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Fix: Google Assistant keeps popping up on Android

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

If you want to deal with is 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 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 in order 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 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 updates.

Solution 1 – Disable Google Assistant access on Headphones

The majority of reported cases suggests that the problem occurs mostly on headphones. Users are listening to music, podcasts, or something third 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 Account services 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 disabling 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 > Account services > Search, Assistant, & Voice.
  2. Open Google Assistant.
  3. Select the Assistant tab.
  4. Scroll down and tap Phone.
  5. Toggle off the Hey Google option.
  6. Just to be sure, get back to Search, Assistant, & Voice section.
  7. Select Voice and then Voice Match.
  8. Toggle off the Hey Google option if available.

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 > Account services > Search, Assistant, & Voice.
  2. Open Google Assistant.
  3. Select the Assistant tab.
  4. Scroll down and tap Phone.
  5. Toggle off the Google Assistant option.

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-dot menu.
  4. Select Default apps.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and open Voice assistant.
  6. Under both Wake with button shortcuts and Wake with Bluetooth audio select anything else but Google.
  7. Get back to Default apps.
  8. Open Assist & voice input.
  9. Open Assist app.
  10. Select None and exit Settings.
  11. Restart your device and look for improvements.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and make sure to tell us if the aforementioned steps helped you address the problem in the comments section below.

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