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Don't Lose Your Voice: How Apple's Personal Voice Feature Can Preserve Your Speech (And How to Use It)

Don't Lose Your Voice: How Apple's Personal Voice Feature Can Preserve Your Speech (And How to Use It)

Apple's Personal Voice is a revolutionary feature for those facing potential speech loss. Learn how to create a digital copy of your voice and use it for communication across your devices.

By Rodger Mansfield, Technology Editor
June 1, 2024


iOS 17
Have you ever considered what might happen if you lost your ability to speak? 

Or perhaps you know someone who is facing that challenge. 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Record and use Apple's Personal Voice feature. 

Imagine being able to type a message and have it spoken aloud in your own voice, even if your voice is no longer available. 

Here's how to do it.

You'll need to do three things:  
  1. Record Your Personal Voice
  2. Turn Your Personal Voice On/Off
  3. Use Your Personal Voice




1. Record Your Personal Voice
  • Check Compatibility: Ensure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 17 or later, and your Mac is on macOS Sonoma or later.

On an iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Settings app. 

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap Personal Voice.

  4. Tap Create a Personal Voice.

  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to record your voice.

  6. It will take 15-20 minutes to record your sample voice.



iPhone - Record a Voice

fig. 1 - iPhone - Record a Voice


To pause your recording session:

1. Tap Done or close the Settings app
2. Your progress is saved.

To resume a recording session:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Personal Voice.

  2. Tap the Personal Voice that you want to continue creating.

  3. Tap Continue Recording, then follow the onscreen instructions.

On a Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu πŸŽ > System Settings, click Accessibility in the sidebar, then click Personal Voice.

  2. Click Create a Personal Voice.

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to record your voice.


To pause your recording session:

  1. Click Done
  2. Your progress is saved.

To resume a recording session:

  1. Choose Apple menu 🍎 > System Settings, click Accessibility in the sidebar, then click Personal Voice.

  2. Click the Show Detail button  (i) next to the Personal Voice that you want to continue creating.

  3. Tap Continue Recording, then follow the onscreen instructions.



2. Turn Your Personal Voice on/Off

On your iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Settings app. Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Speech.
  2. Turn Live Speech on or off.
On your Mac
  1. Choose Apple menu πŸŽ > System Settings, click Accessibility in the sidebar, then click Live Speech.
  2. Turn Live Speech on or off.

On your Apple Watch
  1. Open the Settings app. Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Speech.
  2. Turn Live Speech on or off.

3. Use Your Personal Voice

On your iPhone or iPad
  1. Make sure that Live Speech is on.
  2. Triple-click the side button. (If you have an Accessibility Shortcut set up, tap Live Speech.)
  3. Enter the text that you want spoken aloud, then tap Send.


fig. 2 - Type to Speak


To quickly use a saved favorite phrase.

  1. Tap the Phrases button

  2. Tap the phrase that you want spoken aloud.

On your Mac
  1. Make sure that Live Speech is on.

  2. Click the Type to Speak text field in the Live Speech window.

  3. Enter the text that you want spoken aloud, then click the Speak button or press Return.


To quickly use a saved favorite phrase:  

  1. Click the Show Saved Phrases button.

  2. Select the phrase that you want spoken aloud.

  3. Click the Speak button.

To hide or show the Live Speech window, click the Live Speech icon in the menu bar.


On your Apple Watch
  1. Make sure that Live Speech is on.

  2. Triple-click the Digital Crown. (If you have an Accessibility Shortcut set up, tap Live Speech.)

  3. Enter the text that you want spoken aloud, then tap Send.



Personal Voice safeguards your unique voice for future communication.

It also enables those with speech difficulties to express themselves clearly.

Apple's Personal Voice is a groundbreaking tool that offers peace of mind and communication empowerment. 

By taking the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can preserve your unique voice and ensure that it remains a vital part of your interactions, regardless of any challenges that may arise.

Have you tried Personal Voice yet? 

Share your experiences or questions in the comments below! 

Don't forget to share this article with others who might benefit from this incredible technology.


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Rodger Mansfield, a seasoned tech expert, is the mastermind behind OneCoolTip.com, where he serves as both writer and editor. With a keen eye for simplifying complex tech, Rodger delivers practical advice that empowers readers to navigate the digital world with confidence. Dive into OneCoolTip.com for a treasure trove of savvy tips and tricks that keep you one step ahead in tech.


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