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    Google Assistant, how to disable it?

    I don't use Google Assistant. It pops up on screen when pressing the power button on my phones and it's really annoying. (some of the phones have a Google Assistant button on the side).

    I went to the Google Store Assistant app page and tried to contact through there to see how it can be removed, but the reply was that the mailbox I contacted was no longer monitored.

    I couldn't find Google Assistant on my apps list, and saw no way in settings to turn it off. There's a setup page and I always choose No Thanks but it pops up anyway when I press the power button.

    Is there any way to disable the thing so it will stop popping up? I hate that thing.

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    Try this from PCMAG:

    If you use the Google app, click More > Settings > Google Assistant, then select the Assistant tab and choose your device. Turn off the switch next to Google Assistant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Try this from PCMAG:
    The quote which did not come through was:
    If you use the Google app, click More > Settings > Google Assistant, then select the Assistant tab and choose your device. Turn off the switch next to Google Assistant.
    I don't know what/which article, but if the user is already using the mobile device affected with Google Assistant, the directions to "choose your device" is illogical.


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    I found the article: https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-...ogle-assistant

    ADD: My next thought is, best to read the article. User WOULD already be on the mobile device and could just follow the instructions. Be sure to ALSO read the comments under the article!
    Last edited by joseg2016; 04-20-2021 at 01:20 PM. Reason: additional information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Try this from PCMAG:
    That may be correct for some phones or versions of Android.

    On my Moto E6 with Android 9 it is:

    Start the Google app.
    Touch More then Settings -> General -> Google Assistant, slide off

    You may want to disable some or all of Google Assistant notifications. I don't know for sure if they will notify with Google Assistant disabled.

    I had been wondering about this myself. It is really annoying to have it pop up unrequested when I am trying to do something else. I was also getting notifications of credit card bills due. WTF? That was creepy. I had not given anything on my phone info about my external accounts. I'm guessing it was scraping the info from my email messages. I don't need or want that. I read my emails. I don't want them to do it for me.

    With the Google Assistant turned off you can still do text or voice searches with the Google app.

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    Thankyou for the instructions. I went and took screenshots.

    The shots are for people like me that have a hard time figuring out the navigation screens.

    The first screen is the screen shot with the arrow, I landed there after pulling up the Google Search page and tapping "More..." at the bottom of the page.

    I numbered the other pages and highlighted where to look.

    The final page is the one with the Google Assistant slide switch. I slid it off and the next time I pressed the power button on my Moto e6, no Google Assistant popup. Yeah!

    It's so annoying, but to have it reminding people of things it shouldn't know about? That's definitely creepy.

    Thankyou for taking time to get the info out there. I'm sure a lot of people need a road map to find that switch.

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    post#4, good to know

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    I have the idea that none of the settings stuff counts unless your device is with a Google account.

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    Try this from PCMAG:

    If you use the Google app, click More > Settings > Google Assistant, then select the Assistant tab and choose your device. Turn off the switch next to Google Assistant.
    This method is correct for my Moto E5 with Android 8. The different method I previously posted was what worked for my Moto E6 with Android 9 and Moto G7 Power with Android 10.

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    There is a lot of stuff going on in the "Google" app (which provides the intrusive Search bar on most Android phones, among other things).

    There was a version change a few years ago that took it from just that simple function to one that provides all these notifications and Google Assistant (Google Now?) configurations. I remember my sister (who at the time allowed app updates to happen automatically) just about freaked out due to the thing all of a sudden posting on-screen audible notifications on the weather, financial news, and several other things. And I never saw that stuff (same phone model) because I never allowed that app to update.

    Luckily the newer versions of "Google" can be toned down once you get familiar with its configuration settings. Too bad that that app has become so large and bloated though.

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