Prevent headphones from starting Google Assistant



  • Like many headphones, my headphones have a button that calls up the phone's voice assistant. The phone is a Fairphone 3, stock OS, which is https://support.fairphone.com/hc/en-us/articles/360048137372-FP3-Fairphone-OS of Android, but looks much like any other Android. So the default voice assistant would be Google Assistant. I don't use Google Assistant, or any other voice assistant.

    Unfortunately, the assistant button of the headphones is pretty easy to press by accident. That stops the music and tells me to set up Google Assistant when it is safe to do so. This is accompanied by a pop-up saying "Your Google Assistant is ready to help you get things done TURN ON". Furthermore, the question is asked in a deafeningly loud voice, seemingly uncorrelated to any of the volume levels.

    What I've found;

    • https://support.google.com/assistant/thread/273692/stop-google-assistant-from-asking-to-be-turned-on , the default app is set to None, but the phone still asks to set up Google Assistant. https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/190555/prevent-google-reacting-to-inline-remote .
    • https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/242853/wrong-earphones-headphones-buttons-press-tap-behavior , but unanswered.
    • https://forum.fairphone.com/t/how-to-live-without-google-on-a-fairphone-3-fp3/52374 , which is a cool idea, but then I'd need to figure out how to get a lot of apps without Google Play, and I'm not keen to do that right now.

    By turning off everything I could find in the Google Assistant settings, I've managed to stop it from doing anything if the phone is locked. If the phone is unlocked, I still get the popup. Why the Google Assistant settings matter when the assistant is set to None confuses me.

    A solution that worked by modifying the response to signals from headphones or by removing the Google Assistant would be great. Rooting the phone is not a problem.



  • If disabling Google Assistant does not prevent, then try also disabling https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&hl=en as it gives access to the Google Assistant via its settings (open Google app, press on your account, select Settings -> Google Assistant). https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/9475056?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid states that:

    To use the new Google Assistant, you need a Pixel 4 and up with:

    • The Google app with version 10.73 and up.

    The above is also true for other phones brands and models. So disabling Google app should prevent the Assistant from starting when you insert the headphones.




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