OK Google: how to activate the feature on Android and iOS

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Do you want to use voice commands on your Android or iOS smartphone but don't know how to do it?

You could take advantage of the voice commands offered by Google and integrated within the apps developed by the company both for Android (where in most cases they are already integrated) and for Apple devices (where you can use them instead of "Hey Siri").

Many voice commands can be performed simply by voice, by saying “OK Google”.


Guide: how to activate OK Google

The things that can be asked once the voice command “OK Google” is activated, are many. Eg:


  • Turn the volume up or down.
  • Set an alarm or alarm clock.
  • Send a message via WhatsApp (read the Guide to send a message on WhatsApp with OK Google).
  • Asking to listen to music or recognize a song you are listening to.
  • Get updates on calendar events.
  • And much more.

The complete list of commands is available on the dethecated Google site: ok-google.io.

Minimum requirements

Google voice commands can be activated for the vast majority of modern devices, there are just a few requirements to be met:

If you have problems with the first two points you can easily solve them by following the instructions below.

To solve the first point, get the latest firmware for your device so as to guarantee support for voice commands.

To solve the second point, simply download the latest version of the Google app available for Android and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad).

To solve the third point, simply open the page on the Google site “Task management” on the PC and activate the item Include voice and autheo recorthengs.
From this page you can then enable (or thesable) voice commands for your Google account (make sure you are logged in to your Google account).



How to activate OK Google on Android

To activate the voice commands on your Android smartphone, all you have to do is open the Google app, tap the menu with three horizontal lines at the bottom, then tap "Settings" and finally go to the "Voice"> "Voice Match" menu ".

Now all you have to do is activate the voice “Sign in with Voice Match” to enable the voice commands managed by Google by saying the phrase “Ok Google” when the device screen is on.

After activating the voice detection, try to say "Ok Google" near the microphone of the device, an overlay window should open ready to pick up your voice commands (in the most recent versions the Google Assistant appears, which has taken the place by Google Now).

How to activate OK Google on iOS

On iPhone and iPad voice commands are managed by Siri, but if you prefer you can also use Google commands.
Install the Google app on your Apple device as therected in the Minimum Requirements section of this guide.
Once the installation is complete, open the Google app and tap the account icon at the top left (you will need to log in with your Google account to see the icon appear), then go to the Voice Search menu.


In this screen you can activate the Google voice commands by simply activating the Hotword "Ok Google", which will activate the voice commands within the Google app, on the home screens and while using other apps, all of which can be activated by saying the command before the command. usual phrase: "Ok Google".


Now you will be able to use the voice commands managed by Google also on iPhone and iPad, alongside those available by default thanks to Siri (which you can also not thesable).

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