How to change the Google Assistant voice on Home speakers and Android

John Legend finally graces us with his silky-smooth presence

How to change the Google Assistant voice

We still can't change Google Assistant's name - but we can at least choose how it sounds.

Last year Google updated the Assistant with a range of different voices on Google Home and other Assistant devices - and that now includes John Legend's silky-smooth pipes.

The new voices are also a proof of concept for WaveNet, an AI voice tool built by Google subsidiary DeepMind to easily take human voices and synthesize them into your Assistant.

If you want to change the Assistant voice, it’s relatively easy to do so, but the process is a little different depending on whether you want to do so on a Google Home device or an Android phone. Below, we walk you through both.

How to change Google Assistant's voice

1. Open up the Google Assistant app on your smartphone (either Android or iOS).

2. Tap the profile icon at the top right. On Android another menu will pop up - tap Settings.

3. Tap the Assistant tab, then hit Assistant Voice.

3. You should now see a row of voices to choose from. Each voice is associated with a color.

The order of the voices is randomised for each user, so don't worry about Google subtly pushing its preference on you. Just make your choice and live your best life. And if you're after John, he's on the far left.


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