There are multiple ways to start Assistant on Pixel smartphones and Android devices. The list of options has increased with the release of Android 1
As with Apple and Samsung, the change introduced in Android 12 lets you launch Google Assistant – at least on Pixel phones – with a long press of the physical power button. Until release, long pressing the power button is the way you rebooted the phone. Fortunately, it is easy to undo this functionality and get the old action back.
Note: This behavior does not appear to be enabled on devices that use upgrade to Android 12, but it’s probably the default on phones and tablets – especially Pixels – that launch with Android 12 or higher. It is up to the device manufacturer to set the default behavior.
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First, swipe down (once or twice depending on the OEM of your device) from the top of the screen to display Quick settings. Tap the gear icon to open the Settings app.
In the Settings menu, navigate to the “System” section.
Then go to ‘Gestures’.
Select the “Power Menu” option at the bottom of the list.
Finally, all you have to do here is turn off the toggle for ‘Wait for assistant’.
That is it! The power button will now bring up the traditional “Shutdown” and “Restart” options that you are used to. Small changes like this can be frustrating, so it’s nice that it can be turned off at least.
With the feature turned off, here are other ways to easily start Google Assistant.
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