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How to Use Google Assistant on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Google Assistant has now become a common app on mobile interfaces like smartphones and tabs. Now, the virtual assistant from Google is also going to mark its debut on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Well, Google has not officially rolled out any specific Assistant app for the PC platform. An Indian developer Melvin L. Abraham has created an unofficial app that can summon the Google Assistant app on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

In this guide, I have explained the detailed process to install and set up the app to run Google assistant on computer platforms. Keep in mind that this is an unofficial approach and may not work for everyone. Besides, the process is pretty technical but it is the same for any operating system you may use. As I use Windows OS, so I will show how to set up Google Assistant for it. Let’s get down to the steps now.

Google Assistant

How to Use Google Assistant on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Before you get started with this guide,

Disclaimer: This is an unofficial app that is not coming from Google itself. So, be aware that it may or may not work, and if your PC and its performance get affected by it anyway, then GetDroidTips will not be responsible for it. Follow and execute the steps in this guide at your own risk.

Register Your PC

  • First, download the Google Assistant client from Github
    Google Assistant for Windows client app
  • Install the client [at this point nothing is going to work]
  • Open the Google Actions Console 
  • Make sure to log in using your Google email
  • Click on New Project
    create new project
  • Agree on the terms and conditions by clicking Yes on the pop-up dialog box
  • Provide a project name, country name, and click Create project
    project name Google Assistant
  • On the next page, scroll down to Are You Looking for Device Registration
  • Click on the option Click Here
    initiate device registration
  • Now click on Register Model to embed Google Assistant on your PC
    register model
  • Enter the product name, manufacturer name, and device type [follow the screenshot and input accordingly]
    product details
  • In this step, you have to click on Download Oauth 2.0 Credentials
    download credentials

A JSON file will be downloaded to your PC. It will be required later to use Google Assistant on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Enable Google Assistant API for Your Device

  • Go to Google Cloud Platform Console
  • Click on the drop-down list Select A Project to open the project that you created earlier in the previous section
    Select project
  • Now the project that you’ve created previously will show up. Click on it to highlight and click Open
    open project
  • On the left-hand panel, click on APIs & Services
    API & Services section
  • You will be redirected to another screen. Click on Enable APIS AND SERVICES
    enable API services
  • Now, in the search box type Google Assistant
    search for Google Assistant API
  • The resulting Google Assistant API will show up. Click on it to select
    enable API
  • Next, click on Enable
  • From the left-hand panel click on Credentials
  • Then on the right-side click on Configure Consent Screen
    Configure consent screen
  • Set User Type to External and click on Create
    set user type to External
  • Enter your email ID under App Information
  • Scroll down and enter your email ID again under Developer Information
  • Now, click on Save and Continue
    Enter email ID of developer
  • Next, you will go to the Scopes section. Do not change anything and simply click Save and Continue
  • You will move to the Optional Info section.
  • Again, click Save and Continue
  • Click Add Users if you want to add multiple test users
    add test users for Google Assistant app for Windows
  • Once done click on Save

Setting Up Google Assistant Client for Windows

  • Double click on the Google Assistant client you downloaded from Github at the beginning of this guide
  • When Google Assistant opens click on the gear icon at the top left corner to access settings
    Google Assistant settings
  • Now click Browse and select the JSON file you have downloaded previously
    browse for JSON file
  • Keep the Saved Tokens path as it is. Do not make any changes
  • Once you select the file click on Save
  • A Pop-up will appear. Click on Automatically Set a path
    automatically set a path
  • Then click on Relaunch Assistant
    relaunch Google Assistant for Windows client app
  • On your browser, a new Google sign-in tab will open
    select Gmail account
  • Simply select the same Gmail ID that you used to create the whole setup
  • You will receive an authentication code that you have to paste into the Google Assistant client
    paste the code
  • Again relaunch the Google Assistant client for Windows [or for Linux or macOS if you use them]

Using the Assistant on PC

Keep in mind that you can’t use voice commands on the PC version of Google Assitant. you have to manually type out your queries. For example, I asked about Bhubaneswar’s temperature for Thursday 1st April, and here is the result I get.

Google Assistant on Windows weather report

I also tried to ask Google Assistant to crack a joke and it successfully did.

Google Assistant joke

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So, that’s all the steps you have to follow to set up and run Google Assistant on your Windows PC, macOS, or Linux. Read all the steps carefully and you will be able to do it. If you have any doubts feel free to ask me in the comments section.

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