How to Turn Off Voice for Workouts on Apple Watch’s watchOS 8

Your Apple Watch may have been annoying you with workout notifications after you upgraded to watchOS 8. This is a new feature of watchOS 8 called Voice Feedback. This may be a feature some users like; It can give you useful announcements about your progress in your workout, without you having to look at your watch – I suppose people who like to run outside can still watch where they’re going, and just get the voice updates. Others may like having a cool tech voice update them on their workout progress. But if you want your watch to be quiet, read this article, and we will tell you how to change the settings that control your watch’s new voice update feature.

On your iPhone

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Workout.
workout in watch app on iPhone
  1. Scroll down to the bottom. You will see Voice Feedback. Tap on the toggle switch next to it to turn it off.
voice feedback in watch app on iPhone

On your Apple Watch

  1. Open Settings by pressing the crown (button) and finding the Settings icon bubble in the sea of Apple Watch app bubbles. Tap on the Settings icon.
settings bubble on watch
  1. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Workout.
workout in watch settings
  1. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Voice Feedback to toggle it off.

Related Siri Settings

You can also change your Apple Watch’s voice feedback settings – which includes more general situations, in addition to workouts. You can adjust a variety of Siri-related things from the Siri settings menu.

Choose when you can hear Siri

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Siri.
  3. Here you find many different settings for using Siri with your Apple Watch. Scroll down to Voice Feedback. Choose from: Always On, Control With Silent Mode, or Headphones Only.
voice feedback options on Apple Watch

Set Siri’s Volume

  1. From the Siri menu in Settings, Settings > Siri, Scroll down to Voice Volume — Speaker.
  2. Tap on the left or right sound icons to decrease or increase the volume for Siri.

Siri’s Voice

You can change your Siri’s voice – if you’re getting tired of listening to your Siri.

  1. From the Settings > Siri menu, scroll until you see Siri Voice. Tap on it.
  2. For English speaking Siri, choose from: American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish or South African.
  3. Scroll down and select Voice 1 or Voice 2 to choose between a male or female voice.

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Dr. Stacey Butler is a tech writer at macReports covering news, how-tos, and user guides. She is a longtime Mac and iPhone user and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Here is her LinkedIn profile.

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