Android voice commands allow you to control your smartphone with your voice. What you need is Google’s official voice control app, called Voice Access.
Let’s take a look at how to use Voice Access on Android, as well as some examples of how to control your phone with your voice.
Install Voice Access on Android
First, you have to install Voice Access on your device. The guided setup process may differ depending on your phone, but it’s not a complicated process.
Voice Access requires a minimum of Android 5.0 and the latest version of the Google app. Also, to get the full Voice Access experience, it is recommended that you turn on sound detection “OK Google” and install the Pixel Launcher app.
How to Set Up Voice Access on Android
After installation, the Voice Access app will guide you through the setup. The first prompt asks for permission Accessibility, while the second one asks for permission Phone. The third prompt asks to activate Always on Google Assistant. All three are required for full Voice Access functionality.
If the automatic setup process doesn’t launch, you can manually enable the Accessibility and Always on Google Assistant permissions. Here’s how to enable Accessibility permissions:
- open Settings > Accessibility > Voice Access.
- Activate the service. A short tutorial runs after activating the service (walks through the tutorial).
- You can pause or activate Voice Access from any screen by pulling down the notification tray and tapping Voice Access.
Next, here’s how to activate Always On Google Assistant:
- Open the app Google and browse to More > Settings > Voice > Voice Match.
- Enable permission for Hey Google.
- If prompted, go to the guided settings to train Google to recognize your voice.
How to Use Voice Control on Android
To start Voice Access from anywhere on your Android phone:
- Launch the Voice Access app by pulling down the notification tray and tapping Voice Access. Or, if you have voice detection on always on, say “OK Google” hardly.
- Give the command you want to run.
- If you need a full list of voice commands, say “show command.”
Voice Access overlays numbers on top of everything you can interact with on the screen. Talking the number or item name on the screen will launch that feature.
For example, in the screenshot above, saying “two” will activate the Pocket Casts app. Or, you can also say “launch Pocket Casts.” After a short pause, the app will launch.
Exploring Voice Access Features
There are four categories of features that Voice Access offers:
- Text composition
- Menu navigation
- Gesture control
- Mobile phone core function
Let’s see how to use it.
Text Composition via Voice Command
Text composition allows speech-to-text transcription in any text entry box. For example, you can compose an email using only your voice by doing this:
- Enable Voice Access on the Gmail homepage, as shown in the left screenshot.
- Say “write an email” or “five.”
- Verbally spell out the recipient’s email address.
- Write your email, say the words you usually type.
Voice Access recognizes commands, such as “backspace” and “enter.” Also, it includes many advanced compositional voice commands, such as “delete sentence,” which deletes an entire sentence, and “delete word,” which deletes the word next to the cursor.
There are more commands than shown here. For a complete list, say “show commands.”
Menu Navigation With Voice Control
You can also use your voice to navigate the menus. Commands allow you to open apps, navigate back and forth, go to the home screen, and more. Some of the voice navigation commands include:
- Show notifications
- Show Quick Settings
- Show recent apps
- open [nama aplikasi]
Gestures and Voice Control Functions
Because Voice Access is an accessibility tool, it can turn voice commands into gestures, such as opening the notification tray. If an app requires a specific gesture to perform an action, you only need to say the name of the gesture.
The best example is on the unlock screen. Saying “unlock” activates the unlock gesture. You can also say “swipe up.”
Combining composition, navigation, and gestures makes Voice Access capable of anything you do with your fingers.
Core Phone Functions
Grid Magnification and Selection
Like most accessibility apps, Voice Access focuses on delivering larger icons and text to aid visibility. It can also divide the screen into grids, allowing you to enlarge parts of the screen and interact with smaller screen elements.
For example, saying “grid is open” will divide the screen into grids. Saying “swipe 23 up” after this will open the app drawer, as per the right screenshot.
To zoom in on any screen element, you can say “zoom in.” This is very useful for the visually impaired.
Voice Access Settings
You can access additional Voice Access features in its Settings menu. Accessing the Settings menu is a bit tricky, as you don’t open it from the app drawer like most apps do. Instead, you have to drag the Voice Access entry in the notification tray and then tap Settings. Or, go to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Access > Settings.
Within the Settings menu, there are additional options. Of these, the most important are:
- Activation buttons: Persistent bubble overlay on screen. Tapping on it will allow you to enable voice recognition from any menu.
- Configure activation keys: This allows you to assign a physical button, such as a keyboard or Bluetooth switch, as a speech recognition trigger.
- Time out after no speech: Disabling this allows you to run Voice Access continuously while the phone screen is turned on. By default, when enabled it has a timeout of 30 seconds.
- Active during calls: Allows you to use Voice Access during a phone call.
- Cancel on touch: Normally, touching the screen disables Voice Access. Enabling this makes it touch the screen does not disable voice recognition.
- Show all commands: See all that Voice Access lets you do.
- Open tutorials: Rerun the tutorial, if you need a refresher on how to use Voice Access.
Disadvantages of Voice Access
While you can use Voice Access to unlock your phone, it only supports PIN lock. To protect your passcode, labels display random words, such as color names, instead of making you say your passcode aloud.
To use this, go to the Settings page as mentioned above, and make sure you have Activate on lock screen activated. You can change your security type to PIN in Settings > Security > Screen lock.
Voice Commands dramatically reduce your battery life if left continuously. This makes sense, as it always listens to your next command.
Apart from that, it can be a bit buggy. Sometimes Google Assistant won’t understand commands. Other times, it will not respond. But for the most part, the app performs well.
Get Android Voice Commands Now
If you want Android voice commands, Voice Access is the best app available. It can control every aspect of your phone, from accessibility features like network select mode to navigation and gesture controls. To get started just need to install the app and enable Always on Google Assistant and Accessibility permissions.