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How to activate and use text to speech on iOS (iPad, iPhone)

On real cool thing I recently discovered, saying recently because it is a feature I shouldn't use for now, it's the ability of the OS to speech the text when making a selection on it.

Indeed, sometimes, when you're a French guy like I am, and you wish to pronounce words correctly, you can refer to a dictionary or google to pronounce it and find out what is the correct pronunciation.

How to activate the text to speech feature on iOS.

You should go to your setting in the accessibility configuration part, which is in the general settings and activate it.

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You can follow more precisely the steps described below :

  1. Launch "Settings" and tap on "General",
  2. Scroll down to "Accessibility" and tap on "Speak Selection",
  3. Slide to "ON" and adjust the "Speaking Rate" slider to an appropriate setting.

Once activated, play a bit with the speaking rate so that it corresponds to what you aim to hear from the device. By default, it can sound a bit speedy and in-apprehensible, but, slowing it down will offer you the comfort you'd like.

Now that you activated it, using it will also be as easy.

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How to use the text to speech feature on iOS.

Then all you have to do is select text in any app where text selection is available. Do this as you usually do when you want to copy/paste text. But now, a new button is available. There is a new speak button that will read the selected text.

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This works perfectly in Safari, Notes, iBooks, etc…

Enjoy!