How to use Speak Selection on iPhone & iPad, so it reads text out loud

iPhone Speak out loud

Siri is great for setting reminders, opening apps or finding out what’s on at the cinema, but you can also use Siri to read out loud any selcted text, messages or notes.

This is a great feature for those with impaired eyesight, but it’s also a fun way to get your iPhone or iPad to read out messages. Found out how easy and fun it is, by reading on…


1. Speak Selection

Begin by opening the Settings app. Scroll down, choose General, tap Accessibility, then turn on Speak Selection.


2. Voices

You can choose from a wide range of voices from the Speak Selection menu. These include Australian accents, British accents, Spanish, Hini and much more.

iPhone Voices

3. Speaking Rate

You can also determine how fast your iPhone reads text by dragging the Speaking Rate slider button.

iPhone Speaking Rate

4. Highlight Words

Toggle this switch to see the words highlighted as your iPhone reads them out-loud. Think of Karaoke and you’ll get an idea of how this works.

iPhone Highlight Words

5. Speak out loud

To speak words out loud, highlight any text (by double-tapping or tapping and holding on it), then tap the Speak button in the pop-up menu. If you can’t see the Speak button, tap the small right arrow on the pop-up menu, then choose Speak.

iPhone Speak out loud

6. Read out Emojis

This is a great way to make friends and family laugh. Enable the Emoji keyboard (click or tap here to find out how), then add an Emoji to your message. Next, double-tap the Emoji to select it, then ask iPhone to speak the Emoji out loud. For example, in the image below, the iPhone speaks “smiling pile of poo”.

iPhone Read out Emoji



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