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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16 Comments

1. 23nikki1 unregistered

Now Why would I do that?

2. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Because Assistant lacks some things.

10. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 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?

12. Nerds2You

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Now on tap is still there

19. dwaymich

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

If u don't like the new assistant voice like most of us. You don't need to go thru all that changing ur language crap. Just go to settings, then go down to your apps and hit that then scroll down to your Google app and hit the uninstall update then restart your phone. Worked for me

3. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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

4. okinalex

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

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

5. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I'll miss the page translation feature

6. Nerds2You

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Now on tap is still in the Google Assistant

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 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?"

15. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

11. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 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

13. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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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