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How to enable hands free voice search in Google Chrome

Google has enabled hands-free voice search in the full version of Chrome, the company’s popular Web browser. Though voice searches were already available (by clicking on a microphone icon in the Google homepage search bar), with hands-free now active, you’ll be able to execute searches just by uttering “OK Google.” Hands-free searching was previously available in the Chrome beta.

However, when we updated Chrome to the latest version in order to test the feature for ourselves, we found that the browser didn’t enable it by default, requiring us to seek it out in the browser’s options menu and turn it on manually. We figured that some of you may have trouble tracking down the check box that fires up hands-free voice search in Chrome. With this guide, you’ll be able to turn it on in a snap.

How to Turn On Hands Free Voice Search in Google Chrome

First, ensure that Chrome is up to date by clicking on the options button in the upper right hand corner of the browser (it has three vertical bars on it), and clicking “About Google Chrome.” This page will tell you whether Chrome is updated or not. Once you’ve upgraded to the latest version, click on the options button again, and then “Settings.”

From there, click on the blue “Show advanced settings…” button at the bottom of the screen. Then, scroll down to the “Privacy” section, and locate the check box next to “Enable ‘Ok Google’ to start a voice search.” Click the check box, and then “OK,” when Chrome prompts you to do so.

With hands-free voice search now enabled in Chrome, all you need to do is configure your microphone, open the Google homepage, and say “Ok Google,” to activate it. 

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