With the latest release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google included a very helpful feature to help make searching easier called Now on tap. Restaurants, movies, music and people are all examples of things you can search by using Now on tap. Now on tap is a simple feature with the ability to give you deeper search results than your traditional search method.
With Now on tap, you can get quick information without leaving the app you’re using by holding the Home button. By holding the Home button, your phone will automatically search what is on your screen to show pertinent information related to apps, details, and actions. You no longer have to go to the dedicated search box to search these things.
Now on tap is available on Android devices 6.0 (Android M) with the Google app installed.
To turn on Now on tap:
- Touch and hold the Home button.
- Follow the instructions to turn on Now on tap on your device.
To use Now on tap:
- Touch and hold the Home button
- Or, say “Ok Google” and then ask a question
You’ll get more information based on what app you’re currently using and what’s on your screen.
To turn off Now on tap:
- Open the Google app .
- Touch Menu > Settings.
- Touch Now cards.
- Turn “Now on tap” to off (gray).
When you use Now on tap, you “copy and paste” what you’re looking at into Google to get information that might be useful based on what you’re doing.
Now on tap is still only available for Android 6.0 M in English and Japanese. It is a feature that is worth using as it is a great way to search what is currently on your screen. Now on tap is definitely one of those features that requires a few tries before finding real value in using it.
Try it out if you have Android 6.0 M and let us know what you think in the comment section.