Siri, the favorite voice assistant of yours has a lot to offer and there are tens of things that you can ask Siri to do for you. Don’t expect a person to come out of your phone, but still, what is at offer is great for an artificial assistant to automate a few things that you might have done by yourself otherwise and wasted a good amount of time doing that.
While some might not want to use it at all, some are in love with this assistant and would want to personalize it for their accent or language. Thankfully, you can do that for Siri, thus changing the voice gender, the accent, and the language is possible. One of our readers asked this,
“I am liking Siri. It is very helpful sometimes but I wonder why can’t I have a male voice for Siri? Not that I don’t like Siri’s original voice but would want that Siri voice to read out my texts regularly with a male tone. Can I do that?”
So, can you change the voice of Siri?
Of course, you can. That’s a good thing about Siri or iOS in that case because you can change things at your will when it comes to changing the voice, the language, or even the accent of this Voice assistant. Here’s how you can change the voice (the gender, basically).
Go to Settings > Siri and here, in the big list of options, you will find something called “Siri Voice”. This is where you will not just be able to change the accent, but also the voice – Male or Female. So, the accent can be one of the three – American, Australian, and British. And the voice, you know. By default, it is the female voice that greets you, and the accent is usually dependent on where you bought the iPhone.
But hey, there’s nothing like a big number of voices available. Fun fact, it was Susan Bennett, a voice-over artist from America who gave the female voice for Siri. And for the male voice in British accent was given by Jon Briggs, who didn’t even know it was his voice being used until he heard the voice and recognized it on iPhone 4s, through which the first version of Siri was introduced.
How to change the language of Siri
A Spanish user asked,
“How do I change the language of Siri? I know it does well in English but my uncle is not good in English and wants to listen to Siri’s voice in Spanish. Is it possible?”
Now, let’s check out how to change the language. Indian users will be out of luck. But changing to Spanish is possible, so is to a few other languages. I’ll list down all the languages that are supported by Siri, but before that, here’s how to change Siri’s language.
Under the Siri settings that we mentioned above, you will find the “Language” option under the Hey Siri one. Tap on that and you will find the list of languages you can change it to.
List of languages supported by Siri
Siri currently (on iOS 10.3) supports Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese – China, Hong Kong, Mandarin – China, Taiwan), Danish, Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States), Finnish, French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Hebrew, Italian (Italy), Italian (Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (United States), Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.
The list will keep changing whenever Apple adds more languages.
So, it isn’t hard but I know when you are confused, nothing is clearly found even if the options are easily available.