How to turn on ‘Ok Google’ on iPhone


Google Assistant is one of the most intelligent virtual assistants for Android devices. From asking simple questions to controlling your smart home devices, Google Assistant can now pretty much do everything. As of 2020, it is integrated on more than 1 billion devices across the globe.
iPhone users have their own virtual assistant called Siri, but it doesn’t offer the same contextual replies and features when compared to the mighty Google Assistant. If only we had Google Assistant on iPhone.
Actually, there is. “OK Google” on iPhone devices is possible since Google launched Google Assistant as a standalone app for iOS back in 2017. You can install it from the App Store and get to experience the same Google Assistant as you would expect from a regular Android device.
However, activating the Assistant with “OK Google” voice keyword is pretty complicated to set up on an iPhone. If you want to go through the hassle of setting it up properly and give it a try, then you can continue reading this guide to learn how to turn on Google Assistant on iPhone.

Installing Google Assistant on iPhone

Installing Google Assistant on the iPhone is straightforward. In case you are not familiar with the iOS ecosystem, then follow the steps below.

  1. Find and tap to launch the App Store from the iPhone Home screen.
  2. Tap the Search option on the bottom-right corner, then search for Google Assistant.
  3. On the results page, tap Get next to the Google Assistant app and wait for it to get installed on your iPhone.

You can now go back to the iPhone Home screen and launch the Google Assistant app.

Setting Up Google Assistant

Now that you have installed Google Assistant on iPhone, it is time to set it up correctly for daily usage. Here’s how to do it:

  1. After launching the Google Assistant app, you will be asked to log in with your Google account. If you already have signed in on another Google service, you will see “Continue As [Your Name]” prompt.
  2. Next, tap Continue to allow Google Assistant to work with other compatible apps.
  3. Now tap Allow to allow Assistant to send notifications. You can also select “Get notified by email” for notifications.
  4. You will get another prompt, asking you to allow the Assistant to access the microphone. If you want to use voice commands, then proceed by tapping OK.

That’s it. You are halfway through the setup process. To change additional settings related to adding your personal information and smart home device integration, click the profile icon on the top right corner. You can also change the Assistant’s voice if you want.

Add the OK Google Siri Shortcut

To activate Google Assistant with your voice, you have to add the “OK Google” Siri shortcut first. The following instructions will show you how.

  1. Tap the Inbox icon on the lower section of the app.
  2. You will be redirected to the Siri Shortcuts screen, where you will be asked to add a phrase to activate Google Assistant. Tap the Type Phrase button and enter “OK Google” or “Hey Google, whatever you prefer.
  3. Tap Done to save the phrase.

Since Siri Shortcuts requires you to activate Siri first, say “Hey Siri,” following up with “OK Google.” This is what you have to say every time you want to activate Google Assistant.

Wrapping Up

In this article, we have shown you how to use Google Assistant on iPhone. Despite the lengthy setup process, you can activate Assistant by saying “Hey Siri, OK Google” and ask your questions. The integration is not quite there yet, but this is the best you can do to use Google Assistant on your iPhone.
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