Did you have any idea that your iPhone and iPad can read out loud any Safari text on the screen? This is a function that comes in handy if you're preoccupied with something else, want an article or webpage read to you, or need accessibility.
Speak Screen is one of the numerous accessibility tools available in iOS and iPadOS. Unlike VoiceOver, which is designed for those with vision impairments, Speak Screen allows iPhone and iPad users entire control over when the functionality is engaged.
Voice Screen may speak content from any location on your iOS or iPadOS device. As a result, you may use it to listen to emails, site material, notes, ebooks, and other things. Of course, we'll be concentrating on websites, but
Are you interested in using this accessibility feature on your device? Let's have a look at how to use Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad.
How to Use Speak Screen with Safari on iPhone & iPad
Speak Screen has been available on iOS and iPadOS devices for a long time, so you don't need to be running the most recent version of the operating system to use it. Enabling this functionality is a simple process. To get started, simply follow the steps given below.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to "Settings."
- Scroll down to "Accessibility" in the Settings menu.
- As indicated in the screenshot below, touch on "Spoken Content" under the "Vision" category.
- Now, on your device, utilize the toggle to enable "Speak Screen."
- Then, open the document you wish your device to read aloud to you.
- Launch Safari and load a webpage or article, such as the one you're reading right now.
- To use the Speak Screen, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers.
- As soon as your gadget starts speaking, you should be able to see the "Speech Controller." This controller may be used to pause, fast forward, rewind, or even modify the speech playback speed.
The material on the screen will now be read aloud by Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
It's important to remember that quitting the app or closing the content on the screen will automatically cease the speech. As a result, while your device is speaking content on a certain screen, you won't be able to use any other apps.
This functionality could come in handy not only if you have poor eyesight but also if you multitask. Let's imagine you're on your computer doing something else but want to listen to an ebook or read one of our articles. You could simply open a page and read it out loud with Speak Screen while you're at it.
Once you've activated this function, you can make it even easier to use by asking Siri to read the screen for you whenever you're on a webpage or doing something else.
If you like using Speak Screen on your iPhone or iPad, you might enjoy Speak Selection as well. It functions in a similar manner, with the exception that it just reads the text content you select. This might be used to double-check the pronunciation of unfamiliar words without having to seek them up on YouTube.
In addition, VoiceOver, Display Accommodations, closed captioning, Live Listen, and other accessibility features in iOS and iPadOS can assist those with visual or hearing impairments. For example, you can use your AirPods as hearing aids with the Live Listen feature.