Adjust voices for VoiceOver, Speak Screen, and Speak Selection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Your iOS device starts out using a compact voice for VoiceOver, Speak Screen, and Speak Selection. You have a few options for the voices you can use for speech.

Adjust VoiceOver voices

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech.
  2. Choose your default dialect. Your options depend on the language your device is set to use.
  3. Choose Default or Enhanced Quality.

Enhanced-quality voices can be 100 MB or larger. Connect your device to Wi-Fi to download and install one of these voices.

With VoiceOver, you can enable more than one voice, switch between Default and Enhanced Quality (without needing to download the voice again), and change the speaking rate for each voice:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech.
  2. Tap Add New Language.
  3. Tap the language and dialect you want. This will take you back to the Speech screen.
  4. Tap the More Info button for the language.
  5. Choose either Default or Enhanced Quality. If you choose Enhanced Quality, the voice hasn't been downloaded yet, and your device is on a Wi-Fi network, the voice will start to download.
  6. Move the Speech Rate slider to slow down or speed up the voice.

Choose a voice for Speak Screen and Speak Selection

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech.
  2. Enable Speak Selection or Speak Screen, or both.
  3. Select Voices.
  4. Choose the one voice and dialect you would like both Speak Screen and Speak Selection to use.

Remove a downloaded voice

If you aren't using an enhanced-quality voice, you can remove it:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech.
  2. Tap the More Info button for the language you want to remove.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap  , and then tap Delete.

You can't delete the Siri voices for your region. You can change the language and region settings to delete some Siri voices, but at least one of the Siri voices for your region will download automatically.

Use Alex

If you use English, you can download the Alex voice. Learn where Alex is available and how to use Alex.

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