How to Turn Off Google Assistant

Disable the OK Google command when you've had enough

Google Assistant, also known as "OK Google," is a standard feature on most Android phones. It allows you to get directions to a destination, learn the opening hours of a local business, perform internet searches with just your voice, and a lot more.

To interact with this feature, you say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google,” then ask your question or give a command. It's a great way to get information hands-free. But, there may come a time when you want to turn off OK Google. Here's how.

The instructions in this article apply to Android version 10 and higher.

Turn Off OK Google on an Android Phone

If you want to turn off OK Google on your smartphone or tablet, follow the steps below:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.

  2. Select Google > Account Services > Search, Assistant & Voice > Google Assistant.

    Steps for turning off OK Google on a smartphone
  3. Tap on the Assistant tab, then scroll down to Assistant devices and tap on Phone.

  4. Tap on the Google Assistant slider to turn it off.

    Screenshots depicting how to turn off OK Google on a smartphone

Turn Off OK Google On an Android Smartwatch

To turn off Google Assistant on your Android Watch, simply tap on the Settings cog icon, then choose Personalization. From there, toggle OK Google Detection off.

Turn Off OK Google on iOS

If you're using the Google Assistant app on iOS, you can make it stop listening for your verbal commands by turning off the microphone. Go to Settings > Google Assistant > Microphone and slide the switch to off.

This method doesn't disable Google Assistant completely. You can still type your requests.

Another way to turn off OK Google on iOS is to simply delete the app. This works the same as it does for every other iOS app. Press down on the app’s icon from the home screen, wait for it to start wiggling, then choose Delete App.