Microsoft has Cortana; Amazon has Alexa; Apple has Siri and Google, well, Google.
Google chose to name its AI assistant “Google Assistant” rather than coming up with a name for a person. Google Assistant is addressed by “Hey Google”, rather than “Alexa” and “Hey Siri”.
While some might argue that the name of the product lacks imagination and creativity, there is no shortage of functionality within the Google Assistant service. Google Assistant is a simple software tool that allows you to launch programs from your smartphone or computer, play music, dim your lights, and turn on or off various appliances.
Google Assistant: Understanding it
Your voice can be used to communicate with family and friends, provide travel directions, plan your next vacation, set alarms and reminders, translate foreign languages, and much more. There are so many functionalities and possibilities!
Google Assistant is capable of doing many things, but it can’t make any major changes to its voice activation command. Google Assistant will allow you to set it to “OK Google” and, for some devices, “Hey Google”.
Whatever the reason, it is likely a marketing decision to ask you to pronounce your company name before the Assistant does anything. Although it is clear branding, repeating your company name multiple times per day can be distracting for Google Assistant users.
Google’s software architecture is hackable and can be modified. Third parties have taken advantage of the opportunity to add functionality and features to Google Assistant that Google has not.
You can modify your Google Assistant voice activation phrases with additional software. We will walk you through each step and show you how to do it.
You can change the “wake-up word” or name of Google Assistant in two ways.
This is the first method. It involves Mic+, which works well but is not being developed anymore.
We will also discuss the second way to change your Google Assistant’s Name using the Autovoice app. The second method we discuss involves changing the name of your Google Assistant using the Autovoice app.
Is it possible to give Google Assistant a name?
Although the company does not support this option natively, there are tried-and-true workarounds.
We’ll begin by showing you how you can change your “wake word” with Google Assistant using Mic+. Then we’ll show how you can do the same with Autovoice, which is probably the best approach. Let’s get started!
How do I rename my Google Assistant using the Open Mic+ App
Open Mic+ is an Android app that complements the Google Assistant. It integrates with Tasker which is an extremely powerful Android automation system.
We are however most interested in Open Mic+, which allows you to replace the voice command that activated the Google Assistant.
Open Mic+ must be disabled in Google Now to allow hot word detection to function. Although this is simple, Google has tried to hide the functionality within its forbidding and quasi random user interface hierarchy.
You will first need to disable your Google Assistant. Follow these steps to do this:
- You can activate your Google Assistant by saying “OK Google”, or long-pressing on the Home button.
- To access the Explore menu, press the Compass button in the lower right-hand corner of the app.
- Tap the profile button in the top-right corner of the app. Some users might need to select Settings depending upon your model.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Assistant Devices section. Tap on your smartphone or any other device you wish to configure.
- Turn on the “Access with Voice Match”, setting.
Launch the Open Mic+ application. Open Mic+ is no more available in the Google Play Store, but Open Mic+ is still accessible through Amazon.
Before you can download Open Mic+, make sure that you have the Amazon Store App installed.
Open the Open Mic+ application and you will see the Start screen. To open the settings dialog, tap on the preferences sliders.
Tap on “Hot Phrase” to open the preferences screen. Type the phrase that you wish to use in the future.
It’s tempting to be too cute, but it can quickly get boring. It should be short and simple, something that you can accept even when you are stressed or in hurry.
We’ll be going with Captain Picard for our demonstration and changing the activation phrase “Computer”
Once you are done typing your new phrase, tap the “OK” button. To exit your preferences, hit the return button at the upper left corner.
Now you should see a large green button that says “Start.” You can tap it and let it run. Then, say your hot word instead of “OK Google” and your Google Assistant will appear, ready to respond to your voice command.
How can I change the wake word of Google Assistant using Tasker or AutoVoice
Open Mic+ is generally reliable. The app is currently inactive development. It’s possible that the app won’t install properly or won’t work on your phone.
The Tasker app is a more reliable way to change your Assistant hot words. Tasker costs $2.99 but it is worth it if you use your phone often.
Tasker can handle all types of tasks. It automates everything, from settings to photos. You can customize more than 350 actions and, when loaded with the correct plugins, you can change the Google Assistant hot keyword.
After you have downloaded Tasker, you need to also install the AutoVoice application from that developer. AutoVoice is an ad-supported program. This free download is available.
Step 1 – AutoVoice
To enable the functionality, first go to your “Settings”, then select “Accessibility”.
Step 2 – AutoVoice
It is necessary to link the AutoVoice app with your Google account. Google Assistant is able to do this for your.
- Activate Google Assistant
- Talk to AutoVoice
- The Assistant will inform you that your account has not been linked and ask permission to link them. Tap “Yes”.
- You can choose which account to link if you have multiple Google accounts.
- Google Assistant will link AutoVoice with your account.
Step 3 – AutoVoice
Open Tasker, tap on the plus sign and add “Event”. Next, choose “Plugin” from the list. Click the edit button beside “Configuration” to make changes and then tap “The Hard Way.”
Tap “Speak Filter” to be prompt to use your new command phrase. Tasker might ask you to clarify your words by giving you a list of its best guesses. Select the one you meant.
You can press the back button to return to your phone. You will see “AutoVoice Recognized” at the top of the screen. This circle contains an ‘i’, a checkmark and an X. Tap the checkmark.
Hit the back arrow on the upper left-hand corner of the screen next to the “Event Edit” text.
A pop-up window will open containing “New Task +.” Click the “New Task +” line.
You will be prompted to name the task. This dialog can be canceled if you prefer.
Name tasks only if you have a lot of them in your workflow. Otherwise, they might get mixed up. Tap the checkmark at the top of the name field to add a name.
The Task Edit screen will now appear. This screen allows you to assign a command that Tasker will execute when it hears the command phrase.
Tap the + button on the circle to the right of the screen. A menu with all possible actions will be displayed.
Tap the box labeled “Input” and then the box labeled “Voice Command.” Hit the back button just to the right of the “Action Edit” label. Now you should see the Task Edit screen, with your new task.
To run your task, tap the “Play” button. You should now be able to use voice commands to open the Google Assistant.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
These steps can seem complicated to most users. You may still have questions regarding the Google Assistant’s wake commands. Keep reading.
Google will ever offer the possibility to modify the wake command.
Unfortunately, the company has not yet confirmed that the native feature is being developed. But, numbers are powerful. You can submit feedback to Google by clicking this link.
Can I disable Ok Google?
Yes. You can close the Google Assistant app by tapping on Settings if you’re not having fun with it or don’t want it to respond to your questions. Next, click on Voice>Ok Google detection. You can turn the slider off and Google will stop responding to your wake word.
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