How to use the Google Assistant with headphones

Google Assistant is a handy digital assistant from Google that lets you do more on your device without lifting a finger. You can use the Google Assistant on your Android phone by saying the keyword “Hey Google” followed by your query. However, if you’ve plugged in headphones, you’ll need to further set up your Google Assistant to use it.

This article shows you how to set up the Google Assistant to work with your wired or wireless headphones.

Minimum requirements

It is not enough to have the Google Assistant on your device to use it with your headphones (wired or wireless). In addition to an Internet connection, you must meet other requirements.

To use the Google Assistant on Android with your wired headphones, your device must meet the following requirements:

  • Android 9.0 or the latest version

  • The latest version of the Google app

  • Google Play services activated

  • At least 1.5 GB of RAM

For wireless headphones, your Android smartphone should have at least the following:

  • Android 6.0

  • The latest version of the Google app

  • Google Play services activated

  • At least 1.5 GB of RAM

The wireless headphones must also be compatible with the Google Assistant.

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Set up the Google Assistant on wireless headphones

If you have wireless headphones, here’s how to set up your Google Assistant:

  1. Make sure your Android phone is connected to the internet.

  2. Turn on your bluetooth headphones and your phone’s bluetooth.

  3. Open that settings App and navigate to Bluetooth . To pair your headphones, tap your headphone name under Available devices and follow the instructions. Some devices may ask you to pair your headphones as soon as your phone’s bluetooth and wireless headphones are on. In this case, tap Accept .

  4. Once your headphones are paired, the Google Assistant will send a notification to start the setup process.

  5. If it doesn’t, open the Google app and go to More> Settings and choose voice . Activate Allow Bluetooth requests when the device is locked when disabled.

For better results go to Language comparison and activate Hello Google, and you can also train your assistant by selecting Language model .

If these instructions don’t work, see the detailed explanation that came with your headphones in the box. Otherwise, by this point, you should be able to use the wake keyword to interact with the Google Assistant even if your device is locked.

Some wireless headphones can only wake the Google Assistant with the keyword “wake”, while others require you to tap a button first (usually the same button used to receive calls). Consult your headphone manual for full details.

Set up the Google Assistant on wired headphones

Even if you don’t have to take the cable off just yet, you can still use the Google Assistant. The process is a lot easier than using wireless headphones as it doesn’t involve bluetooth pairing issues.

To set up the Google Assistant for your wired headphones:

  1. Connect your wired headphones to your Android device.

  2. Open the Google app.

  3. Go to More> Settings> Assistant Settings> Devices .

  4. Choose Wired headphones .

  5. Activate Get help from google to activate Assistant.

Let the Google Assistant read your notifications

For even more hands-free control, you can instruct the Google Assistant to read out all notifications. The Google Assistant can notify you of a new notification and can even read the content in some apps so you don’t have to check it manually.

To hear notifications, open the Google app and select More> Settings> Google Assistant> Devices and select your headset. On the headset settings page, tap Spoken notifications and activate the slider on the next page.

This setting is especially important as it allows you to reply to messages hands-free.

Select apps that you want the Google Assistant to access their notifications by selecting individual apps on the Spoken Notifications page.

Personalize the Google Assistant on headphones

With the headphones connected, you can determine the type of information the Google Assistant can give you. You can also choose to have the Google Assistant give you personal information like contacts, messages, or app notifications through headphones.

To get personal results on your Android phone:

  1. Open the Google app and tap More> Settings> Google Assistant> Personalization and activate Personal results .

  2. Next, activate Via headphones . Turn on too Personal suggestions on the lock screen to get these results without unlocking your device.

Use the Google Assistant with headphones

The Google Assistant is a handy digital assistant that lets you do a lot of different things without lifting a finger. Even with headphones plugged in, you can still set up the Google Assistant for you.

You can even use the Google Assistant to lock and unlock your device.

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