The terminology Google Now is dead, at least by the name. Longstanding Android users now know Google Now as Google app, which is a default application on any Android phone. Sometimes I get paranoid with the machine learning human behaviour and wish to disable Google Now or turn off OK Google feature.
“OK Google” feature looks promising but it is still not there in terms of usability. You may get distracted by the overwhelming Google results thrown at you. Personally, I spend more time than required when I ask queries from Google app.
Also, if you are not a native English speaker, then maybe Google Now is meant not for you. It may not understand you completely, or it may not even respond when you say OK Google.
For people who have latest Android phones with Google Assistant, you can disable “OK Google” there or in Google App. Either way, it will disable OK Google at all places. But just to remind you, disabling “OK Google” will not inhibit Google Assistant to launch when you long press the home button. Well, there are ways to disable Google Assistant too.
Turn off OK Google from Google App
Step 1 – Launch the Google App
Google App is the default application on any Android smartphone. There is no way to download this app externally. Launch the application as shown below.
Step 2 – Browse Google App menu
Click the three horizontal lines at the left top corner and click settings as shown below.
Step 3 – Click ‘Voice’
Look for ‘Voice’ option and then click “Ok Google” detection.
Step 4 – Disable OK Google
Here you may see different options depending on various Android phone models. But in short, you have to disable all possibilities which say enable OK Google.
Turn off OK Google from Google Assistant
Step 1 – Launch Google Assistant
Hold and long press home button and launch Google Assistant.
Step 2 – Click the drawer icon
Click the drawer icon at the right top corner of Google Assistant screen. Then click three dots the right top corner and head to settings.
Step 3 – Disable OK Google
Go to Phone and then “Ok Google” detection. Here you can turn “Say ‘Ok Google’ anytime” on or off.