Google Now was one attempt at creating a digital assistant that could make suggestions based on information that was collected like your phone habits, content you search for and other various tidbits. But not everyone wants that kind of assistant, especially one that collects large amounts of data; it tends to worry people and rightfully so. If you were looking to rid yourself of Google Now by removing it from your Android device, you’ve come to the right place.
However, if you were not aware, Google Now has since been discontinued. What’s left of Google Now is nothing more than a quick way of opening Google. It doesn’t house the same features it once had; Google Assistant has those now. Here, you’ll discover how to disable and remove Google Now, while learning how to disable Google Assistant.
Disabling What’s Left of Google Now
Google Now does two things: organizes Google apps and provide a way of opening Google through the use of a gesture; you swipe left to right, starting on the left hand side of the screen. However, the gesture can get rather annoying because Google Now reduces the amount of home screens you have to a single screen and if you swipe accidentally, you can open Google. Here’s what you do to change that:
1. Minimize or close an app you’re on and head to the home screen.
2. Take your finger and press it against the screen, on an empty part of your home screen. After a few moments, your home screen will minimize and present to you a few options like choosing a wallpaper and customizing widgets.
3. Select SETTINGS at the bottom of the screen.
4. To completely disable what’s left of Google Now, move every slider to the right of each option, and move it to the left. It will turn grey when it’s turned off.
Uninstalling Google Now
So, you’re interested in completely purging your Android device of Google Now? There’s nothing wrong with that. The app itself doesn’t offer much in the way of features, nothing to write home about, at least. In fact, your Android device will function just as well without Google Now. And, quite frankly, it’s just one more app filling up your Android device. After you uninstall it, that’s one less app you have to worry about.
1. Locate and launch the Settings app. Its icon is a gear. You can find the Settings app somewhere on one of your home screens or inside your App Drawer, where all currently installed apps are housed.
You can launch the Settings app from your Quick Settings Menu, too. To find it, open your notification shade. Tap your taskbar or tap and swipe down to open it. Once the notification shade is open, swipe down again to reveal your Quick Settings Menu. You’ll find the Settings app there as a gear icon.
2. In the Settings menu, keep scrolling down until you find Apps. Go ahead and select it. Doing so will redirect you to an entire list of your currently installed apps.
3. In Apps, scroll down your list of currently installed apps and locate Google Now Launcher. When you’ve found Google Now Launcher, select it. It will redirect you to Google Now’s app information.
4. First, tap FORCE STOP. It will shut down any processes in the background. Afterwards, select UNINSTALL. When prompted by your Android to confirm the deletion, go ahead and tap OK. After a few moments, Google Now will be completely uninstalled from your Android device.
Disabling Google Assistant
Since Google Assistant, essentially, took over for Google Now, it can be rather invasive on your phone if you let it be. It can make people uncomfortable, considering it’s always listening, waiting for you to ask it a question. Luckily, you don’t have to use it and it can be disabled entirely. No AI is going to take over your house, right? Here’s what you do:
1. Locate and open the Google app. Its icon is a colorful “G” within a white circle. You can find the Google app in your App Drawer, by default. All currently installed apps are housed there, anyways. It can also be on one of your home screens.
2. When Google launches, tap More located in the very bottom right corner of the screen. Its icon is three horizontal dots.
3. In the menu, scroll down to the bottom. Select Settings from the menu.
4. In Settings, select Google Assistant. It’s located in the middle of the menu.
5. In the Google Assistant menu, select the Assistant tab, just below your profile picture. Under the Assistant tab, scroll all the way to the bottom to the section Assistant devices.
6. Under Assistant Devices, select the device you want Google Assistant disabled for.
7. At the top, move the slider for Google Assistant. It needs to be moved to the left. It will turn grey when it’s been disabled.