Day: June 27, 2019

OK, Google, that would be all! How to Turn Off Google Assistant?

Ok, nobody’s being thankless here. If this entire topic is making you uneasy like when Diego shut down ‘mom’ in the Umbrella academy, leaving us all floating in mixed emotions, hear me out. While at times, Google Assistant can be a really helpful tool to help you organize your life and navigate your gadgets, it can get a little on our nerves when it dispenses unsolicitous opinions, so it’s good to know How to turn off Google Assistant for these situations.

For me personally, the most exasperating moment is when Google Assistant wakes up without me having asked for it. It appears almost every time I unlock my phone, which I do a lot in a day. 99% of the time, I really don’t need it, and have to swipe it away before I can perform the actions I want. Perhaps I have accidentally pressed the Start button on my smartphone which activates the Google Assistant.

As soon as it is activated, it captures your voice, comprehends the instruction and comply. The worst part is when your smartphone is in your pocket and yet you somehow activate Google Assistant by accident without even being aware of it. Let’s say, you are in the middle of a serious conversation, you happen to have inadvertently activated your voice-activated companion, your device might pick up a fragment of something you have said, and suddenly answer you!

Trust me shouting out “get lost, Google”, “you suck, Google”, never works, I have tried. This is because the option to disable Assistant is hidden in layers of menus. After many annoying and embarrassing episodes, I have put together this guide to help you turn off Google Assistant!

How Do I turn off Google Assistant?

First things first, you need to fire up your Google app. You will have no trouble locating it on the home page or in your app drawer, since all Android phones will come with this pre-installed. Look for this app icon.

Once you have opened the app, tap on the “More” button in the bottom right corner, which has three horizontal dots above it.

Search for “settings” in this menu somewhere at the bottom of the list.

Once opened, select ‘Google Assistant’ in the next menu.

Select ‘Assistant’ in the Google Assistant options menu. scroll down to the bottom to see the list of all devices it is used on. Select the ‘Phone’ option in the list to control how the app will be used in your phone.

Look at the top Toggle labelled ‘Google Assistant’? tap on it to deactivate it for your whole device.

tap on the Toggle to turn off Google Assistant on your device.

Phew, now that you have succeeded in subduing your over-helpful friend, your can rest easy knowing that your phone won’t be eaves dropping on your conversations. Now when you actually want to summon the Google Assistant, either by squeezing your phone, or pressing down on the power button, a search bar will appear to let you type in your request manually! Much less invasive!

How to Delete Your Activity on Google Manually

Google has become an integral part of our lives. Whether we are checking in at a hotel, booking a ride, waiting in line or casually strolling the park, Google allows us to search up everything that we want to learn using its incredible Search Engine. 

However, when you use Google sites to search up information, may it be an app or other Google service, it automatically stores some of your information in its Google Account. This information is commonly stored to deliver you more personalized experiences. 

And if you’re not savvy with that, then still no frets. You can easily remove that information from your Google Account by following these few simple and easy steps. Here’s how you can remove stored information from your Google database in just a few simple and easy steps. 

How to Delete Your Activity on Google Manually

Do you want to delete your Google activity permanently from Google’s database? You can either choose to wipe out all of the activity information at once or you can choose items individually. 

If you want to delete all of your activity at once, all you have to do is follow these simple steps. 

  • On your computer, go to your Google Account.
  • On the top, left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click My Activity.
  • At the top right of the page, click More.
  • Click Delete activity by.
  • Below “Delete by date,” click the Down arrow and select All time.
  • Click Delete.

If you want to delete a single individual activity item, such as a site you visited on Google, 

  • On your computer, go to your Google Account.
  • On the top, left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
  • Under “Activity and timeline,” click My Activity.
  • Find the item you want to delete. You can find an item a few different ways, including:
    • Browse by topic or product. At the top, under “Delete by topic or product,” click Try it.
    • Search by keyword or date.
  • On the item, you want to delete, click More.
  • Click Delete.

Delete Your Activity from other Places

Whatever tasks you perform using your Google Account, it is not necessary that it only has to stay in your My Activity folder. For instance, if your Location History is turned on, your movement information gets stored in your Maps Timeline. You can easily delete all that information saved in those places. 

And that’s all folks! Guess y’all know how to clear your activity information from Google’s database.

Google Maps Will Alert You If Your Taxi Goes Off-Route

Recently, we have learned that the Google Maps app now guarantees your safety by reminding you if your taxi is going off-route.

Google Maps has recently received a new update. The new update brings a feature that will alert you whenever your taxi or car transfers 500 meters. This is a very good security feature. After obtaining this update, a new and important change will occur, which will become the banner at the top, indicating:

“If your driver turns to 500 meters (0.31 miles), you will receive an alert.”