Accessibility, text-to-speech, & voice settings

You can turn on accessibility options, including TalkBack (Android) and VoiceOver (iOS), on your mobile device and use them when you read books available in flowing text format on the Google Play Books app Google Play Books app.

On your Android device

  1. Go to your device’s main Settings menu.
  2. Under “System”, select Accessibility.
  3. Under “Services”, touch TalkBack.
  4. Touch the On/Off selector to turn TalkBack on or off.

For more information about TalkBack and Android accessibility features, visit TalkBack Help.

Read books aloud (flowing text format)

When books are available in ePUB or flowing text formats, you can listen to your book by turning on the Read aloud setting on the Google Play Books app Play Books app.

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Google Play Books app.
  2. Open a book.
  3. Touch the center of your screen.
  4. Touch Menu Menu > Read aloud.
Voice and language settings

Use high-quality voice

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Google Play Books app.
  2. Touch the Google Play Books app Play Books icon > Settings.
  3. Check the box for "High-quality voice".

Note: You need an Internet connection to use high-quality voice. To help prevent unwanted data charges, keep in mind that using high-quality voice uses more data than a standard voice setting.

Change your device's default voice or language

  1. Open your device's main Settings menu.
  2. Under "Personal", touch Language & input.
  3. Under "Speech", touch Text-to-speech output.
  4. Next to a Text-to-speech engine, touch the Settings icon to change your language or other settings.

If you change your device's default voice or language, when you use Read aloud, the Google Play Books app Play Books app will use your updated settings.

On your iOS device

  1. Go to your device’s main Settings menu.
  2. Touch General > Accessibility.
  3. Select VoiceOver.
  4. Touch the On/Off selector to turn VoiceOver on or off.

For more information about VoiceOver and iOS accessibility features, visit Apple’s support site.