Android Security

How to Block Google From Listening on Android

Ben Stegner 14-02-2018

Today’s voice assistants are convenient but come with some privacy concerns. Many users are understandably worried about companies keeping records of everything you say to these assistants.


If you’d like to stop Google from always listening for a wake word on your phone, here are a few different ways to do so.

How to Block Google From Listening on Android

First, you can turn off the always-on OK Google detection:

  1. Open the Settings app and select Google.
  2. Tap Search under the Services header.
  3. From here, select the Voice entry.
  4. You’ll see an option called Voice Match. Depending on your device, this may be “OK Google” detection instead. Either way, select it.
  5. Turn off the Say “OK Google” any time switch. You can also disable the While driving slider to block OK Google for Google Maps and Android Auto Do Everything in the Car Hands Free With Google Now You don't have to text and drive. In fact, you can do a lot with only your voice while driving -- even more than texting! Read More , if you want.

How to Block Google From Listening on Android Disable OK Google Android

Then, if you like, you can pause voice history across your Google account:

  1. Head to Google’s Activity Controls page and log into your account if prompted.
  2. Scroll down a bit and find Voice & Audio Activity.
  3. Turn off the slider and you’ll stop linking your voice recordings with your Google account.

If you want to totally block Google from using your phone’s microphone:

  1. Open Settings again and tap Apps & notifications.
  2. Select See all X apps to see everything you have installed.
  3. Move down to the Google app and select it.
  4. Tap Permissions and disable the Microphone slider.

How to Block Google From Listening on Android Disable Google App Microphone Access

For more information on how your phone is always recording secretly, please see our full explanation on how Google records on Android Your Phone Is Secretly Always Recording: How to Stop Google From Listening Is Google always listening on Android? Here are the facts and how to stop your phone from listening to you. Read More .

Related topics: Google Assistant, OK Google, Smartphone Privacy.

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  1. Marilyn Cortez
    August 3, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I've done all this but my phone says the recording conversations can't be turned off ,I want it off you people should stop being so nosy.

  2. Jawhara
    November 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks but as I disabled the microphone ,now one more irritating thing occurs ,a webpage opens up- "to keep going enable the permission....""

    Aargh this too blocks /stops the ongoing activity! Kindly help on this

  3. David Martchouk
    February 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    My Sony Xperia XA Ultra does not have the "Search" option under Services, and I do not think I could even find a way to talk to Google using my microphone with that phone. Ironically, I installed the Microsoft Launcher and it comes with Cortona, amazingly I can use my microphone to talk to Cortona, same way as users talk to Google. No idea why Sony blocks Hello Google when I could not even find a Sony equivalent, yet the Cortana works lol. Before Cortona I thought my phone did not support smart assistant using microphone.

    February 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I turned off the "say OK Google at any time" switch and it was still listening. I had to revoke microphone permissions in order to keep Google from listening all the time. Installed D-Vasive Pro in order to keep tabs on all microphone (and camera, Bluetooth, etc) usage.

    • Eric
      July 10, 2019 at 3:46 am

      Same here. I also had to revoke permission to use microphone.

      Settings>Apps>Permissions>Microphone> Google switch off.
      Also list all Apps who can access microphone.