How to Get Google Assistant for PC

Not a fan of Cortana? Try 'OK, Google' instead

What to Know

  • Install the Unofficial Google Assistant for Windows, then set it up as a project in the Google Actions Console.
  • Then, use the keyboard shortcut Windows key+Shift+A to open Google Assistant while the program is running.
  • On a Chromebook, go to Settings > Search and Assistant > Google Assistant.

There is no official Google Assistant app for Windows, but there is a workaround to access Google Assistant on a Windows 10 computer. You can also enable Google Assistant on Chromebooks.

How to Get Google Assistant on Windows

To get started using Google Assistant on Windows, install the Google Assistant Unofficial desktop client and then set it up:

  1. Go to the Google Actions Console and select New Project. Agree to the terms and services.

    New Project in the Google Actions Console
  2. Enter any name for the project (such as WindowsAssistant), then select Create project.

     Create project in Google Actions Console
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and select Click here next to Are you looking for device registration.

    Click here next to Are you looking for device registration in the Google Actions Console
  4. Select Register Model.

    Register Model in the Google Actions Console
  5. Enter any names you want in the Product name and Manufacturer name fields, choose any device under Device type, then select Register Model.

    Register Model in Google Actions Console
  6. Select Download OAuth 2.0 credentials to download the JSON file you need to set up the assistant.

    Download OAuth 2.0 credentials in the Google Actions Console
  7. Go to the Google Cloud Platform and click Select a Project at the top of the page. If your project name appears next to Google Cloud Platform, skip to step 11.

    Select a Project drop-down arrow in the Google Cloud Console
  8. Select the All tab, choose your project, then select Open.

    Open under Select a project in the Google Cloud Platform
  9. Select APIs and Services in the left menu (if you don't see it, select the menu icon in the upper-left corner).

    Menu icon and APIs and Services in Google Cloud Platform
  10. Select Enable APIs and Services.

    Enable APIs and Services on Google Cloud Platform
  11. Enter Google Assistant in the search bar, then select Google Assistant API.

    Google Assistant in the search bar and Google Assistant API in Google Cloud Platform
  12. Select Enable.

    Enable Google Assistant API in Google Cloud Platform
  13. On the next page, select Credentials in the left sidebar, then select Configure Consent Screen.

    Credentials and Configure Consent Screen on Google Cloud Platform
  14. Select External for the User Type, then select Create.

    External and Create under User Type on Google Cloud Platform
  15. Select User support email and choose your email address.

    User support email on Google Cloud Platform
  16. Scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your email address under Developer Contact Information, then select Save and Continue.

     Save and Continue under Developer Contact Information on Google Cloud Platform
  17. Skip the next two pages (Scopes and Optional Information) by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting Save and Continue.

    Save and Continue on Google Cloud Platform Scopes page
  18. Select Back to Dashboard.

    Back to Dashboard on Google Cloud Platform
  19. Scroll down to the Test users section and select Add User.

    Add Users under Test users on Google Cloud Platform
  20. Enter your email address and select Save.

    Save under Add users on Google Cloud Platform
  21. Go to the Google Assistant Unofficial desktop client download page and select the Google_Assistant-Setup-1.0.0-rc.2.exe file to download it.

    Google_Assistant-Setup-1.0.0-rc.2.exe file on the Unofficial Google Assistant download page
  22. Open the Google_Assistant-Setup-1.0.0-rc.2.exe file you downloaded and follow the installation instructions.

    Choose Anyone who uses this computer (all users) to enable the assistant for anyone who uses the computer, or Only for me (user) to enable it for your personal Windows account.

    Anyone who uses this computer (all users) in the Google Assistant installation window
  23. If the assistant doesn't appear right away, press Windows key+Shift+A to bring it up, then select Get Started.

    Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key+Shift+A to open the Google Assistant Unofficial desktop client anytime the program is running.

    Get Started in the Windows Google Assistant
  24. Select Proceed.

    Proceed in the Windows Google Assistant
  25. Select the Settings gear.

    Settings Gear in the Windows Google Assistant
  26. Next to Key File Path, select Browse and choose the JSON file you downloaded in step 6.

    Browse next to Key File Path in the Windows Google Assistant
  27. Select Save, then select Automatically set a path.

    Automatically set a path in the Windows Google Assistant
  28. Select Relaunch Assistant.

    Relaunch Assistant in the Windows Google Assistant
  29. A new browser tab opens for you to get the required security token. Choose your Google account, then select Continue.

    Continue in Google app verifciation
  30. Select Allow.

    Allow on Google app verification
  31. Select Allow again.

    Allow on Google app verification
  32. Select the Copy icon to copy the token link.

    Copy icon next to the token URL on Google app verification
  33. Paste the link in the Google Assistant app and select Submit.

    Submit in the Windows Google Assistant
  34. Select Relaunch Assistant again.

    Relaunch Assistant in the Windows Google Assistant
  35. The unofficial Google Assistant app is ready to use. Type a question, or select the microphone icon to give a voice command.

    Microphone icon in the Windows Google Assistant

How to Get Google Assistant for Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook or Chrome OS device, you can enable Google Assistant.

  1. Go to Settings.

    Viewing apps on Chromebook.
  2. Scroll down to Search and Assistant and select Google Assistant.

    Setting in Chromebook.
  3. Make sure the slider is set to On.

    Google Assistant Settings in Chromebook.
  4. Enable the OK Google setting to allow the system to listen for and respond to that voice command. (Adjust any other options, as desired.)

    Enabling Ok Google in Chromebook.

Your Best Bets

If your goal is easy access to Google Assistant, the simplest approach is to purchase a Google Home device and set it up next to your computer. You can also install the Google Assistant app (for Android or iOS) on a phone or tablet. For a more do-it-yourself experience, buy and build the Google Voice Kit.

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