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How to disable Google Now

How to disable Google Now

Whenever you hold your smartphone horizontally and swipe to the right side of the screen, do you accidentally call the Google Now assistant? When you open the search function on Android, you have to wait interminable seconds to load the cards with the news of Google Now (which then, in the end, are almost never interesting)? So I really think you want to know how to disable Google Now and avoid all these little-big hassles. I guessed? Perfect, then know that you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

Google Now is a very useful tool, allowing you to have information in real time – and even in advance – on the most disparate topics, including weather forecasts and traffic status on routes made more frequently. However, as you have experienced firsthand, it can sometimes be “annoying”. Give me a few minutes of your free time and let me explain in detail how to deactivate it.

I’ll first tell you how to disable the gesture that calls Google Now via the Home button of your smartphone (or tablet), then how to remove the Google Now page from the Android launcher, how to disable the display of Google Now cards with news taken from Web (based on the interests that you should have indicated yourself in the settings of the search engine) and, finally, how to disable the voice assistant of Google: I assure you that it is in any case a child’s play, you just have to follow the directions I’m about to give you.

Index

  • How to disable Google Now on Android
    – How to disable Google Now gesture
    – How to disable Google Now cards
    – How to disable Google Now page
    – How to disable Google voice commands
  • How to disable Google on iOS

How to disable Google Now on Android

How to disable Google Now

Android is the system that ensures the highest level of integration with Google Now, the one that allows you to take full advantage of its full potential. If you use a terminal based on this platform and want to know how to disable Google Now, take five minutes of free time and put into practice the suggestions I am about to give you.

How to disable Google Now gesture

Do you want to prevent Google Now or the new Google Assistant from automatically activating when you swipe the Home button on your smartphone? Then open the Settings menu of Android (the gear icon that is on the home screen or the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device), go to Applications or App and presses on the gear icon that you find at the top.

In the screen that opens, select the item Default apps, then the Assistance and voice input and set the App service option to None. In this way, by making a swipe on the Home button nothing will happen again and Google Now will not be activated.

If you use a terminal on which a version of Android with a custom interface is installed, you may need to select slightly different items in the settings menu. For example, if you’re using a Huawei device with an EMUI interface, you need to go to the App, activate the Advanced tab, select the Default settings> Support and voice commands and set the Assistance app option to None.

How to disable Google Now

If you can not get the desired result with the above procedure, try installing Swipeup Utility: this is a free app that allows you to “free” the gesture of the Home button and remove the association between Google Now and the quest ‘last. Using it, you can completely remove the gesture of the Home button or associate it with another action, such as launching an app of your choice.

To use Swipeup Utility, all you have to do is download it from the Google Play Store, start it and press the OK button. You will be automatically redirected to the settings for apps for Android support and voice commands: then tap the Assistance app item and choose Swipeup Utility from the box that appears on the screen. Then confirm by replying Accept to the warning that is shown to you.

Once you’ve associated Swipeup Utility with the Home button gesture, you can choose what to do instead of starting Google Now. Then start Swipeup Utility by selecting its icon from the Android drawer, presses on the item Choose action and choose the action you want to make your smartphone when you swipe from bottom to top on the Home key: Nothing for nothing; Quick search for the search; Recent apps to view the list of recently used apps and so on.

How to disable Google Now

If you change your mind, you can go back at any time and choose a new action from the Swipeup Utility’s internal menu.

How to disable Google Now page

Are you bothered by the Google Now page that appears when you swipe to the left on your smartphone’s home screen? In this case, the most effective solution you can take is to change the launcher, ie change the application that manages the home screen of your Android device.

Personally I suggest you turn to New Launcher, which is extremely light and allows you to deeply customize all aspects of the Android home screen (including the display of Google Now, which is turned off by default). Nova Launcher can be downloaded and used for free without any time limitation, however, I would like to point out that a paid version is available (which costs € 3, even if it is often at a discounted price) that offers additional features, such as creating folders in the app drawer and the ability to hide apps.

To set Nova Launcher as the default launcher on your device, download the application from the Play Store, then go to the Android Settings menu (the gear icon located on the home screen or the screen with the list of all installed apps on the device), go to Home page and select New Launcher from the menu that opens. Now press the Home button on your smartphone or tablet and you will find a new home screen managed by Nova Launcher without the Google Now screen.

If you’re using a version of Android with a custom interface, you should be able to set the default system launcher slightly different than what you’ve just seen together. For example, if you use a Huawei device equipped with the EMUI interface, to set the default launcher go to the Settings> App menu, activate the Advanced tab, select the Default settings> App launcher and choose New Launcher from the screen that opens .

How to disable Google Now

If you change your mind, you can restore your old launcher by going back to Android settings or turn on Google Now support in Nova Launcher by downloading the appropriate companion app (to be installed via the APK package).

How to disable Google Now cards

Do not want to disable the Google Now page but only the cards with the news inside? So know that you do not have to change the launcher or install third-party applications.

All you have to do is open the Google app or go to the Google Now page that is activated by swiping it to the left in the launcher, pressing the ≡ button and going to Settings.

On the screen that opens, tap the item Your feed, move the lever on the Show feed option to OFF and you’re done: by accessing the Google Now page or opening the Google app, you’ll find the search bar of “big G” but not the news selected for you by the Mountain View giant.

How to disable Google Now

If you change your mind, of course, you can retrace your steps by accessing the settings of the Google app and reactivating the functions you have disabled previously. Easier than that ?!

How to disable Google Now voice commands

If you want to disable the Google Assistant, the evolution of Google Now that allows you to give voice commands to the phone, launch apps and receive information of any kind from the Internet using your voice (I have spoken in detail in my tutorial on how to activate Google Assistant), start the Google application, presses the ≡ button and go to Settings.

In the screen that opens, presses on the Settings item related to the Google Assistant, go to Phone and move to the OFF the lever located next to the Google Assistant: doing so you will not be able to call Google Assistant or within the Google app nor in the launcher of your device (pronouncing the phrase “Ok Google” or doing a swipe on the Home key).

How to disable Google Now

If you change your mind, you can retrace your steps and reactivate both Google Assistant and the “Ok Google” command by going to the Google app settings and reactivating the levers for the two functions in question.

How to disable Google Now on iOS

Do not use an Android device but an iPhone or an iPad and would like to know how to disable the Google Now display in the Google app? No problem, you can do this too.

How to disable Google Now

Start the app of Google on your device, presses on your photo placed in the upper left, then go to Feed and turn off the lever related to the Feed function in the screen that opens: in this way you will not see the tabs with news of Google Now.

If you also want to disable the voice command function, select Voice search from the settings of the Google app and disable the “Ok Google” Hotword option: doing so, saying “Ok Google” will not automatically activate the voice search function within the Google app.

How to disable Google Now