How to Change Google Assistant's Voice

Don't like your assistant? Change it up!

Google Assistant on an Android phone

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Change the voice for Google Assistant if you want your virtual assistant to sound different. There are various voices to pick from. Choosing a different Google Assistant voice doesn't change anything else with your assistant except the way it sounds. The change is reflected anywhere you use Google Assistant with your Google account — your smartphone, tablet, or Google Home.

Instructions in this article apply to Android and iOS for users in the United States. The available voice options depend on the device; older phones may have fewer choices.

How to Change the Google Assistant Voice

The quickest way to change the voice Google Assistant uses is to say hey Google, change your voice on your device. However, this method cycles through a couple of times before you're told to open the Google Assistant settings and pick one manually.

The following steps apply to Google Assistant and the Google Home app.

To use Google Assistant to change the voice:

  1. Activate Google Assistant using one of these methods:

    • Say OK Google if Google Assistant is set up.
    • Open the Google Assistant app.
    • Tap the Google Assistant button on the bottom of the home screen.
    Assistant button, Inbox icon on Android

    If Google Assistant fills only half the screen, tap the Inbox icon on the lower-left side.

    In the Google Home app, tap the profile icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, then skip to Step 3.

  2. Go to the top of the screen and select your account icon.

    If you don't see your account icon, select the Menu button (the three dots).

  3. Go to Settings > Assistant > Assistant voice. If you don't see an Assistant option, choose Preferences.

    Settings, Assistant, and Assistant voice buttons on Android

    For iOS and possibly older Android devices, tap your account icon, go to the Assistant tab, then choose Assistant voice.

  4. Select the voice you want Google Assistant to use. Scroll left and right to find more options, then tap the circles to hear samples.

    Google Assistant voice options on Android

    Only voices that are available for your device and Android version appear in the list. Additional Google Assistant voice options may be added in future Android updates.

  5. Tap the home button to leave the app when you're finished. The settings are saved automatically.

Learn how to fix problems when changing the Google Assistant voice if the steps above aren't working.

What Google Assistant Voices are Available?

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

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.

Several additional Google Assistant voices were added in the spring of 2018, and more options like celebrity voices might come in the future. John Legend's voice is one example that was released for a limited time in early April 2019.