Tired of your Google Assistant’s robotic droning? Don’t like the other option? Well good news then: this year Google rolled out six new voices to choose from. For all you maths fans, that brings the grand total up to eight.Google deployed the update just hours after announcing the new voices back at I/O 2018, where it also revealed that John Legend will be lending his pipes to Assistant. Sadly, you won’t be able to get John’s dulcet tones on your Google Home until later in the year, at which point we assume he’ll be living in every household.
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 synthesise them into your Assistant.
Here’s how to change the voice for your Google Home speakers:
- Open the Google Home app on Android or iOS.
- From the home screen, tap the gear icon labeled Settings.
- Scroll down to More settings.
- Select the Assistant tab, then tap Assistant voice.
- Tap on the colored circles to hear a preview of each available voice.
- When you’ve decided on one, just tap on the back arrow ( < ) at the top of the screen to save your preference.
Changing between these will also change the voice used in Assistant on your phone, which also means you can get to this same setting within Assistant.
Open the Assistant app on iOS or launch it on Android by long-pressing the home button. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner, then tap the Assistant tab. From there follow the instructions above to change the voice.