How to get Google assistant on Android Lollipop

Yes, You can get the all new Google Assistant on your lollipop device and the best thing is that YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ROOT.

Now, for all the users who are not yet familiar with Google Assistant allow me to tell you something about it.

Google Assistant..!?

Google Assistant is a smart assistant services that is only going to get more and more popular. Sadly, the Google Assistant on Android smartphones is available only on those devices running Android Marshmallow and above but thanks to XDA developers they have successfully ported it to Lollipop devices.

I will include two methods that will serve the purpose

Google Assistant for Lollipop devices Tutorial

The way this method works is by launching a hidden (but thankfully accessible) activity within the Google App called com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.hq.OpaHqActivity. This can easily be done by using an application that can list and then launch all available activities from your installed apps. Activity Launcher is one app that is dedicated to this purpose, though the well-known Nova Launcher has a built-in function to launch activities in case you already have this launcher installed. Update your Google App to the latest stable version if you haven’t already.

Method 1 – Using Activity Launcher

  1. Open Activity Launcher
  2. Tap on the “Recent activities” tab up top and select “All activities.” Wait for all activities to load.
  3. Scroll down until you find the Google App. Tap on it to expand all available activities under the Google App.
  4. Find com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.hq.OpaHqActivity. You can either tap on it once or create a shortcut to it on your launcher.
  5. You’ll now find yourself within the new Assistant “explore” screen where Google categorizes available integrations, how to use them, and quick access to make custom shortcuts.
  6. Swipe over to the “Your Stuff” tab up top.
  7. Tap on “Add Reminder” to trigger Google Assistant. What this action does is launch the activity com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.OpaActivity – which normally can’t be accessed on your unrooted device.
  8. You’ll now be taken through the hotword setup process. Teach it to recognize your voice, and you’re done! Now you can access Google Assistant by saying “OK Google!”

Method 2 – Using Nova Launcher

  1. Find an empty spot on your home screen and long-press to add something new.
  2. Tap on “Widgets.”
  3. Under “Nova Launcher” tap and hold “Activities” and drag it to your home screen.
  4. Scroll down and find the “Google App.”
  5. Tap on it to expand it, and select com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.hq.OpaHqActivity.
  6. This will add a new “Google Assistant” icon to your home screen which is a shortcut to this activity. Tap on this icon.
  7. You’ll now find yourself within the new Assistant “explore” screen where Google categorizes available integrations, how to use them, and quick access to make custom shortcuts.
  8. Swipe over to the “Your Stuff” tab up top.
  9. Tap on “Add Reminder” to trigger Google Assistant. What this action does is launch the activity com.google.android.apps.gsa.staticplugins.opa.OpaActivity – which normally can’t be accessed on your unrooted device.
  10. You’ll now be taken through the hotword setup process. Teach it to recognize your voice, and you’re done! Now you can access Google Assistant by saying “OK Google!”

Hell Yeah!

I hope this answers helped many Lollipop users to get Google Assistant on their devices.

Enjoy and Thank me Later!

Warm Regards,

Cyberboy

19 Replies to “How to get Google assistant on Android Lollipop”

  1. Google Assistant is already available in the latest version of Google App but Google Officially allows its use on Devices running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

    So, Here we will use third party apps to launch Google Assistant.

    If we can enable this by some method we can use Google Assistant on Android Devices running on Android 5.0 and 5.1 (Lollipop).

    Here we will use third party App to Enable Google Assistant.

    STEP 1: Update Google App to its latest version.

    STEP 2: Download Google Assistant App and Install it. You may need to enable installation for unknown sources.

    STEP 3: Now perform any task using this Google Assistant App to enable it.

    STEP 4: Change default Voice input method to Google Assistant. for this go toLanguages & input then Voice input.

    STEP 5: Launch Google Assistant by long pressing the home button. If you are unable to launch Assistant by this method, You can create shortcut icon using Nova Launcher.

    Hope now, Google Assistant will answer all your questions and If by chance you were unable to get Google Assistant you can comment below or contact me on twitter @iVishalMalik.

    Answers Credit – How to Enable Google Assistant on Android Lollipop based Smartphones

  2. You can easily get Google Assistant on Android Lollipop provided that your phone is rooted. There are many articles on the internet that say you must be on marshmallow or nougat to be able use the Google assistant but I myselves have tried the below methods and it worked for me.If you follow the below procedures step by step, I'm sure you will be able to install it on your device.FYI I have a Lenovo a6000 plus with stock ROM running on Android L 5.0.2.

