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How to use speech settings in iOS 10 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to use speech settings in iOS 10 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

This article covers the following Speech settings:

Open Speech settings:

  1. Tap the ‘Settings’ icon on your home screen. Fig 1.
    Fig 1 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 1
  2. Tap on ‘General’. Fig 2.
    Fig 2 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 2
  3. Tap on ‘Accessibility’. Fig 3.
    Fig 3 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 3
  4. Under the ‘Vision’ section, tap on ‘Speech’. Fig 4.
    Fig 4 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 4

Voices:

  1. If you would like to change the voice used for ‘Speech’, either to another language or a different voice option for the current language, tap on ‘Voices’. Fig 5.
    Fig 5 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 5
  2. Tap on the language you would like to use for ‘Speech’. In our example, we will choose ‘English’. Fig 6.
    Fig 6 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 6
  3. Each language contains a selection of male and female voices. Some voices need to be download before they can be used. If that is the case, tap the download icon next to the voice to download and install it. Fig 7.

Note: Please be aware that if you are using a mobile data connection downloading a voice pack will use up some of your data allowance. We recommend being connected to Wi-Fi when you download voices.

Fig 7 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
Fig 7

  1. You can hear a sample of any voice that has been installed by tapping the name (Fig 7) and then tapping the ‘Play’ button on the next screen. Fig 8.

Note: The enhanced voices sound more lifelike but may need to be downloaded separately as they take up more storage space. We recommend being connected to Wi-Fi when you download voices.

Fig 8 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
Fig 8

Speaking Rate:

  1. To change the speed at which text is read aloud, drag the slider left (towards the Tortoise icon) for slower speech or right (towards the Hare icon) for faster speech. Fig 9.Note: When you lift your finger off the slider bar you will hear a sample of the speech rate you have set.
    Fig 9 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 9

Pronunciations:

  1. If you find ‘Speech’ mispronounces certain words or names you can add your own pronunciations to be used instead. Tap ‘Pronunciations’. Fig 10.
    Fig 10 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 10
  2. To add a new pronunciation, tap the ‘+’ (plus) button in the top right corner. Fig 11.
    Fig 11 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 11
  3. In the ‘Phrase’ box, type the word or phrase you wish to change the pronunciation for. Fig 12.
    Fig 12 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 12
  4. Enter the pronunciation you would like to substitute for the original phrase, by either:

    Typing a phonetic version of how a word or phrase should sound in the ‘Substitution’ box. Fig 13

    Or

    Tapping the microphone icon and speaking the pronunciation.

    Fig 13 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 13

  1. You can hear how your new pronunciation will sound by tapping the ‘Play’ button in the top right corner. Fig 14.
    Fig 14 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 14
  2. When you are happy with the substitute pronunciation you can choose which languages and voices will use the new pronunciation. You can also choose to ignore the case of words and to choose whether to apply it to all apps or just selected apps. Fig 15.
  3. Tap on the options highlighted in Fig 15 to change these settings.Note: if you turn off the ‘Apply to all apps’ option you will be presented with a list of apps that you can choose from.
    Fig 15 - Speech Settings – iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 10
    Fig 15

When you are happy with your 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.

More information:

The following articles on this website cover accessibility features that use the ‘Speech’ Settings:

Speak Screen– iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

Speak Selection - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

Typing Feedback - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

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