One of the big changes to Apple’s voice assistant in iOS 14.5 is that it has a removed Standard Siri Voice. At the same time, several new Siri language options have been added, including different accents and several male and female options.
Siri has received numerous intelligence upgrades since its inception, including improved command understanding, neural text-to-speech capabilities, and other features. Even so, the VA has sounded pretty much the same since it was launched in 2011, so it’s definitely time to turn things upside down.
How to change Siri’s voice on your iPhone or iPad.
Siri language settings: where to find them
Apple divides Siri settings into their own category so they’re easy to find. In the Settings app, scroll down to find Siri & Search. If you’re having trouble finding it, you should find the menu in the section that starts with General.
Tap Siri & Search, then Siri voice. You can choose from American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish or South African accents. The American option gives you four voices – two male, two female – while the other variants only offer two.
If you want to change the default setting Siri languageGo to Siri & Search> Language. You will find many English variants to choose from.
Now we just have to wait for Apple teaches Siri to whisper or scream for even more variety.
Other useful Siri language settings
Next you want to decide when You hear Siri’s new voice.
Check Siri & Search> Siri Answers. While the default setting is “When silent mode is off”, you can have Siri respond even when the ring switch is muted. Another option is to only have it respond when you say “Hey Siri”.
Whichever option you choose, Siri will always be audible when you use hands-free devices such as Bluetooth headphones or Apple CarPlay.
You can also let Siri tell you who is requesting speakerphone. Go to Siri & Search> Announce Calls to set Siri to tell you when you’re wearing headphones or in the car.
You can control when Siri is listening to you from the Siri & Search main menu. You can use the traditional wake-up word “Hey Siri” and / or press and hold the side power button to conjure it. You can also choose whether Siri can answer questions when your phone is locked.