How To: Get the Pixel's Google Assistant Working on Other Android Devices

Get the Pixel's Google Assistant Working on Other Android Devices

A few months ago, LlabTooFeR leaked a full system dump from Google's then-unreleased Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. That may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but the system dump contained all of the preinstalled apps and services from Google's new flagships—including the much-anticipated Google Assistant.

Once they had this information, it didn't take long for the tinkerers on XDA to find a way to get Google Assistant working on other devices. As it turns out, you only need to make a simple build.prop edit to get Google Assistant working on almost any device running Android Nougat, so you can try the latest in AI tech right now.

UPDATE: We found a method that should work on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so if that's you, skip ahead to the "Method 2 Requirements" section below.

Method 1: Requirements

Step 1: Edit Your Build.Prop File

For this first part, you'll need a root-enabled file browser with text editing capabilities. Aside from that, start by heading to the /system/ folder from the root directory of your device, then make sure to mount it as read/write so that you can make changes to the files it contains. From there, long-press the build.prop file, then choose "Open with text editor" or similar from the context menu.

Next, scroll through until you find a line that starts with ro.product.model=. Delete everything after the = sign, then replace it with "Pixel XL." In the end, this line should read:

  • ro.product.model=Pixel XL

With that out of the way, scroll down to the bottom of the list and add a new line. From here, type the following text:

  • ro.opa.eligible_device=true

Once you've added that, make sure to save the updated build.prop file.

Step 2: Reboot & Clear Data on the Google App

After editing your build.prop file, reboot your device so that the changes will take effect. When you get back up, you can try accessing Google Assistant by long-pressing your home button, but chances are, you'll still see the old Now on Tap screen.

So if you're still not seeing Google Assistant yet, head to the Apps menu in Settings, then select "Google App" from the list. From here, select "Storage," then tap "Manage Space" on the following screen. Finally, tap the "Clear All Data" button, then you'll be all set to go.

Step 3: Enjoy Google Assistant

At this point, you should be all set to try out the new Google Assistant. To start, simply long-press your home button from any screen. If you had to clear data on the Google app in Step 2, you'll need to run through initial setup again. This includes setting up the "OK Google" hotword and granting a few permissions, so make sure to follow the on-screen instructions carefully.

Once you've taken care of that, your new Assistant will be ready to use. When you long-press the home button, Google Assistant will already be listening, so just say what's on your mind. The Assistant is very conversational, and there are many cool things it can do, so make sure to read our Google Assistant article below to get the full rundown.

Method 2: Requirements

Step 1: Update to the Google Search Version 6.6.14.21 Beta

This second method should work on any device running Android 6.0 or higher, and it comes courtesy of developer Max Rumpf. Rumpf modified the Android N-ify Xposed module to get Google Assistant working, but it requires the latest beta version of the Google App (6.6.14.21).

So to start, head to APKMirror at the link below, then grab the version for your particular device. You'll have to know your processor type to make sure you're getting the right version.

Once you've done that, just tap the Download complete notification to launch the APK, then press "Install" when prompted.

Step 2: Install the Modded Version of Android N-Ify

Next up, you'll need to install Rumpf's modded Android N-ify module, so grab the following APK:

Once you've done that, tap the Download Complete notification, then hit "Install." From there, head to the Modules section in your Xposed Installer app, then make sure to activate the module and reboot.

Step 3: Enjoy Google Assistant

When you get back up, go ahead and long-press your home button to trigger the Google Assistant. You'll be asked to set up the new service and train the "OK Google" hotword detection, but when you're done there, you should have full access to the brand new Google Assistant.

Cover photo and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

11 Comments

You don't have to be rooted for this to work. You just need an unlocked bootloader. Temporarily flash a custom recovery(TWRP). Boot to the recovery, then adb pull /system/build.prop c:\anyfolder . Then modify the file as necessary. Then adb push build.prop /system . Then clear the Google App data after you verify Assistant is working you can flash the stock recovery back.

Methode two worked on OnePlus 3. But how do I get the navigation bar like the new buttons?

ok I did the second method with a nexus 5 everything was good until I need to record my voice ,when I sad ''Ok Google'' 3 times is sad is an error and need to retry asd soo on btw when I retry in not lisining I can say manay many times Ok Google no answer any ideas I have the latest google app in beta

It looks like OK Google detection is a little buggy with this, I don't know of a fix yet.

And what if you don't have a line that says ?? ro.product.model=.

Just add it then?

I have a GS4 android 7.0 custom rom by JDC

Yep, that should do the trick.

Nope,
can't get it to work on my Galaxy S4 android 7.0 custom rom by JDC

It almost works, I had to change the language to english,
but it still starts the voice recognition teacher every time.

Not work with android device has the physical button :(

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