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How to get your phone to read articles aloud

by Kurt Knutsson

Sometimes I can’t find my glasses and instead of reading an article on my phone, I’ll have my phone read it to me.  This is a great trick too if you are driving or outside exercising and have a pair of AirPods or headsets plugged in.  All it takes is one little adjustment to unleash the power of your phone read to you whenever you want.

Here’s what you need to do for both iPhones and Androids.

How to have your iPhone read text to you

The following works on IOS 12 and later.

First we need to adjust our settings:

  • Click Settings
  • Click Accessibility

 

How To Have Your IPhone Read Text To You - Accessibility

 

  • Click Spoken Content

How To Have Your IPhone Read Text To You - Spoken Content option in iPhone Accessibility screen

 

  • Slide the “Speak Screen” toggle to the right

How To Have Your IPhone Read Text To You - Speak Screen option

 

Now, here’s how to have your iPhone read your screen:

  1. Asking Siri – “Hey Siri, speak screen”
  2. On any screen (article, email, etc..), tap the top of your screen with two fingers and swipe down.  It’s a bit tricky, but you need to do it at the very top of your screen near where the camera is and do it rapidly.  When it starts to speak to you, you’ll notice that there is a panel that is displayed.   Often I’ll change it rom 1x to 1.5x so that Siri reads it to me quickly.

How To Have Your IPhone Read Text To You - Control Box on iPhone screen

 

How to have your Android read text to you

The following works on Android 11 and up.

First let’s adjust our settings:

  • Click Settings
  • Click Accessibility and scroll down and tap Select to Speak
  • Turn on Select to Speak shortcut

 

Now, here’s how to have your Android read your screen:

  • To activate the “Select to Speak” shortcut, do a two finger swipe up
  • Now you can either tap specific words on the screen or click the Play button which will then read everything on your screen.

 

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