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How to use speak selection in iOS 10/11 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to use speak selection in iOS 10/11 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

To enable ‘Speak Selection’

  1. Open the ‘Accessibility Settings’: Settings > General > Accessibility. (See the article Open Accessibility Preferences on this website for more information.)
  2. Under the ‘Vision’ section, tap on ‘Speech’. Fig 1.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 1
    Fig 1
  3. Tap the toggle switch next to ‘Speak Selection’. Fig 2.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 2
    Fig 2
  4. When ‘Speak Selection’ is turned on you will see an option for ‘Highlight Content’. Fig 3.
  5. Tap on ‘Highlight Content’. Fig 3.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 3
    Fig 3
  6. Tap the toggle switch next to ‘Highlight ContentFig 4.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 4
    Fig 4
  7. The following options will be displayed
    • Words
    • Sentences
    • Words and Sentences

Note: ‘Highlight Colours’ shown in Fig 5 is a feature in iOS 11 and later.  See step 11 for more information.

  1. Tap on an option to select it. Fig 5.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 5
    Fig 5
  2. iOS 11 users also have the option to choose the colour used for highlighting content.  Tap on ‘Word Colour’. Fig 6.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 6
    Fig 6
  3. Tap on the colour you wish to use to highlight content. Fig 7.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 7
    Fig 7

When happy with your ‘Speech’ settings, either tap the back button in the top left of the screen to return to the main ‘Accessibility’ settings screen or press your device’s ‘Home’ button to return to the home screen.

Note: You can customise the voice used for ‘Speech’ and the speed at which text is read aloud. See the article: Speech Settings - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch on this website for more information.

Using ‘Speak Selection’

You can use ‘Speak Selection’ anywhere you can select text, such as in emails, websites and documents.

  1. Select the text you want to have to read aloud. In our example we have highlighted text in the Notes app. Fig 8.
  2. To hear the highlighted text read aloud, tap the ‘Speak’ button in the menu that appears. Fig 8.Note: In some apps you may need to press the right arrow button on the menu to scroll right and reveal the ‘Speak’ option.
    Speak Selection – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10, iOS 11 Fig 8
    Fig 8

More information:

To change the voice used for ‘Speech’ and the speed at which text is read aloud, see the article: Speech Settings - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch on this website.

If you would like to have the entire screen read out without having to highlight any text, see the article: Speak Screen – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch on this website.

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