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How to turn off "OK Google" Android voice search

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Google voice search is a powerful feature of all the AI Assistant found in almost all Android-powered smartphones, allowing your device to carry out internet searches, call contacts, take photos, set an alarm, create a calendar event, make a note, the list goes on.

However, not everyone wants to use the voice-controlled feature for various reasons. Some don't like the idea of their smartphone listening to them, while others don't speak English that well and don't see the benefits of keeping the feature turned on.

Whatever the reason may be, here is a simple tutorial on how you can turn the feature off on your Android phone. The process is very simple and only takes a couple of seconds to complete.

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Tap the General tab
  • Under "Personal“ find "Language and Input“
  • Find "Google voice typing“ and tap the Settings button (cog icon)
  • Tap "Ok Google“ Detection
  • Under the "From the Google app“ option, move the slider to the left.

That's it, you have succesfully turned OK Google off.

In case you can't find the settings, there is another way:

  • Open the Google app
  • In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon
  • Tap Settings > Voice > "OK Google“ Detection
  • From here, you can choose when you want your phone to listen when you say "Ok Google."

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.