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How to get rid of the Google Assistant and get Google Now On Tap back

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How to get rid of the Google Assistant and get Google Now On Tap back

Google began the rollout of its new Assistant to all compatible devices more than a week ago and multiple users have already gotten these on their devices.

In case you've been waiting for this one and it still hasn't graced your phone, don't get fooled by the numerous tutorials and guides that have recently popped up on the interwebs. The only prerequisite to get this one is a Marshmallow- or a Nougat-running phone and have your system language set as US English — clearing the Google app's cache, sideloading a 'modified' version of the Play Services APK from a shady source, or even sacrificing seven goats to the demonic forces inhabiting Google's HQ won't magically bring the Assistant in a jiffy. It's baked in the stock Google app and gets enabled by a master switch, so you will just have to patiently wait for it.

But... What if you don't care about the Google Assistant and don't want to have the useful Now On Tap taken away from you? We feel you. Although almost all of the features of Now On Tap have been inherited by the Google Assistant, many users may be unwilling to change their old habits for new tricks. After all, aside from being a shiny new thingy made by Google, the Google Assistant does not bring any groundbreaking new feature that you can't live without.

It's great that you can disable it, then. Here's how to do this:


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posted on 10 Mar 2017, 09:30 1

1. 23nikki1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Now Why would I do that?

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 09:41 2

2. libra89 (Posts: 697; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Because Assistant lacks some things.

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 12:21 1

10. talon95 (Posts: 679; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Instead of having news, weather, travel time home, etc. pop up on cards, i have to ask for it.

Why didn't they leave Now on Tap alone and just add the assistant to it! What's the value of the big white page that pops up now?

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 12:36 5

12. Nerds2You (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Mar 2017)


Now on tap is still there

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 09:42

3. libra89 (Posts: 697; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


I never opted in because it asks for so much, so I guess I'm not going to opt in anytime soon.

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 11:27 2

8. izim1 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


That's why you wear your tinfoil hat. Put one on your cat too just to be safe.

posted on 12 Mar 2017, 12:34

16. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You can never wear enough tin foil! lol

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 10:11 1

4. okinalex (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Feb 2017)


I'm asking myself what google thinks of you, asking things all the time...

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 10:14

5. Busyboy (Posts: 610; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


I'll miss the page translation feature

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 10:34 1

6. Nerds2You (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Mar 2017)


Now on tap is still in the Google Assistant

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 10:36

7. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


for those of you with Google Assistant and familiar with the children's program Caillou. Please do yourself a favor and ask Google "Why is Caillou is Bald?"

posted on 11 Mar 2017, 16:24 1

15. GoBears (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I just asked my Google Home and I was hysterical at the answer. Well done Google lmao!

posted on 12 Mar 2017, 12:36 1

17. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


OMG! What the crap? That's messed up! LOL!

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 11:32

9. izim1 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


My kids tmo galaxy s6 got GA last week and my galaxy s7 still hadn't gotten it until I tried the XDA "trick" of making a new google account and syncing it to your phone. It's worked for everyone who's tried it so far. Just gotta wait an hour or 2. I'm guessing while Google hasnt gotten around to individually flipping their servers, they have them set to automatically add GA to all new accounts on phones with 6.0+. I for one, prefer GA. Never used Google now because it couldn't control my smart home devices without a million work arounds but GA turns my lights on even better than alexa.

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 12:31

11. Valdomero (Posts: 243; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I've got a Nexus 5x and I'm trying to get Google Now on Tap but without success :( I want to read QR codes from the camera but Google Goggles is crap

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 21:26

13. JGuinan007 (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I still havn't gotten Google Assistant and theres already articles about gettin rid of it

posted on 10 Mar 2017, 23:02

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 6338; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Its great there is a way to turn it off for some may still prefer Google Now.

I like Assistant better as its slightly smarter than Google Now.

posted on 12 Mar 2017, 12:37

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


.... yeah, I have a nexus 6P, I'm also on the beta program, so I should be getting releases before most... yet I do not have Assistant.... Meh, oh well.

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