How to Change Google Assistant's Voice

Don't like your assistant? Change it up!

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If you don't like the default Google Assistant voice, you can change it.

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Google Assistant is a virtual assistant app that allows you to interact with your phone, tablet, Google Home, and other devices with speech. It's designed to respond to your voice with a natural-sounding voice of it's own. If you aren't a fan of the way it sounds, or if you're just ready for a change, Google allows you to change your Google Assistant voice any time you want.

Important: The Google Assistant voice options available to you depend on your device, as some older phones do not have the full range of voice options.

The Fastest Way to Change Google Assistant Voice

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You can quickly change Google Assistant's voice by asking it to change voice.

Google Assistant allows you to change the voice that it uses from right inside the voice-activated Google Assistant interface. This allows you to change the voice that Google Assistant uses very quickly, but the options are extremely limited. Rather than allowing you to select from all of the available voices, this fast option only toggles between the default voice and one other voice.

To change your Google Assistant voice quickly, without digging into any settings menus, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Activate Google Assistant by saying Okay Google or tapping the Google Assistant microphone icon.
  2. Say change voice.
  3. Say yes to keep the new voice, or no to go back to the old voice.
    1. Note: The two voices you can access via this method are the original default female voice and the newer default male voice.

Changing the voice that Google Assistant uses is really that easy. However, you can select from many other voice options if you're willing to dig into the settings.

How to Change Google Assistant Voice to Any Available Voice

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Google Assistant has several voice options to choose from.

If you aren't a fan of the default Google Assistant voice, or the alternative that you can toggle to by requesting a new voice, you can dig a little deeper and change to any voice option that Google offers.

To select the Google Assistant voice option of your choosing:

  1. Activate Google Assistant by saying Okay Google or tapping the Google Assistant microphone icon.
  2. Tap the blue icon while Google Assistant is active.
  3. Tap the menu icon.
  4. Tap Settings to open the settings menu.
  5. Tap Preferences to open the preferences menu.
  6. Tap Assistant voice to open the Google Assistant voice menu.
  7. Tap the voice that you want to use.
  8. If you don't like the new voice, tap as many different voices as you like.
    1. Tip: Google offers a number of different voices and plans to introduce new options regularly, including celebrity voices like John Legend. Check back from time to time if you want to try something new.
  9. Leave the settings menu by tapping the Home button, launching a new app, or via any other method, and your new Google Assistant voice setting will be saved.

How to Change Google Assistant Voice in Google Home

Google Home devices, including Google Home Mini and Google Home Max smart speakers, rely on Google Assistant for voice interaction. The default voice is the same one you hear in the Google Assistant app on your phone, and you can change it to any of the options that are available in the Google Assistant app.

To change Google Assistant's voice in Google Home, you need to use a phone or tablet that is connected to the same network as your Google Home device. The phone or tablet needs to have the Google Home app installed, and the app needs to be associated with the same Google account as your Google Home device.

If you have your phone or tablet, and your Google Home app, all set up and ready to go, then changing the voice in Google Home is pretty easy:

  1. Make sure that your phone or tablet is on the same wireless network as your Google Home device.
    1. For more detailed information, please see our guide to setting up Google Home.
  2. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.
  3. Tap More Settings.
  4. Tap Preferences.
  5. Tap Assistant Voice.
  6. Select a new voice.
    1. Tip: Google Home can be trained to recognize the different voices of each person in your household and to respond with the voice option of their choosing.

What Google Assistant Voices are Available?

When Google Assistant first launched, it only had a default feminine voice. Google added a default male option in October 2017, and both of these initial options are still available.

Advances in the WaveNet technology that's behind Google Assistant's natural-sounding voice have made it easier to implement new options that sound just as good as the originals. Six additional Google Assistant voices were added in Spring 2018, with plans for additional options, including celebrity voices like John Legend, in the future.

What Devices Allow You to Change Google Assistant's Voice?

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Google Assistant voice options are available on a limited number of devices.

The ability to change Google Assistant's voice, and the available voice options, vary from one device to the next. Some devices, including newer Android phones like Pixel, Pixel 2, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X allow you to select any available voice. Older devices may limit you to only the default male and female voices.

The latest Google Assistant voice options are currently available on the following devices:

  • Google Home
  • Chromebooks
  • Android 6.0+ phones and tablets

If you navigate to the Assistant voice settings page on your device, and you only see a few options, then that is all that is currently available on your device. Your device may gain access to more voice options at a later date if your mobile carrier provides your phone with an updated version of Android and Google Assistant.