How to disable OK Google voice search on Android

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Google voice search is a powerful feature of the Android-powered smartphone. By simply talking to your phone, you can do internet searches, call contacts, take photos, set an alarm, create a calendar event, make a note, the list goes on.

However, not everyone wants to use the voice-controlled feature for various reasons. Some don’t like the idea of their smartphone listening to them, while others don’t speak English that well and don’t see the benefits of keeping the feature turned on.

Whatever the reason may be, here is a simple tutorial on how you can turn the feature off on your Android device. The process is very simple and only takes a couple of seconds to complete.

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Tap the General tab
  3. Under "Personal" find "Language and Input"
  4. Find "Google voice typing" and tap the Settings button (cog icon)
  5. Tap "Ok Google" Detection
  6. Under the "From the Google app" option, move the slider to the left.

That’s it, you have successfully turned OK Google off.

In case you can’t find the settings, there is another way:

  1. Open the Google app
  2. In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon
  3. Tap Settings > Voice > "OK Google" Detection
  4. From here, you can choose when you want your phone to listen when you say "OK Google".

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