Issa Rae, the American actress, writer, director, and producer, has lent her voice to Google Assistant. Once enabled, certain questions will elicit answers from Issa Rae, including in-jokes and references just for fans of Rae and her work.
In April 2019, Google persuaded John Legend to lend his voice to Google Assistant. This meant you could ask Assistant various questions, and the answers would be provided by Legend himself. Now, a second celebrity has added their voice to Assistant.
How to Make Google Assistant Sound Like Issa Rae
As announced on The Keyword, you can now change the voice of Google Assistant to Issa Rae. Google describes this as “a cameo” which will be available “in English for a limited time in the US”. So, if you’re a fan of Issa Rae you should enable her voice while you can.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of Issa Rae, she started out as a YouTuber, and made her name with the web series, Awkward Black Girl. She then created and starred in Insecure for HBO. She has since appeared in various films and TV shows in addition to Insecure.
To change the voice of Google Assistant to Issa Rae, you have two options. You can either say, “Hey Google, talk like Issa,” or go to Settings > Google Assistant > Assistant Voice, and choose Issa Rae from the options available to you.
As this is a cameo, Rae hasn’t recorded responses for every single question. However, you can ask her the weather, ask her to tell you a joke, ask her what she thinks of you, and even trigger Easter eggs such as, “Hey Google, do you love Daniel or Lawrence?”
Google Assistant Tips for Newbies and Veterans
As long as you’re in the US and conversing in English you should be able to hear Issa Rae’s voice on any device that has Google Assistant. Including your smartphone and tablet, Google Home smart speakers, and Smart Displays such as the Nest Hub Max.
If you’re new to using Google Assistant, here’s our guide explaining how to use Google Assistant. And if you already have the basics down and are looking to take things to the next level here are some Google Assistant IFTTT recipes to boost your productivity.