How to Use 'Ok, Google' Offline

What Google Assistant can and can't do offline

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Voice commands can be very useful when you don’t have a good internet connection, such as when driving. For this reason, it’s important to understand what the Google Assistant can and can't do offline, and how to use "Ok Google" offline to get it to do more.

The instructions in this guide apply to Android 10 and higher.

How to Use 'Ok, Google' Offline

Saying "Ok, Google" while offline still launches the Google Assistant. But, you may encounter some issues.

Firstly, voice recognition may be less accurate while offline, and the Google Assistant may be unable to access the services you’re asking for. To fix the second issue, you need to download any relevant data in advance. For example, download any music you might want to listen to and download the maps of any areas you might want to navigate.

Accessing information like the latest news or weather isn't possible without an internet connection.

Getting Google to Understand You While Offline

The Google Assistant's speech recognition can be extremely inaccurate when used offline, though you might be lucky if you have an accent it finds particularly easy. Unfortunately, if you experience this problem, there doesn’t seem to be any way to fix it at the moment.

How to Use 'Ok, Google' Offline for Navigation

Offline navigation is greatly improved if you download Google maps of any areas you're visiting in advance. Here's how to do so.

  1. In Google Maps, tap your Profile icon > Offline maps.

    Google Maps lets you download maps for offline use

    Screenshot showing offline maps settings in Google Maps
  3. Zoom and pan until the area you want is within the blue box, then tap DOWNLOAD.

    Screenshot showing Googe Maps selecting map to download
  4. You'll be taken back to the Offline maps screen where you can see your offline maps and some status information.

    Google Maps - Offline maps downloading
  5. Your map will download and automatically update when required.

Now, when you say, for example, “Hey Google, Navigate to Home,” Google Maps should begin navigation, provided you downloaded the maps required to get you from where you are to your saved home location.

Unfortunately, you can’t ask Google to take you anywhere else. If you type the address into Google Maps, it will work. If you ask for a contact, Google Assistant retrieves the address. But, Google Assistant won't place the address into maps and start navigation unless it has an internet connection.

How to Use 'Ok, Google' to Play Music While Offline

Getting the Google Assistant to play music while offline is easy. First, make sure your preferred music app is set up in Google Assistant.

  1. Open the Google app, then tap More > Settings > Google Assistant.

  2. Tap the Services tab, then select Music.

    Google Assistent settings
  3. Choose your preferred music app.

    Screenshot of selecting music service in Google Assistant
  4. Close the Google app. Ensure you've downloaded some songs in your music app or transferred some mp3 files to your Android device.

  5. Say, “Hey Google, play music.” If you’re offline, it will play songs stored on your device.