Text-to-speech on your Samsung smart watch

Text-to-speech screen displayed on a Galaxy Watch4

Reading small text on a watch screen can be difficult sometimes, especially if you are on the go. No worries, with a Galaxy or Gear smart watch and text-to-speech, you can actually have your watch read text aloud to you. This way, you'll never misread any important information again.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch. This feature is not available on the Galaxy Fit, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear Fit2.

Text-to-speech options

With text-to-speech, you can set your preferred language for spoken text as well as the speech rate. You can also download new voice data.

On the watch, navigate to Settings, and then tap General. Tap Text-to-speech. From here, you can choose from the available options:

  • Preferred engine: Select Samsung text-to-speech engine or Google speech as your preferred option.

    Note: This option is only available on the Galaxy Watch4 series and Galaxy Watch5 series.

  • TTS engine settings: Download new voice data to make Bixby's voice sound different. This option is called "Install voice data" on older watch models.

List of settings for Text-to-speech on a Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Language: Choose the language for spoken text. Keep in mind this must be the same as your watch's language.

  • Speech rate: Set the speed at which the text is read.

  • Read notifications aloud: Set the watch to read notifications aloud. Depending on your watch model, a Bluetooth headset may be required for this feature.

    Note: This option is not available on the Galaxy Watch4 series or Galaxy Watch5 series.

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