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How to Change Siri’s Voice in iOS 7

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Siri is one of the standout features of iOS, and Apple has been continually improving it since they debuted it with the iPhone 4S two years ago. This time around, with the launch of iOS 7, Siri received a handful of new features, including the ability to recognize new voice commands and check more sources, such as Bing, Wikipedia and Twitter, as well as choosing a new voice, along with the availability of more languages.

Previously, Siri only came in one female voice, and options were fairly limited before iOS 7 rolled around. Now, Apple has added the option of choosing either a female voice or a male voice, and they’ve added more languages to the heep. Here’s how to access the new features and customize Siri, because Siri doesn’t tell you how to do it, sadly.

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Picking a New Voice

2013-09-18 15.23.01If you’re tired of the default Siri voice and want to change it to the male voice, simply just open up the Settings app and navigate to General > Siri. A new window will open with different Siri options to choose from. Tap on “Voice Gender” and then select “Male.” It doesn’t give you a preview of what it sounds like, so to see if you like it, just boot up Siri by holding down the Home button and asking it a simple question in order to hear a response. You’ll then be able to decide whether or not you like the new voice.

Changing Siri’s Language

If English isn’t your first language and would rather interact with Siri using a different language, tap on “Language,” which is located in the same window where you tapped on “Voice Gender” (it’ll be right above that). From there, you’re given a huge list of languages that you can use for Siri. However, it’s important to note that not all languages are available in both a male and female voice. Some languages, like UK English, are only available in a male voice.

Furthermore, some of the languages aren’t as fluid-sounding as the English version, but that could be because Siri’s native language is English to begin with. Even then, I found the female voice to be more fluid than the male voice, but it might just be that I’m so used to hearing the female voice, that the male voice is just a little surprising at first. In any case, experiment with the two different voices, and if you know other languages, it’s always fun to play around with Siri by shouting commands in different languages.

8 Comments

  1. JD

    09/19/2013 at 12:41 am

    There is no option to change the voice in my 4s? I followed your instructions, but in its not there

  2. jim him

    09/19/2013 at 2:18 am

    Likewise, there is no option here either. Poor advice, the instruction above is nonsense.

  3. Craig

    09/19/2013 at 2:31 am

    its only in america from what i can see, change your language to English american then you have the choice

    • Eamonn

      09/21/2013 at 4:52 am

      very good advice, well spotted 8-)

  4. Claire

    09/19/2013 at 9:13 am

    I have an iPhone 5 and there is no voice gender selection. WTH?

  5. Kayla

    09/19/2013 at 10:19 am

    You have to update to the iOS 7.0 to do the voice change. SETTINGS>GENERAL>SIRI and then there are a list of options to change. The voice gender being one. With that being said I do have the 5 and am not sure if the 4 looks much different. Hope that helps somehow.

  6. Steve

    09/19/2013 at 12:35 pm

    Changed to English USA and it worked. The female voice is much better.

  7. Rebecca barker

    09/20/2013 at 6:18 am

    I updated my 4s and now Siri doesn’t work at all!

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