Let your iPhone or iPad read to you

Wouldn't it be nice if we all had a personal assistant? Someone who can read us our emails, text messages, web pages and even make us a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day?

Well, this tip won't help with the hot chocolate, but it will help with reading your emails, text messages and web pages. The iOS Accessibility section of Settings (Settings > General > Accessibility) is full of interesting and useful features. This specific feature will allow us to have iOS read back any text we have selected.

First, we need to enable the "Speak" feature. We do this by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. Next, lets enable the "Speak Selection" option.

With the he feature enabled, let's test it. To do this, we can select any text found in an email, text message, web page, Pages document... virtually any text in any application on your iPhone or iPad. With the text selected, we simply select "Speak" from the contextual, menu.

Now that we've had a taste of what the feature can do for us, lets tweak things a little. If we navigate back to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech, you will see that we have additional options to adjust including the speed of speech and the voice that is used. Take a few seconds to make adjustments to personalize it for yourself.


Posted on April 4, 2016 .