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How to set up Personal Voice in iOS 17

iOS 17 is a huge update with a range of new features and functionality, from Contact Posters and StandBy Mode to Personal Voice, a new accessibility option available to iPhone owners running the latest software.

A new accessibility option nestled within iOS 17, Personal Voice builds something akin to a replica of your voice and then allows you to send messages with it. While there may not be much use for it generally, it’s a game-changing feature for those who can’t easily communicate verbally, allowing them to use text-to-speech with a voice that resembles their own.

It’s certainly a unique addition and it’s also one of the more time-consuming iOS features to set up. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the Personal Voice setup process step-by-step.

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What you’ll need: 

  • An iPhone running iOS 17

The Short Version 

  • Unlock your iPhone
  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Accessibility
  • Scroll down to Personal Voice and tap it
  • Select Create Personal Voice
  • Tap Continue
  • Tap Continue, again
  • Type in the name of your Personal Voice and tap Continue
  • Begin reading the phrases
  • Once completed, tap Continue
  • Tap OK
  • Charge and Lock your iPhone to begin generating your Personal Voice
  1. Step
    1

    Unlock your iPhone

    To begin, unlock your iPhone running iOS 17.homescreen on the iPhone

  2. Step
    2

    Open Settings

    Navigate to Settings. This is the app with the icon that looks like a cog.iPhone settings

  3. Step
    3

    Tap on Accessibility

    Scroll down to the Accessibility option and tap it.
    accesbility iphone

  4. Step
    4

    Scroll down to Personal Voice, tap it

    Find the option called Personal Voice. Tap it.
    select personal voice

  5. Step
    5

    Select Create Personal Voice

    Next, select Create Personal Voice. You’ll see a number of pop-ups.select a name personal voice

  6. Step
    6

    Tap Continue

    This first screen describes the Personal Voice feature. If you want to keep on going, hit Continue. Create your Personal Voice

  7. Step
    7

    Tap Continue, again

    The next screen outlines some of the requirements, like being in a quiet room. Make sure you’re doing all three and hit Continue.Create your Personal Voice

  8. Step
    8

    Select a name for your Personal Voice

    If you want, you can choose a name for your Personal Voice.
    set a name for your personal voice

  9. Step
    9

    Begin reading the phrases

    The next is the long one. For the iPhone to generate your Personal Voice, you need to say 150 phrases, all of which range in length from a few words to a paragraph. You have to say each phrase as the phone records your voice. This part takes between 25-30 minutes.
    begin reading the phrases

  10. Step
    10

    Once completed, tap Continue

    Once you’ve said the 150 phrases, a pop-up will tell you that you’ve finished recording. Tap Continue. Create your Personal Voice

  11. Step
    11

    Tap OK

    The next message will explain how the Personal Voice will be generated, tap OK.
    Create your Personal Voice

  12. Step
    12

    Charge and Lock your iPhone to begin generating your Personal Voice

    Once you’ve done all the phrases, the phone will begin generating your Personal Voice. This is done in the background when the phone is locked and charging and can take a few days. You’ll get an alert when it’s ready.personal voice is ready

Troubleshooting

How many phrases need to be said to create the Personal Voice?

There are 150 phrases that need to be said in order for the Personal Voice to be generated.

Is all the data secured and stored on the iPhone?

Yes, the voice is generated on the iPhone itself and stored on the device.

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