There’s no limit to the kinds of things Google Assistant can help you with, from checking traffic to playing music and videos and much more. One nifty trick you can add to your Google Assistant arsenal? Using it to lock and unlock your Android phone.
How to Get Google Assistant
If you don’t already have Google Assistant on your phone, you should be able to get it by joining the Google and Google Play Services Beta program. To see the complete step-by-step process, check out the video below:
How to Unlock Your Phone
Once you have Google Assistant on your phone, you can unlock your phone just by saying “Ok Google.” This will launch the Google Assistant app, and then you can interact with your phone: launching apps, check your email, make phone calls, and do any of the many things Google Assistant lets you do.
We’ve found that with some phones this can be a little glitchy, and on occasion you may be prompted to enter your PIN code or pattern to unlock the phone first.
How to Lock Your Phone
Locking your phone is a slightly more cumbersome process as it’s not built in to Google Assistant’s native settings.
- First, you’ll need to install an additional app that can lock your phone. Any of the following apps will do the trick:
- Once installed, open Google Assistant and tap the drawer icon.
- Tap the menu (three dots) button and go to Settings > Shortcuts.
- On the Shortcuts tab, tap the blue + button.
- Fill in a new shortcut with the following information:
- When I say Ok Google: Lock phone
- Google Assistant Should do: Open Screen Off
- Tap Save.
You can change the voice command to anything that feels comfortable for you, and can substitute Screen Off for the app of your choice.
We’ve found that launching Google Assistant, saying Ok Google, and pausing will ensure that it works properly. If you don’t pause, Google may give you some search results instead.
Do you use voice commands to lock or unlock your phone? Do you find the process useful or cumbersome? Let us know what you think in the comments.