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How to change the text-to-speech (TTS) settings for screen readers in Android 11

How to change the text-to-speech (TTS) settings for screen readers in Android 11

You can also change the language used in Text-to-speech and the voice you hear. To find out how, see How to change the language and voice in Text-to-speech (TTS) and the TalkBack screen reader in Android 11.

Short guide:

  1. Tap the Settings icon  to open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down to the Screen readers section and tap Text-to-speech output.
  3. On the Text-to-speech output screen, adjust the slider for Speech Rate to change how fast your device reads aloud.
  4. Adjust the slider for Pitch to alter the pitch and tone of the voice.
  5. Tap Play to hear how your new settings sound. To return the settings to their defaults, tap Reset.
  6. To customise the text-to-speech output further, tap the Settings icon next to Preferred engine.
  7. Tap Amplify speech volume to boost the volume of the spoken text and make it easier to hear above other audio playing on your device.
  8. If you use more than one language in Android, tap Language detection to set how Text-to-speech switches between them. Select Aggressive if it's not switching fast enough, or Conservative if it's switching too fast.

Before and after

Text to speech settings before and after adjustment

This section takes you step-by-step through changing the text-to-speech (TTS) settings for screen readers in Android 11, complete with pictures of the screen to help.

Find the Accessibility settings

1. To launch the Accessibility settings on your device, tap the Settings icon to open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.

Tap Settings then scroll down and tap Accessibility

Select Text to speech output

2. On the Accessibility screen, scroll down to the Screen readers section and tap Text-to-speech output.

Scroll down to the Screen readers section and tap Text to speech output

Adjust the speed

3. On the Text-to-speech output screen, adjust the slider for Speech Rate to change how fast your device reads aloud. Move the slider to the left to slow down the speech or to the right to speed it up.

Adjust the Speech Rate slider to speed the speech up or slow it down

Change the pitch

4. Adjust the slider for Pitch to alter the pitch and tone of the spoken voice. Move it to the left for a deeper, lower voice, or to the right for a high-pitched voice.

Move the Pitch slider to adjust the pitch and tone of the spoken voice

Preview your settings

5. Tap Play to hear how your new settings sound. To return the settings to their default positions, tap the Reset button.

Tap Play to preview your settings or Reset to return to the defaults

Make more adjustments

6. To customise the text-to-speech output further, tap the Settings icon next to Preferred engine.

Tap the Settings icon next to Preferred engine

Make text-to-speech sound louder

7. Tap Amplify speech volume to boost the volume of the spoken text so that it is easier to hear above any other audio playing on your device. 

Tap Amplify speech volume to boost the sound level of Text to speech

Adjust language switching

8. If you use more than one language in Android, tap Language detection to set how Text-to-speech switches between them. Select Aggressive if it's not switching fast enough, or Conservative if it's switching too fast.

Tap Language detection to adjust how quickly Text-to-speech switches between languages

Note: we have written these instructions for devices running the standard version of the Android operating system. You may find some minor presentation differences if the manufacturer has customised the theme.

Created on: September-14-2021

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