Google seems to be playing the long game when it comes to its beloved Google Assistant. When they first announced the Pixel series, the Google Assistant was termed as an ‘exclusive’ feature for their trademark devices. Soon reports started pouring in that LG G6 will come as the first non-Pixel device to include Google Assistant. Fast forward to the MWC, the search engine giant finally decided to release Google Assistant to all Android users running Marshmallow and above. The Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches will also be receiving the Google Assistant, although its level and limits of functionality are unclear at the moment.
After the hype regarding the announcement subsided, people were left wondering about the time they would need to wait for the update. While it is no secret that you can get Google Assistant on your Nougat device provided you are rooted (editing Build.prop file).
If you feel that rooting is not up your alley and still want the best Google has to offer, we have prepared an extensive guide for you. No root is required, all you need to do is to read the instructions carefully and you will be running Google Assistant in no time.
Pre-requisites: Your device must be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above versions of Android.
Updating your device to Google Assistant
- Install latest Google Play services: Google Play Services act as the core framework for all Google functionalities. So make sure you’ve the latest version of it installed on your device to be able to get Google Assistant running on your device.
→ Download Google Play services APK
- Install latest Google app: The latest version (188.8.131.52 or above) of the Google App is required for Google Assistant.
→ Download Google app APK: ARM64 | ARM
- Change phone’s system language to English USA: The Google Assistant will roll out in phases, targeting its english speaking US users first so make sure you change your phone’s system language to English USA. Below is a quick guide on how to do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Language and Input.
- Select Languages » English (United States).
- You’re now ready to get Google Assistant, just wait for it.
Tip: If you fail to get Google Assistant, Go to Settings » Apps » Google App » Clear Cache and Data. Reboot and the Assistant should be available.
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