Favorite voiceover voice

iOS and iPadOS

Hi y’all,
It’s always fun to ask this question.
Which is your favorite voiceover voice.
Having asked that question, Alex uses over 800mbs, does it mean he is the best sounding voiceover voice?



Submitted by Sasha Stride on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Alex rocks. With that said I will go through my favourite voices.
I prefer Tessa, the South African voice, for English, but also use Daniel, UK english.
For swedish I use male Siri.
The thing I like with Tessa is that it has the same accent as I do.
Not sure what voice I use for spanish though. I am using the default.
I use Nora for Norwegian voice.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hi Moses and all, I use the good oldSamantha. And for Siri, I have American male.

Submitted by Ekaj on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I just got my first iPhone and have briefly checked out all the voices or at least most of them. But for now I only have Samantha and the new female Siri voice. It's cool that the Siri voices are also available for VO on the iPhone. That said, I will probably switch them around from time to time once I get help with authorizing my phone. I currently have Fred as the content voice on my Mac, and Samantha Compact for everything else.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I would use Alex for reading long documents, but sadly the voice seems to lock up a good bit and stops working. I don't know if that issue has been fixed in the latest iOS updates, but that is a real deal breaker for me. Currentl, I use Karen compact for reading.

Submitted by Kimbowen on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I normally use Alex, except when I’m reading books narrated bye women, then I switched to Samantha, enhanced, because it’s kind of weird reading a book with a female narrator using Alex‘s voice. Daniel, enhanced, is used for books set in England I love that we have so much variety with Voiceover because JAWS only had one voice, which was pitch shifted to create Grandma, Grandpa, Shelly, Reed, among others.

Submitted by Moses Gitari on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thanks y’all,
My favorite is Ava. She sounds seductive and mature. For male voice, i use tom but not as often.

Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I've had some Android friends tease me about using Samantha, they kept telling me that she sounded like a heavy smoker, but although I've tried other voices, I keep coming back to Samantha compact. I would much rather have the best lightest voice on my phone.

As for JAWS, Kimbowen, there are other voices you can download from Freedom Scientific's website, you're not stuck only using Eloquence. I used to use the one of the Real-Speak voices before, but for testing purposes, I tried Eloquence and have to admit, been using it ever since. Would be kind of cool if we could get Eloquence as a voice for VoiceOver though. Ah well, the closest match is Fred, but I am not that crazy about his voice. Prefer Eloquence default voice over Fred anyday.

Submitted by Jeff on Thursday, May 10, 2018

To me, Alex is overrated, but that's just my opinion. I'm a little surprised that Samantha is so popular. I never liked her voice on the VR Stream or early iPhones.

For Voiceover, I use and prefer Tom. I use the new female Siri voice for Siri. I really like the new Siri female voice and think of Siri as a female, so that's perfect for me. Since I use Tom for Voiceover, I can easily identify when Siri is talking to me or when it's Voiceover that I'm hearing.

Submitted by OldBear on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I use Samantha default because I'm used to that voice. I tried out the new Siri female voice and it bothers me at high speaking rates. I keep it at about 72.
Samantha, on the other hand, sounds fine to me at the high rate. I'm sure I would get used to most voices if I switched, though.

Submitted by George on Thursday, May 10, 2018

I always use the American female Siri Voice all of the time even though I am English and live in England how weird is that

Submitted by Kimbowen on Thursday, May 10, 2018

In reply to by That Blind Canuck

Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me. I forgot about the real speak voices instead of eloquence. In that case, I always used Samantha, she seems to be the go to voice for most people.

Submitted by techluver on Thursday, May 10, 2018

For english, i love alex. but for swedish, i love female siri.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, May 11, 2018

Tom is OK. Before I used alex, Samantha and keren. JAWS use naithon. I wish next time apple get his voice, since they got most of the voices in jaws.

Submitted by Ekaj on Friday, May 11, 2018

Okay, I admit the subject is rather vague. But the mother of one of my former coworkers is actually named Siri. I've not met her, but it'd be cool if she was one of the voices too. Btw, I just attended another training session today for my iPhone and the guy showed me some more things. I think I will play around with the different voices over the weekend. I've noticed that the iPhone does not have separate settings for Content voice, Pitch and some others are missing. But then again I'm only a novice iOS user, so I might've missed something.

Submitted by Chuck Winstead on Friday, May 11, 2018

In my case I like Victoria on Mac. Kate would be a close second. Samantha Would also be another close second. For iOS I"m fine with the Samantha compact voice.
personally I do like the apple voices better than something like NVDA, JAWS, or even when I had Window Eyes. The Apple voices just sounds more human like and less robotic. sTill have a time or two when they are more robotic sounding, but over all more human sounding which makes it more appealing.

