How to enable and disable Google Now on Tap (Android 6.0 Marshmallow required)

How to enable and disable Google Now on Tap (Android 6.0 Marshmallow required)
Now on Tap is one of the newest features that Google has developed for Android, and it's included only in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Whether you have a device that runs Marshmallow out of the box, or one that's been updated to Android 6.0 from an older version of the OS (not that any device could be updated from a newer version), you need to enable Now on Tap in order to use it. We're now going to show you just how to do that.

You could enable Now on Tap from the Settings menu of the official Google app that most Android devices come with, but there's an easier, faster way to do it: simply long press the home button on your device for a second or so, and you'll be asked if you want to activate Now on Tap. Next, you have to tap on the "Turn On" button that shows up in the lower right corner, and that's it: you're all set to take advantage of Now on Tap.

In case you didn't know, Now on Tap is a feature presented by Google as being able to "proactively bring you answers." Basically, Now on Tap can provide details on any relevant piece of info that's shown on your Android device's home screen, at any time. For example, if someone sends you an email or a text message that includes the name of a restaurant, a business, a city, a movie, a band, and so on, long pressing the home button will bring up Now on Tap, which displays more info on whatever is mentioned on the screen. If there's no relevant information on the screen, Google will simply tell you that there's "nothing on tap." You can also use your voice to ask Google Now more detailed questions.

As for disabling Now on Tap, you need to open the Google app, go to Menu -> Setting -> Voice (or Now Cards) and switch off the Now on Tap toggle that you'll find there.

Mind you, this tutorial was done using stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but we assume Now on Tap will also be available to many non-stock devices based on Marshmallow.


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3 Comments

1. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

I can't quite get what I'm supposed to do with this yet. It doesn't seem handy at all, that said I never really goT the point of the old Google now either.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

^^ Exactly. I was very excited for Google Now initially. They I realized there is simply no practical benefit at all. Specially for those living outside US, it has zero utility. Over that it drains battery. Now on tap seems like a gimmick to me as well. These are kind of advertising features, never useful in real life. If it was actually made by Samsung/LG, people would call this a gimmick.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Anyway to bring back the swipe up feature to open Google Now? If I disable now on tap, long press the home button open Google Now.

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