If you own an Android device, and you’re having a busy day or you’re just a busy person on a daily basis, then Google Assistant is best for you.

Google Assistant is great tool to have on your phone; it’s like having your own assistant be with you for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. You can use it to boost your productivity by asking it to look for information for you. You can ask it questions and tell it to activate an activity on your phone. Basically, using Google Assistant will feel like you have your real assistant but in your phone.

One thing that sets this tool apart from others is that Google Assistant is available in a number of languages such as Chinese, Danish, French, German, and many more. You can assume that it’ll come in handy when dealing with foreign languages because Google is heavily invested in their translation service.

Although there may be times when you find yourself repeating the phrase “Ok Google” and your Android phone won’t work or won’t respond to you when you say it. There’s no need to worry because there are some simple and easy ways you can try to do to get the voice recognition software working again.

1. Check if it’s also happening to everyone else

The problem may not be your phone at all and it may be happening to other Android phone users as well. Scour the internet – Twitter, Reddit, or Google’s Support Forums – to see if there are other users who are experiencing the same problem as you and if there’s an announcement about maintenance or an issue.

Sometimes, it’s good to know that you’re not the only one having the same problem. If it’s Google that’s having the issue, then you will just have to wait till they roll out a fix.

2. Check your Android phone’s Language Settings

Perhaps, you’re speaking the wrong language if your Google Assistant isn’t responding to you. The default language of most users for this feature is US English but since Google Assistant offers a number of language options, you might want to check on its Settings.

Go to your Google app to check this and go to its Main Menu and then to Settings. From Settings, go to “Voice” under Search and select “Languages” from the Voice Menu.

This should give you a variety of language options with a checkbox in each. This way, you will be able to set your preferred primary and secondary languages. Google will then be able to detect which language you’re speaking and will be able to switch between your chosen ones automatically.

3. Check your Device’s Microphone

Google Assistant is mainly a voice-based system and it greatly relies on uninterrupted access to your Android phone’s microphone.

Considering checking your Android device’s microphone by open your Google app and checking the microphone icon. The icon should be on the right-hand side of your search bar and should appear bold with fully-formed lines. Your Android phone’s microphone may have a problem if it appears to have a dotted line.

4. Reboot the Device and Ensure Network Connectivity

One of the most simple and common ways to fix something, especially when its tech related, is to reboot the device. This will refresh the system which may help Google Assistant to function normally. A reboot actually solves most problems, most of the time.  If you’re still having problems with your Google Assistant, try to double check if your Android device is connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection because Google Assistance needs a stable network connection in order to function.

5. Check if Ok Google is Turned On

Lastly, check the app settings to make sure “Ok Google” detection is actually turned on. You may find this on your Settings under Voice and Voice Match detection. From there, you just have to toggle the feature on.

1. Open your phone’s Settings. Then scroll down and look for Google.

Search, Assistant, & Voice

2. From there, scroll down until you see Search, Assistant, & Voice.

voice match

3. Tap Voice on the next screen. Then look Voice Match.

Access with Voice Match

4. Make sure that Access with Voice Match is turned on.

6. Retrain the Voice Match

If all else fails and the methods above doesn’t seem to work then you may have to teach Google to recognize your voice again or retrain your phone’s voice model. The following steps will let you do an initial fix on your phone.

1. Open your phone’s Settings. Then scroll down and look for Google.

2. From there, scroll down until you see Search, Assistant, & Voice.

3. Tap Voice on the next screen. Then look Voice Match.

retrain voice model

4. From there, look for Retrain Voice Model and tap it.

5. Repeat “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” when prompted. Your Google Assistant should be able to respond to your voice again.

Google Assistant is a great tool to have. You can use it for so many things which can save you time and effort. If you haven’t started using Google Assistant, now is a good time to do so.

However, before you start using Google Assistant, make sure your device is an Android 5.0 or higher, Google app with version 6.13 or higher, updated Google Play services, has 1.0 GB of random access memory (RAM), and your device’s language is set to a language that’s listed on what’s available for the Google Assistant feature. If you have all of these, then you’re good to go.

If you already have Google Assistant on your device and it’s still not working right, check your phone’s hardware specifications if they meet the minimum requirements that was just mentioned. If any is amiss, that might be the problem which is causing Google Assistant to malfunction.