Dec 18th, 2017

The wakeup command for Google Assistant on phones has always been “OK Google.” It has become synonymous with Google Search, but with the Google Home, they added a more natural phrase: “Hey Google.” It sounds a lot more like something you might actually say to a person. Google is now rolling the phrase out to phones as well.

Users are receiving a prompt to setup Assistant again with the ability to use both “OK Google” and “Hey Google” commands. The prompt asks the user to retrain their voice model with the new phrase. It does appear that you can ignore this prompt and stick to only “OK Google.” As a few Redditors commented, it’s nice if you have a Google Home to keep the “Hey Google” command separate from your phone.

Are you a “Hey Google” or an “OK Google” person?

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