How To Turn On ‘Ok Google’ For Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+ Plus

OK Google is a nickname of Google’s popular voice assistant. Since it is the signal that users start their vocal commands with, many people would call the famous Google Now service as OK Google. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or even a Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus and you’re wondering about this option, the answer is rather intuitive. Yes, you can use the Google’s service with it, but you also have a built-in voice assistant, specifically manufactured by Samsung.

That’s right, the built-in option is yet another thing that Samsung cannot help but adjust and personalize on its own, despite the fact there’s already a highly appreciated version on the market. In this particular case, however, the Google Now service is hard to beat. Many of our readers already complained that they bought the new Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus but it just doesn’t react to the OK Google voice command. That’s just another telltale that people know what they want and are unwilling to try any alternative out there, even if it comes from Samsung.

To keep it short, the good news is that even Samsung’s latest flagships support the Google Now service. If your device didn’t seem to react to it, it’s simply because you haven’t activated the feature first. It’s not active by default, you know?

For the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ to respond to the OK Google phrases followed by the actual voice command, you need to check the option labeled as “From any screen”. As long as it is active, the voice assistant will be functional no matter on what window you’re working on, except for when the device has the screen locked!


Now, for the exact steps:

  1. Open the Google app;
  2. Access its Settings from the 3-bar icon at the top corner;
  3. Select the Voice setting;
  4. Activate the options:
    • From any screen;
    • From Google Search app;
  5. Leave the settings and start testing the Google Now voice assistant.


This time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus will pick up your voice commands whatever you do.

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