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How to use text to speech output in KitKat 4.4.2 for Android

How to use text to speech output in KitKat 4.4.2 for Android

This page explains how to use text to speech output on your Android phone or tablet.

  • To access the Accessibility features on your Android device select the ‘Settings’ icon then ‘Accessibility’ from the list under the ‘System’ heading (Figure 1).


Figure 1 - Accessibility Settings.

  • Select ‘Text-to-speech output’ from the list (Figure 2).


Figure 2 - Text to Speech Option.

Preferred Engine

  • By default the Google Text-to-speech engine is selected.
  • Tap to select the ‘Settings’ option you can change the Language (Figure 3).


Figure 3 - Text to Speech Settings Icon.

  • Tap to select ‘Install voice data’ allows you to install additional speech synthesis for your device (Figure 4).


Figure 4 - Text to Speech Options.

Speech rate

  • You can alter the speech rate by selecting from one of the options (Figure 5):
    • Very slow
    • Slow
    • Normal
    • Fast
    • Very fast
    • Rapid
    • Very rapid
    • Fastest


Figure 5 - Speech Rate.

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