How To Replace Siri With Google Voice Search Using NowNow [Jailbreak Tweak]

Last week, Google released an update for its Search app to add support for Siri-like feature called Google Now aka Google Voice Search, which performed much better than Siri in yesterday’s comparison video.

If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device, then it is now possible to replace Siri with Google’s Voice Search thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called NowNow.

After installing the jailbreak tweak, it allows you to assign the activator action for “Short Hold” to launch the Google Search app instead of Siri.

To replace Siri with Google Voice Search, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Launch Cydia
  • Tap on the Search tab on search for NowNow
  • Tap on NowNow from the search results
  • Tap on the Install button
  • Then tap on the Confirm button
  • After it is successfully installed, it will prompt you to Restart SpringBoard, tap on the button.
  • After the SpringBoard restart, launch the Settings app
  • Scroll down and tap on NowNow
  • Then tap on Activation Methods
  • Tap on Short Hold under the Home Button to select it.
That’s it, now when you press and hold the Home button, it will launch the Google Search app instead of Siri. Tap on the microphone button to ask your new personal assistant a question.

NowNow is available for free on Cydia. It may not be integrated with native iOS apps like Siri, but it’s a great replacement if you think Google Voice Search understands your ascent better or you have an iOS device that doesn’t include Apple’s personal assistant feature as it is compatible with iOS 4.3 or later compatible devices.
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  • Alan

    I had disabled Siri as it never seemed to understand what I was saying. I might give this a try, Google Search works quite well for me.

  • Subunesss

    is this for only siri enabled devices? or can it run on a jb iphone 4 ?

    • iPhoneHacks

      You can use it also on your jailbroken iPhone 4, which is the cool thing about this tweak.

  • Discreto

    Works great on my Ipad 2 and in Spanish!!

  • Angel

    Do you have to add an specific repo? There are not matches in the search results.

  • Andy

    Dear IPhonehacks, I have iphone 4 running on ios 5.1.1 and its not jailbriken at the moment. Is there any way that google will speak back to me?

  • gugutech

    Well, it only opens the google search app, it doesn’t open or activate voice search directly!

    • Ali

      it will open my dear.. you have to press it till when that voice search opens…

  • Alam

    plz tell me repo for this trick

  • laurnzo

    I don’t think it was intentional on your part iphonehacks but the NowNow can not be found on cydia through searching so it would have been nice to post the Repo in your article.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Kill Cydia and relaunch it .. you don’t need to add a repo for it.