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If you use an iPhone but prefer Google Assistant over Siri, it’s possible to launch Google’s voice assistant easily if you configure the Google Assistant app. Here’s how to set it up.

First, if you don’t have the Google Assistant app, you can get it for free from the App Store. Once you have it, launch Google Assistant. In the Google Assistant app, tap the “visual snapshot” button in the lower-left corner of the screen. (It looks like a partial rectangle with lines radiating from it.)

Tap the "visual snapshot" button

On this screen, locate the section that says “Add ‘Ok Google’ To Siri” and tap the “Add to Siri” button. Sometimes this message only appears after you dismiss other notifications on this screen.

Tap "Add to Siri"

On the next page, you’ll see an overview of the custom phrase that will be added to Siri. It explains that when you say “Ok Google,” it will perform the “Hey Google” action. Tap “Add to Siri.”

Tap "Add to Siri"

After that, any time you launch Siri, say “Ok Google.” Siri will ask, “What do you want to ask Google?”

When you say "OK Google" to Siri, you'll see the "What do you want to ask Google?" prompt.

Speak your command or question, and Siri will automatically route it to the Google Assistant app. You’ll see the results when the Google Assistant app appears on the screen.

Google Assistant Results

From there, you can ask again by tapping the microphone button in the Google Assistant app, or by triggering Siri and saying “Ok Google.” If you have the time, you can also set up a shortcut that lets you launch Google Assistant by tapping the back of your phone. Have fun!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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