How to Change Websites Text Size in Chrome for iPhone and iPad

Visiting your favorite websites or just any website can be kind of frustrating when the on-screen text is hard to read. Fortunately, the Google Chrome web browser on the iPhone and iPad has a text-specific zoom feature. You can adjust the default text size on any website by using the Zoom Text function.

Visiting your favorite websites or just any website can be kind of frustrating when the on-screen text is hard to read. Fortunately, the Google Chrome web browser on the iPhone and iPad has a text-specific zoom feature. You can adjust the default text size on any website by using the Zoom Text function.

It’s easy to get confused as to which browser this applies to. This feature is for your Google Chrome browser, not the default Safari web browser.

What’s neat is that Chrome remembers your preference and will show the designated text size going forward (no need to adjust the text every time).

Let’s explore how to change text size on websites in Chrome for iPhone and iPad.

This is for iPhone and iPad using Chrome

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To begin, open your Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad. Next, visit the web page that you want to increase the text size. Refer to below image:

Text Size 1
Selecting a website on Chrome

Now, from the bottom toolbar, tap the three-dot hamburger menu button. See below image:

Text Size 2
Selecting the menu button

Next, from the drop-down menu that appears, scroll down and choose the Zoom Text option. See following image:

Text Size 3
Selecting the Zoom Text option

Now, you will now see a new toolbar at the top of your screen. Tap the “+” button to increase the text size or the “” button to reduce the text size. You can select the Reset button to go back to the default text size. Once you are finished, tap the Done button. Refer to below image:

Text Size 4
Selecting to increase the text size

A comparison between the default text size and zoomed text can be seen in the below image:

Text Size 5
Default text size versus zoomed text

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Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

Mitch Kapor

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How to Ask iPhone and iPad Apps Not to Track You

With a software update that arrived recently, called iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, Apple is finally forcing apps to come clean about a kind of surveillance they have been conducting on us for the past decade. Behind the scenes, apps can probe your phone for personal information that helps them target you with ads or even sell data about you to others. Now. marketers and data brokers can not access a valuable way to identify your phone unless you explicitly say it’s okay.

With a software update that arrived recently, called iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, Apple is finally forcing apps to come clean about a kind of surveillance they have been conducting on us for the past decade. Behind the scenes, apps can probe your phone for personal information that helps them target you with ads or even sell data about you to others. Now. marketers and data brokers can not access a valuable way to identify your phone unless you explicitly say it’s okay.

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A feature on your iPhone or iPad called “App Tracking Transparency” allows you to ask apps not to track you across the internet for advertising and data brokering purposes.

Facebook, and its sister app Instagram, has begun asking permission and the company says it will roll out a screen arguing why you should allow it to track you.

Why Am I Tracked

To get the most out of their advertising budgets, advertisers want their ads to be seen by customers who will buy the product or service they are offering. That way, they do not spend money advertising to the wrong audience. To increase the effectiveness of ads, companies build advertising profiles on individuals, and these profiles can follow you across services run by different companies on the internet.

Apple began to fight back against this practice, building privacy controls. As of the 14.5 update, Apple requires app developers to ask your permission before adding information from that app or data from your iPhone or iPad to an advertising profile that would track you beyond its own app.

Facebook says by tapping “Ask App not to Track“, you are hurting small businesses and free apps that depend on its targeted advertising. In addition to targeting your interests, tracking also helps advertisers learn whether their ads work.

The decision to fight app tracking now is pretty self-serving on the part of Apple. The iPhone maker has a financial interest to push apps to make money from subscriptions rather than advertising, because it gets to take a percentage cut of any in-app purchases.

How Not to be Tracked

Whenever you use an iPhone or iPad app that wants to track you in iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, or higher, you will see a pop-up message that reads “Allow [app name] to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” Just below that, you will find a line about what exactly the app wants to do with your data, such as “deliver personalized ads” or “measure advertising efficiency“.

If you do not want data from this app to go toward building a tracking profile that goes beyond the company that makes the app, tap “Ask App Not to Track“. Refer to below image:

Disallow app to track you option

By clicking “Ask App Not to Track“, you’re trusting the app vendor to follow through and honor this request. You are also hoping that Apple’s pressure on these app developers; and its future app screening process; will hold.

