ADHD and Dyslexia Strategies: How to Turn on Text to Speech on Your Mobile Device

ADHD and Dyslexia Strategies: How to Turn on Text to Speech on Your Mobile Device

Text-to-speech allows you or your child to
have digital text read aloud. Here’s what it looks like. “Remember to put your homework in your backpack.” Text-to-speech is one of the most important
assistive technologies for kids with reading issues, like dyslexia. The great thing is that this powerful technology
is built in to most mobile devices, like digital tablets and even that smartphone in your pocket. You don’t need to download any apps. You just need to activate it. Here’s how. On an iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad,
start in the Settings app. Under “General,” tap “Accessibility.” Next, tap “Speech.” Finally, turn on “Speak Selection” and
“Speak Screen.” This will give you two options for reading
text aloud. “Speak Selection” will read aloud words
you select. “Speak Screen” will read aloud all the
words on a screen, starting from the top. To use “Speak Selection,” select a word
or a group of words. When the “Speak” button appears, tap on it
to hear the selection read aloud. “Remember to put your homework in your backpack.” To use “Speak Screen,” swipe down with
two fingers from the top of the screen to hear the words on that screen read aloud. “In Trouble Again. It’s always there, like the ground underneath
my feet.” You can change several “Speech” settings
on an iOS device. For example, you can speed up or slow down
the speaking rate, choose the voice and even correct how certain words are pronounced. On an Android device, like a smartphone or digital
tablet, you can also read text aloud. The text-to-speech feature on Android is called
“Select to Speak.” To turn it on, start in the Device Settings
and tap “Accessibility.” Next, tap “Vision.” Finally, tap “Select to Speak” and turn
it on with the onscreen switch. The “Select to Speak” icon will appear
on the screen. You can move it to a new location by using
drag and drop with your finger. To hear text read aloud, tap the “Select
to Speak” icon. Then, drag a box around the words you want
to hear. “Remember to put your homework in your backpack.” The text-to-speech settings can also be changed
on an Android device. For example, you can change the voice and
make the speed faster or slower. Once you’ve activated text-to-speech, show
your child how it works. Then, make sure your child gets lots of practice
using it. Text can be read aloud from the Internet,
digital books, emails and even text messages.

Daniel Ostrander

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54 thoughts on “ADHD and Dyslexia Strategies: How to Turn on Text to Speech on Your Mobile Device

  1. justme says:

    Thank you!!

  2. Marlon Foster says:

    Thanks!!!! You are great

  3. X4rrr says:

    I did not have the "vision" option under accessibility, neither do I have any option for "select to speak" Any ideas?

  4. Swiftie & Zquad says:

    When I type a text the system speaks it.. how to disable it??

  5. Aziza Momenzada says:


  6. paras puniyani says:

    thanks for speaking this out !! 😊

  7. Camille Moore says:

    Thx u really helped me I couldn't take it off.

  8. Przyroda Pełnym Głosem! says:

    I have here only voice assistant, help please

  9. Abu aziz abdullah says:

    Thank you👍🏼

  10. Joana Canaj says:

    It couldn't read Kindle book,:-(

  11. Amarjit Sarkar says:


  12. Olivia Martin says:

    When I turned on the feature on Android it didn't give me the little box. Every time I clicked something it would say what I'm tapping on my phone. I just want to hear highlighted text:

  13. Aryan Ahmed says:

    Hi how to active select to speak on galaxy Note 9

  14. Best Vine says:

    Xaomi redmi 6, I didn't find the icon.

  15. Mrs .Silver says:

    Very helpful thank you for showing us the light 💡

  16. Waitakeredame says:

    The people who devised this didn't give any thought to the fact that people with sight issues, can't see the tiny icons, as the man onscreen is doing. So when you need to change something, activate or de-activate, you can't. Crazy.

  17. S says:

    I can't thank you enough for your informative video. As a business professional with dyslexia, answering emails on the go or text messages from clients causes me a great deal of anxiety because of my spelling. This feature will make a huge difference!

  18. WCephei77HD says:

    It works but I need something better, this stuff even reads the buttons and all info I don't need to hear, I want something I can select like a full word document and read it for me on my commute.

  19. Xiodake says:

    how do u get the floating button thingy

  20. The1stMachinist says:

    Thanks. This helped out a lot. I couldn't find a simple explanation that worked for my phone, but this did.

