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How To Change OK Google to Something Else

Posted by Arch on October 12, 2018

You’ve probably gotten used to the fact that Google Now does all kinds of useful things for you. At first, the virtual Android assistant only responded to the hotword “OK Google”. However, after extensive research, the folks at Google decided to add another one, as it apparently makes much more sense.

Yes, “Hey Google” might be a little too similar to the hotword “Hey Siri” used for the iOS virtual assistant on iPhones. While many users welcomed this alternative hotword, it still isn’t the best solution for everyone.

What if we told you that there are ways you can change the “OK Google” hotword into something else? In this article, you will find out how to customize your Android personal assistant to respond to any hotword you want to use to activate it.

Changing Your Google Assistant Hotword

Although it is possible to change your Google Assistant hotword, it can’t be done without installing additional third-party applications. Because of that, you might want to check the available space on your phone and decide whether you want any additional apps installed on your phone. If the answer is yes, you can proceed with one of the two methods described below.

Method 1 – Using the Open Mic+ App

Whichever of these two methods you opt for, you first need to make sure that you have the latest version of the Google app installed on your smartphone. After you’ve covered that, you will have to download and install another app – Open Mic+ for Google Now.

Step 1

After you have successfully installed it, launch the Open Mic+ app. Before the app fully loads, you will see a window warning you that you have to turn off the hotword detection in Google Now to use the app.

In order to do so, you need to tap on “Settings” and then select the “Voice” option. You will then need to choose “OK Google Detection” and switch all the toggles in the next menu to off.

Step 2

After you’ve taken care of the hotword recognition options, go back to the Open Mic+ app. When you open it, you simply need to tap on the area marked as “Say” that has a little pencil right next to it. Once you do so, you will need to type your new hotword into the designated area.

You can type virtually any phrase like “Luke, I am your father”, “Here’s Johnny!”, “Okay, buddy, what’s on your mind?”, or anything else that you want to use to summon your virtual Android assistant When you’re done typing, just tap on the “Set” button.

Step 3

Once you have chosen the phrase and completed all the settings in the previous step, you will see a screen that actually records your phrase. When you are ready, just click on the big green Play button. After all the three steps are complete, you can say your chosen hotword instead of “OK Google” and your Google Assistant will be right there, ready to take your voice command.

Method 2 – Using the Tasker App

Another way of changing the hotword “OK Google” into any other phrase you want is to download and install the very popular Tasker app. As the name suggests, it can be used for various tasks. When loaded with the right plugins, it can also help you with the Google Now hotword issues.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, you will need to do the same with the AutoVoice app.

Step 1

First, you need to go to your “Settings” and then choose “Accessibility”. In the list of options, find “AutoVoice Google Now Integration” and toggle the switch next to it to on in order to enable the functionality.

Step 2

Open the Tasker app, tap on the plus sign, and then add “Event”. From the list of options, select “Plugin” and then choose “AutoVoice Recognized”

Once you’ve done that, simply tap on the edit button and then tap on “Speak filter”. The “Speak filter” option will prompt you to say your new hotword loud and clear. After that, just save the Event and you’re good to go. Your virtual Android assistant will now respond only to the new hotword.

Conclusion

Even though having a virtual assistant on your Android smartphone is really cool, having to summon it up by saying “OK Google” might not be ideal. Fortunately, there are some convenient and easy-to-use third-party apps which help you work your way around it. Now you can say anything you want and use it as a hotword for triggering the virtual assistant on your phone.

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