One of the gestures to open Google Assistant can be activated by mistake many times, but it is possible to turn it off so that it does not bother you.
The Google Assistant is one of the best additions we have on Android phones and tablets and with each passing year the American company announces more and better news for its software . However, there are times when it can be a bit annoying if opened accidentally.
This is because one of the native Android gestures to open the assistant involves swiping up from the bottom corners of the screen. Taking into account that if we swipe from the center the gesture is performed to return to the main screen, it is normal that there are times in which it is activated accidentally or the mobile misinterprets the movement of the finger.
Luckily, it is possible to disable this feature. The operating system has many customization possibilities in this sense. It is even possible to keep this option, but make the area from which you have to swipe to open the Assistant smaller.
The gesture to exit to the main screen consists of sliding up from the bottom of the screen , and the gesture to invoke Google Assistant is exactly the same, only doing it from the lower corners. This can cause it to activate involuntarily on many occasions. It is not a drama, but it is true that it can be annoying if it happens several times a day, especially on devices that do not work particularly fast.
On the other hand, if the option is kept activated, it is also possible to modify the sensitivity of this shortcut to make it more difficult to activate it by mistake. An option that is also worth trying. However, if it bothers you, it is best to turn it off, since there are other ways to open it.
If on-screen buttons are used instead of navigation gestures , it is also possible to activate or deactivate the option so that the act of holding down the center button opens the assistant. It is a less intrusive way to open it, although to do so you have to sacrifice the screen space occupied by the navigation bar.
Other ways to open Assistant
Google Assistant is completely integrated into Android, and this means that there are several options to open it beyond this gesture that is performed from the bottom of the screen. Without going any further, you can add your own icon to the home screen, to do this you just have to download the app from Google Play . Natively, this does not usually appear in the app drawer.
It is also possible to open this function using your voice, saying the classic “Ok, Google”, although other activators can be configured. To do this, you must access the Google Assistant settings and configure hands-free mode . It is also possible to open it this way from the lock screen. The Google Pixel has the possibility of configuring a double-tap gesture on the back with which it can also be opened if previously configured. It is one of the most interesting and comfortable options, since it can be executed from anywhere on the interface.
Another alternative way to invoke it is to hold down the power button . On some devices, natively, this action is configured as a shortcut to the wizard. It is a way to activate it that not everyone uses, since it can be somewhat uncomfortable if the phone is turned off frequently, but it is one of the most intuitive. There are other devices that have a customizable physical button on the side from which you can configure the shortcut to open this or any other application.
Google has presented quite interesting news for Assistant, and in the future we will see how it evolves with Bard , the company’s AI that is making its way alongside the assistant. The improvements that it is preparing involve making its artificial intelligence able to communicate fluidly with other applications, as well as recognizing images and audio and being able to act using and understanding the files that the user provides.