'Hey Google' sensitivity option for Assistant devices starts rolling out

Assistant will be harder to trigger by accident.

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Mariella Moon
April 22nd, 2020
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It’s pretty easy to trigger Google Assistant by accident either by pressing a button or saying anything that it mistakenly hears as a wake word. The tech giant promised last year to release a feature that would make it harder to wake Assistant up when you don’t mean to, and it has now started making it available to the public. Google told The Verge that it’s gradually rolling out the ability to customize Assistant-powered devices’ voice detection sensitivity.

XDA Developers’ Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, posted screenshots of the sensitivity option that’s found under Device Settings. As you can see, you’ll be able to adjust a slider to make your Assistant device less responsive to “Hey Google” — or more, if it hasn’t been as responsive as you’d like.

Rahman told The Verge that he was able to activate the feature by tinkering with the Google Home app’s code. But if it’s gradually making its way to everyone, then you’ll have to access to it without having to mess with any code in the near future.

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