How to stop your Android device from listening to you - Business Insider - Business Insider

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How to stop your Android device from listening to you - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 26 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

  • If you want your Android voice assistant to stop listening to you, you can disable its "OK Google" feature in the phone's Settings app.
  • To thoroughly stop your Android from listening, you can also turn off listening while driving and disable the Google search app's microphone.
  • Android phones are configured to listen to you in order to respond to wake words like "OK Google" and perform voice commands.
  • While your Android phone may be listening to what you're saying, Google is recording only your specific voice commands.
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Your phone may be silently listening to everything you say. That's because smartphone voice assistants like "OK Google" need to know when to spring into action.

To activate your Android phone's voice assistant, all you need to say are wake words "OK Google" or "Hey Google." Your phone uses only your audio starting with — or just before — the wake word and ending when you've completed your command.

These interactions are archived to improve the service. You can see all your Google Assistant commands by visiting My Google Activity. Click "filter by date & product" and then choose "voice & audio."

While having a voice assistant at the ready has its advantages, this understandably raises privacy concerns for smartphone users. So if you'd rather not have your phone listening to you, you can disable the features that do it. You'll need to disable "Hey Google," audio monitoring while driving, and the Google search microphone.

Once you do, Google will no longer listen for your voice.

How to stop an Android from listening to you by disabling Google Assistant

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap "Google."

3. In the services section, select "account services."

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Open the account-services link for Google in the Settings app.
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4. Choose "search, Assistant & voice."

5. Tap "voice."

6. In the "Hey Google" section, select "voice match."

7. Turn off "Hey Google" by swiping the button to the left.

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You can turn off "Hey Google" microphone monitoring with a tap.
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How to stop an Android from listening to you by disabling audio monitoring

1. After disabling "Hey Google" in the "voice match" menu, stay in the same window.

2. Tap "driving settings."

3. Turn off "while driving" by swiping the button to the left.

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Don't forget to turn off monitoring while you're driving.
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How to stop the Google search app from listening to you on your Android

1. Launch the Settings app.

2. Tap "apps & notifications" or "apps."

3. Select "see all apps" if required. Otherwise, scroll down and tap "Google."

4. Choose "permissions."

5. Tap "microphone."

6. Select "deny" to prevent Google from using the mic.

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Deny Google use of the microphone to prevent your phone from listening to you.
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Google Voice deserves your attention (again) - Computerworld

Posted: 07 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT

If you'd told me five years ago that I'd one day write another article about the importance of Google Voice, I'd have responded with a friendly but firm "fuhgeddaboudit."

Google Voice was once one of Google's greatest but most underappreciated services. When it launched way back in the prehistoric era of 2009, it promised to change the way we thought about our phones by taking over our primary numbers and then acting as the gatekeeper and controller of all our communications.

For years, Voice was a power-user's dream — especially on Android, where its simple system-level integration made it easy to have Google own your actual phone number and turn the phone itself into a mere node instead of letting it act as the nucleus of your mobile-tech universe. But then, well, Google...Googled. It let Voice languish for years, without any attention or updates, then awkwardly half-merged it into Hangouts and had it rot away unattended for years. And we all know how the whole Hangouts saga ended (or is still in the process of ending, I guess we should say).

A few years ago, though, something unexpected happened: Following years of neglect, Google suddenly brought Voice back to life. The company rolled out long overdue updates to its various Voice apps and began an ongoing process of adding new features into the mix. And soon after, it started subtly repositioning Voice as more of a professional tool — one with utility for both businesses and individuals but with a newly emphasized enterprise purpose at its core.

And that brings us to today.

Google Voice in 2020

Let's start with a quick primer — in part because Google Voice is such an unusual service and in part because Google has approximately 7 gazillion messaging apps, each with a role that gets redefined once every four to 14 minutes. Even if you watch this stuff meticulously, it's damn-near impossible to keep track of what's what from one moment to the next.

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