Submitted by Moses Gitari on Friday, May 11, 2018

I think Alex would be a great voiceover voice if apple do something about it. I think he is getting old. I tried him the other day and I realized that he is kinda whistling. I suppose apple should try to refine him and make him clearer in addition to his capacity to breath.
Finally, I’m surprised that no one has mentioned my favorite voiceover voice and I mean Ava. Samantha has clearly thrashed many voices. This is very interesting.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Friday, May 11, 2018

My preferred voice is Alex--I've been using it for over two years and, despite its quirks, I wouldn't change. If I had to pick my second favorite, it would have to be the compact version of Martha.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, May 11, 2018

In a far galaxy alexa was added to the voices of iPhone and all enjoy the apple force. I would loveto have Alexa for a voice.

Submitted by Justin on Friday, May 11, 2018

Now that would be nice. On the Mac side, I've been using infoVox for a few years now. The happy voices are just hilarious! I mean, If you cap the first letter of some words and put an exclaim they at least Peter, yells some words and laughs a little, lol! Alex is great as well. I'm glad the nuance vocalizer voices are there too.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Friday, May 11, 2018

This is just wishing because none of this will ever happen. I'd love Eloquence, but something about it announcing phone calls doesn't seem quite right. If we got Alexa, I'd only want the US English voice because I'm not a big fan of the other English accents. But I'd prefer the new Google voices, especially the original US English female voice (the one you get by default with Google Home and Google Assistant).

Submitted by gregg on Friday, May 11, 2018

I use Alex. It still locks up under IOS 11.3.1.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Friday, May 11, 2018

I used to use Samantha Enhanced, but after new voices were introduced, I started playing with them all since I didn't think you could before. Now, I use Ava Enhanced. She sounds more human and less like a robot which makes reading a lot easier. I use the new siri voice for Siri. Ava might take up a bit of space, but for me at least, it's well worth it!

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hello, my favorite voice is Alison, siri sounds to me very quite. For hebrew language i use Carmit voice, it sounds very clear but stronger more than other voices. for Jaws for windows i use the same voice that i have on my iPhone. To my nolage the voices for Jaws sounds beter, and more gentle from Apple.

Submitted by Devin on Saturday, May 12, 2018

I find Tessa to have the fewest audio artifacts between consonants. Plus I find the default American voices to be quite nasal, but that may be because I'm Canadian.

Submitted by Chrissy on Thursday, May 2, 2019

I use Fred for everything!
I love Eloquence, DecTalk, and all such voices, so I was thrilled when they added Fred as an option. It really made all the difference, and is the reason I began using my phone as more than a phone. Before that, I disliked the voices so much that I never considered my phone useful for reading, etc. The robotic type voices are just easier to hear, can speak at a faster rate, and just seem more efficient, to me. And sighted people can't easily understand them. Long live Fred!
Also, I truly don't understand why Eloquence can't be used on the Iphone. It's an option for Android, and I did experiment with an Android phone for a few months, just to use as a book reader. It worked well until there was some change in Dropbox that made it tough to import files. I'm now a contented fan of VoiceDream, with Fred, of course.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Most of the time I use Alex, but when I want to change things up I use Ava. Sometimes (although this is rare) I use Suzan when I'm reading things that I write because she sounds young and since I'm a bit young myself I think it's the most fitting.

Submitted by WellF on Monday, May 4, 2020

I used American Siri female for a long time as my #1 voice for reading books in English, but lately I changed to Ava and I'm quite happy with her less artificial sounding compared to other common voices. American isn't my favorite accent, but I choose quality of speech above everything, and of course space saving.
I use Siri female for Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese, even I'm just starting to learn it.
On desktop, I use Ava for English, Fernanda for Portuguese and Francisca for Spanish.

Submitted by BlackCat on Monday, May 4, 2020

Hi everyone
The Siri Australian female voice for now. If I am not mistaken? She has the least pronounciation issues of all the voices including the Nuance voices. The UK Siri male voice is not to bad either.

Submitted by Khushi on Monday, May 4, 2020

since I got my IPhone in 2019, I've been using Siri female American. I tried using AVA but don't know why I switched back to good old Siri female. I'd love the new enhanced Siri Female voice as a VO voice.. I was able to notice the difference quickly and loved it.
though I'm an Indian.. sorry to those who like those voices.. but I hate the new Indian voices!
they are sooooo robotic! and it seems as if they are doing something they don't love.. I mean no feeling at all!
I've never used Alex and Fred.. may be I can give m a try after reading all the comments.. I used tom for a while but again switched back.. don't like Samantha.. for some reason it seems as if she has something in her mouth..
I don't know.. but when I watch some videos.. probably its because of old IOS or different nation.. Samantha sounds way to better. was she better in old IOS? before IOS 12?

Submitted by Miss Pillows on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I don’t really like any of them much in the way they read and their inflections but i kinda like Ava she’s got a quieter less yelly voice and the new American female voice is ok too except it’s bug city it quits on me in the middle of reading long text

Submitted by Cowboy on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I still miss eloquence. That’s one thing I loved about my Windows phone and Mobile Speak. I traded up to the iPhone when the 3S came out and the default was Samantha. I eventually switched JAWS to Samantha as well. If I could go with Eloquence on the iPhone everything would use that.