Okay Google! Leave me alone! How to turn off the voice assistant?

Okay Google! Leave me alone! How to turn off the voice assistant?

12 January 2023 0 By georgedeveloper22

Okay Google! I sincerely respect the voice assistant from Google. Siri, the Google Assistant is no match. And by a combination of factors, he is probably the best voice assistant of its kind. The problem is that sometimes it is completely unnecessary and it is much easier to turn it off than to continue using it. Often, because of this, he even begins to annoy, and if this has begun, then you pay more and more attention to him. In short, a vicious circle. At the same time, not everyone knows how to turn it off, and therefore they often ask about it. In this article, I will answer all at once.


  1. Google Assistant Features
  2. How to disable Google Assistant
    2.1. Simple deactivation of the Google Assistant
    2.2. How to disable the call assistant button
    2.3. Uninstall Google Updates

Google Assistant Features

I agree that the Google Assistant can be very useful and has evolved a lot since it first appeared on our phones. But what if he keeps coming out with his advice even when you don’t need him at all, or you just don’t want your phone to always listen to you? Everything is very simple – you need to disable unnecessary functions and life will become as simple as before.

The most annoying thing about the Google Assistant is when it just pops out at the moment when you don’t expect it at all, and the call was made by mistake. Sometimes this happens when unlocking a smartphone. This happens if you accidentally hold down the Power button a little longer.

As a result, you must first close it and only then perform all the necessary actions. Of course, we are talking about seconds and you should not think that this is a very long and complicated process. The fact is that we are accustomed to the maximum responsiveness of the interface and to the fact that even on inexpensive smartphones everything works very quickly and does not make us waste even extra fractions of a second.

It’s like YouTube. Not so long ago, studies were conducted that showed that if the video does not start within three seconds, users begin to get nervous, and if 6 seconds have passed, then the video is closed. Although, it would seem, only 6 seconds.

After opening, the assistant captures your voice, analyzes it and performs the action you specified. You can even carry your smartphone in your pocket and accidentally activate the Google Assistant. I had this too. It is especially disgusting when you are talking to someone or some kind of video is playing in the background. In this case, the assistant snatches a piece of the conversation and tries to answer it as a request.

How to disable Google Assistant

If something of what I described above or the like happened to you in everyday life and you are tired of the Google Assistant, you should just turn it off and there are three options for this.

Simple deactivation of the Google Assistant

If you decide to turn off the Google Assistant completely, follow these steps: Open the Google app and select Menu (three dots), then go to “Settings”. In the Google Assistant section, select “Assistant”. At the bottom of the list, select ”Phone” and disable the option “Google Assistant”

How to disable the call assistant button

In most cases, disabling the Google Assistant button will be enough. Thus, you will no longer be able to access the assistant when you press the Power button. So you can get rid of those very random calls.

Go to Settings and select ‘Apps’, then open’ Default Apps ‘and then click on ‘Assistant App’. Here you can change various settings, including turning off the call to the Google Assistant with the Power button. Just select “No” in the “Assistant” section.

This option is the most optimal, as it does not disable the Assistant completely and allows you to continue using it if necessary. But you will never call it by accident.

Uninstall Google Updates

Since we are talking about all the options, then let’s continue to the last and really go through all the possibilities. The last of these will be the removal of Google updates. That’s another idea, but why not do it if you want to be different from everyone else?

The Google Assistant is a relatively new development; earlier versions of Google Assistant did not exist. Accordingly, if you roll back to the same version, then nothing will happen and we will get a version without the Assistant. True, in this case, other updates will be lost.

To implement this action, go to “Settings”, then “Applications” and then select “Task Manager”. After that, select the Google application from the list and go to it.

Inside, you will need to click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select the option “Uninstall updates”. After that, the version of the application will return to the original.