How to Set Microsoft Copilot as Default Assistant on Android

AI apps and tools have been heading for steady progress. Google’s newly released Gemini is now replacing the Google Assistant on select Android smartphones running on Android 12 and above. So, if you have a smartphone that cannot run Google Gemini, you can always make do with Microsoft’s AI assistant – Microsoft Copilot.

Now, there are many reasons why people aren’t getting along with Google Gemini and it’s mainly because of the tasks that the previous Google Assistant was able to perform. With Gemini not being able to do everything yet, the hunt for other assistants is always on. Microsoft has taken this as a great opportunity to let people make use of and try out its AI assistant service, Microsoft Copilot.

Set Microsoft Copilot as Your Default Assistant on Android

The Microsoft Copilot app is now available for Android devices. However, as pointed out by notable Senior Contributor, Mishaal Rahman on X (formerly Twitter) the beta version of Microsoft Copilot can now be set as your default assistant app on your Android smartphone. He has also stated that from version number 27.9.420225014, you can invoke Microsoft Copilot by holding the power button.

Of Course, apart from just invoking the Copilot app using the power button, it doesn’t do anything else. But that does not mean Microsoft won’t make the Copilot smarter and respond to various voice commands that you throw at it. They surely are working on it and we can expect it to be a fully functional voice assistant in the coming days or even months at this point. Of Course, Microsoft will be sure to announce it when such features are ready.

Now, if you plan to test and try out Microsoft Copilot as your default assistant on your Android, we have listed down the steps that you can follow

  1. First off, launch the Google Play Store on your Android smartphone.
  2. Now, search for the Microsoft Copilot app.
  3. When you find the app, scroll down a bit and tap on the Join Beta option.
  4. In a few moments when you have successfully joined the beta program, tap on the Install button.
  5. Or, if you first installed the app and then selected the Join beta option, you will get an update for the Microsoft Copilot app.

Setting Microsoft Copilot as Default Assistant

  1. Launch the app and tap on the Continue button.
  2. Allow it the location permissions when it asks.
  3. If you want you can tap on the Sign In option at the top left corner of the app.
    How to Set Microsoft Copilot as Default Assistant on Android
  4. You can tap on the use Chat GPT-4 toggle if you want to use the newer AI model or simply leave it if you are fine with using the older mode
  5. Now, open the Settings app on your smartphone.
  6. Scroll and tap on the Apps section.
  7. Now, choose the Default Apps option.
    How to Set Microsoft Copilot as Default Assistant on Android
  8. From this list, tap on the Digital Assistant App option.
  9. You will see a list of other options depending on what apps you have installed.
  10. Simply tap on Copilot. You will have to agree with a pop-up message that says it will be able to read your data.
    How to Set Microsoft Copilot as Default Assistant on Android
  11. Once you have agreed, Copilot is now your default digital assistant on your Android smartphone.
  12. Now, when you press the power button or use the bottom left inside swipe gesture, you can invoke the Copilot digital assistant on your smartphone.

Closing Thoughts

So there you have it, the simple and easy way to get Copilot on your Android smartphone and also set it as your default digital assistant on your smartphone. Sire, there is a lot of work needed for Microsoft to get Copilot to work along the lines of Google Assistant. However, it is not too far off for Copilot on Android to become an even smarter assistant.

Will you be using Copilot or simply waiting for Google Gemini to get smarter? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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