Google Assistant uses two-way communications, i.e., listening and speaking. For speaking, it uses its default output voice, but there may be cases where some of us may want to change it. For example, in a home with many people, we may want to set a different Google Assistant voice for different persons.
Some people may simply fail to bear the monotone or robotic Google Assistant voice. The good news is that you can change the Google Assistant voice, depending on the language used.
Choices of Voice in Google Assistant
The choice of voice you can use with Google Assistant depends on your device or Google Assistant’s language. Google Assistant supports 40 different languages. For English (US), you may have more than a dozen options as voice output. These voices are male or female with different accents like UK, Australia, etc.
For English (US), you also have a celebrity option like Issa Rae’s voice as a Google Assistant voice. Also, there are languages with no other Google Assistant voice (except the default). Google is now working on adding a second voice for 9 different languages and improving them with each Google Assistant update.
The voice choices are not shown as names but as colors. Here is the list of colors and what they mean when using English (US).
- Red: This is the default female voice of Google Assistant.
- Orange: Male.
- Amber: Female.
- Green: Male.
- Cyan: Female.
- Blue: Male.
- Purple: Male.
- Pink: Male.
- British Racing Green: A British accent female voice.
- Sydney Harbour Blue: An Australian accent female voice.
If you cannot change the voice of your Google Assistant, then the language in use does not support a second voice, and you may change the Google Assistant’s language (discussed later) to change the voice.
Methods to Change Google Assistant Voice
The method to change Google Assistant’s Voice depends upon the device and the device’s OS you are using to change the voice. Although the process is not complicated, you may have to dig into some menus or options. Remember that once the Google Assistant voice changes on a single device, the change will replicate to all the other devices using the same Google account.
For example, if you want to change the Google Assistant voice in Android Auto or a car, you may change it on your phone, and it will also change on Android Auto (where Internet signals are weak, the assistant may use the default voice) or your car. If you want to change the Google Assistant voice on a single device only, sign in with a different Google account on that device.
The methods will have the following scenarios:
- On Google Devices
- On an Android Phone
- On an iPhone
- On a Chromebook
Change the Google Assistant Voice on Google Devices Through the Google Home App
This method mainly works for changing the Google Assistant voice on Google devices (like Nest, speakers, display, etc.).
- Launch the Google Home app and open your user profile in the top right.
- Now open Assistant Settings, and in the horizontal bar, tap on Assistant.
- Then open Assistant Voice, and a menu will appear.
- Select your required voice from the presets, and you have successfully changed your voice on Google Assistant.
Change Google Assistant Voice on an Android Phone
You can change Google Assistant voice on an Android phone through the Google Assistant app, Google app, or Android Settings.
Change Google Assistant Voice by Using Assistant itself
- Launch the Google Assistant by saying the default command, usually, Hey Google, or by pressing/holding the Home button on your phone.
- Now say Change Your Voice and tap on the Manage Voice Settings button. You can also manually open the Google Assistant Settings and its Voice settings.
- Then scroll through the voices shown and select your desired one. You will hear a sample voice for each option that you will select.
Change the Google Assistant Voice Through the Google App
- Launch the Google App and near the top right, open your profile.
- Now select Settings and tap on Google Assistant.
- Then, in the All Settings section, open Assistant Voice & Sounds.
- Now choose the sound that best suits you, and you have successfully changed the voice of the Google Assistant.
Change the Google Assistant Voice Through the Android Settings
- Launch Android Settings and select Google.
- Now scroll down and tap on Settings for Google Apps.
- Then open Search, Assistant, & Voice and select Google Assistant.
- Now open Assistant Voice & Sounds and select your required voice.
Change the Google Assistant Voice on an iPhone
- Launch the Google Assistant app on your iPhone and near the top right, open your user profile.
- Now open the Assistant Voice option and select your desired Google Assistant voice.
Change the Google Assistant Voice on a Chromebook
- Launch the Settings of the Chromebook and open Search and Assistant.
- Now select Google Assistant and open Google Assistant Settings.
- Then open Voice, select your desired Google Assistant voice, and the voice has changed.
Use a Celebrity Voice as a Google Assistant Voice
Celebrities have a lot of fan following, and people love to hear the voices of their favorite celebrities. If you want to hear your Google Assistant as a US celebrity, then the good news is that you can, but the options are limited but growing. Currently, Issa Rae and John Legend are one of the most used. You can select the voice from the Google Assistant’s voice choices or simply say (you can say any supported name in place of Issa Rae):
Hey Google, talk like Issa Rae
Use Different Google Assistant Voices for Different People
Some people may want to customize the Google Assistant to use different voices for different people. For example, if you want to hear the Google Assistant in the Issa Rae voice but your partner is more interested in the default robotic voice, then you can train the Google Assistant to do so.
Firstly, train Google Home (which will use Google Assistant) with your voice and set it up per your requirements. Now Google Home will respond to your commands with your desired voice, whereas, for others, it will use the default voice or vice versa.
Unable to Change Google Assistant’s Voice? Try these fixes
If you see only one option as a voice for the Google Assistant, then the language you are using for Google Assistant does not have any other voices. Here, you must change the language of the Google Assistant to change its voice.
- Launch the Google Home app and tap on your user profile in the top right.
- Now open Assistant Settings and select Languages.
- Then tap on your current language and select a new language like English (US).
Now check if you can change the voice of the Google Assistant. If not, you may change the device’s OS language to a language supported by Google Assistant. For illustration, we will go through the process of an Android phone.
- Launch Android Settings and open System.
- Now select Language & Input and open Languages.
- Then select a language like English (US). If it is not shown, tap on Add a Language and select English (US).
- Now check if you can change the Google Assistant’s voice (by the above methods).
- If not, head to the Languages menu of the phone by following steps 1 and 2.
- Now tap on the three vertical ellipses in the top right and tap on Remove.
- Then select all the other languages except English (US) and tap on the Trash icon.
- Now confirm to remove the languages and then restart your phone.
- Upon restart, check if you can change the Google Assistant voice.
If you can still not change the voice of the Google Assistant, then you may clear the cache and data of the Google app, Google Assistant app, and Google Home app. Then uninstall these apps (if uninstall is not possible, disable the app), restart your phone, reinstall (or enable) these apps, and hopefully, you will be able to change the Google Assistant voice.