Google Assistant keeps popping up? Here’s the fix (2022)

Year by year, Google Assistant is getting better and better, with a variety of nifty features added regularly. However, not all users fancy Assistant’s bugs. Some users claim that Google Assistant keeps popping up on their Android devices.

If you want to deal with it or even disable the Assistant and reduce disturbance, we have a few ways to do it.

Table of contents:

  1. Disable Google Assistant access on Headphones
  2. Disable the Voice trigger for the Google Assistant
  3. Turn off Google Assistant completely
  4. Revoke permissions and voice access to Google Assistant

How do I prevent Google Assistant from popping up?

Let’s start by addressing possible issues with the Google app itself (which is the base of Google Assistant). Here are some things you should try to tackle issues with the Google app that, arguably, might lead to issues with the Assistant itself:

  • Reboot your device.
  • Clear cache and data from the Google app. Open Settings > Apps > All apps or App manager > Google > Storage > Manage storage and clear cache and data there.
  • Leave the Beta program. Open Play Store and search for Google. Scroll down and tap “Leave” under the Beta program section.
  • Uninstall Google assistant keeps popping up
  • After that, disable the Google Assistant voice trigger, and Google Assistant gesture, or disable the feature completely if Google Assistant keeps popping up.

Solution 1 – Disable Google Assistant access on Headphones

The majority of reported cases suggest that the problem occurs mostly on headphones. Users are listening to music, podcasts, or something else and the Google Assistant just pops up with that annoying sound, stopping the playback.

This usually happens when they press and hold the Play/Pause button on the headphones. Which, by default, should trigger Google Assistant. Of course, it depends on what kind of headphones you use, but those are, in general, global settings.

Now, the first and simplest solution is to prevent Google Assistant triggers on both wired and wireless headphones. Here’s what you need to do:

  1.  Open Settings.
  2. Choose Google.
  3. Select Settings for Google apps and then Search, Assistant, & Voice.
  4. Tap on Voice and disable Bluetooth audio recording, Allow Bluetooth requests with device locked, and Allow wired headset requests with device locked.
  5. Restart your device and look for improvements.

Solution 2 – Disable Voice trigger for the Google Assistant

If the problem is global and Google Assistant is popping up without you summoning it, the next thing we can do is disable the Voice trigger. That way, it won’t be summoned by voice (or at least it shouldn’t).

Follow these instructions to disable Voice match > Hey Google on your device:

  1. Navigate again to Settings > Google > Settings for Google Apps > Search, Assistant, & Voice.
  2. Open Google Assistant.
  3. Select Hey Google & Voice Match.
  4. Disable Hey Google.

Solution 3 – Turn off Google Assistant completely

In case even that doesn’t prevent nasty intrusive pop-ups, you can completely disable the Assistant on your handset. Re-enabling it is simple if you want it back but, considering how much trouble is causing to some users, that’s not highly probable.

Follow these steps to disable Google Assistant entirely:

  1. Navigate again to Settings > Google > Settings for Google Apps > Search, Assistant, & Voice.
  2. Open Google Assistant.
  3. Select General.
  4. Disable Google assistant keeps popping up

Solution 4 – Revoke permissions and voice access to Google Assistant

Finally, if you are still, after all these previous steps, unable to abolish Google Assistant from your device, make sure to revoke all permissions from Google and disable Voice Access in Default apps settings.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Apps > App manager or All apps > Google.
  2. Revoke Microphone permission under Permissions for the Google app.
  3. Now, get back to the list of all apps and tap on the 3-dots menu.
  4. Select Default apps.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and open the Voice assistant or Digital assistant app.
  6. Select None instead of assistant keeps popping up
  7. After you’ve done that, close everything and open System Settings again.
  8. Search for Gestures and disable the Google Assistant trigger gesture.
  9. Restart your device and look for improvements.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading, if you want to discuss this article further, but also find even more similar content, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in April 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Banzi Mayisela
Banzi Mayisela
August 2, 2020 8:13 pm

I have tried all of the above, nothing works. My headphones have a microphone and Google Assistant continuously pops up even after I have removed turned off everything and restarted my phone. I’m using my a Nokia 6.1. It’s like Google is forcing Google assist on us. This has been occurring since I downloaded the latest Android software update.

David Miller
David Miller
September 19, 2020 6:43 am

Haven’t tried the last(disabling access), but the first options didn’t help me. I use earbuds when riding my bike and it’s not easy to keep turning it off, rebooting, etc. Now that I’ve learned from others it’s about headphones I’m going to just try and play music/etc with no headphones. It didn’t use to have this behavior, but it is every time I use the headphones lately.

July 29, 2020 8:04 pm

The last one helped, revoking all permissions worked perfectly well…thanks so much.

September 9, 2020 7:51 pm
Reply to  Madrine

What was the other thing showing in wake with button shortcuts i am only getting Google there and nothing else

July 13, 2020 5:13 pm

Toggling off doesn’t work, will try the second method to try to stop Google assistant from popping up. I even have a pop up blocker and that doesn’t work. In fact it has popped up 3 times since typing this.

November 8, 2020 2:23 am

You can go to default programs and pick a different assistant since Samsung has a competing product in Bixby.

The nice thing about that is you can choose “none” which stops all of it.

September 9, 2020 7:49 pm

In 6th step only Google is showing and nothing else