Do you have a Google speaker or use Google Assistant on your phone or tablet? Are you bored with the voice you’re using? Good news! You have new options! You can now change that voice you rely on to tell you about the weather, update your sports news, and detail your daily agenda from your calendar.
Not too long ago Google announced the addition of six new voices to choose from as your Google Assistant including singer John Legend’s voice. So now you can select a voice that pleases your ear or change the voice every so often for variety’s sake. The new voices still sound computer-generated but not as unmistakably as in previous versions.
When the new voices first rolled out back in May, the available voices were displayed as a list of voices creatively named Voice 1, Voice 2, and so on. You can tap on the radio buttons to hear the voices and make your selection that way. Depending on where you live, you may still see this list when you attempt to change the sound.
Just this week Google sent out an update to the US market that changed the selection screen from a bland list of numbered voices to one that grabs your attention with a colorful interface. Google assigns each voice a color, and you scroll side to side among the colors and then let it rest on the one you prefer.
Associating the voices you hear with the colors is a lot easier than remembering if you liked voice 5 or voice 7. The lag between the voices is less than it was on the list, making it easier to choose one without clicking the buttons over and over again.
Google has male and female voices available, but the colors are not meant to correspond with any gender. The Google team assures us they matched the colors with the voices by random selection.
How to Select a New Voice
To change the voice on your device, use the following steps. The changes that you make will apply to all your Google Assistant-enabled devices.
Android Phones and Tablets
1. Touch and hold the Home button, open Google Assistant, or say “OK Google.” These options will all get you to the same place.
2. At the top-right, tap the blue circle with a partial box in it.
3. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
4. Select Settings and then tap Preferences.
5. Choose Preferences.
6. Tap Assistant Voice.
7. Have fun with the new interface, and once you have selected your voice, exit the settings menu.
Google Home Speakers
If you own Google Home speakers, you can program your voice preference this way.
1. Make sure that your phone or tablet is on the same wireless network as your Google Home device.
2. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.
3. Tap More Settings.
4. Select Preferences.
5. Tap Assistant Voice.
6. Select a new voice.
Using Google Home you can allow different users to choose a personalized voice assistant. Once you’ve set up your voice, you can invite different people in your household. Not only will this give them a different voice, but it also keeps their information separate from yours for calendars, purchases, etc.
Google Assistant is a handy tool for keeping you organized, but if you get bored quickly listening to that same digital voice over and over again, you’ll enjoy the new voices! And the colorized interface is a nice touch, making it even simpler to use. Can you tell which voice color is John Legend?