My buddy told me that I can now switch my Google Home unit from a female voice to a male voice. That’d be nice. What’s the trick to changing the assistant’s voice?
First off, thank you for not phrasing it as “changing the gender” of your Google Home. I mean, it’s a gadget, it’s not a person! 🙂
Having said that, Google has just added the ability for you to switch from the female voice to a male voice but it’s not something you can ask Google Home to switch, it’s a setting you need to tweak and adjust within the Google Home app. Of course, like all voice-activated speaker system, you can’t really use the unit without having a paired app on a smart device, so you already have Google Home running on your Android or iOS phone, I expect.
So the changes occur within that app, but before I show you the step-by-step, here’s a quick video that demonstrates both the male and female voices:
Both very nice and calm, yes? Okay, so here’s how you get to the point where you can choose!
Launch the Google Home app on your iPhone or Android phone, then tap on the three horizontal lines icon on the top left to produce the main menu:
The setting you want is located under the “More settings” option, so tap on that to proceed.
Here are some, well, more settings:
If you’re not seeing “Preferences” here, it’s because you have an older version of Google Home. Stop, update, and come back!
Yes, you want to tap on “Preferences” here in the app to proceed. At this point you can see how to change the Google Assistant voice:
Before we tap on “Assistant Voice”, however, tap on “Weather” to ensure that you have it set as you’d like:
Easy enough. Now, a tap on the arrow on the top left to move back to Preferences and you can get to the two voice options for the Google Home Assistant, as shown in the initial video clip:
And there you go. Interestingly, Google opted not to identify them as “male” and “female”, so you get to just tap on the blue speaker buttons adjacent to figure out which is which. But that’s it, and now your Google Home will be speaking with a male voice, as you desire!