‘Text-to-speech output’ is also used by ‘Google Translate’ and a growing number of apps available from the Google Play store such as ‘Google Play Books’ and ‘Google News’. This article explains how you can adjust the settings for Google’s ‘Text to speech output’ on your Android device.
To use this feature;
You can alter the speed and pitch of the spoken voice by dragging the ‘Speech rate’ and ‘Pitch’ sliders to the left or right.
To hear an example of how your new settings sound, tap the ‘Play’ button.
Tap the ‘Reset’ button to return the sliders to their default positions.
To change the language used by Text-to-speech output tap ‘Language’ and select from the list that appears. Note: If you choose a language that isn’t pre-installed on your device you may have to wait while it downloads in the background before you’ll be able to hear it.
Many languages offer multiple male and female voices. To use a voice different from the default:
From the main ‘Text-to-speech output’ screen tap the settings icon next to ‘Preferred engine’ to access the following settings:
Increase the volume of ‘Text-to-speech’ so that it can be heard above other audio that may be playing on your device. Tap to toggle on or off.
Tap on ‘Intonation’ and choose from Expressive, Somewhat expressive and Flat.
This will determine if numbers are a date or a phone number, etc., and read them out accordingly. Tap to toggle on or off.
Text-to-speech output will attempt to switch languages when it detects more than one language in a text. Tap ‘Language detection’ and choose from Off, Conservative and Aggressive.
When you are happy with all your ‘Text-to-speech’ settings press your device’s ‘home button’ to return to the home screen.
Note: These instructions apply to the standard version of Android 8 Oreo. Please be aware that many manufacturers add their own customisations to the Android operating systems so you may find minor differences from the steps shown.
Google’s TalkBack overview: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6283677?hl=en-GB&ref_topic=3529932
For more information about ‘Explore by touch’ see the Google help article: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006598
For more information about ‘Show context menu as list’ see the Google help article:
For more information and a full list of TalkBack gestures see the Google help article: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6151827
For more information and a full list of TalkBack keyboard shortcuts see the Google help article: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6110948