If you’re a Samsung fan and you’re used to monitoring whatever cool features these devices introduce, you’re also probably accustomed to comparing it to the equivalent Google services. OK Google is one of those features that are successfully implemented by both Google and Samsung and it’s still not very clear which of them performs better. Obviously, if you own a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy S8+ Plus, you can start testing the built-in voice assistant right away.
Just in case it’s the first time you’re hearing about it, allow us a short introduction prior to listing the actual activation steps. The OK Google feature was meant to interpret and execute a series of succinct and practical voice commands. After activating it, whenever the user says the words “OK Google” followed by the actual command, the device should respond to it.
From asking what time it is, on your current time zone or even on any other time zone in the world, to initiating a call, making weather-related inquiries, and so on, there are plenty of things that OK Google is great at. If you’ve tried it without success so far, most likely it is because the option is not active. Or it may not have the option “From any screen” enabled, in which case it will function but with lots of annoying limitations.
Long story short, you now have the opportunity to test it by the book, with all of its options fully active. And we’re going to show you how to do just that.
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Whenever you are ready to activate this built-in function, the steps that you need to follow are simple and precise. You just have to:
- Bring up the Google app;
- Select that 3-line icon sitting at its top corner;
- Extend the Settings menu from there;
- Select the Voice option;
- Find the entries “From any screen” and “From Google Search app”;
- Tick the boxes of those two options to activate them;
- Leave the settings and start testing the OK Google commands right away.
As expected, the feature should come into play right after that. Following its activation, your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus will respond to various OK Google voice commands, regardless of the screen from where you’re giving those commands.