1. Jon Jackson's Avatar
    How do I use okay Google without unlocking the screen?
    12-10-2014 08:27 PM
  2. pmccartney's Avatar
    You have to enable it to work when the screen is locked.
    Look for it in Settings, Language and input, Google voice typing, OK Google detection. There's an on off toggle in there.
    It's really buried deep.

    Keep in mind that, if you enable it to work with the screen off and locked, anybody could perform certain tasks on your phone even if locked.

    Posted via my Note 4 and first Andoid ever on the Android Central App
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    12-10-2014 09:25 PM
  3. Jon Jackson's Avatar
    You have to enable it to work when the screen is locked.
    Look for it in Settings, Language and input, Google voice typing, OK Google detection. There's an on off toggle in there.
    It's really buried deep.

    Keep in mind that, if you enable it to work with the screen off and locked, anybody could perform certain tasks on your phone even if locked.

    Posted via my Note 4 and first Andoid ever on the Android Central App
    Omg just enabled it and it uses my voice to unlock. 3 people in the room sayingokay Google fails. My voice saying okay Google works on a totally locked phone. Mind blown. Security built in. This blows the s5 away
    12-10-2014 10:17 PM
  4. ericandjan's Avatar
    Hi!

    Thanks for the great information!

    I set voice with OK Google to 1) Work from any screen, and 2) from the lock screen. It will respond to my voice even when locked; however, I receive a message indicating that I need to unlock the phone before it can process commands. My problem is that I have a Bluetooth speakerphone in the car, and I'd really like to be able to use voice commands only to make calls. So, for example, if my phone is locked and in the car, I'd like to say OK Google, then say "call so-and-so" and have it actually dial; however, it accepts and recognizes the command (I can see it on my screen while testing in the house), but it replies with the message indicating I need to unlock the phone. Any way around this limitation before Lollipop and "trusted devices" is available? Would Samsung's sVoice circumvent this?

    Thanks!
    12-11-2014 11:45 AM
  5. mty msi's Avatar
    Hi!

    Thanks for the great information!

    I set voice with OK Google to 1) Work from any screen, and 2) from the lock screen. It will respond to my voice even when locked; however, I receive a message indicating that I need to unlock the phone before it can process commands. My problem is that I have a Bluetooth speakerphone in the car, and I'd really like to be able to use voice commands only to make calls. So, for example, if my phone is locked and in the car, I'd like to say OK Google, then say "call so-and-so" and have it actually dial; however, it accepts and recognizes the command (I can see it on my screen while testing in the house), but it replies with the message indicating I need to unlock the phone. Any way around this limitation before Lollipop and "trusted devices" is available? Would Samsung's sVoice circumvent this?

    Thanks!
    I'm trying to do the same thing in my car through a Bluetooth earpiece and having the same results. I also use the Dragon voice assistant and someone posted on another thread they were able to make/receive phone calls & texts with the screen locked using Dragon but so far I've been unable to. I'll have to play with the Dragon settings and see if I can get it to work with the screen locked using fingerprint.
    12-11-2014 11:56 AM
  6. ericandjan's Avatar
    I may retry Dragon, too. I just upgraded from the S3, and Dragon did not work for this problem. Maybe Note 4 with Kitkat 4.4.4 will allow Dragon to get around the issue.

    I'm really hoping that Lollipop comes quicker than hoped for and gets rid of dependencies on other apps to fill this particular gap.

    Update: Just installed Dragon on my Verizon Note 4 and tested. So far, I can say that it will wake the phone up out of locked and screen off state, and, if I tell it to "call so-and-so," it actually does it! This is progress!!
    12-11-2014 12:06 PM
  7. pastoric's Avatar
    Greetings!

    I can get this to work holding my phone in my hand. However, I can't seem to get it to work with my bluetooth headset (which I insist on using when driving). Any and all help would be GREATLY aprreciated. Thanks!
    12-16-2014 01:20 PM
  8. all the best user names are taken's Avatar
    I may retry Dragon, too. I just upgraded from the S3, and Dragon did not work for this problem. Maybe Note 4 with Kitkat 4.4.4 will allow Dragon to get around the issue.

    I'm really hoping that Lollipop comes quicker than hoped for and gets rid of dependencies on other apps to fill this particular gap.

    Update: Just installed Dragon on my Verizon Note 4 and tested. So far, I can say that it will wake the phone up out of locked and screen off state, and, if I tell it to "call so-and-so," it actually does it! This is progress!!
    Thanks for posting this. Tried it myself and works perfectly, much more reliable than Google now when waking from lock screen.

    Posted via my rooted, debloated VZW Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition
    12-16-2014 03:09 PM
  9. Android D's Avatar
    Set a password to your lock screen and try saying "Ok GOOGLE"!

    Does it work for any of you...? I get a voice back saying "to do a google search please unlock your phone"!!!!

    Any 1 with a similar issue?
    12-16-2014 04:48 PM
  10. mty msi's Avatar
    Yes, that's what I get using the fingerprint lock screen.
    12-16-2014 05:12 PM
  11. Rarry's Avatar
    Ok google won't work with the s view flip case. If I say it I, hear the plink sound but it won't respond any more unless the case is open. Anyone got it to work?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-16-2014 06:13 PM
  12. new2thisyeah's Avatar
    Set a password to your lock screen and try saying "Ok GOOGLE"!

    Does it work for any of you...? I get a voice back saying "to do a google search please unlock your phone"!!!!

    Any 1 with a similar issue?
    Well, you gotta go to Settings --> Language and Input --> Google Voice Typing (gear symbol) --> OK Google Detection --> check "Always On" and then "When Locked"
    12-16-2014 07:37 PM
  13. George Collins1's Avatar
    I just tried it with my S View cover clued and open. When closed, OK Google returns the double beep, but doesn't follow thru on my command. With the cover open, but screen shut off by hitting the power button briefly, OK Google wakes up and carries out my command.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-16-2014 11:50 PM
  14. Nikolay Lyapunov's Avatar
    I followed the method, but with the screen off and locked OK Google detection only works while the phone is charging.
    (Android 5.0, Sony Z1 Compact)
    05-12-2015 02:17 PM
  15. Zeyad Zafar's Avatar
    On my Z1 Compact it OK Google will work from the lock screen but only when I press the side button to turn the screen on, otherwise not, theres nothing in settings that will fix this, unfortunately.
    06-16-2015 06:28 AM
  16. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I wish this worked on my LG Escape 2. But unfortunately it doesn't. I have to have the screen illuminated before it will work.

    from my incredibly cheap Android smartphone
    06-16-2015 06:37 AM

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