How To Read Text Out Loud On Android: 3 Methods You Can Use

It is obvious that reading takes more time than hearing. And when you are in the middle of important work, reading the text is not at all possible. At that time you think that it was better if the same text can be heard somehow. Other reasons that you want to convert your text to speech on your Android device can be that you don’t want to take the risk of reading a message while driving. Or maybe if a person is partially or completely blind, for them, there’s nothing better then a message being read out loud. Well, you’ll be glad to know that there are some ways how you can actually read text out loud on Android. And we are going to discuss the 3 easiest ways to do that.

Converting Text To Speech On Android

Using Google Assistance

Google Assistance has been serving us for years with its amazing features. But still, you might not know about all of its features. One such feature is, reading of message out loud that you receive on your Android device. The steps to use Google Assistance for reading out your messages are really simple.

1. Activate Google Assistance on your Android device by saying OK Google. If this doesn’t work, simply tap on the Google Assistance button given on your Android phone. Some phones don’t have the Google Assistance button. If your phone doesn’t have it too, long-press the home button to activate Google Assistance.

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2. Now simply make a command to Google, “read my text messages.”

3. If there will be some new messages on your phone, Google Assistant will let you know about it and ask if you want it to read them.

4. Command again to read the messages.

Once you hear your message, you can also reply back by speaking your message to Google Assistance and giving a command to send it. Not just the text messages, you can also command Google to read your WhatsApp messages as well. And similar to the Messages app, you can reply to your WhatsApp messages too. Google Assistant can also be used to read the messages you receive on Skype, and Facebook as well.

Android Text To Speech Feature

NOTE: This feature may differ from Android device to device depending on the phone model, manufacturer, and the Android version used. I’m using a Vivo V15 running on version 9.

Some people don’t use Google Assistance on their phones. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t read the text out loud. The native feature of your Android device can come handy that comes by the name text to speech.

1. Go to the Settings app of your Android phone and locate Accessibility. Use the search option in settings if hard to locate Accessibility manually.

2. Under Accessibility, choose Select to Speak option.

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3. Toggle on the button that says Select to Speak. Tap OK to confirm.

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4. As you can see, a new icon is added to your phone screen which shows a human. You just need to tap on the icon and then tap on the text that you want to read.

select to speak icon

The Text To Speech option also makes it possible to read the text that comes under your phone camera when you open it.

Using Third-Party Apps

Luckily, the Text to Speech feature of my device was really easy to use and quite featureful as well. But this might not be the case with all the Android cell phones. So if you are not using Google Assistance on your cell phone and the Text To Speech future is not up to the mark, there’s still a way you can hear all your messages instead of reading them.

The Play Store of Android is full of apps which provide text to speech services. As you can in the screenshot given, Translate All Text Voice Conversation, Text to Speech (TTS), Narrator’s Voice, T2S: Text to Voice – Read Aloud, My Voice – Text To Speech, and so on. You can try some of these apps and choose the best one for yourself.

Final Words

The main reason for the existence of text to speech feature is for making it possible for partially and completely blind people to know what messages they are receiving. But it can also have other use scenarios. Reading the text can become a headache when you receive large files on a daily basis due to your office work. But some of your load can definitely be wiped away if those large files can be heard instead of reading them. Similarly, the reason for using this feature can differ from person to person.