Google Now is one of the key features introduced by Google in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Since then, Google Now has been wowing Android users with the usefulness of its various cards, and its ability to show relevant data according to our location and time of the day.
However, the major problem with Google Now is that it takes considerable time to load or startup, which hinders its usability somewhat.
Android forums have been filled with complaints from users about the slow startup time of Google Now. While there is no sure shot fix for the problem, many users online have managed to bring about a noticeable improvement in Google Now’s loading time by following one or all of the methods listed below -:
- The Google Now search bar allows searching through your applications, bookmarks, music, videos, documents and other services. However, removing a few apps and services from this list greatly improves the startup time of Google Now. Open Google Now -> Press The 3 dots at the bottom -> Settings -> Phone Search and remove all the unneeded apps and services from the list. It is recommended that you turn off phone search altogether if you don’t use it for the most noticeable speed improvement.
- If you are using a third party launcher like Nova or Apex, make sure that you have set the Google Now search bar as a persistent widget instead of a normal widget.
- Last, but not the least, turning off the Hotword detection feature has also helped in improving the Google Now startup time for many users. The option to disable hotword detection can be found in Google Now settings. Keep in mind that if you are running a custom ROM or have a language other than ‘English (United States)’, the option might not be available for you.
Don’t forget to restart your phone after trying one or all of the steps above. While there is no hard proof that the above methods work, users at different online forums have reported that one of the above methods have brought above a noticeable speed improvement for many.