Control a smartphone With your voice it can be very helpful when you are on the street with your hands busy with other work. If your headphones have built-in microphones, as many do today, you can use Google Assistant to make appointments, send text messages, call your friends, or perform many other tasks without taking your phone out of your pocket.
We show you what to do to use Google Assistant and headphones.
Requirements for Google Assistant to be able to work with headphones
Google says the following criteria must be met if you want the Assistant to work properly with headphones.
Your device must be:
- Android 6 or higher
- Version 7 or more of the Google app
- The latest version of Google Play services
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 720p screen resolution
- Internet connection
- Phone language set as support (check the official Google list)
Google also says your headphones should be upgraded with an assistant. In case they don’t match, you can check out other headphones compatible with Google Assistant like Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II o go Marshall Mayor III.
Depending on the type of headset you have, whether wireless or cordless, you will have to take a different route. Wired headphones should work out of the box with Google Assistant, as long as you have previously set up the app.
Bluetooth headphones obviously need to be paired with a phone. If you have not already done so, make sure your headphones are turned on, your phone is connected to the Internet, and Bluetooth is turned on in your phone.
The latter includes swiping from the top of the screen and tapping the Bluetooth icon.
Next, open the ‘Settings’ or ‘Settings’ program on your device and click on ‘Connected Devices’. On the next page, tap on ‘Pair new device’ and, when the headphones appear in the ‘Available Devices’ section, tap on them to complete the pairing process.
You may need to install headphones in pairing mode for this to work, so check the instructions that came with them to see how.
Then tap the headset button (and follow the instructions that came with it) to start a conversation with Google Assistant. If this doesn’t work, you can go to ‘Settings> Google> Search, Assistant and Voice> Voice’ and enable voice search on Bluetooth devices.
You can also, if you wish, use the voice matching option and enable ‘Voice matching access’ and ‘Open with voice matching’.
Now, hopefully when you press the speak button on the headset, you will hear the tone of the Google Assistant and you can use standard voice commands.
How to use Google Assistant with headphones on iPhone
For iPhone users, Google states the following:
- IPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 9.3
- Google Assistant
- Active Internet connection
Also, headphones must be compatible with Google Assistant.
Google Assistant Settings for iPhone
If you have a headset with a microphone, it should go faster. However, for iOS devices it is not as easy as on Android, as it is necessary to open the Google Assistant app in order for the commands to work.
You can add a ‘Siri’ shortcut by tapping the icon at the bottom right of the ‘Assistant’ app and selecting ‘Add’ Ok Google ‘to Siri’. This will allow Siri to open an assistant on your behalf.
For Bluetooth headsets, the first thing you need to do is turn on the headset and make sure the phone is connected to the Internet. If they are not yet paired, open ‘Settings> Bluetooth’ and enable Bluetooth.
Find your headphones in the ‘My Devices’ section and tap their name to connect them to your iPhone. You may be asked to pair your headphones with Assistant, which can be done by pressing the ‘Connect’ button and then ‘Pair’ when prompted.
We’ve actually had a hard time getting our headphones to work seamlessly with Google Assistant, which we think is due to the way Apple protects and regulates iOS, especially with its assistant Siri, which is an important part. operating system.
If you’re lucky enough, you can open the Google Assistant app, touch the microphone icon and make your own requests.
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