How to Set up and Use Google Assistant on Your Chromebook

Get ready to 'Ok Google!' your laptop

Google Assistant is invaluable on phones, but it can also be used on Chromebook. To do so, you just need to find and enable the Google Assistant option. However, there are several settings you can configure to customize the Google Assistant experience from your Chromebook. Here's how to set up and use Google Assistant on a Chromebook.

How to Turn on Google Assistant on Chromebook

To activate Google Assistant on Chromebook, you'll just need to enable to in inside your Chromebook settings.

However, it's important that you also customize Google Assistant so you can have the service work exactly the way you would like.

  1. First, select the time at the bottom right corner of your Chromebook desktop. In the pop-up window, select Settings.

    Screenshot of Chromebook settings
  2. In the Settings window, scroll down to Search and Assistant, and select Google Assistant.

    Screenshot of Google Assistant disabled
  3. In the Google Assistant window, enable the toggle switch to the right. This will enable several other Google Assistant options below it. These settings are:

  • Related Info: If enabled, Google Assistant will show you notifications with information, apps, or actions that are related to the text currently on your screen.
  • OK Google: If you set this to Always on, the Assistant app will respond when you say "Ok Google" followed by a command. Set this to On (Recommended) so this feature is only enabled when the Chromebook is plugged in or charging.
  • Notifications: Allows Google Assistant to show pop-up notifications on your taskbar.
  • Preferred input: When enabled, Google Assistant will listen for voice inputs from you first. If disabled, the keyboard will be your primary input for commands.
Screenshot of Google Assistant options

Customize Google Assistant Settings

To customize your Google Assistant experience, it's important to set up individual settings. These settings, according to Google, allow the app to "individualize" your Assistant experience.

To customize your Google Assistant settings:

  1. Select the time in the bottom right corner, then select Settings > Google Assistant.

  2. Select Google Assistant Settings. This will open a new window where you can customize everything about what Google Assistant knows about you.

  3. On the You tab, select Your places. On this screen, customize Home and Work addresses to match your own home and work locations. You can also select Add a new place to add any locations that you frequently visit. Press the x in the upper right corner of the window to close it when you're done.

    Home and Work settings are important to include, since they will allow Google Assistant to provide you with navigation to these locations whenver you say the words "home" or "work" while asking for directions.

  4. Still on the You tab, select Getting Around. Make sure the settings for how you commute are accurate.

    Screenshot of Getting Around settings
  5. From the You tab again, select Weather, then make sure the temperature units match the one used in your region of the world.

    Screenshot of Weather settings
  6. Finally, from the You tab, select Activity Controls. It's very important to scan this page carefully and make sure you're okay with Google Assistant accessing your information as described. These activities include:

    Screenshot of activity controls settings

    Select My Activity to see a history of your Google Assistant activity that you can view at any time.

  7. The other tabs in the Google Assistant settings are Assistant and Services:

  • Assistant: Your language and whether you want to receive emails of news and new features
  • Services: Customize what apps or services Google Assistant will use when you want to launch notes or lists, music, your calendar, and reminders.
Screenshot of Assistant Services tab

The items in the Services tab are very important to set up because it will allow Google Assistant to automate a lot of the actions you do inside the apps and web services you use the most.

How to Start Using Google Assistant

Now that you've enabled Google Assistant on your Chromebook, you're ready to use it.

There are hundreds of Google Assistant commands to help you with everything from fitness and shopping to productivity and sports. To get started, try some of the following actions using your voice with Google Assistant: