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How to Turn on Google Assistant on Your Chromebook Now

Google isn’t officially making Google Assistant enabled by default on all Chromebooks until Chrome OS 77 is released. But you can enable it now by flipping on a switch under-the-hood.

Google includes its voice-activated digital assistant, Google Assistant, on products like Android phones and tablets and its line of Google Home smart speakers. But Assistant isn’t yet available on the Chromebook. But Google is set to include it with a future release of Chrome OS. However, the cool thing is you can enable the experimental feature right now on your Chromebook. Here’s how to get it running.

Enable Google Assistant on Chromebook

To get start things off, you will need to enable a Flag that’s “under-the-hood” so to speak. Launch the Chrome browser and enter the following path into the search box and hit Enter.

chrome://flags/#enable-native-google-assistant

That highlight the “Enable Google Assistant” flag. Click the dropdown menu and choose Enabled. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Restart Now button to restart your system for the changes to take effect.

After your Chromebook restarts, you can start using Assistant. Hit the keyboard shortcut Search + A to bring up the Google Assistant screen and type in your queries. Or, if you want it to be voice activated and enable more features and click the “Get Started” link.

Now you just need to follow the onscreen instructions. You’ll need to finish setting up Google Assistant with your account, enable permissions, train your voice, etc.

If you want to tweak more Assistant feature, hit Search + A or just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and then click Settings > Assistant > Chromebook. There you can do things like retrain your voice, allow notifications, voice or keyboard input and more.

That’s all there is to it! Now you can start using Google Assistant like you would if you do on your Android phone or tablet, Google Home smart speaker, or select TVs. If your new to Google’s digital assistant and aren’t sure what it can do, check out our article on 21 useful things you can say to Google Assistant to get started.

Again, Google isn’t set to officially enable Assistant on all Chromebooks until the release of Chrome OS 77. By then it should be better integrated, more stable, and include more features. Still, it’s cool to turn on Assistant today and give it a try.


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