Smart & Connected Life Smart Home How to Use "Ok, Google" Offline What Google Assistant can and can't do offline Share Pin Email Print MoMo Productions / Getty Images Smart Home Google Your Best Year Ever: College Tech Tips Amazon Appliances & Lighting By Jody Emlyn Muelaner Writer Dr. Jody Muelander is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who's writing has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and aerospace industry reports. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jody Emlyn Muelaner Updated February 26, 2020 25 25 people found this article helpful 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 the maps of any areas you're visiting in advance. Here's how to do so. In Google Maps, tap your Profile icon > Offline maps. Tap SELECT YOUR OWN MAP. Zoom and pan until the area you want is within the blue box, then tap DOWNLOAD. You'll be taken back to the Offline maps screen where you can see your offline maps and some status information. 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. Open the Google app, then tap More > Settings > Google Assistant. Tap the Services tab, then select Music. Choose your preferred music app. Close the Google app. Ensure you've downloaded some songs in your music app or transferred some mp3 files to your Android device. Say, “Hey Google, play music.” If you’re offline, it will play songs stored on your device.