How to install Google Assistant on Galaxy S6, S5, Note 4 and Note 5

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

  1. 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
  2. Install latest Google app: The latest version (6.14.12.21 or above) of the Google App is required for Google Assistant.
    → Download Google app APK: ARM64  |  ARM
  3. 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:
    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Select Language and Input.
    3. Select Languages » English (United States).
  4. 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.

Still unable to update to Google Assistant? Have some questions about the process or the Assistant itself? Feel free to ask your questions and share your views and opinions on Google’s latest step to unify Android down below!

88 Comments

    1. Google beta program for Google play services. Sign up for that and restart your phone or wait for update to beta in Google play. I had to download the Google app alpha version first then restart my phone. Go to the play store and download available upgrade and then the assistant was there.. only problem it doesn’t work from lockscreen.

  1. Did all you said and still no assistant

  2. didn’t get assistant…did all u said.

  3. After doing all these steps I have still not got goodle assistant what should I do now?

    1. they did give a link to wrong play services version , you will not get it

    2. so does anyone have the correct version?

    3. Only thing for it, switch to iphone

  4. Assistant not working

  5. Tried all the steps given above. Still no assistant.

  6. Go into the language in Google app and install updates and you will get the assistant

  7. It’s a server side switch. None of this will “Install Google Assistant” . Only Google can make that happen.

  8. Not really working. I have been sitting on This two days now without success

  9. If your phone is rooted, go to Play Store and search for ‘Get assistent’.

  10. nothing at the moment

    any one got this working?

  11. Tried get assistant – only 3rd party software

    what i do get after following the above and clearing the cache and rebooting the phone is a warning triangle message on my phone saying

    update google play services
    google play services wont run unless you update google play services

    any ideas?.

    1. You do nothing. It’s a server side update. Google has to enable it in your country and then it will work.. (that’s what I know but I may be wrong)

  12. Can it be installed on ported custom rom?

    1. Yes it can. Feel free to try the above steps for your device

    2. Kanav, can you re-check your links, the process wasnt too difficult, i cant imagine everyone is getting it wrong. The facts seems to suggest the steps and links do not give the result promised in your article.
      Ive followed everything and double checked the steps

      Can you give us a follow up by addressing the points above

      How long should we wait for point 4 above, a few hours of a few weeks?

    3. hey zc, could you provide me with you device info? (device name, android version) . While I understand a fair share of people are unable to get the desired result (OnePlus 3 running Nougat ), I’ve been successfully able to ‘update’ to Google Assistant. It seems that although you can update your play services and Google App to the latest beta, the change is server side in nature. Unless Google recognizes your device model, you may not be eligible for it. Also, if your device is rooted and you are running Nougat, go to the Play Store and download ‘get assistant’ or edit your build.prop file. Both give the desired result immediately

    4. Hi kanav
      I have an s6 edge running 6.01 in UK

      I used the Apk you provided and the ARM64 downloads
      Clear cached
      Rebooted
      Changed language to English USA etc

      Thanks
      Zc

  13. Google assistant working properly but how i change her voice input ‘OK Google’ to “OK JANU”.

    1. Its not your wife dude. Its a virtual assistant. Get over it.

  14. No assistant!

    1. Google beta program for Google play services. Sign up for that and restart your phone or wait for update to beta in Google play. I had to download the Google app alpha version first then restart my phone. Go to the play store and download available upgrade and then the assistant was there.. only problem it doesn’t work from lockscreen.

  15. No Assistant.

  16. Did all you said and still no assistant

  17. It doesn’t take work on S6 Active won’t open file

  18. It doesn’t work on the S6 Active

  19. I’m in USA with s7edge on nougat and latest google play service and Google app… Clear data and reboot and still no assistant????google must have to do something???

  20. Did this actually work for anyone? Before I go through all these steps I would like to know if it’s gonna work. Everyone it didn’t work for posted something what about the people it worked for.

  21. Can I tell me about Moto X Play device for Google Assistance

  22. didn’t get assistant…did all u said.

  23. After doing all these steps I have still not got goodle assistant what should I do now?

    1. they did give a link to wrong play services version , you will not get it

      1. so does anyone have the correct version?

    2. Only thing for it, switch to iphone

  24. Assistant not working

  25. Tried all the steps given above. Still no assistant.

  26. Go into the language in Google app and install updates and you will get the assistant

  27. It’s a server side switch. None of this will “Install Google Assistant” . Only Google can make that happen.

  28. Not really working. I have been sitting on This two days now without success

  29. Done everything that was mentioned…..yet, never got the assistant..

  30. If your phone is rooted, go to Play Store and search for ‘Get assistent’.

  31. nothing at the moment

    any one got this working?

  32. Tried get assistant – only 3rd party software

    what i do get after following the above and clearing the cache and rebooting the phone is a warning triangle message on my phone saying

    update google play services
    google play services wont run unless you update google play services

    any ideas?.

