The Google Assistant has been able to read messages from your SMS inbox quite often. But the same can not be said of other third-party applications of this type. Until now. As the application has recently been updated, it seems that Google has also added this feature. This new feature allows the wizard to read messages from various third-party applications used for communication purposes. These include WhatsApp, Telegram, Slack, etc.
But that's not all. Taking the help of Google Assistantyou can now even answer these messages. So, the next time you drive or cook, just let Assistant read and answer all your messages. Let us look at how that could be done. But first, you will need to configure the application to make it able to read and respond to your messages. The instructions follow below.
Setting up the Google Assistant app
If you are using Google Assistant for the first time to read your messages, some configurations are required. The main one among these is to grant notification access to the wizard application. Follow the steps below:
- Say "OK Google" launch Google Assistant. You can also open it by pressing and holding the Home button or the gesture navigation pill (present on Android Pie and above).
- A dialog box will appear, asking you if you would like Allow your assistant to read your notifications. Press on D & #39; agreement.
- Then you will be taken to the Access to notifications menu. Toggle Toggle next to Google.
- You can also do the same thing manually by going to settings > Apps and notifications > Advanced > Special access to the application
- Under this, go to Notification access > Toggle on the switch next to Google.
- That's all. You have correctly configured the Google Assistant application. Now go to the next section to allow Google Assistant to read and reply to messages from Whastapp, Telegram, etc.
Have Google Assistant read and respond to your messages.
- Say "OK Google" open the Google Assistant app.
- Now say "Read my messages". The Google Assistant will now start reading all the incoming messages one by one.
- Take the case of WhatsApp. Suppose you receive messages from people X and Y. The wizard starts by reading the names of both senders. It will then read the contents of the message sent by the first sender.
- The wizard will ask you if you want to reply to this message. Say "Yes"Then speak the desired content.
- Once done, the message will automatically be sent to the recipient.
- It will then go to the next message. This process will continue until you have read all the messages or have manually chosen to close the application.
Bingo! You can now have Google Assistant read text messages out loud and answer them with voice commands.
How can Google Assistant read these messages?
Remember that you have granted Notification access to this application from the beginning? Yes, that's how it works. Google Assistant never comes into the app to read your messages. Instead, he just reads the contents of the notification panel. This is further verified by the fact that each time you receive a new message, simply swipe your finger to remove it from the notification panel. Now ask the assistant to read your messages. This time, Google Assistant will answer you simplythere are no new messages".
Finally, there was a guide on how to let Google Assistant read and respond to messages from WhatsApp, Telegram, and so on. The only missing feature in this update was the ability to manage media files. Let's hope that Google adds the feature of listening and answering voice notes, in addition to adding the video playback feature, in the next update.
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