How to operate Copilot with voice on Windows 11

Yes, you can also use Copilot with your voice, and here's how.

Copilot with voice
Copilot with voice
  • To use Copilot with your natural voice on Windows 11, use the “Windows key + C” shortcut, click the “Microphone” button, and use your natural voice to ask a question. The response will be available in text but also in voice.

On Windows 11, starting with build 22631.2361 for version 22H2 and version 23H2, you now have access to Copilot, the new AI assistant designed to help you with your daily tasks, including interacting with natural language, but also using your voice, and in this guide, you will learn how.

Although, for the most part, users will be interacting with Copilot using text-based queries, it’s also possible to use voice inputs from the same prompt using the microphone icon. As part of the process, the AI chatbot doesn’t submit your voice to any Microsoft services for processing. The feature uses the internal Windows 11 system and the speech recognition engine to parse your voice and convert it to text. Then, Copilot will use that text to understand your query and generate a response. Also, the data in transit are encrypted for protection, and no data is stored at rest.

The best part about using Copilot with voice is that the answer will be delivered in text and voice with a sound very similar to an actual human, which is very impressive.

This guide will show you the basic steps to use Copilot with voice on Windows 11.

Copilot with natural language voice on Windows 11

To interface with Copilot using your voice on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the Copilot (Windows key + C) button on the Taskbar.

  2. Click the Microphone icon on the top-right.

    Copilot voice search

  3. Use your voice to compose a prompt.

    Quick tip: You don’t need to use keywords or specific phrases. You only need to speak with natural language as you would typically talk to a friend.

After you complete the steps, Copilot will process your voice to determine the query and return the answer with text and voice.

It’s worth noting that this feature will require a microphone connected to the computer and the privacy settings in the “Microphone” settings page must allow access to the microphone.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].