Selecting different voices for your workout on your iPhone or iPad

Our workout apps come with a unique feature called Voice Assist that allows you to workout with announcements and have the apps announce key parts of a workout. While our apps allow you to select speakers with different English accents the default voices for these accents are picked by iOS and cannot be controlled from inside our apps.

Selecting different voices is a process that is slightly involved might take an attempt or two to get right. But, while these settings work great on older versions of iOS they have become much more important on iOS 12 (some earlier versions) as it selects a default robotic male voice for the American English accent causing many users to wonder where their familiar female voice assistant went! We’ll she’s called Samantha and here’s how to get her back.

Selecting a different voice

Open the iOS settings app and go to General > Accessibility > Speech > Voices > English prior to iOS 13. On iOS 13, these settings are under Accessibility > Spoken Content > Voices > English. The screen shows a number of voices available for different English accents. In this document, we assume you are trying to setup the American English voice (steps for other accents are similar). Scroll down till you find the English (US) section.

All English Language Voices on iOS 12
English US Language American Accent Voices on iOS 12 Including Male and Female Voices

By default only a few voices are available on your device. Next to additional voices is a cloud-download icon, press that to download a voice you want to try. After it is downloaded, tap the voice to see more options related to it. You can press the play button next to it to try out the voice. To select the voice press it and a checkmark should now show up next to it. Press back on the top right.

Go back to our app and be sure that you have selected the speaker to match the accent for which you just set up a voice in iOS settings. The settings for the voice assist speaker for The Tabata Stopwatch Pro are under App Settings > Voice Assist > Speaker, and for Workouts+ they are under Options (top left) > Voice Assist.

iOS Download Additional Voices and Select them
iOS Preview Downloaded Voice and Select it

Playing around with different voices

Play around with the different voices available, many of them might surprise you. You can also download much higher quality voices now and they really take your workouts to the next level.

Deleting voices

If you are worried about downloaded voices taking up space on your device, simply click on the voice and press Edit on the top right and go ahead and delete voices as needed.

Managing Downloaded Voices on iOS
Deleting Downloaded Voices on iOS

Learn more

To find out more here is Apple’s document on voices

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