How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

The list of things Siri can help us with grows more and more with each update Apple makes. In the last few years Apple allowed better integration with 3rd party apps and more natural voices for Siri with iOS 11.

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

One very helpful often overlooked Siri feature is reading whatever text is on your iPhone’s screen. This is a great trick for catching up on your saved articles when getting ready in the morning, commuting or doing chores around the house.

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

You can enable this setting on any up to date iOS device with these few easy steps.

1.) First, you’ll need to open the Settings app then navigate to General -> Accessibility -> Speech.

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

2.) In here you’ll see two options at the top, the first called “Speak Selection” will add an option to speak text you have highlighted which can be found in the copy and paste menu. The second “Speak Screen” option will enable Siri to speak whatever text is on the screen, go ahead and toggle that one on.

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

3.) After Speak Screen is enabled you can go to any webpage, PDF, or note and simply swipe down from the top of your screen with two fingers to access the menu.

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Once you have the menu up on screen you can speed up or slow down Siri’s reading pace, pause, skip ahead or back paragraphs and collapse the menu to have a better view of your screen.

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

You’ll be clearing out your saved articles list in no time! Go ahead and try it out and let us know what you think.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.

  1. Caroline says:

    It is a nice option on the one side.
    On the other side it is a stupid option. The reason is simple. It is developed from an all English view. Which means that when you system language it reads all the English text, seems logical right?
    But what if you want to have a French or Dutch text read out loud? Then that is not possible, as the system thinks it is English and it will be incomprehensible.
    You will have to set your whole system to either French or Dutch in order to have the article read out loud. That is way to complex, and to my idea stupid.
    It is not easily possible to switch language. The same holds for Siri though. If you are Dutch and your system is in Dutch, than it is virtually impossible to tell Siri that it should play a song of a Taylor Swift, it just does not understand you.

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