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How to get the Google Assistant on any Android Nougat (Root) device

Google announced its brand new voice assistant simply dubbed Google Assistant at the I / O conference earlier this year and while it was integrated into Allo, now arrived in full form with Pixel smartphones. As of now, the Google Assistant is only available on Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones (unless you want to open a chat app every time you want to use it). However, if you can't wait for AI-powered smart assistant to be available on your device, you can use a simple trick to make it work on any Android Nougat rooted device. All that requires is making two very small changes to your build.prop file.

build.prop: what is it?

The build.prop file is a system file that stores a plethora of information on your device. As a result, the file cannot be edited, unless you are rooted and, even in this case, we recommend that you do not edit it unless you know what you are doing.

The build.prop file is nothing more than a text file that contains truly important information about your device. Editing the build.prop file can allow you to change many settings on your phone, provided they are edited correctly and saved correctly.

The file is located in the " / system "which will only be accessible if you are on a rooted device. Now that you have some ideas about the build.prop file, let's change it.

Editing the build.prop file

To edit the build.prop file, you need a file manager that allows root access. One of these ES Explorer (free), what we are using in this article. You can choose any file manager you like, as long as support root navigation . With all of this, let's start by editing the build.prop file. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

1. Start ES File Explorer . From the left edge of the screen, swipe right to view the menu. Here, switch the switch that reads " Root Explorer ".

2. Touch " Root Explorer ", then on" Mount R / W ". This will allow you to mount your filesystem with read / write permissions.

3. Here, mount " / system "like RW, tapping the radio button under the RW column. Just for what you know," RO "stands for Read Only, and" RW "stands for Read and Write. When finished, tap" OK ".

4. Switch to / system is open build.prop . Then, tap the menu button with three dots and tap Edit .

5. Look for a line that reads " ro.product.model = your_device_name ". By default this would have the name of your smartphone. Just change it to" ro.product.model = Pixel XL ". Now scroll to the end of the build.prop file and add a line that reads" ro.opa.eligible_device = true ".

Those were all the changes you had to make to the build.prop file. Once you've done everything, simply reboot your device.

Get the Google Assistant to work

So once your device reboots, you're probably thinking about everything. But not, I'm sorry. There is still a little more to do before you can actually start using Google Assistant. From now on, if you long press the Home button, Google Now will still start on Tap. So how do we get from this powerful Google assistant? Well, we'll just have to clear the data and cache for the Google app, and that's it. Follow the steps below:

1. On the phone, go up Settings -> App . Here, scroll down and tap on the app " Google ".

2. Touch Memory, so on " Manage space ".

3. Touch " Clear all data ". This should clear all data and cache for the Google app.

Once finished, long press the Home button and you will see the Google Assistant welcome screen. You can fix it, and that's it!

You have Google Assistant running on your non-Pixel Android device! Now you can start using the Assistant just like you would normally do with a Pixel or Pixel XL device.

Use the Google Assistant on your Android device

Now that you know how to get Google Assistant on your Android device, with Android 7.0, you should definitely play with Google Assistant and find out some of the most interesting things it does. It can play, find information on the web and do a lot more for you. To get started, you can ask Google "What can you do?" And I'll tell you a few things you can ask for.

If you are having trouble with the Google Assistant working on your Android device, feel free to send us a line in the comments section below, along with any other method of getting the Assistant on an Android device.