You Can Enable the Google Assistant on Your Nougat-Running Nexus Now

The Google Assistant made it’s public debut from within Allo, a smart messaging app that launched last month. Now, the AI bot is set to come built into Google Home and the new Pixel and Pixel XL. However, Nexus users will be left out in the cold for at least a little while as the feature will remain exclusive to these products for the time being. But according to a new post on the XDA Forums, there’s a really simple way to enable the Assistant on your own Android device right now. And surprisingly, it only takes one step.

All you have to do is make sure your Nexus is rooted, is running Android 7.0 Nougat, and you have v6.5.35.21 or higher of the Google app. After that, you literally add the below line to your build.prop, reboot, and clear the cache and data of the Google app. Then, hold down the home button and you’ll see the Google Assistant pop up. Simple, right?

ro.product.model=Pixel XL


As we can’t test this hack out ourselves, we have heard that the Nexus 6P works well with the trick, however the Google Now Launcher may need to be set as your default home screen in order for Assistant to work properly. Android Police has released these screenshots of the Assistant on a 6P. You can view them below.

If you’d like to learn more about this hack to get Assistant on your device, visit the links below.