How to fix OK Google Commands Don’t Work on Android

How to fix OK Google Commands Don't Work on Android

One of the easiest and coolest ways to launch Google Assistant on an Android smartphone is to call a calling command – OK Google. However, Google’s Assistant turned out to be unresponsive to commands for some users. To help you correct this anomaly, we have listed seven possible solutions in the section below.

Also, it will be a little strange if you continue to use ‘OK Google’ with a different tone and expression. That won’t fix the error. Restarting a simple device will make the ‘OK Google’ command work again. If that doesn’t work, try the fix below.

1. Try Alternative Commands

Google Assistant is popularly activated by many Android users using the keyword ‘OK Google’. On some devices, Assistant just responds to “Hey Google” in surprise. That said, some users can activate Assistant using both keywords – ‘OK Google’ and ‘Hey Google’.

If your device’s Google Assistant does not respond to the ‘OK Google’ command, try ‘Hi Google’. And if that doesn’t work either, chances are there are some problems with your Google Assistant application or the configuration of the voice command.

2. Clean Google App Cache Data

Clearing application cache data can help you repair applications when they are slowing, malfunctioning, or when some of its features are not working. Clearing the Google application cache can (and should) help you run Google Assistant OK again on your device.

Simply launch the Android Settings menu and navigate to Applications & notifications> Application info> Google> Storage & cache and tap the Clear Cache button.


Try saying the keyword OK Google (or Hey Google) and check whether Google Now is activated.

3. Activate Google Assistant Voice Activation

You should also check whether your smartphone’s Google Assistant has been configured to respond to OK Google or Hey Google. Otherwise, using the commands will not work, no matter how many times you say it to your device.

Follow the steps below to activate voice activation from Google Assistant on your Android device.

Step 1: Launch the Google application and tap More in the lower right corner.


Step 2: Next, select Settings.


Step 3: Select Sound.


Step 4: In the Hey Google section, tap Sound Matching.


Step 5: Now, check that the Hey Google option is activated. If it is deactivated, tap to activate and activate the Hey Google command.


4. Check Google Language Settings

Google Assistant currently supports more than 30 languages on Android devices. If the OK Google command doesn’t work on your device, make sure the language you use matches your device’s default Google language.

Follow the steps below to check or modify Google’s default language on your Android smartphone.

Step 1: Launch the Google application and tap More in the lower right corner.


Step 2: Next, select Settings.


Step 3: Select Sound.


Step 4: Tap Language.


Step 5: From the list, select your language and press Save.


Say you choose Fran├žais, Italiano, and Deutsch, your Google Assistant will respond when you say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘OK Google’ in each language.

5. Disable Battery Saver

Android’s default Battery Saver can also temporarily disable Google Now if it detects that the feature is excessively draining your device’s battery. And that will cause Google’s OK command not to work.

Disable your battery saver and check that your device responds to Google’s OK command.

Step 1: Open the Android Settings menu and select Battery.


Step 2: Choose Battery Saver.


Step 3: Tap the ‘Deactivate Now’ button to deactivate Battery Saver.


If the Google OK command still doesn’t work, try disabling the Adaptive Battery Saver. Go to Settings> Battery> Adaptive Battery and turn it off.


Now, say the Google OK keyword again and check whether Google Assistant is activated.

6. Update Google Play Services

To use Google Assistant, your Android device must have Google Play Services updated to the latest version at all times. Visit the Google Play Services page on the Google Play Store to install or update applications on your device.

Google Play Services

7. Google Assistant Retrain

Another reason why the Google OK command doesn’t work on your Android device might be because Google Assistant no longer recognizes your voice or finds it difficult to do so. If that’s the case, you might have to train an Assistant with your voice model.

Open the Google app and tap More> Settings> Sound> Sound Match> Retrain voice model. Follow the instructions and say the command displayed on your screen to retrain Google Assistant.


Final Inspection

Google Assistant supports devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer. If none of the above gets a Google OK command to work on your device, you must update the operating system to the latest supported version. Also, make sure you have enough space on your device; Google Assistant requires a minimum of 1GB – 1.5GB of efficient internal storage space to function. You should also check whether your device’s microphone is blocked or covered with dirt or debris. That can cause Google Now to not detect your voice when you say the keywords ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’.

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