Unlock the full power of Google Assistant Jesse Simms • January 13, 2016 if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?> endif; ?> Google Assistant is an “intelligent personal assistant” native to the Android platform (available for iOS in the Apple App Store) that lets you command your phone with your voice. Recently, Google Assistant was updated to let users use the voice prompt (“Ok Google”) from anywhere across your phone. No longer do you have to take your eyes off the road while navigating with Google Maps – just say “Ok Google, what’s my next turn.” When you’re getting ready for work, just say “Ok Google, what’s the weather like outside” to see if you’ll need a jacket. There’s a wide variety of useful voice commands you can discover, whether you’d like to stay safer while driving, text without taking off your winter gloves or just try and impress your friends. Many of the newer Android devices also include what was previously a Motorola exclusive (and the finishing touch for a top-notch Google Assistant experience), “Touchless Control,” which lets you prompt with “Ok Google” even when your screen is turned off and the phone is idle. All it takes is flipping a switch in the settings menu to instantly take advantage of all the hands-free goodness that Google Assistant has to offer. Get a quick tutorial below. Open Google Assistant (called Google in the app drawer) > Tap the menu button in the top left > Settings > Voice > “Ok Google” detection > Enable From any screen or Always on From any screen (left image) is available on older phones. Once enabled, “Ok Google” will work anytime the screen is on or the device is charging. Always on (right image) is available on newer phones. Once enabled, “Ok Google” will work at all times, no matter if the screen is on or off. Like to learn more about using Google Assistant? We shared five things you didn’t know Google Assistant could do in a previous article on the Ting blog. There’s even more to dig into with Google Assistant, including Now on Tap, a feature that looks at everything shown on your smartphone screen and pulls relevant information relating to the text it scrapes. Get Ting tips by email Email Address Android or iOS? Android tips only iOS tips only All the tips Find Google Assistant useful? What’s your go-to “Ok Google” voice command? What is Ting Mobile anyway? Learn about Ting, how it works and what you’d save. Sounds good? Get $25 to try it for yourself risk-free! Learn more!