The iPhone has a hidden feature that lets you preserve your voice forever. You just need to read a few requests for 15 minutes and you will always be able to hear your voice as it was at that moment. While for some technicians this feature can be fun, others, for various reasons, lose the ability to speak.
It is with this in mind that Apple introduced Personal Voice. This feature was first announced before WWDC 2023, but it ended up being an iOS 17 feature. Apple says this feature was designed to help those who are at risk of losing their voice.
The company explains: “Users can create a personal voice by reading a random set of text prompts to record 15 minutes of audio on iPhone or iPad. This voice accessibility feature uses on-device machine learning to keep user information private and secure and integrates seamlessly with Live Speech so users can speak in their personal voice when signing in with their relatives.
Live Voice, for example, lets users type what they want to say, then have it said for them during a phone or FaceTime call. If you use Personal Voice, the person on the other end of the line will hear your real voice, even if you just typed a response.
Here’s how to record your personal voice
Here are the steps to creating a personal voice and preserving yours forever:
- Open the Settings app. Tap Accessibility, then Personal Voice.
- Tap Create Personal Voice.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to record your voice.
To pause your recording session, tap Done or close the Settings app. Your progress is saved.
To resume a recording session:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Personal Voice.
- Tap the personal voice you want to continue creating.
- Tap Continue recording, then follow the on-screen instructions.
After doing that, here’s how to use Live Voice:
- Open the Settings app. Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Speech.
- Enable live speech
- Under Voice, tap your keyboard language, then select a voice to use. (You may need to press the Download button to download a voice before you can select it.)
- To adjust the pitch or speed of a voice, tap the Voice Settings button next to the voice.
To show how powerful this feature is, Apple even released a video on how this feature works showing the story of a father who lost the ability to speak but still reads stories to his daughter.