Google is adding new features for its Assistant everyday. Recently at Google, I/O new Actions feature was announced. Assistant simplifies the tasks of Setting up Alarms, Reminders and much more. Also, Users can customize the Google Assistant as per their wish. For example, Users can decide what News to show up, your favorites. Users can also choose a nickname and can also add shortcuts to the Google Assistant. All these can give the users a much better experience with Assistant, making your work ease. We can also change the input method as per your preference. Follow our detailed steps below to know how to customize your Google Assistant.
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10 ways to Customize the Google Assistant
1. How to set a nickname for yourself:
The nickname will be used by Assistant while Answering you. You can change this as per your liking. You can set short names and can add your pronunciation
- Open Google Assistant either by voice search from apps menu or long-pressing the Home button.
- Tap on the blue circular icon the Top right and then on the Three dot menu.
- Choose the Settings>>Personal Info>> Nickname
- Customize either entering the spelling or voice recording.
Further, users can also change their Home and Work locations, To get the updates on these Locations. From the preferences, you choose the Temperature scale Celsius or Fahrenheit.
2. Change the Input method – Keyboard or Voice:
Speaking Voice commands can be embarrassing at times, especially while traveling or at public places where you are surrounded by people. So keyboard input method can be useful in these cases.
- Enter the settings as mentioned above
- Choose Settings>>phone ,under device section.
- Change your Preferred input to the keyboard.
3. Customize your News and Shopping preferences:
1. Google Assistant customize "My Day"
2. Google Assistant customize News preference
Google Assistant customize News preference
Setting up the Shopping preferences will offer you the better suggestions from the Google Assistant. Same applies for News; it will update you trending news from your favorite channels.
- Enter the Settings, following the same steps or skip if you are already in Settings.
- Select the News option from the Services section.
- Add the websites and channels you often follow.
- Similarly, you can change the Shopping preferences in the Shopping sections
4. Add shortcuts to simplify your tasks:
1. Google Assistant Shortcuts
Google Assistant Shortcuts
2. Google Assistant Shortcuts
Google Assistant Shortcuts
Shortcuts are the most useful feature of all. These help to minimize the work, we often do by well stating it before. For example: let us you often listen to Linkin Park Songs when you feel depressed. You can set a shortcut “Cheer me up,” which automatically plays your favorite Linkin Park songs.
- Enter the Settings menu of Assitant
- Choose the Shortcuts option in services menu.
- Tap on the Add(+) symbol at the bottom to create a new shortcut.
- Fill the Shortcut command and Also enter the What assistant should do in that Case.
5. unBlock Offensive words
As we are used to using offensive words with our friends, sometimes we might ask Google Assistant using one. By default, Google Assistant blocks all the offensive words to make it more child safe and professional. But, you can remove the censor too.
- Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the Home Button.
- Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Google Assistant window.
- Tap Settings >Voice.
- Tap the toggle switch next to “Block offensive words”.
6. Use ‘OK Google’ to unlock device
Under the Assistant’s settings, scroll to “Adjust settings for this Pixel device”. Beneath that, you’ll see “‘OK Google’ detection”. Tap it. From there, turn on the toggle for “Trusted Voice” to give Assistant permission to unlock your device when it hears you say “OK Google” (the sound you make must match your previously recorded “OK Google” voice model, however).
7. View ‘My Activity’ summary
Under the Assistant’s settings, scroll to “Google Account settings”. Beneath that, you’ll see “‘My Activity”. Tap it. From there, a screen will pop up showing you all the “control data generated by your Assistant”.
8. Delete ‘OK Google’ voice model
Under the Assistant’s settings, scroll to “Adjust settings for this Pixel device”. Beneath that, you’ll see “‘OK Google’ detection”. Tap it. From there, tap “Delete voice model” so that Assistant can’t remember and recognise how you say the phrase. Keep in mind you then can’t use the phrase.
9. Retrain ‘OK Google’ voice model
Under the Assistant’s settings, scroll to “Adjust settings for this Pixel device”. Beneath that, you’ll see “‘OK Google’ detection”. Tap it. From there, tap “Retrain voice model”. You’ll then have to re-say “OK Google” 3 times so that Assistant can remember and recognise how you say the phrase. It can then use the phrase as a wake word and device-unlock word.
10. Enable/disable screen context
Under the Assistant’s settings, scroll to “Adjust settings for this Pixel device”. Beneath that, you’ll see a toggle next to “Use screen context”, which is basically Now on Tap 2.0. When you turn on the toggle, you give Assistant permission to show you info related to what’s on your screen. It might show you relevant links in YouTube or IMDB, for instance.
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