How to Get Google Assistant in Any Android Phone (No Root)

Last Updated: February 19, 2017

Update: The Google App Alpha APK that was linked in this article has been removed, so this method will not work anymore. We’ve received many reports of Google Assistant not showing up on phones even with the alpha version of the Google App, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused. We did test the method out on three devices, and all of them got Google Assistant right from the get go. However, as of now, this method does not work any longer, and shouldn’t be tried out.

When Google first launched their flagship phones for 2016 – the Pixel, and Pixel XL – one of their many USPs, was the brand new Google Assistant. The new, AI powered virtual assistant from Google was an instant hit, with its excellent recognition skills, and answers to almost everything. Google Assistant easily beat Siri, and Hound. However, Google did not push the Assistant to any other Android devices (even the ones running Android 7.0 Nougat). While there is a way to get Google Assistant on rooted Android Nougat devices, you can now officially get the Google Assistant in any Android device running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above:

Downloading the Google Search (Alpha) App

Google just released the latest alpha version of the Google Search App. The app brings a host of cool features, along with Google Assistant on non-Pixel devices.

NoteWe tested this out on a Nexus 5X running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, a Moto G4 Plus running on Android 7.0 Nougat, and a OnePlus X running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. All of the devices got Google Assistant, however, I also tried it on the Galaxy S7 and it did not work on it. So, your mileage may vary.

The first thing you will have to do, is download and install the Google Search Alpha app. You can do this, by following the steps mentioned below:

  • First, download (link has been removed) the Google App 6.13.5.21 alpha from APKMirror.
  • Go to Settings -> Security, and enable “Unknown Sources“. This will allow you to install apps from downloaded APK files.

settings security unknown sources

  • Install the Google App 6.13.5.21 alpha APK on your phone.

Launch and Set Up Google Assistant

Once you’ve installed the app, you can get Google Assistant working on your device, just follow the steps mentioned below in order to set up Google Assistant on your Android device:

  • Press and hold the “home button” on your Android phone. You should see a screen saying “New! You just got the Google Assistant“. Just tap on “Continue”.

you just got the google assistant

  • The Google Assistant will then tell you how to bring it up when you need to ask a question. Tap on “Continue”. It will then ask you for the required permissions. Tap “Yes, I’m in” if you want to use the assistant.

continue google assistant set up

  • Google Assistant will then launch on your device, and will take you through the basics of using it.

google assistant introduction

SEE ALSO: Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Google Assistant Takes on Alexa

Get Google Assistant on Any Android Phone without Root

While the Google App that brings Google Assistant to every Android phone is in alpha, at the moment, this probably means that when this version of the Google App becomes stable, we may see Google Assistant in every Android smartphone. However, if you can’t wait for that, you can follow the steps I’ve mentioned in this article, to get the latest (alpha) build of the Google App on your Android phone. The best part, is that you don’t need to have a rooted device in order for this to work. If you’re wondering what Google Assistant does better than Google Now, you can check out our articles on Google Assistant tricks, and IFTTT integrations.

So, what are your thoughts on Google Assistant? Do let us know in the comments section below.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Won’t work for Redmi 3S, Android M based MIUI V8.1.1.0
    I’ve confirmed that I’ve got the alpha, but it launches Google screen search every time.

    • I m looking for it also. I am also a OnePlus 3 user. 9537025644 you can whats ap me ..
      I have bug. In phon when i put phone in flight mode and then lock the phone when I remove the flight mode then it start Bluetooth and sometimes wifi also.
      Do you face the same ?? In new 4.0.2 version

  2. I have the Google alpha app on my Moto G4 plus running on Android 7.0 .. after this installation only thing got is Google Now..How to get Google assistant..Do I want to root my device?.. pls help me

    • Can’t use it on Moto G4 plus as you menssioned. It launches Back as normal no change noticed. Plz Help BEEBOM :*

    • thats exactly happening with me i use moto g4 plus and i got google alpha app bt it opens google now.Beebom how u guys tested it ? Please make a video and post it on YouTube. Please .!!

  3. Help me out . while installing it says your device is not compatible. I use a moto g4 plus on android 7.0 pls help me

  4. *Page Not Found* on download link…
    Google App 6.13.5.21.alpha does not install on Moto G4 Plus. (verified from 2-3 different sources)
    Google App 6.13.5.16.alpha got installed but it opens Google Now.
    update if you have anything newer info else delete this blog (for now).
    P.S. I am a fan of your work.

  5. There is some other factor that is helping a phone to run assistant. I installed the app on 2 Moto G4+, 1 got it 1 didn’t. All others websites(like android police) mentioned that many phones of same model didn’t get it.

  6. I think these guys are making fool they are not replying any comment. And these will not work you can’t fool Google they will launch after some period for all non Google phones

  7. New apk won’t work on new devices, I have found an entry on reddit to make it confirm. I have tried it with my nexus 6p running Android N. There is an another way, You could try beta testing program and it will require $25.
    New aplha APK was working but it is no longer working right now. If you try to install the APK, it will show the error. Google is toeing with us 😛

    Reddit Link – https://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus6P/comments/5tbnv1/google_assistant_showed_up_out_of_no_where/

  8. I making fool or something. It is not working on my Moto G4 plus it just got a recent tab in sandwich menu of Google now. Nothing else changed.

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