Windows made some major changes in Windows 10 over its older version. Many new features were added but I was particularly driven by Cortana, a refreshing new device assistant. I have been using it on my laptop but always missed it on my Android smartphone. Eventually, I have found the answer for “How to Get Cortana on Android Device“. It is very simple as you will discover. So get ready for your new assistant whom you can ask anything from the nearest restaurants to the live football scores.
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How to Get Cortana on Android Device
First of all, you need to go to the Google Play Store to install this app, Cortana. After you have it installed on your phone, set Cortana as your default voice assistant. The simplest way to do is just long press the home button on your Android device. Next, you will be asked to choose between Cortana and Google Assistant as your default assistant. Choose Cortana and select ‘Always’ to avoid making the selection next time.
If Google Play Store Doesn’t Allow to download Cortana!
In that case, you can always use some other android apps site to download the APK file of Cortana. There are many sites which provide Cortana APK for free. We would suggest you to use APKMirror.com for downloading Cortana for free. However, your android settings won’t allow you to install apps from other sources. So first you have to go to the settings and allow installation from unknown sources to install the APK file.
Now that you know, how to install Cortana on Android device, you can try this on your phone. If for some reason, you decide to switch back to your normal Google Assistant, all you need to do is clear the default App settings.
In case pressing the Home button long does not respond, do not worry. Just follow the steps below.
- Go to Settings and navigate to Buttons. Now you need to double tap on the Home long press action.
- A list of options will appear on your screen as shown. Select ‘Search Assistant’ option from the given list. This will ensure that long pressing Home button opens ‘Search Assistant’.
- Now go back to Home button and long press it to set Cortana as your default assistant as explained earlier.
- Again go back to setting, and tap on the cog icon. You will find this option on the top right corner.
- Tapping on the Assist voice input will enable you to set Cortana as the default Assist app.
The introduction of Cortana in Windows 10 impressed one and all. So, did you try Cortana? Maybe you did not because you do not have Windows 10 on your laptop or PC. Do you know that you can actually experience Cortana on your Android device in place of normal Google Assistant? Yes, it is really possible to get Cortana on Android device by just installing a simple app. The best part is that it is absolutely free and you do not need to own a Windows 10 computer.
I hope you have understood how to get Cortana on Android device but to you must know about its limitations. After all, it is not naturally made for Android. The downside of using Cortana on Android device is that it cannot access Google search history. As a result, it will not be able to make suggestions according to your likes or dislikes.
There is one more thing that you might find a bit annoying. Cortana would always use the default options for sending emails or playing music. Thus, when you ask it to send email, it will always use the same default app all the time.