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Turn off Google Assistant: How to turn off Android voice control

The Google voice assistant listens to a certain command: "Ok, Google!". But sometimes the microphone starts up as a result of background noise or a thoughtless gesture. We explain how to switch off voice control.

Time and again it happens that voice-controlled software starts up unnoticed and records snippets of conversation or background noises - for example, because a term has been used that sounds similar to the signal word. Even the Google Assistant, which usually listens to "Ok, Google", is not immune to such errors.

If you don't want to use the voice control of your Android phone, it's best to deactivate it. You will find instructions for this further down in the text. However, there are different ways to achieve this and, depending on the model and manufacturer, the individual steps may be different. You can find step-by-step instructions in pictures at this link.

How to turn off "Ok, Google"

  1. Open the Google App and tap in the lower right corner "More". (On some devices, you can also swipe from left to right from the home screen and then click on the profile picture in the top right corner.)
  2. Tap on "Settings" and then on "Google Assistant"
  3. You will be redirected to the smart home settings in the Google account. Select the tab in this overview "Assistant" out.
  4. Scroll down until you see a list of "Assistant Devices" see. Tap the smartphone icon.
  5. At the top there is a slider that can be moved to the left by tapping it. The previously blue point on the slider is grayed out, indicating that the function has been switched off successfully.

The smartphone no longer responds to the "Ok, Google!"

Alternatively, voice activation can also be done under the menu item "Voice input" → "Voice Match" switch off.

Alternative: forbid microphone access

There is also the option of withdrawing access to the smartphone microphone from the Google app. However, this also affects other app functions.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the menu "Apps & Notifications" out.
  3. Display all installed apps in a list and select the Google app with the large, colorful "G" icon.
  4. Under "Permissions" you can now see which smartphone content and functions the app is accessing. Tap on the entry to display details.
  5. You can now grant and revoke individual access permissions, also for the "Microphone".

The app authorizations can also be managed centrally in the so-called "authorization manager" under Android 10 and 11. To do this, open the app settings, tap on "Extended" and then on the "Authorization Manager".

Here you can see how many apps are accessing your smartphone microphone. If you want, you can revoke the access authorization. In most cases, however, it makes sense to allow access at least when the app is in use.