Google debuted its smarter and more powerful Assistant last year as an exclusive to Pixel devices. It was then expanded it to all Marshmallow or higher smartphones earlier this year followed by other devices like Android TVs. But there is no support for tablets yet with no words from Google either. While there are methods available to bring Assistant on tablets, they usually require you to have them rooted.
But thanks to XDA member NikhilKumar038, there is now a way to get Assistant on tablets running Lollipop or higher and that too without root. If you have an Android tablet with at least Android 5.0 as the software, all you need to make sure is to have the latest Google app version and Nova Launcher installed. Once you check these pre-requisites, simply follow steps listed below.
Steps to Get Assistant on Tablets Without Root:
- Tap and hold on the empty area of the tablet’s home screen to get the interface for adding wallpapers and widgets.
- Tap Widgets and scroll through Nova Launcher widgets until you find Activities widget.
- Add this widget to your tablet’s home screen and it will show you a long list of different activity types.
- Scroll through the list to find Google App and tap on it. It will open another list and from here, look for Google Assistant (com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.hq.OpaHqActivity) activity and tap on it to get a shortcut on the home screen.
- Tapping on this shortcut will open Assistant’s Explore tab but you need to swipe and access Your Stuff tab which is just next to it.
- It will show you examples of a bunch of personal tasks that Assistant can do for you. From here, tap on Add Reminder task and set a reminder.
- This will take you through the process of setting up a hotword for Google Assistant. Just follow the process and you will get Assistant on your tablet.
While this method will bring Google Assistant to your tablet running Android Lollipop or higher, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. First of all, you will not be able to access Ok Google by tapping and holding the Home button after this method. Instead, it will start launching Google Now on Tap for you. This means you the only way you will be able to trigger Assistant is by using your voice unless you want to keep using the shortcut which appeared in the fourth step. But once you trigger it, you will be able to use keyboard input to ask further questions.
Additionally, it is worth mentioning that this method will continue to work only until Google patches it in the future.