as the latest Motorola models, so it can’t be disabled using the methods above.
Swipe down to the “All Settings” section on the Google Assistant settings screen if you don’t see the switch mentioned in steps 3 and 4.
Disable it in the General section.
Tap “Turn Off” to confirm you want to turn the feature off completely.
How to Disable it on Google Home speakers
On a Google Home or Nest speaker, you can’t Disable it, but you can mute the microphone so that Google isn’t listening to you. To turn your speaker’s microphone on and off, press the microphone button.
This button is on the back of Google Home and Google Nest speakers, and on a Google Home Mini/Google Nest Mini, it’s next to the power cord.