Speech-to-text is a popular productivity hack that many use to more quickly and easily create written sentences.
Its counterpart, text-to-speech, can help with productivity too, albeit in a different way: By hearing the text read back to you in a robotic voice, you may be able to catch skipped words, grammar mistakes, and awkward phrasing.
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How to enable Google text-to-speech
1. Go into your device’s settings.
2. Tap “Accessibility.”
3. Depending on your device, you may need to tap “Vision.”
4. Choose “Select to speak.”
5. Toggle the feature on and confirm by tapping “Ok” in the pop-up window.
Depending on your device, you will either see a circle pop-up with the text-to-speech icon, or it will appear in the lower-right corner of your screen.
How to use Google text-to-speech
Once you’ve set up the feature and you’ve navigated to a bit of text you want to have read back to you, here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Tap the text-to-speech icon — you’ll see a red stop button appear, with a greyed-out play button next to it.
2. Tap and select the speech you want read back to you. Drag your finger across the screen if there is more than one section, or press the play button to have everything on the screen read back to you, including button commands.
3. Tap the play button to begin the text-to-speech playback.
If you tap the carrot to the side of the icon, you’ll also see the ability to pause the read-back, or go back or forward.