One of the very handy features in an Android smartphone is its Google Now function. The separate screen shows you a lot of useful information, including weather info, as well as some of the important links to websites based on your browsing history, and even information about your travel scanned from the mails.

But what is even more helpful, is the “Ok Google” voice function, which gets activated whenever you say Ok Google. When you are on the home screen, you can tap on the microphone icon in Google search bar, or directly say “Ok Google” to activate the function. But, by default it is only this home screen where this feature works. Let’s get you through to set it up on Motorola Moto G 3rd gen.

Moto G 3rd gen. Ok google

How to enable Ok Google voice detection everywhere

For this, you need to change an option in the Google Now settings. To reach the settings, there are two ways:

  • Tap and hold the home screen to se a few options, the last one of them being Google Now settings
  • Scroll to Google Now, the last left home screen. In that, tap on the menu icon in the Google bar, and then tap on Settings.

Moto G 3rd gen. Ok google voice settings

In this settings, tap on the third option, i.e. “Voice”. Here, the second option “Ok Google detection” is where you need to tap.

In the Ok Google detection settings, you’ll see the first option already selected. The second one, i.e. “From any screen” is what you need to activate. It will work even when the screen is locked, or when you are using any application. Once you tap on “Get started”, the system will begin a training program to understand your voice, and you have to say “Ok Google” three times.

Moto G 3rd gen. Ok google Detection settings

Once that is done, the setting will be saved, and a voice model will be saved as well. You may retrain the voice, or even delete the one that is saved, if in future you want Google Now to recognize the voice and act upon the command.

“From any screen is not working for my language”

For some users, the “From any screen” feature in Ok Google detection settings would not allow to toggle it, and would say “This feature is current unavailable for this language”. That is because the Ok Google function is working only for Google U.S.

Moto G 3rd gen. Ok google listening

Go to Google Now settings and the first option, i.e. Language, and here, make sure you are selecting English (US) as the language. It won’t work even with English (UK) selected.



  • Jon, Aug 11, 2015 @ 11:46 pm Reply

    The voice detection from any app is nice. But what I would like to know is how to disable the google search bar from the top of my screen on my g 3rd gen. Could on the last two models… This one, not so much. Have tried all the normal disable and setting functions but it still won’t go away. Keep note, I want to leave the device as stock as possible, I don’t want to use anything like cyanogen mod.

    • Gizmo Times Staff, Aug 13, 2015 @ 2:12 am Reply

      Unfortunately, the Moto G works like a Nexus device now, unlike Motorola in the past. So I’m afraid even I am not able to remove the search bar, which stays there by default.

      ~ Chetan

  • Trish, Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:47 am Reply

    Wooow thank you so much for the help I hve been trying to set up OK Google detection past many days and finally today it is done thank you so much

  • Steve Day, Nov 21, 2015 @ 6:31 am Reply

    For some reason OK Google does not work from the lock screen and indeed the option states will work when screen on or phone is charging. Not sure what happened as this is the first time it hasn’t worked for me on a phone. Anybody got any ideas. I have mucked around with trusted voice in the security settings but no change and yes I have it on us English

  • Scotty, Jan 17, 2016 @ 9:13 pm Reply

    I have had my Moto G 3 Gen for a few months now and I have tried EVERYTHING and it will not let me open from a lock screen. I have US English downloaded. In fact when i go to the settings and press OK Google detection the one and only option on there is FROM THE GOOGLE APP – Say “ok Google” to start a vioce search from the Google app or an home screen in the Google Now Launcher… Can someone PLEASE HELP!!! It’s driving me crazy

  • Blair Friesen, Mar 1, 2016 @ 9:56 pm Reply

    Has anyone with a Canadian Moto G 3rd Generation and Marshmallow been able to get this to work?

  • Axel, Apr 27, 2016 @ 2:15 am Reply

    I can’t use it in marshmallow, there is only an option for “ok google” in the home screen, what can I do?

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