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iOS 14.5 is live with new Siri voices for your iPhone and iPad. How to make the switch



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Siri has been given a new look with iOS 14 and is now getting new voices in iOS 14.5.

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Siri, Apples digital assistant found on all of its devices is given a new sound. Actually several new sounds. With the release of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, Apple has Siri’s voice changed and will no longer use a female voice by default when you set up your device. Instead, you will be asked to choose from four different options.

The new voices join the ability to prevent apps from tracking you around the web or in other apps and a new Face ID and Apple Watch trick.

Switching between the voices is a simple process, you just need to know where to look. And once you’ve made the switch on you iPhone or iPad, your decision (and the vote) will follow you to the rest of your Apple devices. When you’re ready to make the switch, here’s what you need to do.

New Siri voices iOS 14.5

Ready for a new sounding Siri?

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Where to find the new Siri voices for iPhone and iPad

According to Apple, the first time you set up a new device, you’ll be asked which voice you want Siri to use. It is the first time that Apple has not made anything a female voice set the standard for his digital assistant. If you’re like me and don’t plan on buying a new iPhone anytime soon, but want to change Siri’s voice after installing iOS 14.5, you can find the option here.

Open the Settings app, then go to Siri and Search > Siri voice. Below the Vote section you will find four different options. Vote 2 and Vote 3 are new, but all four sound more natural and realistic to my ear. A welcome change, if you ask me.

Tap each voice to hear a preview. If you switch to a new voice, your iPhone or iPad will need to download the necessary files to do the conversion. You will see it To download… with a loading animation on each voice as you select it. Once the download is complete, your device will start using that voice in the future.

My pick from the new bunch is voice 3. It’s a nice change from the default female Siri voice I’ve used all these years. To my surprise, my selection also synced with the rest of my Apple devices, such as my Apple Watch and iPad Pro.

The new voices are currently available in English, but I have to think Apple is working on adding more languages, maybe with iOS 15, which is expected to be announced on WWDC in June. In the meantime, make sure to take in as much information about iOS 14 as possible. We have lots of tips and tricks and hidden features for you to view.


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