How to See Which Apps Track You

If you would like to see which apps you have allowed to track you, first open Settings (the gear icon) app on your iPhone or iPad. See below image:

Accessing Settings

In the Settings menu, tap Privacy. See following image:

Accessing Privacy option

In Privacy settings, select Tracking. Refer to below image:

Accessing Tracking option

There, you will see a list of apps that have asked for permission to track you. To change an option for an individual app, tap the toggle beside it. See below image:

Disallow an app to track you

After that, exit Settings. Any time you need to revisit information on which apps you have allowed to track you, just visit:

Settings > Privacy > Tracking

How to Stop Apps From Asking Permission

If you are frequently seeing “Ask App Not to Track” pop-ups, you can disable them entirely in Settings. Doing this means that you decline all requests to track you by default, but it does not ensure that apps will not ever try to track you.

First, open the Settings app and navigate to:

Privacy > Tracking

See following image:

Accessing Tracking option

At the top of the Tracking page, toggle the switch beside “Allow Apps to Request to Track to turn it Off. Refer to below image:

Disallow apps to track you

After this, exit Settings.

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I believe the world is increasingly in danger of becoming split into groups which cannot communicate with each other, which no longer think of each other as members of the same species.

Carrie Snow

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How to Use Chrome Reading List on iPhone and iPad

Google Chrome’s Reading List feature can help you save articles for later, so you never miss something good.

Google Chrome’s Reading List feature can help you save articles for later, so you never miss something good.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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What Is the Reading List

The Reading List is exactly what it sounds like; a list of things to read. It’s a similar concept to the bookmarks that we have used in web browsers, but with a more focused purpose.

Instead of saving an article or story to a folder in your bookmarks, you can put it in the Reading List. The list syncs to your Google account if you are logged into Chrome, so it’s available on your desktop and smartphone. That makes it a little easier to access than bookmarks.

The other benefit over bookmarks is the offline feature. Pages saved to your Reading List can be read without an internet connection at your convenience. You do need an internet connection to add to the list.

First Method

Chrome for iPhone and iPad offers two ways to add pages to your Reading List. It can be done from Chrome or from another app.

For the first method, first, open Chrome on your iPhone or iPad and find a page to save for later. Now, tap the Share icon in the upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Reading 1
Accessing the Share icon

Next, select Read Later from the menu. See below image:

Reading 2
Selecting the Read Later option

That’s it! The page is in your Reading List.

Second Method

For the second method, find a web page or link that you would like to read later in any app. Now, tap the Share icon in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

Reading 3
Accessing the Share icon

Next, find Chrome in the app row and select it. Refer to below image:

Reading 4
Selecting the Chrome app

Now, from the Chrome menu, tap Read Later. See below image:

Reading 5
Selecting the Read Later option

Next, to access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, open Chrome and tap the three-dot menu icon at the very bottom right-hand corner. See following image:

Reading 6
Accessing the menu icon

Accessing Your Reading List

Now, select the Reading List option from the menu. The number indicates unread pages. Refer to below image:

Reading 7
Selecting your Reading List option

Next, the Reading List will open with Unread pages at the top and Pages You’ve Read (if any) at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check are ready to read offline. See below image where we have only one Unread page:

Reading 8
Viewing your Unread page(s)

Now, tap Edit in the bottom right-hand corner to manage the list. See following image:

Reading 9
Selecting the Edit link

From here, you can select page(s) and delete or mark them as read. To mark them as read, checkmark an entry and tap the Mark Read blue link at the bottom of your screen. Refer to below image:

Reading 10
Marking page(s) as Read

If you want to mark page(s) as Unread, checkmark an entry and tap the Mark Unread blue link at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

Reading 11
Marking page(s) as Unread

The Reading List is a great feature if you use Chrome on multiple devices. Rather than depending on a separate third-party app, you can save websites for later reading right inside the browser.

Quote For the Day

“The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.”

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

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How to Make an Audio Call on FaceTime

Tired of low-quality cell phone calls? Thanks to FaceTime, you can make audio-only calls with crystal-clear high-resolution sound using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac.

Tired of low-quality cell phone calls? Thanks to FaceTime, you can make audio-only calls with crystal-clear high-resolution sound using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. 

Facetime, the built-in video calling app on Apple devices, has an undisputed audience base. Besides its video calling services, users also count on it for making audio calls to their friends. Reason being, its seamless and error-free connectivity in a secured environment. 

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FaceTime Audio Explained

Most people think of FaceTime as a video chat service, but it also supports audio calls that operate like regular phone calls. Your device’s video camera is not used, and it stays off during the call.

FaceTime Audio is a great alternative to regular phone calls because it uses the Internet to place free calls with crystal-clear high-definition audio compared to a regular phone call. Since it’s an Internet call, your Apple device can take advantage of the extra bandwidth to make the call sound much better. The only requirement is that both ends of the call own Apple devices that support FaceTime, which includes iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macs.

