When focused on the status bar, VoiceOver speaks in the primary voice when you have set it to speak in a different voice from the language rotor.

VoiceOver Speech/Voices


When you have set VoiceOver to use a secondary voice using the language rotor, it reverts to the primary voice when focused on items in the status bar.

Steps to reproduce

Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech.
Select a voice for VoiceOver to use.
Scroll down and select Add New Language under the Rotor Languages heading.
Add a different voice to the one selected above.
Now, using the VoiceOver rotor or quick settings panel, change the language to use the second voice you added.
VoiceOver will now speak in that voice.
Focus on the status bar.
VoiceOver will instead speak in the primary voice you chose.

Bug First Encountered

iOS/iPadOS 17.4

Device(s) bug has been encountered on


How often the bug occurs



Ensure the voice you wish to use is set as the primary voice.

Apple feedback #




Fixed In

iOS/iPadOS 17.5



By Ricardo Brandão on Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 22:12

Look, After the update I made to iOS 17.4, somewhat reluctant because of this problem, I realized that maybe it's not a bug. As reported by another user here in the forum, the Default language is only used in the status bar when the language in the rotor is set to Some other than the default language. For example, I'm Brazilian and I'm using a British voice on the rotor, so my iPhone will speak in Portuguese when I focus on the status bar. This seems normal to me, since the status bar remains in the Original language, as well as the entire system, not to mention that this already happened in other areas of the system and previous versions.

Complementing: the language is not effectively changed, only in the Status bar This behavior occurs, when the focus is changed everything becomes normal again