How to get Google Assistant for PC

what to know

  • Install the unofficial Google Assistant for Windows and set it up as a project in the Google Actions Console.
  • Then, press Win + Shift + A to open Google Assistant on your Windows desktop.
  • On your Chromebook, go to Settings > System Preferences > Google Assistant .

There is no official Google Assistant app for Windows, but there is a workaround to access Google Assistant on a Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer. Using Google Assistant on a Chromebook is even easier.

To get started in Windows, install the Google Assistant unofficial desktop client and set it up. There are many steps, but they are all very simple:

  1. Go to Google Actions Console and select New Project . Agree to the terms and services.

  2. Enter a name, such as WindowsAssistant , and change the language and region if necessary. Select Create Project .

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Click here .

  4. Select the registered model .

  5. Enter any name you want in the text field, select any device from the Device Type drop-down list, and select the registered model .

  6. Select Download OAuth 2.0 Credentials to download the JSON files required to set up the assistant. Select the X to close the window.

  7. Open the Google Cloud console and select the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

    If your project name appears next to Google Cloud Platform, skip to step 11.

  8. Select the "All " tab and select your project.

  9. Select API and services .

  10. Choose to enable APIs and services .

  11. Enter Google Assistant in the search bar and select Google Assistant API .

  12. Select Enable .

  13. Select the OAuth consent screen in the left sidebar, then select External as the User type, and then select Create .

  14. Select User Support Email and select your email address.

  15. Scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your email address under Developer Contact Information , and select Save and Continue .

  16. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Save and Continue" to skip the next two pages (scopes and optional information).

  17. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Return to Dashboard .

  18. Scroll down to the Test Users section and select Add User .

  19. Enter your email address and select Save .

  20. Go to the Google Assistant unofficial desktop client download page and select the Google_Assistant-Setup-1.0.0.exe file to download.

  21. Open the file you downloaded and follow the installation instructions.

    Select Anyone who uses this computer (all users) to enable Assistant for all user accounts, or you can select Only for me (user) .

  22. If the Assistant doesn't appear immediately, press Win + Shift + A to bring it up and select Start .

  23. Select Continue .

  24. Select the Settings gear .

  25. Next to Key file path , select Browse and select the JSON file you downloaded in step 6.

  26. Select Save and then Set Path Automatically .

  27. Select Restart Assistant .

  28. A new browser tab will open for you to obtain the required security token. Select your Google Account and select Continue .

  29. Select Continue again.

  30. Select the copy icon to copy the token link.

  31. Paste the link into the Google Assistant app and select Submit .

  32. Select Restart Assistant again.

  33. The unofficial Google Assistant app is already available. Type a question, or select the microphone icon to issue a voice command.

    If you return to the app's settings, you can customize a ton of options; enable the Hey/OK Google trigger, change Assistant hotkeys, and more.

If you own a Chromebook or Chrome OS device, you can easily enable Google Assistant.

  1. Go to Settings .

  2. Select System Preferences on the left, then select Google Assistant .

  3. Make sure the slider is set to "On" .

  4. Enable the "Hey Google" setting next to "Voice Match" to allow the system to listen for and respond to that voice command.

    School-issued Chromebooks cannot trigger Google Assistant using "Hey Google."

If your goal is to easily access Google Assistant, the easiest way is to buy a smart speaker from Google and install it next to your computer. You can also install the Google Assistant app (available for Android or iOS) on your phone or tablet. For a more DIY experience, buy and build a Google Voice Kit.

  • To turn off Google Assistant on your Android device, go to Settings > Google > All Services > Search, Assistant & Voice . Tap Google Assistant > General , then tap the switch next to Google Assistant .

  • To use Google Assistant on iPhone, download and install the iOS Google Assistant app from the App Store. Go to the Shortcuts app and tap the plus sign (+) > Add action . Search for and select Assistant , click Ask Google , then turn on Runtime display . Enter Hey Google as the name of the shortcut. You can now open the Google Assistant app using the phrase "Hey Google."

  • On your Chromebook screen, select a time , then select Settings . From the left menu, select System Preferences , then select Google Assistant . Close Google Assistant from here.