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. Using a celebrity voice instead of the more automated voices is a convenient option, especially for those who are tired of the same old voice and are looking for a change. The range of celebrity voices available continues to grow, but popular options currently include John Legend and Issa Rae.

There’s a different, phenomenally simple way to give your Google Home a celebrity voice, even though some of these options are available in the voice settings we mentioned earlier. All you have to do is say, “Hey Google, talk like John Legend,” or whoever you prefer, and the voice assistant will address you that way until you tell it otherwise.

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

One of the cooler though not as prominent features of Google Home is the ability to change which voice responds based on who your Google Home is talking to. If you’d prefer to hear a male voice respond to you, but your child would like to hear a female voice, you can easily achieve this.

There are two steps you’ll need to take to enable this feature. First, Google Home needs to recognize your voice. After you train it to do so, just instruct it to respond to you in the voice you prefer. This ability gives you and your household endless flexibility when it comes to personalizing your Google Home.

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