There are some features and settings on your iPhone that allow you to hear a spoken version of the text that is currently displayed on your screen. One of these features is called “Speak Selection” which provides an option where you tap and hold on a selection, then touch a “Speak” button. The selection is then read to you.
However, this setting is not always turned on by default, so you may be looking for a way to enable it if it isn’t currently active. The steps below will show you how to turn on the Speak Selection feature on your iPhone in iOS 10.
How to Turn on the iPhone’s “Speak Selection” Setting
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. This will work for other iPhone models using the same version of iOS as well.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Accessibility option near the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the Speech button in the Vision section of the menu.
Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Speak Selection to turn it on.
Note that there additional speech settings on this menu that you can choose to activate or adjust. For example, you could tap the Voices button if you would like to change the voice that is used to speak your text selections.
Now when you tap and hold on a word or a selection, there will be a Speak button that you can press to hear a spoken version of that text.
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