When it comes to the Digital Assistant Wars™, one thing is abundantly clear regardless of what platform you’re on: Siri is objectively awful. Google knows this, so it’s “fixing” Siri with the latest Assistant app update.

How, you ask? By using a custom shortcut to allow Siri to summon Assistant. Sure, it’s slightly convoluted—but it’s equally as brilliant.

Setting it up is stupid-easy. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google Assistant app installed, then open it up. You should be prompted to “Add ‘Ok Google’ to Siri” with a button. Just, like, tap that.

This will bring up the Add to Siri menu, where you tap the little orange button and record your hotword. It suggests “Ok Google,” but you can use whatever here. Once that’s done, you’re ready to rock and roll.

If you happen to mess up your recording, however, you do have the option to re-record it before closing the confirmation screen. If you’ve already closed that bad boy and realize you hate saying “OK Google,” you can still change it after the fact.


First, jump into your phone’s Settings, then choose Siri & Search. From there, tap on My Shortcuts.

Your Google Assistant shortcuts should be here, where you can delete or modify them as you see fit.

From now on, just say “Hey Siri, OK Google*” and be amazed at how much better your digital assistant is…even if you do have to wait a little bit longer to get to it.

* – Or whatever hotword you chose.

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Cameron Summerson is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Review Geek and served as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He covered technology for a decade and wrote over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times.
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