iOS 7: Changing Siri’s Voice

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Changing Siri's voiceSiri's pretty cool because it lets you talk to your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone iPod touch to issue commands, but what if you don't like the gender of the default voice Siri uses when it replies? That's not a problem in iOS 7 because you can switch Siri's gender between female and male with just a couple screen taps.

In the United States, Siri's voice is female by default. To change the voice to male, do this:

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Siri
  • Select Voice Gender, then choose either Male or Female

That's all there is to it. You can switch Siri's gender any time you want; She -- or he -- doesn't mind.

iOS 7 lets you change Siri into a man or woman, no surgery requirediOS 7 lets you change Siri into a man or woman, no surgery required

Why would you want to change the gender of Siri's voice, you ask? Maybe you can understand one voice better than the other, or if you hang out with a lot of Siri users it can make your iPhone's voice easier to pick out.

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It works BTW for the UK voice. Initially it wasn’t simply male by default, but male only. Because the US female voice too often had difficulty with my accent, I switched to the UK voice and did the male-bonding thing, and happily interacted with Siri thence.

After iOS7, I noticed the option for the female voice. Perhaps owing to a certain Star Trek bias, and that future’s penchant for female-voiced computers, I switched immediately, and now can quietly share the inclusivity alongside my US voice-using Apple co-clients whenever podcasters and analysts refer to Siri in the feminine.

Now, if only they could make it sound like Majel Barret…well, not with a UK accent.

Larry Rice

I know it’s silly, but I’ve always called the male voice “Siro.”


I wish I could choose between basso profundo, baritone, tenor, contralto, soprano & child voices for Siri (to name a few, for starters). I think it would also be nice to be able to choose a different foreign speaking voice for Siri, from my particular accent which I’ve selected for Siri to recognize, or my own voice for Siri’s, or my wife’s, or my child’s, or my boss’s …

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