    Here are some screenshots

    So I will share two methods for doing this.

    1. Using Xposed

    2. Using Lucky Patcher ( this is actually easy but I'm not sure if it will work on all devices ).

    METHOD 1: USING XPOSED

    WARNING: Although the process is quite safe,try this at your own risk. I won't be responsible for any damage that you do to your device.

    Requirements :

    1. A Rooted phone

    2. Custom recovery installed (preferably CWM or TWRP)

    3. Xposed Framework zip file

    4. Xposed installer apk

    5. Time and patience.

    NOTE: You can get the XF zip file and Xposed installer apk from above link.Choose the file according to your device configurations like API level, kernel architecture etc. I recommend to install CPU Z app to find that out.

    STEPS :

    1. Go to play store, find 'Google app' in your list of installed apps,click it. Scroll all the way down and you will see a window that says ''Become a beta tester "Press I'm in. It takes some time to register. When it is completed, download the beta version of google app.Exit.

    2. After you have downloaded appropriate Xposed Framework zip file, place it on your SD card, switch off your phone and go to recovery mode(done using some key combinations. In my case it was Vol up+Vol down+Power button).

    3. Select Install option in recovery mode(I'm using TWRP) and locate the zip file on your sd card.Select it and swipe to flash. After flashing is successful, click on 'wipe cache and dalvik cache'.Reboot to system.(You may see a screen "Android is upgrading". Let it take its time ).

    4. Now install Xposed installer apk and open the app. It should indicate Xposed Framework installed.

    5. Go to the download section and search for Assistant enabler module. Download and install it.Though it says it works for marshmallow and up, it will work on lollipop.Now go to modules section and enable it.Open the app assistant enabler and enable the option 'ok google everywhere'.Don't enable google now option.

    6. Reboot your device. Go to system settings and find Google app, click on manage space, and clear all data.

    7. Launch google app. Complete the initial setup.Go to app settings and enable ok google detection from any screen.Complete the setup by saying ok google three times.( If it doesn't listen, check that you don't have any accessibility services enabled in system settings and try again).

    8. Now Say Ok google and VOILA !!! Google assistant at your service.

    If you face any lag or app is crashing, just reboot your phone. If there is still any problem,clear google app data by going to system settings and follow step 6.If the issue is still not solved,try the second method(skip step 1).

    METHOD 2: USING LUCKY PATCHER

    1. Go to play store, find 'Google app' in your list of installed apps,click it. Scroll all the way down and you will see a window that says ''Become a beta tester "Press I'm in. It takes some time to register. When it is completed, download the beta version of google app.Exit.

    2. Download and install Lucky patcher latest apk. Open the app and download/update custom patches.

    3. Find Google app. Below the App name, it shows that custom patch available.Click on it, select 'open menu of patches' and then apply custom patch. When it is finished, launch google app.

    4. Select ok google detection 'from any screen' and complete the setup by saying ok google three times.( If it doesn't listen, check that you don't have any accessibility services enabled in system settings and try again)

    5. Now say 'ok google' and Google Assistant will pop up.Enjoy !!!

    Edit: I found out how to activate Google assistant by long pressing home button. Follow the steps below :-

    1. Download Button Mapper by flar2from play store.
    2. Grant accessibility service and configure Home key long press action.
    3. Set it to Google now on tap or Search assistant.

  3. Thanks for the A2A!

    Google is currently letting only devices powered by Marshmallow and above to use the enchanting and elegant Google Assistant. It is indeed saddening that iPhone users are set to use Google Assistant in the near future and the Android users who didn't find time to upgrade to the latest OS are left with nothing but the old Google App! (This list includes me too!)

    So, we're left with two choices:

    1. Get root access of your phone and accomplish it.
    2. This is for those of you who don't wanna open up and root your Android phone, more like me:

    Google lets us use Google Assistant through the Google Allo app! So, head to the play store and download it.

    You can now use Google Assistant from it. YEAH, allo comes with GA as one of its features. It looks as below:

    Enjoy your time with Google Assistant!

  4. 1. Firstly, you will have to get the beta versions of Google Play Services and the Google app. To do this, head to Settings->Google, tap on the three-dot menu button on the top right and then, tap on “Help & Feedback“.

    2. In the “Help” page, tap on the three-dot menu button and tap “View in Google Play Store”. This will expectedly open up the Play Store page of Google Play Services. Here, you can just scroll down and tap on the “I’m in” button in “Become a beta tester” section.

