How To Set Cortana As Default Assistant On Android


Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, and Cortana are few popular digital assistants. If you are on Android, you have an option to try Google Assistant and Siri is on iPhone devices. Microsoft released Cortana for Windows Phone but later it launched Cortana for Android and iOS as well. If you use Android Phone, you can also try Cortana to see if you can do better things with it.Google Now is the default Assistant that can be replaced with Google Assistant on latest Android devices. But, you can also set Cortana as default Assistant on your Android phone.

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In this article, I will show you how to set Cortana as default digital assistant on Android phone.

Set Cortana As Default Assistant On Android

First of all, Download Cortana from Google Play Store. The app is available for free.

Before you start using Cortana, you will be asked to sign n using Microsoft account. If you do not have one, you need to create one. You can also use your Skype account to log in.

Cortana As Default Assistant

After you have logged in successfully, it asks for few permissions including location, SMS, and others. After this, it asks for “Add Cortana to my lock screen.“ If you want to use Cortana direct from the lock screen, you can enable this.

When you are done with basic Cortana setup, now you need to set Cortana as default assistant.

Now the next step is different for different devices. If your phone is running on Android 5.x or older, you have Google Now as default assistant. So long press the home button and it asks you to select the app to complete action using. Here, select Cortana and tap on Always.

Cortana Android

If your phone is running Android 6.0 or higher, you have Google Assistant. So, you need to follow these steps. Open Settings app and go to Apps section. Here tap on cog icon at the top-right corner of the app list.

Here, your options will differ depending on your phone’s manufacturer. Look for something like “Default Apps”, “Configure Apps”, “Assist & voice input,” or “Default App Settings”. Here change the “Assist App” to Cortana.

Cortana As Default Assistant On Android

This is how you can set Cortana as default assistant on Android phone.

Final Words

Google Assistant is good, but there is no harm in trying Microsoft’s effort of the digital assistant. So, Follow this guide and set Cortana as default personal digital assistant on Android phones.

If you have any confusion, you can always leave a comment below to ask.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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