How to change Google Assistant’s voice

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago — and added a few surprise options.

With a few simple steps, you can change the voice on all of your Google-powered devices, including your Chromebook and smartphone. Here’s the simple guide on how to change the Google Assistant’s voice.

How to change the voice on your Google device

Want to know what it would sound like if Google Assistant had a regional accent? Or perhaps you live in a bilingual household and want certain family members to feel more comfortable communicating with Google Assistant? Here’s how to change the language or accent of your Google Home device.

1. Open Google Home App

Open up the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet. Select the Settings icon (it looks like a gear) in the main menu.

2. Select More Settings

In Settings, scroll until you reach the Google Assistant section, and look for an option that says More Settings. Select this. In the next screen, look at the top menu and choose Assistant to gain access to the correct options.

3. Choose Assistant Voice

Now select Assistant voice in the drop-down menu. You will then enter an interesting menu of different colored icons that you can swipe through. Select a color and you can listen to a sample of the voice. There are different accents, as well as male and female voices, so scroll on through until you find one you really like. You can then simply close the app and Google Assistant will continue using that voice.

How to change the language on your Google Device

1. Open Google Home App

Using your smartphone or tablet, open up the Google Home app. Open the Settings icon on the home page, which looks like a gear.

2. Select More Settings

Scroll until you reach Google Assistant and then look for the option that says More settings. In the new menu that shows up, look at the options up top and choose Assistant to go to the right section.

3. Choose Languages

In the Assistant section, choose the Languages option. Here you have an important choice to make. You can choose your current language and select Choose a new language to change the primary language that Assistant uses. Or you can choose Add a language to add a second language to Google Assistant in addition to the primary language — useful for bilingual households, etc. Languages available for smart devices include German, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and more.

Please keep in mind that the languages available on your device may vary based on both what Google Nest device you have, and what region you are in. You will have to check your settings to find out specifically what’s available to you.

Give your Google device a celebrity voice

Google Assistant also has the option to assume a variety of celebrity voices, giving you some very unique options for your voice assistant. The range of celebrity voices available continues to grow, but popular options currently include John Legend and Issa Rae.

Some of these options may be available in the voice settings we talking about above, but there is another very easy way to enable a celebrity voice. Just say, “Hey Google, talk like John Legend,” or who you prefer, and the voice assistant will switch.

Assign Different Voices based on the person Google Home is talking to

Maybe your child prefers one of the female voices, but you want to hear a male. The Google Assistant can now use different voices to respond to different people in your household. All you’ll need to do is train the device to recognize your voice, and then the Google Assistant will respond to you in the voice of your choosing.

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