    3. Then, tap on “Join”, after which the beta signup will be in progress. It should take a few minutes. It took me around 5 minutes, but your mileage may vary.

    4. After that, search for the Google app in the Play Store and sign up for its beta program as well.

    5. Once done, wait for a few minutes and then, open up Play Store. Here, head to the “My apps & games” section and go to the “Beta” tab, where you will find Google and Google Play Services. Just make sure to update both of them.

    6. After the apps are updated, head to Settings->Apps. Here, go to the Google->Storage->Manage Space and tap on “Clear All Data”.

    7. Then, go back and do the same for Google Play Services. Tap on “Manage Space” and “Clear All Data”.

    8. Once you are done, open up the Google app, where you will be asked to set things up. Once done, you will see the app familiar Google page. Don’t be disappointed, open up the hamburger menu and tap on “Settings”.

    9. Here, you will find the Google Assistant settings. Just tap on it. The Google Assistant setup window should then pop-up. You can tap on “Continue” and then, press hold the home button to trigger the Google Assistant.

    10.That’s it. The Google Assistant will now be available to you. You can just ask the Assistant “What can you do” and it will bring up a list of things it can do. You can use the voice assistant to set reminders, get news, check the weather, get various info or even play games.

  5. Without ROOTED

    If you want a Google assistant in your phone, without rooting it , there is a app Allo the google messenger..

    Here you are also provided with google assistant in this app.

    The difference is that you can't set

    Assistants on home screen.

    All time you have to open App Allo

    To meet assistant.

    Hope it will help.\U0001f603

  6. Sorry to say but till date there is no development in this field(to bring assistant on lollipop). This is due to the reason that lollipop didn't established its domination in the universe of android because of launch of marshmallow and now nougat in short period of time and with better features..

    So until any developer or myself doesn't take interest in porting assistant to lollipop, you have to WAIT.

  7. This is the easiest method to use Google Assistant on your Android 5.0+ smartphones.

    How to install Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop Smartphones, Tablets

    Open the article and from there you can find the direct link of the Google Assistant Launcher Apk file.

    Download the apk and install on your android smartphone. Then long-press Home Key and select Google Assistant as Default AI and enjoy. The app is third party and it doesn’t need any permissions so no worry.

    Download and enjoy.

  8. Normally not possible. There is an official way of downloading Google Assistant to lollipop though. You'll have to participate in Google app beta programme and Google services beta programme. After you'll participate for these two beta programme, chances are you'll get a Google app update within a week which will enable Google Assistant on your lollipop. Just sign in for Google beta programme and wait for update in play store. Many have got Google Assistant on lollipop this way.

  9. To useGoogle Assistant in kitkat /lollipop devices ,your device must be rooted and xposed framework must be installed then you can install the google assistant module and other modules too.

    Else without xposed framework you can change the build.prop file and get it done but for this also your device must be rooted.

  10. Practically you can't use Google Assistant on Android Lollipop, as it requires marshmallow minimum to use Google Assistant on your Android Device. Still, if you want to use Google Assistant then Download Google's Allo messaging app, as Google Assistant is embedded in that app, So thats the only way you can use Google Assistant on Android Lollipop.

  11. You can refer to my this answer and read CASE I

    Akshay Somani's answer to How can I get Google Assistant?

    But wait there is a Good News:

    1. Google Assistant Is Coming to Android Tablets and Lollipop Phones
    2. Google Assistant comes to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android tablets

    Source: Google Assistant

  12. Thanks for A2A

    You can refer my answer to get Google assistant on lollipop

    Quora User's answer to How do I enable Google Assistant on Coolpad Mega 2.5D without root?

    Thank you.

  13. Google Assistant ko kaise install kare?हम Google सहायक कैसे स्थापित करे?

    Check this blog for installation of google assistant

  14. Hello there. You will love to know that Google has started to roll out Google Assistant for Smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    Make Sure some few things :-

    1. You should update the Google Play Services.
    2. Your device language should be English (US).

    For more details checkout this blog post.

    Google Assistant Now Available For Android Lollipop Smartphones

  15. Prateek Maheshwari's answer to Can we add Google assistance to any Lollipop device?

    This will help you.

    Thanks for asking. 😉

  16. hello, you can use any google service in your android phones but make sure you have at least marshmallow because marshmallow is the stable version for google assistant.

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