Make a FaceTime Audio Call

First, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap the FaceTime option. See below image:

Accessing FaceTime option

In the FaceTime settings, toggle the switch beside the FaceTime option to turn it on. See following image:

Enabling FaceTime

Now, search for the FaceTime app from your Search screen (your first or last screen) or locate the app on a Home screen. Refer to below image where we are searching for the app:

Accessing FaceTime app

Next, launch the FaceTime app. On the main FaceTime screen, tap the plus button (+). See below image:

Selecting the add button for a FaceTime Audio call

In the To: field, enter the name or number of the person you are trying to call. As you type, your Contacts list will be searched and any matching contacts will appear below. Just tap to select the person you want to call. See following image:

Entering and selecting a person to call

Next, tap the Audio button. If the Audio button is greyed out or does not appear, the contact you are trying to call does not have ‌FaceTime‌ enabled or has not set up a ‌FaceTime‌ account. Refer to below image:

Selecting the Audio button to make a call

Your call will be placed. You will see a message at the top of your screen denoting this is a FaceTime Audio call. During the call, you can switch to a video FaceTime call using the FaceTime icon, or you can disconnect by tapping the red phone receiver icon. See below image:

Disconnecting the FaceTime Audio call

Making a FaceTime Audio call on the Mac is similar to the above steps. One of the coolest things about FaceTime is that it works between all major Apple devices, so you can use your Mac to call iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

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How to Check Your iPhone and iPad Warranty

In the USA, every iPhone and iPad comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. Other jurisdictions, like the E.U. and Australia, come with two years. If you choose, you can also extend that warranty for two years with AppleCare+. Regardless of which warranty you have, you can easily find out whether or not your Apple device is currently covered.

In the USA, every iPhone and iPad comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. Other jurisdictions, like the E.U. and Australia, come with two years. If you choose, you can also extend that warranty for two years with AppleCare+. Regardless of which warranty you have, you can easily find out whether or not your Apple device is currently covered. Let’s find out the warranty status for your iPhone and iPad.

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Check Your Warranty Status in Settings

You can check the warranty status of your iPhone and iPad using the Settings app. This will tell you whether you are covered by the basic one-year limited warranty, AppleCare+, or whether your coverage has expired.

First, launch the Settings app. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Settings app

Next, tap the General option. See below image:

Accessing the General option

Now, tap the About option. See following image:

Accessing the About option

Below your Serial Number you should see a description of your your current warranty status. It will either say “Limited Warranty,” “AppleCare+,” or “Coverage Expired.” Refer to below image:

Your Coverage from iPhone or iPad

Now, tap it to see more information. See below image:

More information about your Coverage from your iPhone or iiPad

If your device is no longer covered, like mine, you may still be able to get repairs and phone support from Apple, which will be listed on the above screen. Also, you should be able to find a link to the Apple Support app for getting help.

Check Your Warranty Status From Apple’s Website

If you would like to check your coverage using Apple’s website, you can do so for virtually any Apple device at check coverage here. Open the website, then enter the Serial Number into the box, (you can find this number by following the above steps for an iPhone and iPad). See following image:

Checking your Coverage on the web

Also, you might want to check your other Apple devices. Just click the blue link labeled Check another serial number. Each device has its own Serial Number, which you would enter as mentioned above. Refer to below image:

Your Coverage from the web

What’s In Your Warranty

Apple’s limited one-year warranty covers manufacturer defects, including poor battery performance or faults that arise from regular use. It does not cover accidental damage, such as a cracked screen caused by a drop. Apple will check certain markers (like strips that detect moisture inside the chassis) to determine whether any damage has been caused by user error.

AppleCare+ plan covers you for two incidents of accidental damage over two years. If you break your screen, then you will have to pay a service fee of $29. For other damages, the fee goes up to $99.

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How to Find the Model Number for iPhone and iPad

How do you know which version you have? All you have to do is find the model number of your iPhone and iPad. But it’s a little tricky and hidden. Why, I do not know.

How do you know which version you have? All you have to do is find the model number of your iPhone and iPad. But it’s a little tricky and hidden. Why, I do not know. Let’s find out.

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You can find the model number of your iPhone or iPad using the hardware or the software. The fastest way is using the Settings app.

First, open the Settings (the gear icon) app. Refer to below image:

Model 1
Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down to the General option. See below image:

Model 2
Accessing General option

Now, select the About option. See following image:

Model 3
Accessing About option

Next, tap on the number next to the Model Number option. Refer to below image:

Model 3
Accessing Model Number option. This is really the Part Number

The number will change to reveal the real model number for your iPhone and iPad. The first number displayed is the part number and the second number is the model number. Tricky by the Apple engineers. See below image:

Model 5
Accessing the real Model Number

If your iPhone will not boot up, you can also check the model number from the device. If you are using an iPhone 8 or higher, remove the SIM tray. You will find the model number etched on top in very small letters.

