How To Set Alexa As A Default Assistant On Android

If you are owing Amazon Echos around the house and use Alexa as your digital Assistant, then you can now set Alexa as the default assistant on your Android device.

Things You Should Note

Although you can set other things over Google Assistant as the default assistant, you are not able to invoke it using your voice. When saying OK! Google, it still opens Google Assistant. However, for now, what changing the setting is long-pressing the button to bring up Alexa instead of Google Assistant. While it’s not a perfect way, it’s better than nothing if you want to get away from Google Assistant.

How To Change Default Assistant On Android

Changing the default digital assistant is pretty easy. You can find it as an option in the Default App menu. But it’s slightly different depending on the Android version running on your phone.

It’s also worth mentioning that you can also set Cortana as the default assistant to your liking.

Android 8.0 Oreo

If your device is running on the stock Android 8.o version, like Google Pixel 2, you will easily see the default app menu has been moved from the older versions. To do so

  • Launch the Settings app on your device, then scroll down and tap on the “Apps & Notification” section
  • Next, continue to scroll down to the bottom and tap on the “Advanced Options” section. From there, tap on the Default App
  • Select the “Assist & Voice Input” section.
  • From the menu, you will see the top entry “Assist App” option, where you can choose your default assistant.
  • Simply pick up your favorite one

Android 7 Nougat and Older

If your phone is running on the Android Nougat or older versions, but you can still access the Google Assistant, then you will see the menu is slightly different. To do this:

  • Launch the Settings app on your device and tap on “App” option
  • From the App menu, tap on the cog icon in the upper right corner. It will then open the Configure Apps section, where you can see the default settings
  • Simply tap on the “Assist & Voice Input” option and pick up your favorite one.

Also read: Android phone running slow? Here is how to speed it up

Samsung Galaxy Phones

The Galaxy phones are pre-installed a modified Android version, so things are laid out a little differently. However, the good news is that you can easily change the digital assistant on all the newest Galaxy phones from the A3 2017 to the S9+ with the same steps. To change the default assistant on Galaxy phones, simply follow the below steps:

  • Go to Settings menu and then tap on the “Apps” entry
  • From the Apps menu, simply tap on the three dots in the upper right corner. After that, select the “Default Apps” setting.
  • Tap on the “Device Assistance App” section, and then select “Device Assistance App” option on the next screen.
  • Pick up your favorite digital assistant.

That’s all you need. Although it doesn’t give you the voice-only option, changing the default assistant on Android is pretty simple.

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