  21. Hammad Nadeem says:

    Not working in my Note 8

  22. God of Gods Shrek says:

    I can make meme videos now lol.

  23. Dont read my profile picture says:

    OMG 666 LIKES?! 👿

  24. Luis Gonzalez says:


  25. Jonne Posti says:

    You might have to download Android Accessibility Suite from Google Play Store. Mr Martin on the video seems to have it already downloaded on his device which he doesn't mention on the video. This is why some users are confused after watching this video as they cannot find Select to Speak in their phone's settings.

    If you don't have mobile friendly reader mode on your Chrome browser I strongly suggest to change some settings to allow it. Open Chrome on your Android device and type chrome://flags into the address bar. Search for Reader Mode triggering and set it Always to allow mobile friendly reader mode option box to appear on the bottom of your Chrome browser. This makes listening more enjoyable as the Select to Speak wont read everything on the website but the actual article.

  26. mel johns says:

    Thanks for the info…. Great reminder….

  27. Kevin VR says:

    For ANDROID go straight to 2min in the video

  28. Adam's Reviews says:

    Great video. I found an example of english text to speech, and it got 14 days free trial. Watch here:

  29. NASOOR_ AJNABI says:

    Thank you for helping

  30. sa says:

    I have text to speech but not select to speak. I loaded the document I wanted spoken but nothing for the text to speech program appears.

  31. babette leenhouts says:

    Now i can't get it off al it says is Beep beep beep

  32. Swervy Marcc says:


  33. Roy Estrada says:

    I've been trying 2 find a way 2 convert my doctors recordings 2 txt. I thought this video might help but unfortunately he wasn't very specific. I trid doi g what he said w/ Galaxy S6 w/ no luck – bummer!! Guess I'll keep searching 4 a more informative video 🙁

  34. Christopher R Bailey says:

    He explains Android starting at 1:48

  35. Christopher R Bailey says:

    The Android settings have changed a lot with the latest version.
    "Select to Speak" seems to be under "Installed Services" in the Accessibility Section.
    I do not remember what I had to install to get this.

  36. SKrawks says:

    I'm on Android, when I turn on text to speech, the said floating icon does not appear on my screen. Pls help, thanks.

  37. Oof_Bro_Clutch YT says:

    You help me a lot bc my voice hurt so bad tysm

  38. Dyionisis Yhe horned one says:

    Starts at 0:40

  39. Rainbow_ Mix says:

    Not deslexic I just really couldn't be bothered ready 10000b worlds off Google for my home work😔😞😂😩

  40. Alvin Kat says:

    🔰 🔰 🔰

  41. Gabriel Simoes says:

    Thank you!

  42. vincent lau says:

    Thanks , it works on my phone, but is this text to speech also work on different language?

  43. yogini prabhu says:

    Does it read pdf as well?

  44. 6 Figure Life says:

    I cant figure out how to open the app

  45. Linda Louise Rigsbee says:

    I couldn't find the option on my LG Android phone. It may be there, but none of these worked. I would like to add something here, though. I am dyslexic and, although I can see an advantage in some circumstances – parents, PLEASE do not let your children use this instead of reading. Dyslexia is a handicap, NOT a disability. You can't cure it by repetition, but you can certainly improve it by reading. I'm a writer now. If I had chosen to let a device do this for me, I would never have achieved this. That little interruption said, thanks for this video. I may be able to help someone else with this on my free read websites.

  46. Bill Lowe says:

    Speak, woof-woof.

  47. Vincent Comments! says:

    Yes I can do memes now

  48. सन्तोस बाबु पराजुली says:

    In galaxy A 20 it's feacher i can't find please suggeste me

  49. Little Nikolinio says:

    I used to have ios all my life now turned to Ndroid samsung s10 plus speak text was so easy
    Now in android if i choose that option you say then where i touch it speaks and i dont want that only when i select a passage etc pls help

  50. Pushing Limits says:

    Has anyone figured out how to use text-to-speech with Android 10 just navigation enabled?

  51. Gabby L says:

    Thank you, I accidentally turned it on and I couldn't figure out how to turn it off.

  52. Arkan Salih says:

    On my Android smartphone tge voice is different and a harassing one that I don't like it, how can i get the one that's enabled on the Android phone of this video, Please. Which app i should download? How can i enable it?

  53. Mehabub Shekh says:

    Any app is available for this ….bcoz select to speak's option is not available in Samsung A30…..

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