Hidden Google Assistant settings you might want to change on Pixel 7

Hidden Google Assistant settings you might want to change on Pixel 7

Have you bought a Google Pixel 7 and want to experience the best of Google Assistant? By tweaking a few settings, you can unlock the true potential of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Both of these devices run on Android 13, and with Google’s promise to deliver major Android updates until 2025, the Pixel 7 will last a long time. Although most major smartphone manufacturers use Android with their own custom UI skins, Google’s Pixel series rocks vanilla Android, the stock form of the operating system.

The California-based tech giant announced Google Assistant during its I/O conference in May 2016. But the foundation for the voice assistant was laid with Google Voice Search, which came out in 2011 as a new way to interact with smartphones via voice. In the following years, the company released Google Now. This digital assistant informed users about the weather, their schedule and other useful information in the form of cards, but there was no conversation (according to digital trends). The modern Google Assistant combines voice search and Google Now, and it makes life easier for many of us.

You’ve probably used the Google Assistant by saying “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” but what if you could access the Assistant without repeating the phrase? How about changing the assistant’s voice? Keep your Pixel 7 handy and follow along to make Google Assistant smarter and better.

Change Google Assistant’s voice and enable Continue Call

Yes, you can change the Google Assistant voice. By default, Google Assistant uses a female voice. To change it, follow the steps below.

  1. To open Settings app on Pixel 7 and select Apps > Assistant.
  2. You can also say “Hey Google, open the Assistant settings.”
  3. Scroll down and select See all Assistant settings.
  4. Select Assistant voice and sounds.
  5. You should see several circles on the screen. The one with the tick represents the current voice setting. Tap any other circle to hear different voice options for Google Assistant.
  6. You will hear a sentence in the new voice you have chosen. If you like it, exit the menu and return to the home screen.
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Another setting that can save you having to say “Hey Google” several times is Continued conversation. Once you’ve activated it, you can continue talking to Google Assistant without repeatedly waking it up. So, if you like to ask follow-up questions or want to have a nice conversation with the virtual assistant, enable Continued Conversation by following the steps below. It also works with smart displays and speakers.

  1. Repeat step 1 or 2 from above.
  2. Enable Continued call by pressing the switch to the right.
  3. Now, when Google Assistant is done talking, you can continue giving commands for a few seconds after without saying “Hey Google” again.

Get things done without saying Hey Google

Google’s voice detection has improved over time. In the early days, Google Assistant would often miss users who spoke the activation phrase, but the chances of that happening now are much less (unless you’re in a noisy environment). But what if you find it difficult to say “Ok Google” every time you want Google Assistant to do something? Enter quick phrases that allow you to use the assistant without saying the phrase out loud and get the job done.

  1. Set the course towards Settings > Apps > Assistant or say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.”
  2. Press in the menu Fast phrases.
  3. Activate the switch next to it Alarms and timers and Incoming calls.
    1. Alarms and timers: To stop alarms and timers, you can say “Stop” or “Snooze.” Google Assistant will remain active while alarms and timers are running with this option, and will detect these voice commands.
    2. Incoming calls: With this option, Google Assistant is automatically activated when you have an incoming call. To answer, say “Answer” while the phone is ringing. Likewise, to decline, say “Reject.”
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Another way to get things done without saying “Hey Google” is to enable the power button shortcut to wake up the Assistant. Repeat step 1 and select Hold Power for the assistant. Activate on the following screen Hold for assistant and you are ready to go. Whether you want to check the weather or call someone, press and hold the power button to launch Google Assistant and start talking.

Set routines for common tasks

Suppose you are about to sleep and want to set an alarm, check your phone’s battery and enable do not disturb mode. You can ask Google Assistant to do each step for you, but it will take some time. For situations like this, Google Assistant has a feature called Routines. The Routines setting assigns multiple tasks to one voice command.

  1. Visit Settings > Apps > Assistant or say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.”
  2. Select See all Assistant settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Routines.
  4. Google Assistant comes with some sample commands, but we’ll create a new one to walk you through the process.
  5. Press New button at the top right. In this example, we create a Google Assistant routine when we get home from work or school.
  6. Enter the name of the routine in the text field at the top. In this case, we go to “Home”.
  7. Assign a command to the routine by pressing Add starter. We enter “I am at home” and “I have come home”.
  8. Link more actions to the command by pressing Add action. For our example routine, add the following actions:
    1. Tell me tomorrow’s weather
    2. Tell me about tomorrow’s first calendar event
  9. When you’re done, tap Save towards the lower right corner.
  10. Try launching Google Assistant and saying one of the launch phrases.
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Set up shortcuts and your default music player

Google Assistant also comes with app-based shortcuts – voice commands that allow you to perform specific tasks. For example, you can set an Assistant shortcut to see your Instagram notifications, WhatsApp messages from a specific contact, take a selfie from the camera or add new calendar events.

  1. Set the course towards Settings > Apps > Assistant or say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.”
  2. Select See all Assistant settings and scroll down to Shortcuts.
  3. Under Shortcuts you might like section, select a suggestion.
  4. If you want to browse all the shortcuts for a particular app, scroll down and check All shortcuts for your apps section. For example, pressing YouTube will display all available Assistant shortcuts, including “Subscriptions”, “Shorts”, “Explore” and “YouTube Log”.
  5. Select the desired shortcut by pressing the plus button to the right.
  6. Google Assistant will display a confirmation that you have added a shortcut. For example, if you choose the “YouTube history” shortcut, Google Assistant will display a message that says: “Next time, just say ‘Hey Google, YouTube history.'”

Last but not least, you can also set a default music streaming service for Google Assistant. IN Assistant settings menu, select Music. The following screen will contain a list of music apps installed on your device along with other popular platforms. Select one by pressing the round button to the right and that’s it. Once it knows your preferences, Google Assistant will only search for music on the chosen platform.

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