Google Chrome supports a feature where it will listen via a plugged in microphone for a “hot-word” such as “OK Google” so you may issue search commands using your voice. When turned on, you can say “OK Google” followed by something like “Directions to Subway”. The feature is very familiar to Android users.
The feature runs as a plug-in, and is listed in the Chrome Task Manager as “Google Voice Hotword Search” and does utilize some system resources to constantly listen for the hotword. Some users might find the feature creepy. Others can’t live without it. You can enable or disable Google Voice Hotword Search in Google Chrome for your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop with these steps:
Note: Google removed this feature from Google Chrome and it is no longer available in newer versions.
- From within Google Chrome, select the “Menu” button in the upper-right corner of the screen, then choose “Settings“
- Select the “Show advanced settings…” link at the bottom of the screen.
- From the “Search” area, there will be a checkbox next to a setting called “Enable “OK Google” to start a voice search“. Check the box to enable the feature, uncheck it to disable it.