How to Get Google Assistant on Android Lollipop Devices (No Root)

Google Assistant is the best voice assistant available today, period. We’ve already compared it to other voice assistants like Siri and Hound and it has come out a winner every time. His ability to conduct long conversational dialogues and impeccable contextual awareness is unmatched. Google Assistant is one of the biggest advantages Android has over its arch-rival iOS. That’s why it was so sad to see Google Assistant available for iPhone users while Android users below Marshmallow (6.0) were on hold. However, the Android community is strong and relentless. Today we will share a method by which you can install and use Google Assistant on your Android Lollipop device and use it without rooting your smartphone.

We’re going to cover two different methods you can use to install Google Assistant on your device. The first method is easier, but may not work on some devices. The second method is a bit longer but works on any Android Device running Android 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop. Both methods work on non-rooted devices.

Get Google Assistant on Lollipop Via APK File

note: I used Moto G3 running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) for this process. You can use any device, the only requirement is that the device is running on Android Lollipop. To enable Google Assistant on Android 6.0 or higher, you can check our other article on the same topic.

1. First, go ahead and Google Assistant APK. Make sure to allow installation of apps from “Unknown Sources” in Settings->Security. Then open the APK file and install the Google Assistant app on your smartphone running Lollipop.

2. Next, launch the app and navigate to: “your stuff” tab and press “Add Reminder”. This may seem like an arbitrary step, but it’s important, so don’t skip it.

Setting Up Google Assistant

note: Make sure to update the Google app to the latest version or the Google Assistant app will not work.

3. Now we need to make Google Assistant your default voice input method. As you know Android 5.0 comes with Google Assistant so we need to make a change and make Google Assistant your default voice assistant. To do this, open the Settings page and then Language and input->Audio input and Select “Advanced Google Services”.

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Enabling GA by Default

3. Now, long press the home button and choose Google Assistant as your default program. That’s it, you can enjoy Google Assistant on your phone and activate it with the home button.

Google Assistant Works

This method should work for almost all devices. However, some phones, such as older Samsung smartphones, may encounter problems launching Google Assistant. In this case, you can use the alternative method below.

Alternative Method – Using Nova Launcher

1. First install Nova Launcher (Free) allows you to add activity shortcuts on your device or home screen and default home screen. Next, install the Google Assistant APK like we did in the previous method.

2. Then long press on home screen open widget panel and in Nova Launcher widgets, Add “Events”.


2. An Activities page will open. Here, scroll down until you find Google Assistant Launcher and tap on it. You will see two options, select “.Assist” in the alt text.

GA .Assist

3. After the shortcut is created, tap on it. Launch the Assistant app. Now only add a reminder and make Google Assistant your default voice input, as we showed earlier in the article. Also, long press the home button Choose Google Assistant as your default voice assistant.

GA Shortcut

In some rare cases, you still can’t launch Google Assistant with the home button shortcut. Use the shortcut we just created to launch Google Assistant.

SEE ALSO: How to Set Up Google Assistant on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Enjoy Google Assistant on Lollipop

Google Assistant brings smarts to your smartphone. The more you use it, the more you will fall in love with it. We’ve covered a few Google Assistant tips and tricks in our previous articles. Check out these to get the most out of your Google Assistant. Also, let us know your thoughts on Google Assistant in the comment section below. We always hang out in the comments section, though if you have any questions feel free to ask.