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This simple trick will speed up Google Assistant — and it's rolling out now

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If you own several Google devices, you may have noticed that Google Assistant can sometimes take an extra moment to respond to your commands. Even worse, this lag can actually get worse the longer you use some of the best Android phones

This is because the more devices you have tied to your Google account, the more the digital assistant slows down. If you’re a loyal Android user and have been switching devices on a regular basis, then your Google Assistant speeds could be getting seriously drained by devices you're longer using. 

The good news is that Google is quietly rolling out an update to help with this problem. Spotted by @MishaalRahman, you might have noticed a new option in the settings of your Android device: you can now remove unused devices from your Google account.

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Navigate over to the Google Assistant settings and you will see a new “Remove Unused Devices” option. Here will be a list of all the devices tied to your account that haven’t been used in more than three months. With a quick tap you can unlink them, which Google notes should help you “get a faster Assistant.”  

That said, we advise thinking carefully before removing any device, as Google warns that this feature not only unlinks your account but also factory resets the device in question. 

That seems a little strange to us — why would removing Assistant reset the whole device? — but it could be that the wording is just a little confused here, and what it actually means is that it will reset the Assistant settings to default on that device. We've tried it with several old devices and none have been fully factory reset, but we've reached out to Google for clarification and will update this article when we hear back.

Google does clarify that if you remove a device and later want to add it back to your Google account, you can just boot up the device and set up Google Assistant again.

There’s no information on how sizeable a speed boost Google Assistant will gain from removing a device, but it won’t hurt to unlink any old devices that you no longer use regularly. The process takes just a few seconds and is extremely straightforward. 

If you need some help performing this simple trick to speed up Google Assistant, then just follow the step-by-step instructions down below. 

How to remove unused devices to speed up Google Assistant 

1. Open the Google app on your device. You can easily find it in your app drawer by searching for Google. 

2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner and then navigate to Settings.

A screenshot showing the Google app with Settings highlighted

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3. From the Settings menu, select Google Assistant.

A screenshot showing the Google app settings with Google Assistant highlighted

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4. Scroll down and locate the “Devices” submenu, from here select Remove Unused Devices.

A screenshot showing the Google Assistant settings with Devices highlighted

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A screenshot showing the Google Assistant settings with Remove Unwanted Devices highlighted

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5. You will see a list of devices that haven’t been used in the last three months. Remove any unwanted devices by tapping on them. You will be asked to confirm your selection before proceeding.

A screenshot showing the Google Assistant settings for Removing Unused Devices with specific devices highlighted

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A screenshot showing the Google Assistant settings for Removing Unused Devices with a warning popup highlighted

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For more Google Assistant-related tips, tricks, and how-tos, check out our complete guide to Google Assistant, or for more specific help you can find out How to turn off Google Assistant and How to launch Google Assistant on Android 12.

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.