Friday, July 19, 2024

NotebookLM AI Not Working? Try This Fix!

NotebookLM is Google’s latest AI-powered note-taking app that comes bundled with Google’s latest AI, Gemini Pro. This allows you the AI to act as your virtual research assistant while you take and create notes. The AI can then help you with your workflow be it coming up with new ideas, answering questions, or organizing your notes. Sadly, many users report that they’re unable to use or activate the AI despite creating numerous notes in NotebookLM. If you, too, have been facing the same issue, then you might want to give the fix below a try. Let’s get started!

Can’t use the AI in NotebookLM? Try this fix!

You won’t be able to use the AI in NotebookLM mainly due to the lack of Sources. Sources are what allow the AI to get familiar with your notes and their context. They allow the AI to answer relevant questions based on the subject matter while also giving it the ability to come up with new ideas, outlines, and more.

Related: Google’s NotebookLM: 5 Things to Try First!

If your project is missing sources, then no matter the number of notes it contains, the AI won’t be able to activate and reply to your prompts. Thus if you’re facing this issue, ensure that you’ve added at least one source to your current project. If not, then you can use the guides below to add sources to a project in NotebookLM.

We have provided a relatively simple and most common way to add sources in Google NotebookLM below. (But if you need alternative methods too, then check out our page here that covers various ways to add sources to your Notebook on Google NotebookLM.)

  • Open the NotebookLM website > Select project > click “+” under the Sources section > select preferred source > add source > click Insert.


Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you easily add sources to a project in NotebookLM. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process.

  1. Open in your browser and click and select the project where you’re unable to use the AI.
  2. Now click the + icon on your left beside Sources.
  3. Click and select your preferred source. Let’s upload a source from Copied text for this example. Click and select the same.
  4. Add a title for the source at the top, followed by its content in the dedicated space below it.
  5. Click on Insert once you’re done.
  6. The source will now be added for the project and the same will be visible in the text box for the AI at the bottom.
  7. You should now be able to type in the text box and prompt the AI as needed.

And that’s it! You should now be able to use the NotebookLM AI in the concerned document without any issues.

We hope this post helped you easily use the AI in a project in NotebookLM. If you face any more issues or have any questions, feel free to contact us using the comments section below.

Related: 4 Ways to Create a Notebook Using Google NotebookLM


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