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Your iPhone gets two new Siri voices with iOS 14.5. How to try them



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Siri got a new look with iOS 14, and now it gets new voices in iOS 14.5.

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Siri gets a makeover. Well, as much of a makeover as one can give a digital personal assistant. More specific, Apple has changed Siri’s voice in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, which is currently available as a beta for developers and early adopters who sign up for the public beta program.

Also included in the upcoming update is the ability to unlock yours Face ID-equipped iPhone while wearing face mask (you must have one Apple watch for it to work), along with small adjustments in apps like podcasts and music.

If you have already signed up for the public beta to use the new face-locking feature, you will have access to the new Siri voices after installing the latest beta update released on March 31st. For those who want early access to new features, you can sign up for the beta by going to beta.apple.com from the iPhone. Make sure to make a backup of your iPhone before taking the step. The software is unfinished and there are occasional bugs and hiccups. To revert to a stable version of iOS 14, you will need to wipe and restore your device completely. Without a backup, you will have to restart.

Below I show you how to access the new Siri voices in the beta, which will be the same process when iOS 14.5 is officially released. That said, Apple often changes features during the beta process. I will keep an eye on it and update this post with any new changes.

New Siri Voices iOS 14.5

Ready for a new sounding Siri?

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani / CNET

Where to find Siri’s new voices for iPhone and iPad

According to Apple, you will be asked which voice you want Siri to use the first time you set up a new device. This is the first time Apple has not given a female voice as standard for its digital assistant. If you are like me and do not plan to get a new iPhone at any time, but you want to change the voice of Siri after installing iOS 14.5, this is where you can find the option.

To open Settings app, and then go to Siri & Search > Siri Voice. Under the Voice section, you will find four different options. Voice 2 and Voice 3 are new, but to my ear all four sound more natural and realistic.

Tap each voice to hear a preview. Switching to a new voice will require the iPhone or iPad to download the necessary files to switch. You will see Downloading … with a loading animation on each voice when you select it. When the download is complete, the device starts using that voice going forward.

My choice of the new band is Voice 3. It’s a fun change from the usual female Siri voice I’ve been using all these years.

The new voices are currently available in English, but I would be surprised if Apple did not work on adding more languages, perhaps with iOS 15, which is expected to be announced at WWDC in June. In the meantime, be sure to soak in as much information about iOS 14 as possible. We have many tips and tricks and hidden features you can check out.


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