Google Pixel 3 – How to Launch Google Assistant by Saying “OK Google”

The Google Pixel 3 is an Android smartphone that comes with Google Assistant built-in. Google Assistant is Google’s virtual assistant that can understand voice commands and complete tasks for you. Here is how to launch and use Google Assistant on your Google Pixel 3 by saying “OK Google”.

Enable “OK Google” Detection

  1. Open the Google app on your Pixel 3
  2. Tap “More” and then “Settings”
  3. Select “Voice”
  4. Toggle on “OK Google” detection
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete voice model training

Once enabled, you can launch Google Assistant at any time by saying “OK Google” when your Pixel 3 screen is on or locked.

Use Google Assistant Hands-Free

Thanks to advanced voice recognition, you can also use Google Assistant completely hands-free, without having to say “OK Google” first.

  1. Open the Google app settings
  2. Select “Voice”
  3. Toggle on “Hands-free”

Now Google Assistant will start listening as soon as it detects speech, allowing for a more natural conversation flow.

Launch Google Assistant from the Home Screen

There are a few different ways to launch Assistant directly from your Pixel 3’s home screen:

  • Swipe up from the bottom corners of the screen
  • Long press on the home button
  • Tap the Google Assistant icon

Use Quick Gestures

Google has included some quick gesture shortcuts to launch Assistant even faster:

  • Quickly squeeze the sides of your phone
  • Double tap the power button
  • Swipe diagonally from a bottom corner

Try out the different options to find which gesture works best for you.

Customize the Launch Phrase

If saying “OK Google” is awkward or inconvenient, you can customize the launch phrase to your liking:

  1. Open Assistant settings
  2. Select “Voice Match”
  3. Tap “Speech output”
  4. Enter a new phrase like “Hey Google”

Now Assistant will start listening when it hears your custom phrase instead.

Use Google Assistant to:

  • Get information – weather, news, sports scores, etc
  • Navigate to a destination
  • Set reminders and calendar events
  • Control smart home devices
  • Identify music
  • Translate languages
  • Tell jokes
  • And much more!

Here are some example voice commands:

  • “OK Google, what’s the weather tomorrow?”
  • “OK Google, give me directions to the nearest coffee shop”
  • “OK Google, set a reminder for my dentist appointment at 3pm”
  • “OK Google, play some jazz music”

Feel free to explore all that Google Assistant has to offer! The more you use it, the more personalized and useful it becomes.

Troubleshooting Tips

If “OK Google” stops working, here are some things to try:

  • Make sure “OK Google” detection is enabled
  • Check for Android or Google app updates
  • Close background apps that may be interfering
  • Re-train the voice model
  • Restart your Pixel 3

And if Google Assistant has trouble understanding you:

  • Speak clearly and enunciate words
  • Reduce background noise
  • Adjust the microphone sensitivity
  • Retrain the speech recognition model

With some minor adjustments, you’ll be talking to Google Assistant like an expert in no time. Enjoy getting things done faster with just the sound of your voice!