How to Have Text Read to Your Headset on Android


If you have an Android smartphone, you can use the TalkBack feature to hear text spoken aloud to you. This accessibility feature is useful for people who have vision difficulties and trouble reading text. If you're driving, working or unable to hold your phone, you can connect your Bluetooth headset to the device and TalkBack will read text to you through the headset.

  • Put your Bluetooth headset over your ear and turn on the device. If you haven't paired this headset with your phone before, put the headset in pairing mode according to the instructions in the user manual.

  • Go to your Android phone's Home screen and tap "Settings," "Wireless and Networks" and "Bluetooth Settings."

  • Enable Bluetooth and wait for your phone to locate the headset. Enter your headset's pairing code, if prompted. You can find the code in the headset's user manual, but it is usually 0000 or 1234.

  • Return to the Settings menu. Touch "Accessibility" and "TalkBack."

  • Slide the TalkBack switch to "On," then tap "OK."

  • Tap "Settings" on the TalkBack menu, then tap "Bluetooth Output."

  • Tap the check box next to Bluetooth Output. TalkBack will now automatically connect with your headset when enabled.

Tips & Warnings

  • To control the speed of spoken text, go to the TalkBack settings menu and tap "Language & Input." Select "Text-to-Speech Output" and "Speech Rate."
  • If you enable feedback, your phone will vibrate when you hold your finger over buttons, apps and other items. Go to the Settings menu and select "Vibration Feedback" to turn the feature on.
  • The instructions in this article work with Android OS version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and may not work for older or newer versions.

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