Google has recently announced that it is releasing popular Google Assistant for non-Pixel devices running on Android 6.0 and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware. But the company didn’t specify the exact date of the release. Well, there is no need to wait for the official release of Google Assistant for Android Marshmallow. In this guide we are going to show you how to force install Google Assistant on any Android device running on Android 6.0/6.0.1 Marshmallow without having to wait for the official release which could be months away for some devices.
Up until now the only way of getting Google Assistant was to either purchase Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, which is already in short supply, or to access it via Google Allo messaging app, which has been a rejected by users due to the app being unstable for use on non-Pixel devices and crashing unexpectedly.
You Can Now Force Install Google Assistant On Any Android Device – Here’s How To Do It
If you cannot wait for Google to release its Assistant tool for your device model, then keep on reading as we are going to walk you through a step-by-step process of installing Google Assistant on any Android device.
Google Assistant update works through Google Play Services. Google uses Play Services to circumvent carrier imposed restrictions of carefully examining latest Android update for bugs and errors. And Google Play Services update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, so that it can be installed on devices locked to carrier networks. Although it seems a rather convenient way of getting the update but Google rolls out updates in batches, which means not everyone gets the update at the same time across the globe.
So, if the latest Android update with Google Assistant package available on it hasn’t landed in your region or country but you cannot wait to get your hands on the amazing Google Assistant tool, all you have to do is to follow some simple installation steps below to get it done.
This method involves downloaded latest update of Google Play Services that was pushed just recently by Google. Here’s how you can manually get that update if you don’t want to wait for the automatic OTA update.
Step 1 – Download Google Play Services APK from the link below.
Step 2 – In the downloaded zip folder there are three files (arm for Android 5.0+, arm for Android 6.0+, arm64+arm for Android 6.0+). Make sure to select the correct file type for the Android firmware running on your device.
Step 3 – Now, copy the file to your device from computer via USB cable. Do ensure that your device is running on Android 6.0 or 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Step 4 – Next, you need to make sure that the Unknown Sources option is enabled on your device. To check it, go to Settings > Security. This is done to allow your device to run apps downloaded from sources with external links other than the Google Play Store.
Step 5 – Then, open any file manager app on your device to locate the APK file which you just copied to your device and tap to install it.
Step 6 – Follow on-screen setup instructions to install Google Assistant and once completed you can access it from the app drawer.
Step 7 – That’s all. Start using latest Google Assistant on any Android device running on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and 6.0.1 version.