How can I replace the Android Navigation app voice with one I downloaded?

Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda March 31, 2013


So I have a problem using Navigation for Android 4.1.2. I downloaded the Ivona Amy British Voice TTS engine from Google Play and I am trying to associate that voice in place of the default voice for Navigation. I don’t know how to do this so please help. Thank you so much!

I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S III with Android 4.1.2.

  1. Michael Heffner
    April 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I stand corrected. Apparently you can change the voice in Android 2.2. in 2.1 the default voice cannot be changed.

  2. Michael Heffner
    April 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The TTS (Text to Speech) engines are only for reading text to you aloud. The GPS uses a set of pre-recorded phrases for the navigation. You can manually change those prompts using the instructions here.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      April 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      I don't think that explains how to change the TTS engine associated with Navigation from its default engine to the IVONA engine.

    • Michael Heffner
      April 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      That's the point. Navigation does not use a TTS engine. It uses pre-recorded prompts. This is why they all sound like William Shatner,

      In... three... hundred.... feet... turn right onto.... Lincon... road.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      But before I got this new phone, my old phone (which was a Samsung Conquer), was able to do it. Now, assuming that the Samsung Galaxy S III is an improvement upon the Conquer, I don't think they would remove the this feature.

  3. ha14
    April 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Menu - Settings - Voice input and output - Text-to-speech settings. Then under the Default settings section, press Default engine.

    1. Install IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ to your Android device from the Google Play store
    2. Select & install your preferred language and voice(s) from the Google Play store
    3. Once downloaded, launch the IVONA app to complete your installation
    4. Finally, Select IVONA TTS Engine as your default engine by navigating to Android Settings

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      April 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      My phone calls them "preferred" voices and IVONA was already set.

    • ha14
      April 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      is there any lisen to an example
      Additional TTS Voices in Android

  4. susendeep dutta
    April 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Can you go to Settings --> Applications --> Google Voice --> and tap on clear defaults.After that try tapping on speaker icon usually present in Google search bar(at the homescreen).It might show you a popup choice to select between Google voice and Ivona Amy British Voice TTS and then you can have a choice.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      April 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      There were no defaults set when I checked so the icon was shaded out.

  5. DalSan M
    April 1, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Have you set the Ivona voice as the default TTS engine? In System Settings, go to Language and Input, then to Text-to-speech output. Select the Ivona speech engine. You can change some settings within Ivona from there as well.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      April 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I already have the preferred TTS engine set to IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ. It still uses Navigation's default voice engine.

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