Tip: How To Change Google Assistant To Now On Tap, Even On Pixel

Google has recently announced the ability to make use of Google Assistant on any compatible devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or Android 7.0 (Nougat). Following Google’s confirmation of the rolling out of AI Assistant support to more devices, which actually will replace Google Now on Tap. Also, if you would prefer to revert back to Google Now on Tap from Google Assistant, there’s is a way you can do so, thanks to a thread on Reddit which spotted the method on how to do it. This same method also seems to work with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in the US.

No worry, if you own either of the Pixels (that comes with the pre-installed Google Assistant activated at startup), can change the settings to start using Google Now on Tap instead. Here’s a complete step-by-step guide on how to change from the Google Assistant to Google Now on Tap. Also read: Report: Google Is Building Smart Features For Android ‘O’ To Showcase It At Google I/O In May

To change it, head into the smartphones Setting menu. At which point you will need to go down and click on “Languages & input”. Once there, click on “Language” and then followed by on “Add a language.” Technically, what you click on from this point onwards is totally up to you as it will alter the displayed language on your smartphone. Think again and click on whatever language you are able to read/use to ensure that the smartphone remains in a usable state. For instance, those are an English-speaking user, then, you can simply click on “English” and you will be presented with a list of English-relevant regions. Stepping towards the key to select one of the regions which the Google Assistant has not widely rolled out in yet. As in the images below you will see the “British Virgin Islands” as an example of one of the workable regions. Selected and the new language added, you will then need to remove the old (current) language by navigating back to the “Language” submenu, hitting the three button options icon (top left), clicking on “Remove”, selecting the original language option, and hitting the trash can. At this point you will receive a warning that you are about to change the language.


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll and select Languages & Input
  3. Tap Languages
  4. Tap Add a language
  5. Select the language of your choice, in this case English.
  6. Next, select a region, in this case US Virgin Islands
  7. Tap Options, then Remove and remove English (United States)

After which, the Google Assistant will have been replaced with Google Now on Tap. Later, you can even undo all of this by just going through the same motions above and reinstalling the original language once again. That’s it! Read: Google Pixel 2 Confirmed For The First Time, Stick To Premium Segment

Alternatively, you can find the Google Now on Tap screen search within Google Assistant. Do it now! Also see: Facebook Is Testing New UI, “M” Assistant Chat Integration In Messenger

Triggering screen search with Google Now on Tap was as simple as long-pressing the Home button and waiting a couple of seconds for the software to take a glimpse at what was shown on screen and pull up relevant information.

With Google Assistant, the same process is ever so slightly different, that’s what we take a closer look at what you’ll need to do.

Step 1: Long-press Home button to trigger Google Assistant
Step 2: To see results related to your search, swipe up from the bottom of the screen
Step 3: From here, you will see the same results you would see from Google Now on Tap.

Finally, you can wait approximately 5 seconds for the results to automatically appear.

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