Google Assistants were first launched exclusively for Google Pixel devices but soon got a lot of attention and could not remain exclusive only for Pixel devices. We can see many current artificial intelligence assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. And Google has to do something to push his assistant to the device as much as possible.
First, many developers are getting a way to get Google Assitant on Android phones running a custom ROM, soon Google decides to make Google Assistants available for other Android devices as well. Now, Google Assistant has replaced Google Now on most Android devices.
Google does not stop here, they recently also make their Assitant available to Apple's iPhone. People love him and in person, I even prefer Google Assistant to Siri in many cases (but GA can not pronounce my name correctly). GA is now running on more than 100 million devices and that number gets bigger if we put it on another device, thanks to the Google Assistant SDK.
With the MacAssitant open source project now it's possible for Mac users to enjoy Google Assitant on their macos. However, keep in mind that this application is still in the early build phase and there are still many features that need to be implemented. Otherwise, it is stable and works fine except some of the custom I will list below.
Steps by step Install Google Assistant on Mac
If you will be downloading the MacAssistant app directly from release page of its GitHub then there is a chance that it won’t work for you because it is integrated with the original developer’s API Key. This is because Google sets a limit to the number of API requests per user.
If the application above does not apply to you, then you may ask me to compile the application so that you use the API key that you will provide. To figure out how to get the API key, check out the end of the article for instructions.
- Once you have downloaded the MacAssistant app, extract the zip file and move the app to your application directory.
- Next, double click to open the app. This won’t open any window but the app will run in the background.
- Check for Google Assistant icon in menu bar. Click on it and this will take you to the login page.
- Login with you Gmail account. Make sure to confirm the login if you are using Two-step verification system.
- Now, the app still won’t work, you need to open activity monitor and look for MacAssistant. Terminate the app.
- Now open the app again and click on the app icon in the Menu bar.
- This will take you to a page where it will ask you for permission, click on Allow.
- Now you can start using the app. Just click on mic icon and say your commands.
How To Get Google OAuth credential
- First, open up the Google Developer Console.
- From the project drop down menu select a project or create a new project by selecting Create a new project.
- On your Dashboard, click on Enable API on the top.
- Now search for Google Assistant API and select it.
- Now on the top click on Enable.
- On the left sidebar first, go to Credential and then choose Create Credentials. Now choose OAuth client ID.
- Now fill the details in the OAuth consent screen and under Application type choose Other.
- In the Credentials tab, you can see the list of client IDs. Look for a download button and download the JSON file.
- Send this file to us and get your App or compile the app by yourself.
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