April 27, 2019

How to use the Google Assistant with headphones

Google Assistant

Controlling a smartphone with your voice can be very useful when you are on the street; your hands are busy with some other task. If your headphones have a built-in microphone, as many do now. You can use the Google assistant to set appointments, send text messages, call your friends or do a series of other tasks without having to take the phone from the pocket.

Requirements for the Google Assistant to work with headphones

Google states that the following criteria must be met if you want the Wizard to work well with the headphones.

Your device must have:

  • Android 6 or higher
  • Google App version 7 or higher
  • The latest version of Google Play services
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • 720p screen resolution
  • Internet connection
  • The phone language configured as compatible (check the official Google list)

Google also states that your headphones must be optimized for the Assistant. If they are not compatible, you can take a look at other headsets that are compatible with Google Assistant such as the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II or the Marshall Major III.

Headphone configuration

Depending on the type of headphones you have, whether wired or wireless, you will have to take a different route. The wired headphones should work immediately with the Google Assistant, as long as you have previously configured the application.

Bluetooth headsets obviously need to be paired with the phone. If you have not already done so, make sure the headset is turned on, the phone is connected to the Internet and Bluetooth is activated on the phone.

The latter involves sliding down from the top of the screen and touching the Bluetooth icon.

Next, open the ‘Settings’ or ‘Settings’ application on your device and click on ‘Connected devices’. On the next page, touch on ‘Match new device’ and, when the headphones appear in the ‘Available devices’ section, click on them to complete the pairing process.

You may have to put the headphones in pairing mode for this to work. So check the instructions that come with them to see how it is done.

Next, tap the headset button (again following the instructions that come with it) to start a conversation with the Google Assistant. If this does not work, you can go to ‘Settings> Google> Search, Assistant, and Voice> Voice’ and activate the voice search on Bluetooth devices.

You can also, if you wish, activate the voice matching option and enable the ‘Access with voice matching’ and ‘Unlock with voice matching’.

Now, it is expected that by pressing the talk button on the headset. You will hear the Google Assistant tone and be able to use the normal voice commands.

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How to use the Google Assistant with headphones on the iPhone

For iPhone users, Google states that the following is needed:

  • iPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 9.3
  • Google Assistant
  • An active connection to the Internet

Again, the headset must be compatible with the Google Assistant.

Configuring the Google Assistant for iPhone

If you have a headset with a cable and microphone, they should start immediately. However, in iOS, things are not as simple as in Android since it is necessary to open the Google Assistant application for the commands to work.

You can add a ‘Siri’ shortcut by tapping the icon in the lower right corner of the ‘Assistant’ application and selecting ‘Add’ Ok Google “to Siri. This will allow Siri to open the Assistant on his behalf.

In the case of Bluetooth headsets, the first thing to do is turn on the headset and make sure the phone is connected to the Internet. If they are not already paired, open ‘Settings> Bluetooth’ and enable Bluetooth.

Search for your headphones in the ‘My Devices’ section and then touch their name to connect them to your iPhone. You may be asked to link your headphones with the Assistant. Which can be done by pressing the ‘Connect’ button and then ‘Match’ when prompted.

Actually, we had some difficulty getting our headsets to work consistently with the Google Assistant. Which we believe is due to the way Apple protects and controls iOS, especially with its own Siri assistant. Which is an integral part of the operating system?

If you have more luck, you can open the Google Assistant application, touch the microphone icon and make your requests.

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