Can I Change Google Assistant Name?

You cannot do this yet. Amazon calls its smart assistant “Alexa”. Microsoft calls theirs “Cortana”. Google, however, decided not to name the Assistant. You cannot call the Assistant anything other than Google.

You launch the Assistant by calling it Google. Okay Google, Hey Google, or sometimes even Okay Boo Boo.

Hey Google what is your name

If you ask your Assistant for its name, you will get this response:

Hey Google what is your name

“I go by “The Google Assistant” It’s a nickname….sort of. Would you like to give you a special nick name?”

If you say yes, you can give yourself a nickname. Google Assistant will use this new name to call you in the future.

What if you ask, “Can I change your name?”

Can I change your name, Assistant?

Change my name

You can I ask the Assistant to change your nickname. Say “Change my name” and Google will ask you for your new nickname.

Give yourself a new name and the Assistant will start calling you using that name.

Change my Name

Can I Rename My Google Assistant?

Can you name your Google Assistant? Unfortunately no. At least not now. Google’s smart assistant does not have a name, nor can you give a custom name. I know you all have at least a dozen names that you would love to the Assistant. But for now, you all you can do is change the  Assistant’s voice from female to male.

I am hoping that this feature will eventually be added. There is no proof or evidence for this.

It will be really fun to call Google Assistant by name. Even though I have a feeling that I’ll change that name every week or maybe even every day.

Google has invested a lot of time and resources for the Assistant’s personality. It is crafted after considering a lot of facts. They do not want the Assistant to be too American. The Assistant is expected to be gender-neutral. There are many other nuances like these that Google is keen on maintaining. Not giving the Assistant a name like other companies also, was a conscious decision according to some reports.


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  1. My wife and I have a Pixel c each, a Pixel 2 each and we have just bought a home Hun, now we dare not say okay Google because of the mayhem that follows. Help. Only the hub needs to work at home.

  2. I think we should be able to name our Google Assistant what we, the consumer any name as long as it is a name meaning, nothing ugly or derogatory. This way we make it even more of a personal experience with our assistant.

  3. Man, I can just see myself someday in the future in my own little tiny house going, “Hey Idiot, what time is it?” and then hearing a response, “The time is 1:05 PM.” I can just see myself doing that.

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