I really enjoy interacting via voice with my Android devices. However, I prefer listening to a UK version of English, rather than the American English when my device talks back to me. To me, it sounds more polished and enjoyable for listening. I figured others might feel the same way, so here is a tutorial on how to change your voice output on your LG G Stylo.
Change your Text-to-speech output language
Settings > General > Language & Input > Speech - Text-to-speech output
Under preferred engine, you will see “Google Text-to-speech engine” (You might try to install other TTS engines from Google Play which may or may not work. I prefer to stick with the standard options offered from Google).
Tap the “gear” icon to the right of “Google Text-to-speech engine.”
Select English (United Kingdom)
Tap “Settings for Google Text-to-speech engine” and make certain “Auto-update voices” is selected.
Go back one screen and tap “Install voice data”
Select English (United Kingdom). Then select the English (United Kingdom) voices you want to install… either male, female, or both (I installed both, and selected the male version of the voice).
Now, under Settings > General > Language & Input > Speech - Text-to-speech output > Default Language Status > you should see “English (United Kingdom) is fully supported”
On that same screen, you can tap on Speech Rate to select how fast or slow you’d like your speech rate to be (my preference is “Very Fast”). You can also tap on Pitch Change to change the pitch of the voice.
Tap on “Listen to an example” to play a demonstration of speech synthesis.
If the rate is too fast, slow, low, or high, adjust as necessary.
The above will change the voice output for Google Maps and other apps that use TTS output. I find that when I use Google Maps, the voice sometimes toggles back and forth between UK male and female. It does make it a bit more interesting with the two voices tag-teaming my routes.
Changing the Voice Output in the Google app (Google Now). If you’d like to change the voice to English (UK) for Google Now, there are a few settings you need to change in Google Now (I recommend doing this so when you query Google you’ll receive a pleasant UK voice for the output).
Open Google (google app) > Settings > Voice > Languages > English (UK) (Make certain only “English (UK)” is selected. On my device, I mistakenly had multiple English voices selected simultaneously (UK, US, and Australia). This caused my Google Now to keep using the US version of English instead of the UK version. After tinkering a bit, I discovered I needed to remove the other checked languages and keep only English (UK).
Change the Search Language. Open the Google app > Settings > Search Language > English (UK)
Now, you can take pleasure in having a more polished and pleasant voice speak to you from your brilliant LG G Stylo. Enjoy!
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