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How to change Siri's voice

There are several different accents and voice tones to pick from.

Apple HomePod Mini Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

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In today’s crowded pool of virtual assistants, where everyone from Alexa to Google Assistant (and even Samsung’s infamous Bixby is happy to lend their voice), it’s easy to forget about the one that started it all: Siri. The OG smart assistant started out with a singular voice exclusively on the iPhone in 2011, and has since built out an entire repertoire of voices for Apple devices like the HomePod Mini, MacBook Pro, and iPad.

Siri may not have the ability to change its wake word or take on a growing catalog of celebrity voice options like its ever-popular competitor, Alexa. What it does have, though, is four distinct voice options that can be paired with several accompanying accents like American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, or South African. It doesn’t take long to change up the way Siri sounds, but the process differs depending on your operating system.

Here's how to change the Siri voice on your iOS and macOS devices.

How to change Siri’s voice in iOS

Apple Settings app
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

This is how you change Siri's voice on an iPhone or other iOS device.

To change the Siri voice on your iOS devices, like an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Siri & Search (between Wallpaper and Face ID & Passcode) > Siri Voice.
  • Tap to preview the different voices. (A checkmark will appear next to your final selections.)
  • Exit the Settings app.

Your changes should take effect immediately. Additionally, any voice choice you make on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will be reflected by any Apple Watch that’s connected to the device.

Apple's only smart speaker, the HomePod Mini, also runs on iOS, but the process to change Siri's voice differs slightly from above. Here's how to change the Siri voice on a HomePod Mini.

Apple's HomePod Mini smart speaker sits on a table
Credit: Reviewed / Sarah Kovac

Apple's voice assistant is also found in the HomePod Mini smart speaker.

  • Open the Home app and select the HomePod Mini on your iOS or iPad OS device.
  • Tap the Settings icon wheel in the bottom right corner. Scroll down, then tap on Settings.
  • Tap Siri Voice to choose a voice.
  • Exit to save your changes.

How to change Siri’s voice in macOS

MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro on a table
Credit: Reviewed / Joanna Nelius

Siri is built into the MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro (pictured).

If you have a Mac with macOS Sierra or later, here’s how you can change Siri’s voice.

  • Open the Apple menu > select System Preferences.
  • Select a Siri voice.
  • Exit System Preferences to save your selections.

If you’re hoping to change Siri’s voice on your Apple TV, you’re out of luck. You can change the language Siri uses on an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD. But since Siri doesn’t talk on Apple TVs (yet), you won’t be able to change its non-existent voice.

Also of note: the different accents do not change the actual language that Siri speaks. To adjust the language, head back to the Siri & Search screen referenced in step 2. This time, instead of tapping Siri Voice, choose the option directly above it. From here, you’ll be able to pick from a wide variety of languages to help personalize the communication between you and your smart assistant.

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