Google Assistant has emerged to be one of the most used AI-powered virtual assistants and that’s not surprising given that it runs not only on Android — which happens to make up almost 85% of smartphone market share — but also iOS and smart speakers, clocks and other devices.
Google has been adding new language support as well as feature updates such as the Interpreter mode, which provides real-time translation, was released earlier this year in February for Smart speakers, displays and clocks and was released earlier this month to the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android.
There had been serious concerns about data privacy around the Assistant. Still, Google put them to bed as in September this year they announced that the Assistant wouldn’t store the audio recording by default anymore.
In addition to the aforementioned, Google also announced a ‘Your News Update’ feature for the Assistant, which delivers a personalised audio news feed that’s based on the data collected by the company about you over the years.
With all these features and the ones that came before them as well as the ones to come in the future, it’s essential that you are in control of the things your Google Assistant does and doesn’t. To control the Assistant, you need to access its settings menu, and here we’ve compiled a short guide to help you open Google Assistant settings in Android and iOS.
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How to open Google Assistant settings in Android and iOS?
The steps, barring the first one, are the same on both Android and iOS. We’ve mentioned the first step for both in the same bullet point. The screenshot is from an Android device, but the placement of tabs are similar.
- Press and hold the home button on your Android device until the Assistant covers half the screen. Then tap on the icon marked in the screenshot towards the left. Alternatively, on iOS, launch the Google Assistant app and then tap on the same icon.
- On the next page, tap on your profile picture on the top-right of the screen.
- Then tap on Assistant (below the Manage your Google Account button).
Here, you’ll find multiple options which include various customisations including voice, language as well as options for routines, updates, voice and face match training, among others.