How to open Google Assistant faster on Android

How to open Google Assistant faster on Android

Google Assistant is one of the most exciting new features to hit Android phones in a while. You can talk to Assistant and it can perform a huge array of tasks. Simple stuff like setting timers and creating reminds, to more advanced features like shopping lists and home automation. Google Assistant is available on several platforms, but the integration with Android is easily the best. This guide will show you a variety of methods, both native and 3rd-party, for quickly launching Assistant.


  • Android 5.0+
  • Google app 6.13 or higher
  • Google Play services

Long-Press the Home Button

Google Pixel 2 XL Compact Navigation Bar from OnePlus 5T

The easiest and most well-known method for launching Assistant is simply long-pressing the home button. The edges of the screen will flash with a white outline and Assistant will pop up from the bottom of the screen. You can immediately start speaking a command. When you do this for the first time you will be asked to opt-in and set up Assistant.

Say “Ok, Google”

The second built-in method requires a little more set-up. You can use your voice to launch Assistant by saying “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google.” This needs to be enabled and configured in the Google Assistant app.

  1. Long-press the home button to launch Assistant
  2. Tap the Explore & Your stuff icon in the top right corner
  3. Tap the three-dot menu icon and select Settings
  4. Under “Devices” select Phone or Tablet
  5. Toggle the switch on for Google Assistant
  6. Turn on “Ok Google” detection
  7. Select Voice model and train your voice

Now, whenever you say “Ok, Google” or Hey, Google,” Assistant will pop and start listening. If your phone is within shouting distance it can do your bidding.

Use the App Shortcut

The last method is pretty basic, but not everyone knows about it. Google Assistant has an app shortcut just like any other app. You can find it in your app drawer or install it from the Play Store. The shortcut can be put on your home screen and used with other apps like we’ll be demonstrating below. It’s always just a tap away.

Button Mapper

Button Mapper is an app that allows you to assign special tasks to the hardware buttons on your device. For our purposes, we’ll be using the app to give your phone a dedicated Google Assistant button. The app allows you to use the volume buttons and a headset button. We’ll show you how to make Assistant launch when you long-press Volume Down.

  1. Install Button Mapper from the Play Store
  2. Open the app and grant Accessibility permission
  3. Select Volume Down
  4. Select Long press
  5. Scroll down and select Assistant

This shortcut will only work when the display is on. You can also use shortcuts for single tap and double tap. If you find it easier to long-press a physical button than the virtual home button, this app is pretty handy.

Button Mapper: Remap your keys
Button Mapper: Remap your keys
Developer: flar2
Price: Free+


One of the unique features of the Pixel 2 phones is a feature called “Active Edge.” It allows you to physically squeeze the edges of the device to launch Google Assistant. A clever app called SideSqueeze replicates this feature (on some devices) by utilizing the barometric pressure sensor. SideSqueeze works best on Samsung phones, but it can work on other devices as well. It’s worth a shot.

  1. Install SideSqueeze from the Play Store
  2. Open the app and grant Accessibility permission
  3. Agree with the disclaimer
  4. Start squeezing your device, if the app works you’ll see the pressure slider move
  5. Scroll down and assign commands for the squeezes
Developer: Pocketdevelopers
Price: Free+