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Text-to-speech output

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Find out how to check your Android version.

To specify text-to-speech settings for your device, go to Settings and then Accessibility and then Text-to-speech output.

The following settings are available:

  • Preferred engine: The default text-to-speech engine choices vary by device. Options can include Google's Text-to-speech engine, the device manufacturer's engine and any third-party text-to-speech engines that you've downloaded from the Google Play Store.
  • Engine settings: To change the settings for your selected text-to-speech engine, select Settings next to the name of your preferred engine.
  • Speech rate: Select the speed at which text is spoken.
  • Pitch: Make the speech pitch higher or lower.
  • Reset speech rate and Reset speech pitch: If you adjust the speech rate or pitch, use these controls to reset to the original rate.
  • Listen to an example: Select this option to hear a short demonstration of speech synthesis.
  • Default language status: Here your device displays the current status of your default language (such as "fully supported"). The default language is the language selected in your preferred Text-to-speech engine.

Tip: If you're using TalkBack, learn how to use seek controls to adjust the speech rate and pitch.