In this guide we’ll explain how to quickly change the voice on Google Assistant and Google Home. In September Google added a male voice, a first for its digital assistant. If you want to get rid of the robotic female voice, now you can.
It only takes about 15 seconds inside the Google Assistant app or from the Google Home application. And while the male voice is still somewhat robotic, it’s a nice change for those that want it.
Traditionally all bots and assistants have a female voice. Everyone from Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Google Maps, and the Google Assistant. Studies show men and women alike respond better to a female voice. People find it more feminine and trustworthy, vs an authoritative and manly male voice. Here’s how to quickly change it.
How to Change the Voice on Google Assistant & Home
The new voice option is available on Google Home and the Assistant both and is widely rolling out in the United States. As of right now, we’re unaware of other regions, but we’ll update with additional information once it’s available.
Users simply need to head to the Google Assistant or Home app and navigate to settings, then follow our steps and image below. With all the creativity at Google, the name for the male voice is “Voice II”.
- Open the Google Assistant app from the launcher or long-press the home button
- Tap on the three-dot menu button and open Settings
- Open Preferences and select Assistant Voice
- Switch to Voice II (male)
As we said above, Google just released the male voice at the end of September. It’s rolling out to users in the United States first, then other regions will follow. If you don’t see the option yet, check back soon, as it should be available in the next few weeks. Google slowly rolls these features out to limited users first, then the rest after they confirm everything works as it should.
The same steps and “Preferences” section inside the Google Home app will let you change it for your Home Assistant. Find “Assistant Voice” and change it to Voice II.
It’s worth noting that I had the option in the Google Home app to use the male voice, but it’s still missing on the Assistant using the Galaxy 8+. So sometimes I get a male voice, other times it is a female. We’re expecting full availability for all users in the next few weeks. Give it a try today and let us know in the comments below which voice you prefer. While you’re here, check out our Google Home Review.