Pro Tip: Activate Google Now on KitKat without root

Pro Tip: Activate Google Now on KitKat without root

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Due to EU legislation devices sold in some European countries simply can’t enable Google Now on KitKat.  It works fine on devices like the Nexus 4 or OG Nexus 7 when coming to 4.4 from 4.3.  However if, like me, you bought a Nexus 5 hoping for all the Google goodness you were probably pretty bummed to find that you can’t enable Google Now.  The solution is mind bogglingly simple.

The Tip

Follow these 4 steps:

  1. Sign out of Google Search
  2. Disable Google Play Services
  3. Sign into Google Search
  4. Enable Google Now
  5. Enable Google Play Services

I took these nearly word for word from Jonathon Mallet’s post on the Google Product Forums thread for this particular problem.  I’ve personally tried this on my Nexus 7 and it worked like a charm!

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