Frequently asked questions

  • 1.
    What is Voice ID?

    Your voice is unique. To use Voice ID, we'll make a recording of your voice (over the phone) when you say a specific phrase. The recording, which we call your voiceprint, is safely stored by us. Voice ID compares more features in your voice than the human ear can hear. It looks at over 100 unique characteristics that we can find in your voice.

    We'll use the Voice ID voiceprint to compare it with your voice when you call us in the future. That is how we'll know we're speaking to you. Using Voice ID to call Telephone Banking is fast, easy and safe.

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  • 2.
    What are the benefits of Voice ID?

    Voice ID will make it fast and easy to access your account. All you have to do is call us with your account details handy and say the passphrase "My voice is my password" when we ask you to. You don’t even need to remember that phrase, we’ll let you know what to say. Voice ID is easy to use when you are on the move as all you need is your voice.

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  • 3.
    Is Voice ID secure?

    Voice ID analyses over 100 different characteristics of your voice which like your fingerprint, are unique to you. Such as, how you use your mouth and vocal chords, your accent and how fast you talk. It even recognises you if you have a cold or a sore throat.

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  • 4.
    What happens to my Voice ID data?

    Your Voice ID data will be stored and protected by us. We’ll do it in the same way that we securely store all our customer data.  

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  • 5.
    Can someone with a similar voice to mine access my account?

    When you say your passphrase, Voice ID compares more features in your voice than the human ear can hear. Voice ID looks at over 100 characteristics that we can find in your voice. If someone calls up and pretends to be you, we’ll know if we’re speaking to you or not by comparing the voiceprints. But Voice ID in itself isn’t enough for us to identify you. You also need to give us your card or account number when you use Telephone Banking.

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  • 6.
    How do I set up my Voice ID?

    You have to call us on the phone to set up Voice ID, as this is a telephone service. But you can also receive help from an adviser if you visit a branch. You can call us directly on 0345 850 0691 to set up Voice ID. Or you can wait until you call us next and we’ll ask you if you want to set this up. Lines are open 24/7 and our advisers are available 7am to 11pm if you'd like more information.

    Calls to 03 numbers are charged at no more than local rate. If you need to call us from abroad, you can call us on +44 113 366 0156. Calls may be monitored and recorded.

    Not all Telephone Banking services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please speak to an adviser for more information.

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  • 7.
    Can I go into a branch to set up Voice ID?

    Yes, but you’ll still need to call us, even if you are in a branch. However, we recommend you call using your own mobile phone or from your home landline. If you would like to set up Voice ID from a branch, a member of staff will be able to help you through the process.

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  • 8.
    Can I set up Voice ID if I can’t remember my Security Number?

    If you are calling us to set up your Voice ID for the first time and you don't know your Security Number, don’t worry. We’ll still be able to identify you using other security methods.

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  • 9.
    Will I have to memorise the passphrase I use for Voice ID?

    We’ll ask you to say the passphrase if you need it when you call us up to access your account via Telephone Banking. Please note that we will never call you up directly and ask you to repeat the phrase.

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  • 10.
    Will Voice ID work if I’m calling from a noisy place?

    We’ll do our best to recognise your voiceprint. But just like having a conversation, it's easier if you call from a quiet place. If Voice ID doesn’t work because it is too noisy, we can confirm your identity by asking you security questions.

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  • 11.
    What happens if I have a cold, will Voice ID recognise my voice?

    Most of the time we’ll be able to match your voiceprint even if your voice sounds a bit different. But in some circumstances, for example if you are ill, we may have to ask some security questions to check who you are.

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  • 12.
    Does Voice ID work if I have a speech impediment or use a voice box?

    It may be possible for you to set up Voice ID even if you have a speech impediment. For Voice ID to work we need at least three strong recordings of your voice as you repeat the passphrase.

    We don’t recommend setting up Voice ID if you use a voice box or speech synthesiser. They might be a security risk as some speech synthesiser machines have the same voice.

    If Voice ID is not suitable for you please let us know and we’ll ensure you are not asked to register when you call us.

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  • 13.
    Is Voice ID similar to Siri or Alexa?

    No, both Siri and Alexa recognise what words are said, not how someone says them. Voice ID analyses over 100 characteristics in someone’s voice, like tone, pitch and speed. This is made into a unique speech pattern which we can use to make sure we are speaking to you.

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  • 14.
    Can I use Voice ID on behalf of someone I care for?

    It’s not possible at the moment, but it might be an option in the future.

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  • 15.
    Can someone else access my account with my permission?

    Since your voice is unique, someone else will not be able to use Voice ID on your behalf. To protect yourself - don’t share your Security Number or security details with anyone else.

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  • 16.
    What if I no longer want to use Voice ID?

    If you decide that you don’t want to use Voice ID any more, you can call us to cancel your Voice ID set up. The next time you call us we’ll ask for your Security Number or ask security questions as we did before you set up Voice ID. If you want to use Voice ID again, you’ll have to set up your voiceprint again.

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  • 17.
    Who can apply for Voice ID?

    The Halifax Voice ID service is available to UK customers who hold a bank, savings or credit card account with us.

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