How to Turn Off Text to Speech on Android

A step-by-step guide to disabling text-to-speech features on your Android device.

What is Text to Speech?

Text-to-speech (TTS) is a feature on Android devices that allows text on the screen to be read aloud. This can be useful for accessibility, allowing users with vision impairments to hear content instead of reading it.

However, some users may find the automatic reading aloud distracting or unnecessary. Fortunately, Android allows you to fully disable TTS.

Steps to Turn Off Text to Speech on Android

Via Settings App

The easiest way to turn off text-to-speech is through the Settings app on your Android device:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select “Accessibility” or “System.”
  3. Choose “Text-to-speech output.”
  4. Toggle the “Text-to-speech output” switch off.

This will disable TTS globally on your device.

Via Individual Apps

You can also disable TTS on a per-app basis:

  1. Open the app in which you want to disable TTS.
  2. Go to its settings or accessibility settings.
  3. Look for a “Text-to-speech” or “Read aloud” option.
  4. Toggle this off.

Repeat this process for any apps where you want to disable reading text aloud.

Other Ways to Customize Text to Speech

If you don’t want to completely disable TTS, there are other customization options:

  • Adjust the speech speed.
  • Change the default language.
  • Pick a different voice.
  • Set specific apps to not read aloud.

Explore your TTS settings to optimize the experience to your liking.

The Benefits of Disabling Text to Speech

Here are some of the benefits of turning off TTS on your Android device:

Increased privacy

Your phone won’t read texts or screen contents aloud when unwanted.

Fewer distractions

Disabling TTS can help you focus without disruptive narration.

Longer battery life

TTS requires power, so turning it off conserves battery.

Peace and quiet

You can enjoy silence instead of constant speech narration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I re-enable text to speech later?

Yes, you can re-enable TTS at any time by toggling it back on in Settings or individual apps.

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