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4/10/19
Google to automatically read incoming SMS outloud 0 Recommended Answers 12 Replies 21 Upvotes
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I have found that when I receive a SMS to text message it does not automatically get read out. Instead I have to select the play button to have it read out. Why has this stopped reading the messages outloud when they are received?
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4/11/19
It never did that. You need to tap on the notification or home screen card for the message in order to have it read to you.
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4/11/19
Thanks for the reply. Is there some documentation so where that explains that it does not do it?
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Hi Eliott,

Thanks for the feedback, you can find more information on sending and receiving messages in Android Auto here.
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4/11/19
Thanks for the link. I have read that already. I was looking for documentation on the message being automatically read out on receipt.
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5/10/19
I think it should definitely be an option to automatically read the incoming text message out loud.  It's quite annoying now, how you have to tap on the screen to have it play.  And if you don't tap it in time, you have to navigate away from GPS, and find it on the main page.  There should at least be a Google Assistant command like "Ok Google, read me the last text message".

I usually avoid running AA because it won't automatically read incoming text messages.  I end up running Waze on my phone, and LG has a nice option to "read incoming text messages", so I enable that.  (My last two phones were LG and since that options always existed, I assumed it was part of Android, but apparently, it is not.)
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5/11/19
Facebook Messenger messages are being read out loud automatically on receipt when I am running Android Auto. I turned this on to check it out, and now I can't figure out how turn it off again. Any clues, anyone?
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6/26/19
I'm surprised more people aren't bothered by the fact that you have to hit the "play message" button on the screen for it to read incoming text messages. Plus, it is somewhat dangerous when you're driving since you have to take your eyes off the road and hit the right place on the screen within a few seconds. And, it doesn't have to work that way. The maps apps will prompt you about quicker routes on maps - I don't understand why it won't simply ask whether it should read incoming text messages. 
BTW - there is a Google Assistant command to read text messages but it only works with unread messages. So if you want to read an old text message, you have to exit Android Auto, etc.
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9/16/19
How do i get my messages to show on my screen when i have a message
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9/25/19
My android auto is reading messages out loud automatically and I hate it. Not sure why everyone wants it to happen as when I have other people in the car for work or friends I don't want it. I think it's inappropriate for them to hear my messages. I need to figure out how to turn it off.
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9/25/19
If you miss the play button, you should be able to say "Read my messages" and Assistant will read your most recent message(s).
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9/26/19
My messages were initially being read aloud and now are not. I don't see my Samsung messaging app on my Andriod Auto screen and I have never seen the button that I can press to have mine read aloud. So I now the only way to access my messages is to say "Hey Google, send a text message" but that is it without exiting Android Auto all together. Any suggestions?
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10/10/19
I have been using drivemode, which allows you to select in settings whether to read incoming messages automatically, to ask before reading or to store without reading. This way I can select when I want then read and when I don't easily. I find it very strange that Google Assistant and android auto don't offer that choice since taking your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road are dangerous.
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