If you are using Google Assistant on your Android phone, you can enable the Ambient mode feature to add interactive features to the lock screen. This is a smart screen of sorts that gets activated when your phone is charging and replaces the lock screen. You can view notifications, weather updates, play music, view pictures and perform a host of other functions without having to open the lock screen. This article shows how to enable the Google Assistant Ambient Mode.
Activating Ambient Mode
First of all, if you haven’t already, you will need to download and install the Google Assistant app on your phone.
Once Google Assistant is installed, start the app and go to the main page.
Here you will notice the explorer option (the compass icon) near the bottom corner of the page. Tap on the icon.
This will take you to the Explore section of the app – the part where you can configure settings like alarms, the weather forecast, etc.
For now, ignore all the other functions on the Explore page and tap on your profile picture in the top corner.
A new list of options will drop down. Scroll down the list and select the Settings option.
A new page will appear revealing your Google Account profile page. This page controls every aspect of your online identity as identified by your Google account profile.
Scroll left from the page to the Assistant section. Once again, scroll down past the list of options presented to you. Near the bottom, you will find a section entitled “Assistant Devices.” There is a phone option under that section which you need to select.
On the new page that opens, scroll down the options available until you see the one titled “Ambient Mode.” Toggle on this option by tapping on the gray button next to it so that it turns blue.
Google Assistant Ambient Mode is now active on your phone.
With Ambient Mode turned on, you will be able to use your Google Assistant features, such as selecting music or gallery pictures to play or getting notifications and updates, while your phone is in charging mode.
To turn off Ambient mode, repeat the steps described above and turn off Ambient mode under Assistant devices by toggling the button next to it from blue to gray.
The Google Assistant Ambient Mode turns your phone’s lock screen into a smart display while charging. The Google Assistant voice feature is also active on the lock screen and can be used to make your phone carry out various functions via the use of voice commands.