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Wake up the assistant on your Android mobile… without hands!

Among the possibilities of our smartphone with Android, there is the Google assistant. This useful tool gives us answers to many questions, allows us to make multiple options on the mobile or even offers us compatibility with home automation.

But what many do not know and possibly you neither, is that it is not necessary to unlock the mobile or turn on the screen to use it. For some time now, the Google assistant works with the screen off, so that even though the mobile is on the table and we are on the sofa, we do not have to move to do something with the help of the assistant.

Use the Google assistant without unlocking the mobile

To get our mobile to be able to work with the screen locked, we have to do two very important things. The first one is based on the configuration that gives us access to the wizard with the screen locked, which is the same as having the screen turned off. This process is the same in all Android mobiles with a version higher than Android 9. It does not affect at all the personalization layer or any other reason that may concern us to carry out the process.

  • First of all, we are going to open the assistant as we usually do: keeping our finger on the home button, sliding our finger in the lower right corner or clicking on the shortcut of the Google assistant.
  • Next, we are going to touch the drawer-shaped button at the bottom left.
  • Now on the screen we will see in the upper right part the icon of our Google account, where we are going to touch.
  • Then we choose the “Lock screen” option.
  • To finally activate the option “Allow Assistant responses on the lock screen”.

With these steps the assistant will now be able to interact with us and help us with the blocked mobile screen. But as you can imagine, we will not be able to use them if our voice is not well configured. So, if we haven’t done it yet, we have to teach it our way of saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google.”

We will be able to do this process again from the assistant settings. As we have done previously, what we will do is enter the assistant panel, the options of our account and this time choose the “Voice Match” panel. Now is the time to teach our voice.

We must have the “Hey Google” option activated to be able to use the assistant at any time, even with the screen locked. Next, we are going to touch on the option «Voice model». This will take us to the directions to follow, where you only have to say this expression three times.

It does not have to be perfect, but it really has to be with our tone of voice, because when we use it, the assistant always knows how to identify us. As you can see, the expressions “Hey Google” and “Ok Google” are worth both, so we can choose the one we like the most or the most comfortable to pronounce.

Decide the capacity of the assistant with the screen off

Once we have completed the wizard setup, not everything is ready. You will see that if you ask a current question, the system will answer it, but on the contrary, if we ask you about our data, it will not have the necessary permissions to give us the answer. This is because, with the screen turned off and locked, you cannot access that data.

However, Google aware of this has introduced an added security function so that if we wish we can allow it. The option is hidden again between the wizard panels after this process:

  • We open the Google assistant.
  • Click on the button on the lower left.
  • We touch in the upper right the icon of our Google account, where we are going to touch.
  • We enter the “Personalization” option.
  • Finally, we activate the «Personal results».

If we also want to go a step further and that the wizard also shows us events or other help on the main screen, what we will do is activate the «Suggestions» panel that we see just below. With this complete process, we can now lock the mobile, wake up the assistant and receive all the information on the lock screen or in the voice, even if it is more private.

A process that you must repeat on each mobile

Although these preferences could be stored in our Google account, this is not the case. What we will have to do is repeat these steps on all the mobiles that we have with the same or different Google account if we want the device to respond to us with the screen off. This must be done in this way, because the permissions cannot be extrapolated from one mobile to another.

Why am I still unable to do things with the screen off?

Although we have already given all the necessary permissions, the assistant saves some accesses under the protection of the pattern or unlocking through the fingerprint. We will not be able to modify this at will and we will have to live with these limitations.

However, at least these options are very few and rare, being reduced to events or reminders. So that you know everything you can and cannot do after completing all the steps, we share a summary list of its possibilities. We trust that the next updates to the system and the assistant will eliminate them and we can do with the smartphone everything we want, even with the screen turned off or locked, based on safe places or trusted WiFi networks.

What can we do with the locked screen?

Currently smartphones with any version of Android can receive personalized responses with the following queries through the Google assistant on the locked or turned off screen:

  • Make calls.
  • Send messages.
  • Consular news.
  • Consult information.
  • Set reminders.
  • Start a route.
  • Control the music that is playing.
  • Turn on the flashlight.

But on the contrary, all you cannot do without unlocking the device is the following:

  • Control some elements of home automation.
  • Check events and reminders.
  • Modify assistant or mobile preferences.

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