Who has the best virtual assistant? It’s hard to tell, especially when Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant can all generally do the same tasks. You call out the AI’s wake word, and it comes to life on your phone, smart home device, or smart speaker.
For the most part, shutting off that voice-activated assistant defeats the purpose of having a smart device in the first place. But there are times when you might want to silence it or limit eavesdropping, particularly on your smartphone.
Whether you want to stop tech companies from listening in on private conversations, find Google Assistant is a little too sensitive, or just find the feature annoying, there are steps you can take to secure your home and various devices. When it comes to Google’s AI assistant, the process is an easy one.