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Monday, October 7, 2019

How to Set Up Android to Read Your Texts Aloud

The Google Assistant text-reader on a smartphone.
Justin Duino

It’s not always convenient to read text messages on your Android phone, especially if you’re driving. Rather than risk trouble with the law, you can use Android’s built-in features that read texts aloud.

These features can also benefit people with poor eyesight, or those who want to reduce their screen time. There are also third-party apps that read your texts to you.

Let’s look at all the options, and how you can get set up.

How to Install Google Assistant on Your Phone

Google Assistant is built-in on most modern Android smartphones, and you can set it up to read your text messages aloud.

If you don’t have Google Assistant on your phone, you can install it. The app is linked to your Google account. After you install it, you can use it for everything from finding the latest weather forecast and controlling smart devices, to reading and responding to messages.

RELATED: The Best Things Google Assistant Can Do on Your Android Phone

After you install Google Assistant, there are several ways you can activate it. You can just say, “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Google,” to get started. Alternatively, tap the Google app (if it’s preinstalled on your device) or Google Assistant, and then tap the microphone icon.

The microphone icon in the Google app.

On some devices, you can also hold down the home button for a few seconds to access the Assistant.

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