If you are using an iPhone 7 or older, you will find the model number inscribed on the back of the case.

With your iPhone and iPad’s model number, you can determine the exact model name of your device, and the region it came from. Just perform a web search for the model number to find out which iPhone and iPad you have and where it came from.

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How to Force Chrome to Always Open Previously Open Tabs

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

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First, launch Chrome. In any window, click the three vertical dots button (the hamburger icon) in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, select On startup option in the sidebar. See below image:

Selecting On startup option

Now, in the On startup section, select the radio button beside Continue where you left off. See following image:

Enabling opening your previous tabs

You can also force Chrome to launch with a set of your favorite pages. In the same On startup page in Chrome Settings just select Open a specific page or set of pages instead. Refer to below image where you can open the browser to Chrome apps using the text of chrome://apps/.

Enabling open to a specific page

Here you will see your Google (and non Google) apps. Yes, you can add third party apps to your opening Chrome apps page. See below image:

Your Google apps screen

If you want Chrome to always open with a fresh, empty browser state, you can head back to this screen and select Open the New Tab page instead.

After that, close Settings, The next time you restart Chrome, all of your tabs will open again exactly where you left off.

Note! If you were browsing through Incognito (private mode) and you lose your tabs, Chrome will not remember them.

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How to Choose Your Safari Favorites Folder for iPhone and iPad

By default, Safari on iPhone and iPad displays a list of your Favorites when you open a new window or tab. We are going to choose another folder of bookmarks to display.

By default, Safari on iPhone and iPad displays a list of your Favorites when you open a new window or tab. We are going to choose another folder of bookmarks to display. Let’s explore how to do this.

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) app. Refer to below image:

Safari 1
Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down and tap Safari. See below image:

Safari 2
Accessing Safari option

Now, tap Favorites. See following image:

Safari 3
Accessing Favorites option

Next, in the list that appears, choose another folder. (If no folders are present in the list, you can create a new folder in Safari by tapping the Bookmarks button, selecting Edit, then tapping the New Folder button.)

Note! Choosing a different folder here will also change your default Favorites folder. From now on, whenever you add a new bookmark to Favorites, it will appear in this folder. Refer to below image where we are choosing the Magazine folder for Favorites:

Safari 4
Selecting a bookmark folder

Now, tap back once, then exit Settings. The next time you open Safari to a New Tab page, you.will see a list of favorites pulled from the folder you just selected; in our case, the Magazine folder. See below image:

Safari 5
Your new Favorities folder

If you would prefer having nothing listed on your New Tab page, you can create an empty folder and select it instead. The next time you open a new tab, the page will be completely blank.

Related

How Do You Start Safari With a Blank Page

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Deleting Microsoft Accounts Gets Man Two Years in Jail

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This is for businesses

Source: Office Watch

A man has been jailed for two years after sabotaging a company by deleting 80% of their Microsoft 365 accounts; email, calendars, contact lists, docs, and so on. What did he do and what organizations should do to prevent a similar catastrophe.

Deepanshu Kher worked for an IT consultant firm and was deployed to work at Carlsbad Company who were migrating to Microsoft 365 hosting. Carlsbad were unhappy with Kher who eventually left both Carlsbad and the consultant firm.

He returned to India where he hacked into Carlsbad Company’s new Microsoft 365 system and deleted 1,200 of their 1,500 user accounts. That shut down the company for two days, unable to access email accounts, contacts, calendars, documents, directories plus Teams and video conferencing.

Customers and partners could not contact the company or vice-versa. There was no way to tell people what was happening and why.

It took three months and over half-a-million dollars for Carlsbad to get everything back into something like normal.

Lessons to be Learned

Details of the hack have not been disclosed but some reasonable guesses are possible with some preventative measures suggested. See end of this blog post for a link about the hack.

Revoke Accounts

When someone leaves an organization, especially admin level access, make sure their account privileges are suspended or revoked.  It’s easily overlooked.

A former employee or contractor might have discovered other logins or know hacks into a system but most commonly they just login to their account.

Restoring Deleted Accounts

Microsoft’s default for deleting a mailbox or user account is a ‘soft’ deletion that’s held in a recycle bin for 30 days, with a Restore option, before full deletion. Unfortunately, there’s a second ‘hard’ option which immediately deletes the entire mailbox or user account. In some cases, hard deletion is necessary but perhaps Microsoft should make irreversible deletions a lot more difficult to access, even by administrators? Maybe require more than one admin to approve hard deletions?