    1. You do nothing. It’s a server side update. Google has to enable it in your country and then it will work.. (that’s what I know but I may be wrong)

  33. Can it be installed on ported custom rom?

    1. Yes it can. Feel free to try the above steps for your device

      1. Kanav, can you re-check your links, the process wasnt too difficult, i cant imagine everyone is getting it wrong. The facts seems to suggest the steps and links do not give the result promised in your article.
        Ive followed everything and double checked the steps

        Can you give us a follow up by addressing the points above

        How long should we wait for point 4 above, a few hours of a few weeks?

        1. hey zc, could you provide me with you device info? (device name, android version) . While I understand a fair share of people are unable to get the desired result (OnePlus 3 running Nougat ), I’ve been successfully able to ‘update’ to Google Assistant. It seems that although you can update your play services and Google App to the latest beta, the change is server side in nature. Unless Google recognizes your device model, you may not be eligible for it. Also, if your device is rooted and you are running Nougat, go to the Play Store and download ‘get assistant’ or edit your build.prop file. Both give the desired result immediately

          1. Hi kanav
            I have an s6 edge running 6.01 in UK

            I used the Apk you provided and the ARM64 downloads
            Clear cached
            Rebooted
            Changed language to English USA etc

            Thanks
            Zc

  34. This is click bait at its finest. You can’t install GA, it has to be ‘enabled’ by Google. If you followed these steps and magically got GA then it was a coincidence, it was just time for your device to get it. If you read the instructions it clearly says that the last step is to wait, that should tell you something.

  35. Kanav krishanan kapoor

    Google assistant working properly but how i change her voice input ‘OK Google’ to “OK JANU”.

    1. Its not your wife dude. Its a virtual assistant. Get over it.

  36. And how long is the waiting time and after installing the new beta update for Google play services…i’m getting a error notification, stating that google play services won’t run unless updated, what should i do?

  37. It doesn’t take work on S6 Active won’t open file

  38. It doesn’t work on the S6 Active

  39. I’m in USA with s7edge on nougat and latest google play service and Google app… Clear data and reboot and still no assistant????google must have to do something???

  40. Did this actually work for anyone? Before I go through all these steps I would like to know if it’s gonna work. Everyone it didn’t work for posted something what about the people it worked for.

  41. Can I tell me about Moto X Play device for Google Assistance

  42. Done everything that was mentioned…..yet, never got the assistant..

  43. Currently we need to change our location to united states and clear cached data and it will work. For changing location you can try some apps which convert your IP address from your country to United states and then system will read your location as united States and you will get your deal. Thats it for now.

  44. This is click bait at its finest. You can’t install GA, it has to be ‘enabled’ by Google. If you followed these steps and magically got GA then it was a coincidence, it was just time for your device to get it. If you read the instructions it clearly says that the last step is to wait, that should tell you something.

  45. And how long is the waiting time and after installing the new beta update for Google play services…i’m getting a error notification, stating that google play services won’t run unless updated, what should i do?

  46. Currently we need to change our location to united states and clear cached data and it will work. For changing location you can try some apps which convert your IP address from your country to United states and then system will read your location as united States and you will get your deal. Thats it for now.

  47. Done. Now should i wait?

    1. I installed Google App 6.14.14.12 last night, rebooted and had Google Assistant within a hour.

  48. I did the same, and along with it i did everything else, installed the lastest beta of the google play services 7th march…

    Does the assistant show on the home screen?

  49. Done. Now should i wait?

    1. I installed Google App 6.14.14.12 last night, rebooted and had Google Assistant within a hour.

  50. I did the same, and along with it i did everything else, installed the lastest beta of the google play services 7th march…

    Does the assistant show on the home screen?

  51. How to get it on the S6 Active. It’s not rooted, what do I do?

  52. How to get it on the S6 Active. It’s not rooted, what do I do?

  53. worked for me. galaxy s4 in Austria.

  54. worked for me. galaxy s4 in Austria.

  55. I’m from the Uk, I have Google assistant on my S6 & S7 but for some reason it didn’t work on my s7 edge. The only other downside is that it speaks in a American accent and American units or measurements when trying to find out information

    1. I read on another forum to change the phone’s language to English US., clear the cache and data in the Google app (under Storage in the settings) then press and hold the Home button. I did all this and to my shock it worked. I’ve even changed the default language back to UK English and it’s still working. Hope that helps someone

  56. I’m from the Uk, I have Google assistant on my S6 & S7 but for some reason it didn’t work on my s7 edge. The only other downside is that it speaks in a American accent and American units or measurements when trying to find out information

    1. I read on another forum to change the phone’s language to English US., clear the cache and data in the Google app (under Storage in the settings) then press and hold the Home button. I did all this and to my shock it worked. I’ve even changed the default language back to UK English and it’s still working. Hope that helps someone

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