You come home from work after having to stare at a computer screen for hours and hours but would still like to spend time reading your favorite ebooks, so what can you do?
Android users have various text-to-speech apps to choose from. Thanks to the following apps, you can sit back, relax and listen instead of having to read something you haven’t had a chance to read.
1. Voice Aloud Reader
Voice Aloud Reader is a good option when it comes to choosing a text-to-speech app. When you first install the app, it will guide you on how to use it, unlike other apps where you have to play around with them to figure out how to use them.
There are various ways you can add text to the app. Tap on the folder icon at the top to have the app read from sources such as books, PDF, DOC, HTML, or TXT. You can also copy a URL from a site and paste it in the app’s search bar.
You can share the text from where you’re reading if it has a share button. When the share options appear, choose “Voice Aloud Reader,” and what you share will be pasted in the TXT tab.
2. Talk Free
If you’re looking for a more straightforward app, then you might be interested in Talk Free. It may not have as many features as the other apps, but it gets the job done. Talk Free can read text from third-party apps, and it’s also possible to import text from web pages in the browser you’re using at the moment.
By tapping on the different-sized A’s at the top, you can adjust the size of the text. The app gives you the option of also typing what you want the app to say. Talk Free will save the text you add, and it will appear as soon as you open the app.
It’s vital that you have a pre-existing text-to-speech engine on your phone for the app to work. Your phone may already have Google’s Text-to-Speech app, but if it doesn’t, you can always download it from Google Play.
Pocket is a great app when it comes to saving articles to read them later. Other than keeping your articles, Pocket can also read those articles aloud for you. Share an article to Pocket like you usually would, and when the article appears in the app, tap on it to open it.
Select the headphone icon at the top, and Pocket will start to read the article. To read the text while the audio is playing, tap the back button on your phone. The audio will continue to play, but this time you will be able to see the text. This feature is available for free on Pocket.
4. Narrator’s Voice
Unlike the previous app, Narrator’s Voice will not show up in your Share options, but it can still read the text you paste onto it. What makes this app different from the rest is that it allows you to add voice effects when your text is being read aloud.
You can choose from various sound effects such as reverb, flanger, chorus, speed (make the voice slower or faster), echo, compressor, gargle, and more. The app can read the text in various languages, and by pressing the share button, you can share the audio of what you posted, convert it to video, send to a timeline, or save it to your device.
5. T2S: Text to Voice – Read Aloud
TS2‘s unique feature is that it has its own browser. To access it, tap on the hamburger icon at the top left and select Browser. If you copied a URL before, the app will display it. If you want to use it, tap on it, and the app will open the site automatically.
When you share the content of a site to the app, you can choose from two different options. When the share options appear, you can choose from either opening the website or reading the content from the browser you’re using at the time without opening TS2.
Another standout feature is being able to read any text that you copy without leaving the browser. Copy the text you want the app to read without leaving the browser. You will need to enable the feature to use it. Turn it on by tapping on the hamburger icon and selecting Copy-to-speak.
Toggle on the feature and, if you want, you can also enable the feature to keep it running. What this option does is display a notification if the feature is not working correctly on your device.
It’s a lot easier to read along than having to read it on your own. Thanks to the previously mentioned apps, you’ll always have some help to read along or sit back and have the text be read to you. Which app do you think you’re going to try first? Let us know in the comments.
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