Until recently, the standard voice of Apple’s Siri assistant has been stereotypically female. However, studies have found that having AI assistants as standard for female voices can reinforce harmful stereotypes, so Apple has tried to fix it in its upcoming iOS 14.5, which is now in beta.
When you update your phone to iOS 14.5, you’ll be prompted to choose a default voice for Siri – and Apple includes two new voice options. However, if you have changed your mind and want to use a different voice (or use 14.5 beta and were not prompted), this guide will show you how to change your voice after installation.
At present, the American variant is the only one with four voting choices; Australian, British, Indian, Irish and South African versions have only two. The four US election choices are:
- Voice 1, which is a soft-voiced male voice
- Voice 2, an energetic, confident female sound
- Voice 3 is similar to Voice 2, but male
- And finally, Voice 4, which is similar to the standard Siri voice that has been around for years
If you want to hear how the voices sound to yourself, they are in the built-in tweet below.
If you press a voice, a snippet of it says “Hey, I’m Siri. Choose the voice you want me to use. If you select voices 1-3, it must download them before you can use them, but you do not have to be in the Settings app while doing so. When the download is complete, Siri will respond with your selected voice.
This process is unlikely to change in the final version, but if it does, we will be sure to update this process.