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How to get Google Now on Windows and Mac

1. Download Chrome Canary

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Yesterday, much to the delight of many, Google announced the imminent arrival of Google Now on desktops. The virtual assistant though is only available on Google Chrome Canary, which is an experimental version of the browser where new features are tried. If you cannot wait for the final release of this feature and want to try it out right now, here is how you can get it now.

Google Now for desktops works on Mac and Windows PC and you will first need to install Chrome Canary, which is available here. While Canary is being downloaded, if you are an iPhone user, you will need to sign into your Google account in the Google Search app and also enable Locations Settings, so it can sync with the Chrome browser. Android users are logged into their Google accounts by default.

Once the browser is downloaded, you will need to sign into Chrome using your Gmail account and in the subsequent popup box, select “sync everything”. Next step is to enable notifications. Click on the Options menu on the right of the address bar and select Settings and once inside, expand this menu by clicking “Show advanced settings…”

Under the Privacy settings, select on Content settings, which will popup yet another settings box. Scroll down to Notifications, and enable — “Ask me when a site wants to show desktop notifications (recommended)”. This will enable popup notifications and you will now see a bell icon in your system tray. This is where you will see all your notifications and Google Now cards.

We should warn you that Canary is a version of Chrome meant for developers and even Google warns that “It can sometimes break down completely.”

Step-by-step guide:

1. Download Chrome Canary


2. Login into Gmail account and enable Location Settings in the Google Search app (Apple iPhone users)

3. Sign into Chrome, once browser is downloaded and sync everything

4. Go to the browser’s settings and open advanced settings


5. Under Privacy go to Content settings and enable Notifications

  • Published Date: January 17, 2014 5:06 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 17, 2014 6:16 PM IST