Amazon Echo Buds allow you to use voice assistants other than Amazon’s Alexa, which can maximize your experience with these nifty earbuds. Assistants like Google Assistant or Siri are available and easy to set up with just a few taps on your smartphone.
Would you like to know what it’s like to have your voice assistant practically inside your head? Well, having it on your Echo Buds sure feels that way. Read on to learn how to use Google Assistant with them.
Android’s Google Assistant: How to Enable It on Echo Buds
Almost every type of smart devices has its default voice assistant: Siri is available on iOS devices, while Android users can enjoy Google Assistant’s help.
You can enable the assistant of your choice on your Android device and then connect it to your Echo Buds via the Alexa app.
The official Amazon instructions say you need to enable the assistant on your phone and place the buds in the ears. Finally, you should hold down the touch sensors until you hear the chime, which means the assistant is on.
Using the touchpad on your buds will trigger the voice assistants. If you want to access your Google Assistant, you only need to press and hold the touchpad on the buds. The sensors are on the outer parts of the buds, and different movements will enable different actions.
As the sensors are touch-sensitive, you’ll probably keep triggering them even when you weren’t planning to, but you’ll get used to it soon enough.
Using Google Assistant is pretty easy as Echo Buds can pick up your voice within a reasonable range. That means you can use your normal voice. If you want Google Assistant to give you walking directions, for instance, activate it by pressing and holding the tap control. Then, say, “Give me walking directions.” When you no longer need the directions, give your assistant the following command “Cancel navigation.”
How to Pair Your Echo Buds to a Phone
You can connect your Echo Buds to many devices via Bluetooth, but they are primarily designed for use with iOS and Android smartphones. To pair the buds with your device, do the following:
- Turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone.
- Take the case with the buds and open it. Press the case button and hold for 3 seconds.
- A blue light will turn on and start pulsing. Your Echo Buds are ready, and now you can pair them with your phone.
- Take the buds out of the case and put them in your ears.
- Open Bluetooth settings on your smartphone and search for your earbuds.
- Follow the on-screen instruction to finish pairing.
What If Google Assistant Isn’t Working?
Some users have been experiencing issues when trying to use Google Assistant with Echo Buds. If you’re having trouble as well, you can try several things to resolve this issue.
First of all, make sure the Echo buds are connected to the right device because you might have paired them to another nearby device.
You can also try unpairing them by following the steps from the previous section. However, choose the Unpair option at the end of the process.
That might solve the problem, but if it doesn’t, you can restart the buds. Place them in their case, close it, and wait for 30 seconds. Now see if they’re working again.
If not, try resetting them to factory defaults. Follow these steps:
- Launch the Alexa app on your phone and tap on Devices.
- Tap All Devices and check if your Echo buds are on the list. If they are, choose them and tap Forget Device.
- Go to Bluetooth settings on your device and unpair the buds.
- Place them in their case and close it.
- Press the button on the bottom of the case. Hold it for 15 seconds.
- The LED is now yellow, and the buds are back to their factory settings.
If nothing seems to work, you can always try to contact the official Amazon support team for advice.
Take Your Assistant Anywhere You Go
It’s quite cool having a smart assistant always in your ear. The possibilities are almost endless, and this feature puts Echo Buds in the same league with more expensive competitor models. All it takes is for you to have the Alexa app and pair the buds via Bluetooth. You’re ready to go.
Do you use a voice assistant with your Echo buds? Is it Google Assistant? Share your experience in the comments section below!