Google has launched the Pixel smartphones with an ambitious plan to take over the market of iPhone. But the Pixel devices are a bit expensive sitting alongside the flagships. So, not everyone would want to switch to Pixel smartphones from their current devices. However, you can enjoy the awesome features of Pixel devices on other Android devices. Yesterday, we have made a tutorial on how to enable Google Assistant on Marshmallow devices. You can check the below link if you have a Marshmallow device.
If you’re running Android Nougat, there is a quite simple process to enable Google Assistant. You don’t need to fiddle with Xposed modules and other stuff to enable Google Assistant. All you need to do is to change a few lines in the build.prop file on your device and reboot. This little trick should work on any Android device running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher. You should also have the Google app 22.214.171.124 or newer for this to work. Since you’re editing build.prop file, you need root access on your device. So, if you have all these, follow the below tutorial for downloads and the process to enable Google Assistant on Nougat devices.
How to Enable Google Assistant on Nougat Devices
There are two methods to enable Google Assistant on Nougat devices. You can either edit the build.prop file manually or flash the ZIP file from custom recovery.
Method 1: Manually edit build.prop file to enable Google Assistant
- Download and install the Google app 126.96.36.199 or newer from the above link.
- Download ES File Explorer or any other root explorer app from the Google Play Store. You can download from below widget.
- Open the app and navigate to System directory . You’ll see the build.prop file.
- Long press on the build.prop file, you’ll get the options. In the “Options” menu that appears, press “Open with” and then select “Text Editor” from the pop-up window.
- Find the lines “ro.product.model” and “ro.opa.eligible_device” in the build.prop file and change them as below.
ro.product.model=Pixel XL ro.opa.eligible_device=true
- Save the changes. If you get a popup to grant SuperSU permissions. Click OK.
- Now, clear the Google app data and cache. You can do this by navigating to Settings » Apps » Google App » Storage. Wipe data and cache from here.
- Reboot the device once everything’s completed.
Method 2: ZIP flashing method to enable Google Assistant
- Download the ZIP files and transfer them to your device.
- Reboot into recovery mode. The method is different for every device, so Google it if you don’t know how.
- In the recovery, click on Install and flash the three ZIP files one by one. If you’re new to flashing ZIPs, you can follow our in-depth tutorial here.
- Reboot your device.
That’s it. Let me know if you have any queries regarding the process. Looking forward to hear your views in the comments section below.