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How To Update Your Chrome Browser To Get Google Now Voice Search


From now on you can use a Google Now style voice search on your chrome browser. It is now available in the latest Chrome stable version for the desktop, and all you have to do is get the new update by taking the following steps:

  • Launch your Chrome browser and open the settings.
  • Click on Help and after a few seconds you will be prompted to relaunch Chrome.
  • After you restart Chrome, just head to Google and click the microphone icon in the search box.
  • You will have to give permission for Google to use your microphone (look for the bar on top), depending on your privacy settings.
  • Then you speak.

Testing it out, we can tell you this isn’t as “fancy” as was shown off at Google I/O. More than likely this is just the beginning, and a more advanced form of the search will arrive a bit down the road.

Have you started using voice search? What do you think of the changes?


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  • Jeroen

    I have added the Chrome voice search extension before I found the mike icon in the search bar.

    Using the extension I have perfect voice recognition in my own language. (Dutch) And I mean PERFECT! But the mike in the search bar only recognizes english, and poorly at that.

    At least there’s room for improvement.

  • advancewars

    it’s cool and there are easter egg questions with fun answers, but i’d like an extension button or something to use it

    • pobautista

      I mean who still doesn’t use the omnibox?

      They should put that microphone button on
      the Chrome omnibox or toolbar, or make an anywhere-in-Chrome keyboard shortcut.