Google Assistant is a great tool, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what the digital helper is up to. If you’re concerned about whether or not Google is listening on your Android phone and recording your data, there are ways to shut down Assistant while still keeping your search features intact.
Here’s how to disable Google Assistant on an Android device.
First off, open settings and search for “Google Assistant.”
Next tap “Settings” under “Services” in the Google Assistant menu. Then select “Phone.”
Scroll down until you see the “Assistant devices” section and tap your phone.
You should see a pop-up menu with two options: “On” and “Off.” Selecting off will turn off Google Assistant on your Android device.
If you want to turn off Google Assistant without deleting any of your settings, you can also turn it off from the settings icon at the top right of the screen in the Google app or by tapping on the blue icon when it pops up after saying, “OK Google.”
How to stop Google Assistant from popping up
To disable Google Assistant on a stock Android device just go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Default apps > Assist & voice input > Assist app and choose None. You should now see the old Google Now interface when you swipe right from your home screen without triggering the Google Assistant.
If you’re using a non-stock version of Android such as Samsung Experience or LG UX, try going to Settings > Applications > Default applications > Assist & voice input > Voice input key and toggle it off.
Disabling Google Assistant can help free up some memory, improve device performance and make it harder to accidentally activate. You can also use this as a chance to clear your device of all traces of Assistant or other Google apps, if you’re looking for a new experience.