Volvo XC90 2015-2024 Owners Manual / Displays and voice control / Use voice recognition

Volvo XC90: Displays and voice control / Use voice recognition

Starting voice control1

Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition Voice commands are given through a "dialog" with the voice control system. Press the button for voice control Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition on the right-side steering wheel keypad to activate the system and initiate a voice command dialog. When you press the button, a beep will sound and the voice control symbol will appear in the instrument panel.

This shows that the system has begun listening and you can now begin speaking commands. As soon as you start speaking, the system will be trained to recognize and understand your voice. This takes several seconds and is done automatically, which means that you don't need to manually initiate any voice training.

These may include:

  • Wait until after the tone, and then speak in your normal voice at a normal speed.
  • Do not speak while the system is responding (the system is unable to process commands during this time).
  • Avoid background noises in the passenger compartment by keeping doors, windows and the panoramic roof* closed.


Not all system languages support voice control. If a language supports voice control, it is marked with a Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition symbol in the list of available system languages. Read more about where the information is found in the section on voice control settings.

Generally, the system will listen for a basic command that is then followed by more detailed commands specifying what you want the system to do.

To change the audio volume of the system, turn the volume knob while the voice is speaking. It is possible to use other buttons while voice commands are being given. However, because other audio is silenced during dialog with the system, it is not possible to perform any functions connected to audio using the buttons.

Canceling voice control

To cancel voice control, do one of the following:

  • Briefly press Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition and say "Cancel".
  • Press and hold the steering wheel keypad's voice command button Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition until two audible signals are given. This cancels voice control even when the system is speaking.

Voice control will also be canceled if you do not respond during a dialog. The system will first ask three times for a response and if the response is still not given, voice control will be automatically canceled.

To speed up communication and skip prompts from the system, press the voice control button Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition on the steering wheel keypad. This will interrupt the system's response and you can say the next command.

Voice command examples

  1. Tap Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition.
  2. Say "Call [First name] [Last name] [number category]", e.g. "Call Robyn Smith cellular".
    • The system will call the selected contact from the phone book. If the contact has several phone numbers (e.g. home, cell, work), the right category must also be given.


The following commands can usually be used in any situation:

  • "Repeat" - repeats the most recent voice command in the current dialog.
  • "Cancel" - cancels the dialog.2
  • "Help" - initiates a help dialog. The system responds with commands that can be used in the current situation, an instruction or an example.

Commands for specific functions, such as phone and audio, are described in the sections related to that function.


Number commands can be given in different ways depending on the function to be controlled:

  • Phone numbers and zip codes should be given by stating each number individually, e.g. "zero, three, one, two, two, four, four, three" (03122443).
  • Addresses can be given by stating each number individually or in a group, e.g. "two, two" or "twenty-two" (22). For English and Dutch language settings, groups of numbers can also be said in sequence, e.g. "twenty-two, twenty-two" (22 22). For English, double or triple digits can also be used, e.g. "double zero" (00). Numbers in the range 0-2300 can be used.
  • Frequencies can be given as "ninety-eight point eight" (98.8), "one hundred four point two" or "hundred and four point two" (104.2).

Speech rate and repeat mode

The speed at which the system speaks can be adjusted.

With repeat mode on, the system will repeat what you have said.

To change the speech rate or activate/deactivate repeat mode:

  1. Tap Settings in the Top view.
  2. Tap System Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition Voice Control and select settings.
    • Repeat Voice Command
    • Speech Rate

* Option/accessory.

1 Certain markets only.

2Note that this only cancels the dialog when the system is not speaking. To do this, press and hold Volvo XC90. Use voice recognition until you hear two beeps.

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