iOS: Understanding Siri and VoiceOver voices

Learn more about Siri and VoiceOver voices.

Your iOS device initially uses a compact voice for both Siri and VoiceOver. After you have configured a Wi-Fi network and have the device connected to a power source, iOS will automatically download and install a more natural-sounding voice.


  1. Go to Settings > General > Siri > Language.
  2. Select the Language and Voice Gender* you want to use.

Note: If you change the language or gender for Siri, the new enhanced-quality voice will need to download.


Enable multiple voices using these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Languages & Dialects > Add New Language…
  2. Select the language from the list. You will be taken back to the main Languages & Dialects pane.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to enable additional voices that will be available in the Rotor.

VoiceOver on iOS 7 now allows you to enable multiple enhanced-quality voices and adjust the speaking rate for each voice using these steps:

  1. From the Rotor Languages list, tap the More Info button for the language.
  2. Tap Enhanced Quality to toggle the voice. The voice will then start to download if the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  3. Move to the Speech Rate slider to adjust the rate of speech that voice uses.

Note: If the enhanced-quality voice is disabled, it is also removed from the device.

Additional Information

* Additional Voice Gender availability varies by country and region.

Last Modified: Mar 24, 2014
  • Last Modified: Mar 24, 2014
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