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Hey Google – How to Adjust the Sensitivity

Hey Google
Written by Hassan Abbas

It is a well-known fact that Google stresses more on its software. Than hardware and the Google Assistant is one of its handful gems. Since its inception, the voice assistant has seen faster and more complex speech recognition and language understanding. As well as better responses and continued conversation. In this article, we are going to talk about Hey Google – How to Adjust the Sensitivity. Let’s begin!

The Assistant not only works on smartphones. But Google has been keen on offering more and more smart speakers enabled with Google Assistant.

The presence of Google Assistant has helped many of us get to know things around us better. As you can get immediate responses. When asking about the weather, checking sports scores, catching up with the news, and at the same time controlling other smart devices at home.

Despite all of that, there might have been instances when you had to scream too loud to activate the ‘Hey Google’ command. Similarly, there might also have been a situation or two. Whenever your smart speaker activates even if you did not utter the command.

How to adjust Hey Google sensitivity on Google Home

  • Update to the latest version of the Google Home app on your device. Once updated, open the app
  • Tap on a Google Assistant-enabled device like a smart speaker or smart display and tap on the cogwheel icon on the top right to open Device settings.
  • Inside Device settings, select the “Hey Google” sensitivity option.
  • On this screen, you can adjust how sensitive you want your smart device to be when listening to your voice. You can choose from three options:
    • Light sensitive: This will make sure that Google Assistant does not activate on your smart speaker or display on the slightest detection of the “Hey Google” hotword.
    • Default: As implied by the name, this is the default sensitivity that’s enabled for your smart device out of the box.
    • Most sensitive: This option will enable high sensitivity for your Google Assistant smart speaker or display. You can enable this to avoid yelling the “Hey Google” hotword on frequent use.

How Hey Google sensitivity works

With the “Hey Google” sensitivity option, users will be able to adjust how often they want their Google Assistant commands to be picked up by their smart device. The ability to adjust “Hey Google” sensitivity for your Google Home and Nest Home devices brings more flexibility. Rather than relying on a single sensitivity option that intend to work for all.

Users who were struggling to get the “Hey Google” hotword activated can set their option to ‘Most sensitive’. However, those of you who witnessed that their device returns queries without even saying the hotword can tone it down to ‘Light-sensitive’.

Will this work on OK Google command too?

Google Assistant works on both “Hey Google” and “OK Google” prompts on smart speakers, displays, and smartphones. This means that the new “Hey Google” sensitivity option will also work with the “OK Google” command, implying that you will be able to adjust the sensitivity of the “OK Google” command with the three present options.

When will I get the Hey Google Sensitivity feature

As confirmed by The Verge, the “Hey Google” sensitivity option is currently being rolled out gradually. The option will be available firsthand to Google and Nest-branded smart devices. And we are yet to have an official word on whether it will roll out to other Google Assistant-enabled devices.

Since this will be a server-side update, it could take days or even weeks for the “Hey Google” sensitivity option to appear on your Google Home app. To make sure you receive the feature, update the Google Home app on your Android device to the latest version available.


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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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