How to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

How to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

Suppose you’re driving and a thought comes to your mind. It wouldn’t be a good idea to jot it down while driving. This is where Google Assistant comes in.

Among the powers of Google Assistant, note-taking is one of them. You can use it to create notes in any note-taking app of your choice by using the command ‘Note to self.’ The first time you use this command, you’ll be asked to choose the default app. Let’s say you select Google Keep Notes, then new notes will be added every time you say ‘Create a note’ or ‘Note to self.’

What if you want to save the notes in Evernote or any other notes app? How do you change the default note-taking app on Google Assistant? You’ll find the answer here.

Change Default Note App

To change the Google Assistant’s default app, follow these steps:

1. Launch Google Assistant by saying “Ok Google” or by holding the home button. If the “Ok Google” command doesn’t work, try these solutions.

2. Say “Note to self” or “Create a note.”

3. On the appearing screen, tap “Note to self.” Although it may not seem intuitive, that’s how Google presents it.

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4. Here, you’ll find all the supported apps. Select the app you want to use as your default note-taking app with Google Assistant.

Note: The note to self feature is no longer supported in Assistant. The Google Assistant now comes with a built-in notes and list service.

Switch Among Note Apps

When you say “Create a note” or “Note to self” followed by the note text, it will be saved in the default app. Sometimes, you may want to add notes directly in other apps without going through the above steps.

To do this, launch Google Assistant and say “Create a note in [app name]” or “[app name] to open a note to self.” Replace [app name] with the name of the app you want to use.

Congratulations! You have mastered switching between compatible note apps.

Note to Self Not Working

If you still use Gmail to save notes with Google Assistant, sometimes the notes don’t show up. Normally, Google emails you the notes when you use the “Note to self” command (if Gmail is your default app) to create them. But if you’re not receiving the notes for some reason, we recommend installing the Google Keep Notes app. If you already have it on your phone, open it to check for notes created using Assistant.

Bonus Tip 1: Use Google Assistant to Remember Things

Google Assistant can help you remember things without relying on a third-party app. Follow these steps to utilize this feature:

1. Open Google Assistant.

2. Say “Remember” followed by what you want Assistant to remember. For example, “Remember the car is parked at 22G” or “Remember the keys are in the drawer.”

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3. When you need the information, ask Assistant “What did I tell you to remember about the keys?” or “Where is my car parked?”

How to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

If you want to see all the things you asked Assistant to remember, say “What did I ask you to remember?”. Use the command “Forget” to make Assistant forget those things. If you have multiple items, you will get separate options to forget them.

Of course, you cannot use this feature for all your notes, but it comes in handy when you want to remember small things or for a short duration.

Bonus Tip 2: Add a Nickname

You cannot change the Google Assistant’s name, but you can add a nickname for yourself. This allows you to change the name that Assistant uses to call you.

To do this, follow these steps:

1. Launch Google Assistant and tap on the Explore icon at the top-right corner.

How to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

Step 2: Tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select Settings.

How to Change Default Note App on Google AssistantHow to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

Step 3: Go to Settings, choose Personal info, and then select Nickname.

How to Change Default Note App on Google AssistantHow to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

Step 4: Edit the nickname by tapping the Edit icon and typing a new name.

Once set, tap the Play button under Pronunciation to listen to the pronunciation. If you’re not satisfied, use the Spell it out pronunciation option for the perfect pronunciation.

How to Change Default Note App on Google Assistant

Make Full Use of It

Taking notes with Google Assistant is useful. You can save notes to any app. Google Assistant has a native shopping list. You can add items using the command Add to shopping list. Make full use of these commands and let us know in the comments below.

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