Got Siri? Of course you do. Siri has been on iPhones and iPads for years, and now there’s a Siri on the Mac thanks to macOS Sierra. Siri’s voice is so recognizable that she shows up on television and nearly everyone– Apple customer or otherwise– knows the voice.
What if you want a different voice? What if you want a male Siri? Mac or iPhone, Apple has you covered with a few options, not easily found, mind you, but accessible enough that you can play around with different voices and accents.
Siri on my Mac is British. And male. Siri on my iPhone is English, too. But female. Here’s how you can get different voices and dialects for Siri. Let me start with the Mac first. It’s easy. Open System Preferences in macOS Sierra. Click the Siri icon. Click the Siri Voices drop down menu.
Voila. New Siri. For my Mac I chose the British voice. For the iPhone I chose British female. For my iPad I chose Irish female. Now I can tell who is talking to me.
Similar settings are available on the iPhone. Open Settings, scroll down and press Siri. Select the voice you want to use.
It’s just that easy to customize Siri’s already too common voice to something different. Fortunately, Mac users have other system voice choices available that are not tied to Siri.
Open System Preferences. Click the Accessibility icon. Then click the Speech icon in the sidebar. That gets you to options for the Mac’s system voice.
It’s easy to try out different voices. Select a voice and press the Play button. Once you find a voice you think will fit, click the OK button. Some voices may need to be downloaded to your Mac and that may take awhile.
The point is you have choices to customize your Mac and iPhone more than expected, and even Siri’s very obvious and well known voice can be changed.