How to Enable Google Assistant on Any Android Smartphone (No Root)

Last Updated: March 20, 2017

Google Assistant arrived with Google’s Pixel smartphones and Android fans have been waiting for the voice assistant to arrive on their Android smartphones ever since. Well, Google recently confirmed that they are rolling out Google Assistant to almost all Android smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. However, the rollout has been pretty slow and people are still waiting for the Google Assistant to arrive on their smartphones. As you might have guessed, there is a workaround if you cannot wait for Google Assistant to arrive on your smartphone officially. Here are the steps to enable Google Assistant on your Android smartphone without root access:

Enable Google Assistant Through Beta Apps

Note: I tried this method on the Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, LeEco Le Max 2, and Galaxy S7 and it worked out fine. 

1. Firstly, you will have to get the beta versions of Google Play Services and the Google app. To do this, head to Settings->Google, tap on the three-dot menu button on the top right and then, tap on “Help & Feedback“.

Google Settings Help and Feedback

2. In the “Help” page, tap on the three-dot menu button and tap “View in Google Play Store“. This will expectedly open up the Play Store page of Google Play Services. Here, you can just scroll down and tap on the “I’m in” button in “Become a beta tester” section.

Google Play Services Play Store

3. Then, tap on “Join“, after which the beta signup will be in progress. It should take a few minutes. It took me around 5 minutes, but your mileage may vary.

4. After that, search for the Google app in the Play Store and sign up for its beta program as well.

Google App Beta

 

5. Once done, wait for a few minutes and then, open up Play Store. Here, head to the “My apps & games” section and go to the “Beta” tab, where you will find Google and Google Play Services. Just make sure to update both of them.

Play Store Beta APps

 

6. After the apps are updated, head to Settings->Apps. Here, go to the Google->Storage->Manage Space and tap on “Clear All Data“.

Google App Clear Data

7. Then, go back and do the same for Google Play Services. Tap on “Manage Space” and “Clear All Data“.

Play Services Clear Data

8. Once you are done, open up the Google app, where you will be asked to set things up. Once done, you will see the app familiar Google page. Don’t be disappointed, open up the hamburger menu and tap on “Settings“.

Google App Settings

9. Here, you will find the Google Assistant settings. Just tap on it. The Google Assistant setup window should then pop-up. You can tap on “Continue” and then, press hold the home button to trigger the Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Set up

That’s it. The Google Assistant will now be available to you. You can just ask the Assistant “What can you do” and it will bring up a list of things it can do. You can use the voice assistant to set reminders, get news, check the weather, get various info or even play games. If you’d like to do more with the Google Assistant, you can check out our detailed article on Google Assistant tricks.

Google Assistant Enabled

If the aforementioned method does not work out for you, you can try installing the beta versions of the Google app and Google Play Services through APK files.

Google App Beta APK (Download)
Google Play Services Beta APK (Download)

Also, you can check out our video on how to enable Google Assistant if you’d prefer watching the steps:

SEE ALSO: Siri vs Google Assistant vs Hound: Who Wins?

Get Google Assistant on Your Android Smartphone

Well, that was pretty easy, right? So, try out these steps and get the cool new Google Assistant on your Android smartphone. Do keep in mind that the method only works on Android 6.0 or higher. Well, if you have any doubts, do let me know in the comments section below.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I’m trying to get Google assistant, viewed your video and followed steps, I have a galaxy j3 emerge I think with android 6 . Was able to get as far as getting beta version installed but after that I followed next steps to the end where I open Google from home screen but have no Google assistant settings from there. Please advise on how to continue from here to get Google assistant

  2. I’m unable to enable google assistant in my phone lava x11 after installing the beta version of google and google play services

  3. I had done all the procedure and i found that nothing is there in Settings i mean after opening Google settings options i should see the Google assistant settings options

  4. This “trick” does work as described, but there is a problem, it’s only temporary. The Google Assistant disapears from my phone after a while. It disapears the next day or when i update the Google app or when restarting the phone. So this is another copy of an article about nothing really.

  5. I followed the told but to no avail. I tried it on my Galaxy J7. Please help me out. Is there any another method for enabling Google Assistant?

  6. As with the previous posters, everything appears to go smoothly but there is no option for for Google Assistant settings. The only result of following your steps was having to put all my app icons back where I wanted them.

  7. I did all the steps and at the end cannot see the google assistant in the settings..
    Wasted one hour..
    I think it’s fake..

  8. If this ain’t for the UK and other regions what the point of the article?? Surely if your in the US you’ll have it already?? No way I’m changing my language to US English. Why should it necessary to do so anyway. Google assistant has been working beautifully on the pixel phone since it’s release last year. It should never have been an exclusive to the pixel in the first place frankly. Think of all that metadata Google have missed out on, barely anyone has a pixel here in the UK. Quite a rarity.

  9. I have tried all the above procedure using US English language settings on My Samsung J7 marshmellow . But I have not find Google Assistant. Every time I get an update for google Beta and Play Services Beta , I quickly go the Play Store and Update it. But Sorry to say there was no Google Assistant. I don’t know when it will officially available in India.

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