7 Best Android Text-to-Speech Apps

Every Android user should carry a text-to-speech app with them. You don’t need to have a visual impairment to enjoy these benefits. For example, they let you listen to the news during your morning commute, catch up on new text messages in bed, or even enjoy your favorite e-books without looking at the screen.

But which Android text-to-speech apps are the best? Let’s take a look.

1. Android’s Native Text-to-Speech Feature

Android has a lot of accessibility tools that can make phones easier to use. One such tool is the native text-to-speech feature. The feature has fewer customizable settings than some of its competitors. You can adjust the speed and pitch and install other languages – that’s it.

To change text-to-speech settings, go to Settings > Accessibility > Text-to-Speech Output.

 

Android’s text-to-speech feature automatically works with other Google apps that provide speaking. For all other apps, you need to enable Select-to-speak in Android’s settings menu.

To enable it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Select Speak. To use it, select the text in any application and select “Speak” from the pop-up menu.

 

If you only need basic text-to-speech functionality, you can stop here. Other options are only worth exploring if you need more features.

2. Text to Speech

Another popular text-to-speech application on Android is text-to-speech at TK Solution. The application works well and offers the usual choice of features, including exportable WAV files, areas where you can enter your own text and have the application read aloud, and a variety of supported languages.

 

It also offers a unique feature that guarantees to be included in this list: sound input. You can tap the microphone button, speak to the app, and listen to a composite version of what you’re saying.

In terms of disadvantages, we don’t like that the app’s setup space is too large, and it is always present at the top of the window. You can remove ads with in-app purchases.

Download: Text to Speech (TTS) (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Voice Aloud Reader

 

Voice Aloud Reader is easy to use and supports several different ways to read text. If the app you want to read text from has sharing capabilities, simply use the native Android share menu to send the content to Voice Aloud Reader. This also applies to screen items that have their own share buttons, such as Tweets and Facebook posts.

Similarly, if the text you want to read is selectable, you can use the Share button in the pop-up context menu.

The app also works with URLs. Just paste the address of your website (or article) into your speech reader and it will automatically parse and read the relevant text for you. It’s smart enough to strip away menus and other junk. You can even add text files, such as DOCs and PDFs, directly to the app; it can open files and read their contents.

Download: Voice Aloud Reader (Free)

4. T2S

T2S is a text-to-speech application that offers one of the most modern interfaces in the app we’re talking about.

 

The outstanding feature of the app is that it has a simple built-in web browser. It won’t win any prizes for the number of features it offers, but it makes it easy for you to listen to web pages without having to worry about copying and pasting URLs or using the share menu.

The T2S’s copy-talk feature is also worth mentioning. Whenever you copy the text in another app, it will display a pop-up button on the screen. Pressing the button will cause the app to immediately start reading the copied text. Like the other apps in this list, T2S lets you save your audio readings and share them with others. The pro version removes ads.

Download: T2S (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. Narrator’s Voice

 

The narrator’s Voice offers something different. The usual functionality is here: it’s an application that reads text from applications, networks, messages, and other sources.

However, the app also has an interesting side. You can add various sound effects to speech syntheses, such as echo, reverb, gargling, and chorus. It is characterized by having a large number of sounds to choose from. Some tech favorites, such as Cortana and Siri, as well as some developers’ own creations, such as “Steven” and “Pink Sheep” (don’t ask).

In addition, Narrator’s Voice lets you add your own text and then run it through the synthesizer. This makes the app a great way to add dubbing for video commentary, slideshow presentations, and more. You can even save your audio output files as MP3, store them offline, and share them with friends.

In-app purchases can remove ads.

Download: Narrator’s Voice (Free, in-app purchases available)

6. Talk Free

 

Talk Free takes a more concise approach than Voice Reading and Narrator’s Voice, but it’s still one of the best text-to-speech apps. The app can import web pages or read text from other third-party apps directly from your phone browser. You can export all audio files and save them offline in WAV format.

It’s important to note that Talk Free relies on your phone’s pre-existing text-to-speech (TTS) engine to work. Most Android devices already have Google’s engine installed. If you delete your phone’s TTS engine, you can re-download Google Text-to-Speech for free from the Play Store.

The benefit of using Google’s TTS engine is that it supports multiple languages. If Google provides the language, Talk Free can usually use it.

Download: Talk Free (Free)

7. Pocket

 

We’ll leave you with a slightly left-field choice: Pocket. You probably already know that the app is an excellent way to save articles to read later when you’re offline.

You may not know, however, that Pocket also has a text-to-speech reader. The feature supports multiple voices and languages and includes adjustable pitch and speed. It even supports background playback, meaning you can keep listening while you use other apps.

Because the text-to-speech reader is one of Pocket’s native features, it’s great when you want to listen to some long-form content on a journey when you are without the internet. Obviously, if you want to listen to text from all your apps, this isn’t the right choice for you.

Download: Pocket (Free, premium version available)

Speak words everywhere

Hopefully, you’ll now appreciate the benefits of installing a text-to-speech app on your Android device. Once you become more familiar with their use, you will start to rely more on these applications. I’m sure you’ll appreciate these apps after sticking with them for a week or two!