How to get Google Assistant on Android 7.0 Nougat device

How to get Google Assistant on Android 7.0 Nougat device

Back in May 2016, Google unveiled its new personal assistant, Google Assistant. This virtual assistant is considered as an upgrade of Google Now and is designed to make your daily tasks even better and quicker like booking a place at your favorite restaurant or looking for a coffee shop nearby. With Google Assistant, Google is ready to take on Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.

However, Google Assistant is exclusive and the biggest selling point of the recently introduced Pixel-branded phones and Google is not intent on bringing its new virtual assistant to other Android phones. Luckily, if you are now using an Android phone running Android 7.0 Nougat, you will get Google Assistant on your device.


In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to get Google Assistant even if you don’t have a Pixel phone.

Before we get started, make sure that your device is now running Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat and it requires to be rooted to trick Google into thinking that you are now using a Pixel device and you will need to make some changes to your build.prop file. One more thing is that you have the latest version of Google app installed on your device.

Assuming that you have all the requirements, let’s proceed with the step-by-step instructions

Step one: You are now supposed to replace the following line to your phone’s build.prop. Make sure that you enter it correctly to avoid further unpleasant situations.

  • ro.product.model=Pixel XL
  • ro.opa.eligible_device=true

Step two: Once you have made these changes to your build-prop file, you need to save the file. After that, clear the data and cache on the Google app to ensure that Google Assistant runs smoothly on your device. You can do this by heading Settings > Apps > Google Apps >Storage >Manage Space > Clear all Data.

Step three: Once you are done, reboot your device. After that, all you have to do is to long-press the home button to bring up Google Assistant on your device.

That’s it! The above-mentioned procedure works for the Nexus 6P, but it will also work for all Android Nougat devices as long as your device is rooted.

As mentioned, Google Assistant is one of the best features found on the Pixel phones, which go on sale on October 20. If you are planning to grab a new Pixel phone, Google Assistant is something you don’t want to miss at all.

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