How to Replace Google Assistant with Alexa on Android


Google gives you a lot of control over the default applications associated with the core services on Android phones and tablets. One of those core services you can change is Google Assistant. As a result, you can replace Google Assistant with Alexa if you’d prefer to use Amazon’s voice assistant on your Android phone or tablet. The only caveat is that you can’t use your voice to activate Alexa. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the embedded YouTube video below.

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Steps to Replace Google Assistant with Alexa on Android

  1. Install the Alexa app from the Google Play Store if you haven’t already, and then log in to the app using your Amazon account.
  2. Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Tap “Apps” in the menu. The Apps screen appears, showing a list of all of the apps currently installed on your Android device.
  4. Tap the vertical ellipses on this screen to open a menu, and then tap “Default Apps” in this list. A list of the default apps on your Android device is displayed.
  5. Tap “Assist App.” The Default Assistant App screen is shown.
  6. Tap “Device Assistance App.” The Default Assist App screen is displayed.
  7. Tap to fill in the selector next to “Amazon Alexa.” A message is displayed warning you that the assistant app will be able to read information about apps you use on your system, including information visible on your screen or accessible within apps. Tap “OK” in this message. Going forward, when you hold down the hold button to initiate the voice assistant Alexa will respond instead of the Google Assistant.

Reasons to Replace Google Assistant with Alexa on Android

1. Ecosystem Compatibility

Alexa shines when it comes to compatibility with Amazon’s vast ecosystem. If you’re deeply embedded in Amazon’s world with Echo devices, Fire TV, and other smart home products, Alexa offers seamless integration. This means you can control all these devices effortlessly from your Android phone. The convenience of managing your smart home setup through a single assistant can significantly enhance your daily routines.

2. Routine Customization

Alexa is highly praised for its robust routine customization options. Users can create complex, multi-step routines that are triggered by simple commands. For example, saying “Good morning” could prompt Alexa to read out the news, adjust the thermostat, and start your coffee maker—all without lifting a finger. This level of customization goes beyond what is typically available on Google Assistant, making Alexa a preferred choice for users who enjoy tailoring their digital interactions to their specific needs.

3. Shopping Integration

As an extension of Amazon, Alexa offers unmatched shopping integration. Users can shop, track orders, and even take advantage of exclusive deals through voice commands. This direct line to Amazon’s marketplace is incredibly convenient for frequent shoppers. You can ask Alexa to reorder your favorite products, search for new deals, or track the status of your recent orders, all within a conversation.

4. Skills and Games

Alexa’s library of skills and games is vast and varied, providing users with endless entertainment and utility options. Whether you’re looking to control a specific app, learn a new language, or just play a game, Alexa likely has a skill for it. This extensive range of add-ons can be a strong draw for users looking for an assistant that does more than just answer questions and control smart devices.

5. Voice Recognition

Over the years, Alexa has improved its voice recognition technology, making it highly responsive to various accents and speech patterns. This makes Alexa particularly attractive in households where multiple people will be interacting with the assistant, ensuring that everyone’s voice is understood accurately. Google Assistant is also excellent in this area, but Alexa’s continuous improvements make it a strong competitor, especially for families or shared living spaces.

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