How To Launch Google Assistant on Huawei P9 Phones by Saying “OK Google” Command

The Huawei P9 is an Android smartphone that was released in 2016. It comes with Huawei’s own voice assistant called “Okay Emy”. However, you may prefer to use the Google Assistant instead for wider compatibility and more features.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to enable “OK Google” voice activation for Google Assistant on the Huawei P9:


Before you begin, make sure:

  • Your Huawei P9 is updated to the latest firmware version
  • You have the latest version of Google Play Services and Google App installed from the Play Store

Step 1: Enable Google Assistant

  1. Open the Google App on your P9
  2. Tap on “More” at the bottom right
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Choose “Google Assistant”
  5. Toggle on “Google Assistant”

Step 2: Allow “OK Google” Detection

  1. Open the Settings app on your P9
  2. Go to Apps > Advanced > Default Apps
  3. Choose “Assist & voice input”
  4. Select “Assist app” and choose “Google”
  5. Now select “Voice input” and also choose “Google”

Step 3: Train Your Voice

  1. Open the Google App
  2. Tap on “More” and then “Settings”
  3. Choose “Voice”
  4. Select “Voice Match”
  5. Toggle on “Access with Voice Match”
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to train Google Assistant to recognize your voice

Once the voice training is complete, you can activate Google Assistant by saying “OK Google” from most screens on your Huawei P9.

Troubleshooting Tips

If “OK Google” detection does not work, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Make sure that Google App and Play Services are fully updated
  • Check that Google is set as the default assist and voice input app under Settings
  • Retrain your voice model under Google App > Settings > Voice > Voice Match
  • Toggle battery optimization off for Google App and Play Services under Settings > Battery
  • Restart your P9 after changing settings to apply the changes


Activating “OK Google” on the Huawei P9 to launch Google Assistant only takes a few quick settings changes. With Google handling your voice commands instead of Huawei’s assistant, you get access to superior voice control and hands-free use. Follow the steps outlined in this guide to get it set up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does “OK Google” not work even after enabling it?

A: Try retraining the voice model, ensure Google is set as default assist app, disable battery optimization for Google services, and reboot your P9.

Q: Can I disable the Huawei assistant?

A: Yes, you can fully disable the Huawei assistant under Settings if you don’t need it.

Q: Does “OK Google” work on the lock screen?

A: Yes, “OK Google” detection should work from the P9’s lock screen after completing the steps.

I hope this comprehensive guide helps you successfully set up and use Google Assistant voice activation on your Huawei P9 smartphone! Let me know if you have any other questions.