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Turning off the voice response in Google Assistant.

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by andyandtherman, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. andyandtherman

    Thread Starter

    Hi All, I noticed today that my assistant talks again after having managed to silence it by opting for hands free response only. For whatever reason, and after a couple of restarts, this no longer works. I've disabled the assistant for now as it's aggravating to hear that voice as opposed to simply have the result pop up to read. Any ideas on how to silence it?

    Thanks in advance,

    Andy
     

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what phone do you have? i do not have the option for hands free responses for google assistant on my note 10+. are you saying "hey google" to use assistant? or are you typing in your inquiry?

    the only time i get a verbal response from google is when i ask it verbally.
     
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  3. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    I use an older Samsung but if your Samy has a search option in the phone settings such as mine, I suggest typing "assistant" and then look for "read text on screen" and tap it.

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  4. andyandtherman

    Thread Starter

    I have a note 9. I don't say Hey Google, but rather press the middle button on the bottom for a moment until the assistant pops up and then I speak whatever my inquiry is. When you go from that screen and look in the settings there is an option for hands free only for when they talk to you. Even with that option selected, it still does it no matter what . The easiest way to deal with this that I have come up with is to turn off media volume so while I cannot stop the voice response, I can at least not be forced to listen to it. I think this is an easy approach but the only problem or arise when I have to rely on navigation in maps for example, and I want to listen to music. Since I rarely need navigation, I'll just use this approach until I figure out a easy to turn it off.
     
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    yeah i do not have that option on my note 10+. but the way i see it, if you ask google verbally, then you will get a verbal response. if you ask google via typing, then you should get a text response. i do not recall anyway to ask verbally and get a text response.

    @MrJavi i think the device assistant app is not what it appears as it states. i think this app allows the phone to analyze and read the info on the screen so that an app such as doing a google search can use the screen data to perform a search. kind of like using google goggles. it is just a system app. it is not like an accessibility app that will actually read what is shown on the screen, word for word. even in the op's case, accessibility i do not think will help.

    curious, was this feature working the way you wanted it to before?
     
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  6. andyandtherman

    Thread Starter


    Yes, I had it set to hands free voice response only and for a few months it was working as desired. Google apparently updated something and it is what it is now, unfortunately.
     
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  7. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    I see your point and well put my friend. To telll you the truth, if there was a valid root solution with a custome recovery on a snapdragon Note 8 and above, I'd own one. Thank you for good information :)
     
    #7 MrJavi, Feb 21, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2020
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