Along with AssistiveTouch, Speech is my favorite feature which is the part of Accessibility. Once activated, it lets you read text aloud. Better still, you can use it to read the entire page, automatically speak auto-corrections and auto-capitalizations, change spoken text voice and even add your preferred pronunciation.

If you have difficulty in reading text, speech can be a superb asset for you. Frankly speaking, I am very fond of this feature. Though I don’t have any vision problem, I use it quite often on my iPhone. There are times when I want to give some rest to my eyes. That’s when a highly user-friendly feature like Speech comes into the play magnificently.

How to Enable Spoken Text in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad

Would you like to get started with Speech on your iOS device? Let’s give it a go!

How to Enable Spoken Text in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad

How to Enable and Use Speak Selection in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Speak Selection allows you to select text on a screen to read aloud.

Step #1. Launch Settings on your iPhone.

Launch Settings on your iPhone

Step #2. Tap on General.

Tap on General

Step #3. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility

Step #4. Tap on Speech.

Tap on Speech

Step #5. Toggle on the switch next to Speak Selection.

Toggle on the switch next to Speak Selection

Step #6. Now, you need to head over to the text you wish to read aloud.

Step #7. Next, you have to tap and hold on the text. Next, simply drag the highlight in order to select the entire text you wish it read aloud to you.

Step #8. Tap on the Speak button in the menu.

Tap on the Speak button in the menu

How to enable and use Speak Screen in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Once enabled, your iPhone will read the entire screen to you.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Now, you need toggle on the switch next to Speak Screen.

Toggle on the switch next to Speak Screen

Step #3. Next, you have to head over to the screen you wish it read aloud.

Then, you need to simply swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen on your iPhone.

How to enable Highlighted Content with spoken text in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to highlight content as it reads

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Tap on Highlight Content.

Tap on Highlight Content

Step #3. Now, toggle on the switch.

Toggle on the switch

How to enable Character Feedback in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

When you enable character feedback, it will speak every letter you type.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Tap on Typing Feedback.

Tap on Typing Feedback

Step #3. Now, you need to toggle on the switch next to Characters.

Toggle on the switch next to Characters

How to enable Character Hints in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

When you enable character hints, it reads each letter using the phonetic alphabet.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Tap on Typing feedback.

Step #3. Now, toggle on the switch next to Character Hints.

Toggle on the switch next to Character Hints

How to change the Character Feedback Delay in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

No longer want it to read each character after you type? You can enable Character Feedback Delay. It will work only if Character Feedback or Character Hints are enabled.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech → Typing Feedback.

Step #2. Tap on the plus or minus buttons under Character Feedback Delay.

Tap on the plus or minus buttons under Character Feedback Delay

How to enable spoken words while typing in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Once you have enabled Speak Words, VoiceOver reads full words as you type rather than individual letters.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech → Typing Feedback.

Step #2. Now, toggle on the switch next to Speak Words.

Toggle on the switch next to Speak Words

How to enable Speak Auto-text in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You can enable VoiceOver to automatically speak auto-corrections and auto-capitalizations.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech → Typing Feedback.

Step #2. Turn on the switch next to Speak Auto-text.

Turn on the switch next to Speak Auto-text

How to enable spoken predictions in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

There is an option to make your device speak the predictive words.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech → Typing Feedback.

Step #2. Turn on the switch next to Hold to Speak Predictions.

Turn on the switch next to Hold to Speak Predictions

How to change the spoken text voice in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You can also change the spoken text voice if you don’t find it convenient.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Tap on Voices. Then, you have to select the language you like to use.

Tap on Voices. Then, you have to select the language you like to use

Step #3. Next, you need to tap a voice. Tap the play button if you want to preview the voice or tap the name in order enable the voice. You have the option to download new voices. To do so, simply tap on the download button.

Tap the play button if you want to preview the voice or tap the name

How to add pronunciations in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You have the option to add your preferred pronunciation if it mispronounces any name or phrase.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility →  Speech.

Step #2. Tap on Pronunciations. Then, you need to tap the add button at the top right of your screen.

Tap on Pronunciations. Then, you need to tap the add button at the top right of your screen

Step #3. Now, you have to type in the phrase which you want it to pronounce properly.

Type in the phrase which you want it to pronounce properly

Step #4. You need to type in the pronunciation substitution or tap the dictation button to speak it aloud.

Tap the dictation button to speak it aloud

Step #5. Tap on Play at the top right of your screen to preview the pronunciation.

Tap on Play at the top right of your screen to preview the pronunciation

Step #6. Tap on the back button once you are satisfied. Now, you have to choose the language in which you want to replace the pronunciation. You can choose to apply it to all apps as well.

How to change the speaking rate for spoken text in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

You can easily adjust the speaking rate as per your convenience.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General → Accessibility → Speech.

Step #2. Now, you have to drag the slider left or right to decrease or increase the speaking rate.

Drag the slider left or right to decrease or increase the speaking rate

That’s all there is to it! It’s time to make the most of these features on your device.

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