Where is the Hacker Now?

Mr Kher did his nasty deed from India but that didn not stop the FBI from tracking him down and issuing an arrest warrant. When he tried to re-enter the US in January 2021 he was arrested, unaware of the outstanding warrant.

In US District Court he was found guilty of “Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer ” which carries a 10 year and $250,000 fine maximum. Kher was sentenced to two years jail, three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $567,084 (the precise amount it cost Carlsbad to fix their systems).

See Justice.gov for details.

One of my Personal IT Consultant Jobs

I went to work thru a consultant agency for a manufacturing plant in the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa, Oklahoma. On my first day, around 9am, the admin person starting setting me up access to their system. Two hours later, he was still working; he did not know how to set my credentials. Also, a lady supervisor came by and gave me a foot high stack of paper and told me to go through it. I ask, “what am I looking for?”. She said, “just go through it.” Then she left. I did not do this; if she did not know what I was looking for, I sure did not know.

Around 11:am, the IT director came by and wanted to take me to lunch. His right-hand partner, he and I got into his vehicle. They did not ask me any questions on the ride to the restaurant or back to the company. During lunch, they did not even acknowledge my presence or ask me anything. They just talked to each other. So, I remained silent. I thought this was strange.

Back at the plant, he took me to several departments where I met a lot of people, names I could not remember. What I later realized, it was a “dog and pony” show. He was being pressured to do something about their IT “system”, so he talked to my consulting agency and they sent me. He expected me to fix their “system”. He knew this was an impossible task for one person; he set me up for failure.

Over the next two days, I was amazed at their “system”. Their plant was using Excel spreadsheets to run the company; I found thousands of them. I estimated 10,000 spreadsheets.

One department would enter info like name, supervisor, hours worked. Then that department would “pass” the spreadsheet to the next department where they added their own info and/or creating new Excel spreadsheets. And so it went to each department. It was a gigantic mess. I wrote him a letter saying he needed an enterprise system like SAP, IBM or Accenture. He ignored the letter. He had done his job by hiring me to be his savior.

I decided to start with the Time Keeping system. I create a database and the forms. At least, they could have something to visualize.

No one spoke to me. I tried to talk to the guys in IT, but they shut the door in my face. Very wierd.

After ten days, I came in on a Monday morning and starting working. Around 10:00am a supervisor comes by and says, “why are you hear, you were fired on Friday”. I said, “no one told me”. She left and I called my boss. They did not know either. I packed what work I had done and left.

After reading the main story above, I could have done major damage to the company by deleting thousands of Excel spreadsheets in a matter of minutes. I had full admin access. So, would I have been sentenced to jail? I do not think so because I was technically fired and no one told me or my boss. The company was to blame for their lack of communication and not revoking my credentials. So, pay attention to the above story, especially, if you are running a business.

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How to Change Google Assistant’s Voice

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

With a few simple steps, you can change the voice on all of your Google-powered devices, including your Chromebook and smartphones. Here’s the simple guide on how to change the Google Assistant’s voice.

This is for smartdevices using Google. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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First, open the Google Assistant app from your iPhone App Library. Hold, swipe right, and release using the Dots bar at the bottom or swipe left all the way to open the App Library. Refer to below image:

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Using the Dots bar

Next, at the top of your screen you will see a Search box. See below image:

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The App Library screen

Now, in the Search bar, type in google assistant and tap the app to open. See following image:

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The Google Assistant app

Here you will see a list of things you can do with the app. Locate the Assistant voice option and tap it. Refer to below image:

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The Assistant Voice option

The default voice will be displayed, usually Red. At the bottom of your screen you will see the list of devices supporting this voice. See below image:

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Selecting the Red voice, the default

To change the voice setting, just swipe the Dots bar to highlight one or tap a color bubble to hear a voice sample. After your selection, that voice will remain as your Google Assistant Voice setting. See following image;

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Selecting the Amber voice

Google Assistant also has the option to assume a variety of celebrity voices, giving you some very unique options for your voice assistant. The range of celebrity voices available continues to grow, but popular options currently include John Legend and Issa Rae.

You may have found the celebrity voice options when looking at the voice settings we mentioned earlier, but there’s an, easier way to give your Google Home a celebrity voice. All you have to do is say, “Hey Google, talk like John Legend,” or whoever you prefer, and the voice assistant will address you in that voice until you tell it otherwise. All voices are not available in all areas.

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