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How To Switch Siri’s Voice From Male to Female (And Vice Versa)

Posted in How To, iPhone on 10/11/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Not satisfied with Siri’s voice on your iPhone? Want to hear what happens when Siri gets a gender change? Siri’s voice can be changed back and forth from male to female. Here’s how it’s done.

Update (10/10/2013): Instructions for iOS 7 can be found below, which officially supports both male and female voices without any unwanted side effects.

While it was possible to change Siri’s voice gender in iOS 6. it previous required the user to change his or her region settings, potentially affecting Siri’s accuracy. Unlike iOS 6, iOS 7 officially supports both male and female Siri voices in most if not all regions, without the potential issue of affecting accuracy – it’s just as easy to make the change, and you won’t have undesired negative consequences.

iOS 7 Siri Voice

  1. Open Settings, and tap General.
  2. Next, Tap on the Siri pane, then on Voice Gender.
  3. To make Siri sound like a woman, select the Female option, or the Male option to make Siri sound a bit more masculine.

That’s all there is to it – have fun performing your very own “Siri sex changes” at home in mere moments!

Our older instruction still work for iOS 6. The original post featuring the iOS 6 tutorial can be found below:

  • How to change Siri’s voice in iOS 6

Siri’s voice varies depending on region. In the United States and Australia, Siri uses a female voice, but in the U.K., Siri has a nice male voice that sounds a bit like a butler (voiced by The Weakest Link’s Jon Briggs). Since the setting is regional, it’s quite easy to change – just follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings, and tap General.
  • Next, Tap on the Siri pane, then on Language.
  • To make Siri sound like a female, tap “English (United States),” or to make Siri’s sound like a male, tap “English (United Kingdom)

That’s all there is to it! Have fun giving Siri whichever sex change floats your boat.

It’s worth noting that changing the default Siri voice on your device could affect how well Siri understands you, as Siri is trained to work with particular accents. We’ve found that using the male voice in the U.S. tends to provide accurate results in most cases, however. (Note: The preceding paragraph only applies to iOS 6).

For more helpful tips, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!



  • Nev

    But the female Siri (US) doesn’t recognise our silly british accents so its a lot easier to just use the male voice, which is frustrating as I prefer the lady!

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  • Lynn

    It’s just as frustrating for us folks in the US who would prefer a male voice.

  • Apathetic

    Wow. There are a lot of frustrated people here that need to get a life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Hopkins/1521913681 Trevor Hopkins

      Or need to get an Android phone, which sounds like a human being and allows you to change the voice to as many different kinds of voices as you can think of.

  • Jenericoignacio

    when i received my iphone 4s my siri  sounds exactly the same as the videos in youtub etc. and the next day my dad received his and it sounded the same the next day i observed that it sounded different as my dads so i looked at the settings and they were the same they were both English(United States) i just want it to be sounding robotic. Help me please its really bothering me please reply ASAP

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  • David2

    It won’t work. It has to be set to the country you actually are in, otherwise it throws off the location services.

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  • CB

    I have iOS 7 but do not have the female gender facility on the Siri menu!!

    • http://ourworld.com/ Megsta

      Same here, I don’t even have that tab.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.