Until recently, the default voice of Apple’s Siri assistant has been a stereotypical female voice. However, research has found that allowing AI assistants to use women by default will increase harmful stereotypes, so Apple is trying to fix the problem in the upcoming iOS 14.5 (currently in beta).
When you update your phone to iOS 14.5, you will be prompted to choose Siri’s default voice-and Apple provides two new voice options. However, if you change your mind and want to use another sound (or are using 14.5 Beta and have not been prompted), this guide will show you how to change the sound after setup.
Currently, the American variety is one of only four sound options. There are only two versions in Australia, Britain, India, Ireland and South Africa. The four phonetic options in the United States are:
- Voice 1, this is a softly vocal male voice
- Voice 2, energetic, confident female voice
- Voice 3 is similar to Voice 2, but it sounds masculine
- Finally is Voice 4, which is similar to the default Siri voice that has been used all these years
If you want to hear your own voice sound, they are in the embedded tweet below.
Tap the sound to play an excerpt, saying “Hi, I’m Siri. Choose the sound you want me to use.” If you choose sounds 1-3, you must download them before you can use them, but you don’t have to Settings” stay in the app. After the download is complete, Siri will respond with the voice of your choice.
This process is unlikely to change in the final version, but if it does, we will make sure to update this method of operation.