Google Assistant bug is draining the battery on Android phones

Google Assistant bug is draining the battery on Android phones
If you're a fan of the Google ecosystem, you might own more than one device with the Google Assistant on board. And surely there have been times when you used the hotword to open the Assistant on one device only to have it activate the digital helper on the second device as well. But there seems to be a bug that has affected Google Home and Pixel devices and some have complained about it on the Assistant Community page dating back to this past September (via Android Police).

To reiterate, the problem is that when saying "Ok, Google," or "Hey, Google" it not only awakens the Assistant on one device, it also does so for the second device. And with this bug, Google Assistant will remain in "listening mode" on the second device until the owner of the device intervenes. The original post was followed up with some responses by others with the same problem. The issue also was discussed on Reddit with more than one person shocked to find the battery on their Android phone down to as low as 1% with the Assistant still listening for instructions hours after the hotword was spoken to a Google Home speaker.


The bug doesn't seem to be a problem every time two Assistant-enabled devices are close enough for both to hear the hotword. But you don't want to put yourself in a situation where you need the phone and the battery has been unknowingly depleted. So until Google comes up with a way to exterminate this bug, it is best to check your phone every time you activate Google Assistant on your Google Home/Nest device. You need to check especially if the phone is inside your pants pocket or sitting on a table where you might not notice that the Assistant is stuck in listening mode.

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9 Comments

1. Vancetastic

Posts: 1699; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't understand how this is a bug. If two devices with Google assistant are close to each other, and they both hear the command, what is supposed to happen? I need to read more about this. I have to be missing something.

2. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yes. The second device sticks on Assistant Listening Mode draining the phone's battery. Regards, Alan

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1699; Member since: May 17, 2017

So it's not the fact that it responds, it's that it stays on. Got it! Thanks!

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Routines in the menu can take care of this so called "bug" that isn't really a bug at all.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wait a minute. This simply isn't true at all. I just tried it and if you keep quiet both devices switch off listening mode after a few seconds and you have to touch the microphone logo to re-enable listening mode. Whatever the so called bug is it's not as described in this article.

3. stferrari

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

One logical answer would be to have a fixed time out for google assistant. If you haven't responded in oh let's say....60 seconds, shut the listening mode off.

10. shonasof

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

It's likely supposed to. otherwise it would be a design flaw rather than a bug.

5. papabear

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

If you were able to give different names to different devices, it would never happen. But Google doesn't allow it

6. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

I've never used the assistant and to be honest it was one of the first apps to disable/uninstall along with fb and other junk software.

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