In 2014, Google enabled hands-free voice search on the desktop version of Chrome, the company's popular web browser. However, Google removed this feature in 2015 due to its low usage and impact on laptop battery life, although it is still a key feature on Chromebooks.
However, not everything is lost. You can still do voice searches in Chrome for the desktop with a simple click. You can also activate hands-free voice search on your mobile devices using the Google app. How to enable hands-free voice search in Google Chrome.
A note on the chaos of the assistants
Google Assistant is extremely practical (and fun). On Chromebooks and Android devices, it's similar to using Cortana on Windows 10 and Siri on MacOS. However, if you own standalone Google Home devices like the Mini, search chaos can result.
For example, if you request the weather, the response may be sent from a nearby home device instead. Since you want to see and hear the results on your mobile device or PC, it is not ideal to pump the information through another device.
If you only want to get results on your mobile device or PC, we recommend closing a door or moving it (or the home device) somewhere else so that neither of you will listen to your command.
Desktop method: How to perform voice search in Google Chrome
Step 1: Open Google Chrome and / or open a new tab if necessary
Open Google Chrome. If it opens directly to the Google Search homepage, go to step 2. If not, open a new tab in Chrome by tapping the plus sign to the right of your existing tabs.
Step 2: Tap the microphone icon in the Google search bar.
On the Google Search homepage, tap the microphone icon on the right side of the search bar.
Step 3: Ask your question or your command.
After tapping the microphone, you will be taken to another screen where Chrome is waiting for you to enter a search command or question. In some cases, a dialog box may appear asking if Chrome can access your microphone. You must select or allow Yes in this dialog box to use voice search.
Once you've made all the settings, simply say your command or question clearly and loud enough for the microphone to pick up.  Step 4: Viewing Your Search Results
Once Chrome understands your command or question, you should be automatically directed to the correct Google search results page to display the information you requested.
Chromebook method: How to perform a voice search in Chrome OS
Step 1: Activate Google Assistant if you haven't already
Click on the system clock in the lower right corner, followed by the gear icon in the pop-up menu. The Settings page appears on your screen. Scroll down until you reach Search and Assistant and click the Google Assistant option.
Turn on the following screen Google Assistant if it is not already running. You'll also see a OK Google setting with three choices in a drop-down menu: On (recommended) Always On and Off . In this area you can also reset your language match if the Google Assistant does not answer.
Step 2: Ask your question or your command.
If Google Assistant is enabled, just say "OK Google". ”A small pop-up with the question" Hello, how can I help? " Displayed.
In this example, we said, "Show me the weather." The results are shown in the Google Assistant bubble as shown above. You can click or ask additional questions for more information.
If you’re performing a specific voice search and want more results, click the small "G Search" button in the lower right corner and the Chrome browser will appear. You can click or ask additional queries to get more results.
Mobile method: How to enable hands-free voice search on mobile devices using the Google app
You can activate hands-free voice search on your mobile devices, but this is not the case using the Chrome app. This is done in the Google app. The method varies only slightly between Android and iOS devices.
Step 1: Open the Google app and open the settings.
For Android and iOS devices, you should open the Google app and then tap the icon with the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen. Then select Settings .
Step 2: Select Language and then activate your Hey Google / OK Google settings.
Then select Language . After that, Android users should tap Voice Match and then activate the Hey Google function, which activates voice search for the device. If you are setting up Hey Google on your Android phone for the first time, you may need to follow some on-screen instructions and have Google Assistant hear your voice to complete the feature setup.
After selecting Voice Google says iOS users should choose whether to start a voice search if you say "OK Google". As soon as iOS users have made their selection, they can click on Done .
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