How to stop Siri’s voice from reverting to robotic on iOS

“You’ll never appreciate just how good Siri’s voice is today unless you hit this problem where your iPhone sheds it in favor of the original 2011-era robotic sound,” William Gallagher writes for AppleInsider. “Once you’ve appreciated it, though, here’s how to put it right again.”

“Now that we’ve had several years of steadily improving audio from Siri, we’re now at a stage where it sounds practically natural. Or at least, it does when you compare it to the original —and you may find yourself doing exactly that,” Gallagher writes. “It’s not a very common problem, fortunately, but at times your iPhone will abruptly revert to that original voice. If it happens to you, it’ll probably be just before you set out on a long drive and Siri’s navigation instructions will irritate you at every single turn along the way.”

How to restore Siri’s voice, if it goes robotic here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s considerable work on making Siri’s speaking voice sound more natural over the years is chronicled in the best-selling behind-the-scenes book Polishing a Turd.

Seriously, though, we expect Apple to reveal some substantial Siri improvements that make the tech not only sound better, but finally work better in a few months at WWDC 2019.


  1. Anyone know why the voice on Homepod is different from the voice on iphone?
    I have mine set to Australian accent/ female on both.. but the one on iPhone is much more pleasant to me.

    Homepod used to be the same but it recently changed to this other voice. Still Australian female but not as nice.

    1. It may be due to provisions of the contract between Apple and the voice artist who recorded the phonemes for the iPhone voice. If she demanded additional compensation for use on HomePod, Apple might have chosen to reject the demand and use a different artist.

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