How to Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone

Don’t bother breaking up with Siri; let Google do it for you.

Ever wanted to replace Siri with Google Assistant? If you need an iPhone assistant but you’re ready to fire Siri (or just give her a well-earned vacation), you can install Google Assistant on your iPhone and use a shortcut to make Siri little more than Google Assistant’s answering service. Here’s how:

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Install the Google Assistant App on Your iPhone

Before you can have Google at your beck and call, you’ll need to install Google Assistant. Here’s how to get Google Assistant from the App Store:

  1. Go to the App Store.

    App Store
     
  2. Search for Google Assistant.

    search for Google Assistant
     
  3. Tap Get.

    Tap Get
     
  4. Tap Open. This will open the Google Assistant app.

    Tap Open
     
  5. If you are logged into your Google account on your iPhone, Google will recognize you, and you can just tap Continue as [Your Name]. You can also tap the account to sign into a different account, or if you are not signed into any account, Google will offer the opportunity to do so now.

    Continue with Google account

Now you’re in Google Assistant! You can noodle with the app to set up things like your assistant’s voice, what devices the assistant can connect to, automated routines, and more; or you can just start typing or tap the microphone to ask Google Assistant your questions.

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Create a Shortcut to Activate Google Assistant with Siri

Before you create a shortcut to summon Google Assistant, make sure that Siri is enabled and Listen for Siri is toggled on. You can learn more about Shortcuts and Siri tips and tricks when you sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Go to Shortcuts.

    Shortcuts
     
  2. Tap the plus sign in the top right-hand corner.

    Tap plus sign
     
  3. Tap Add Action, then tap Next.

    Add action
     
  4. Search for Assistant and tap Hey Google.

    Search assistant
     
  5. A new shortcut will pop up for Assistant with the label Hey Google and Show When Run toggled on. Tap Next.

    New shortcut
     
  6. Type Hey Google into the next screen.

    Type Hey Google
     
  7. Tap Done.

    Tap Done
     

You are all set up with a handy shortcut to use Google Assistant on your iPhone. Whenever you want to access Assistant, say the admittedly clunky phrase, “Hey Siri, Hey Google,” and Siri will take you right to the Assistant app. Then, you can directly ask Google whatever burning questions are on your mind.

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.