Reading tiny text on a mobile screen is never a pleasant experience. Especially when you are using an Android device with a super bright screen or no so bright screen. Additionally, visually impaired or elders might also have problems reading web pages, ebooks, PDFs, and other files. In those situations, you can make good use of text to speech apps to listen to text files, ebooks, and web pages. So, here are some of the best text to speech apps for Android.
Best Text-to-Speech Apps for Android
TK Solution’s Text to Speech is a very minimal and straightforward app that can effectively convert text to speech. Just install the app, enter the text and tap on the play button to listen to it. You can load or save text directly from the app. Alternatively, you can also dictate text by tapping on the Mic icon. Moreover, you can change the speed and pitch of the TTS (Text to Speech) voice. Unfortunately, there is no way to change the voice, you are stuck with the default one. If need be, you can save the TTS audio as a WAV file so that you can use it offline or share with your friends or family.
Price: The app is free and has ads. You can remove ads with an in-app purchase of $0.99.
2. Talk FREE
Talk Free is another popular and minimal text to speech app. Using your internet connection, Talk Free can convert text in many languages. Do keep in mind that Talk Free makes use of the built-in TTS engine. If you have it disabled or uninstalled, you need to install or enable it before you can use Talk Free. Generally, most Android devices have Google Text to Speech preinstalled and enabled. So, for the most part, you don’t have to worry about it.
Also, since Talk Free uses the built-in TTS Engine, you need to change the settings of that engine to modify pitch or voice. Additionally, you can import text or read web pages directly from the app. For offline and sharing purposes you can save the speech as a WAV file.
Price: The app is free and contains ads. To remove the ads, you can purchase the pro version for $2.
As you can tell from the name itself, Narrator’s Voice is not your regular run of the mill text to speech app. By default, Narrator’s Voice uses the regular voice while converting text to speech. However, you can manipulate that voice by adding various effects like echo, reverb, gargle, compressor, chorus, etc. Of course, you can also choose between a wide range of voices like Cortana, Zira, Steven, etc. The best part is, you can use the voice effects offline, no need for an internet connection. That being said, there are specific effects like Goku, Charmander, Articuno, etc., that require you to have an active internet connection.
To the add the text to Narrator’s Voice app, you can either paste the text or upload the text file by clicking on the “text” button. Once you are done with converting, you can save it as an audio file for offline usage.
Price: The app is free and contains ads. To remove the ads, you can upgrade to the pro version for a whopping $15. Alternatively, you can buy in-app coins and use them to remove ads for a certain number of days.
NaturalReader is mainly designed to read ebooks and documents. You can enter your own text or upload a text file to convert text to speech. Additionally, NaturalReader also supports reading other file types like PDF, Word files, EPUB, PPT, RTF, and even web pages. Also, you can connect Natural Reader to your Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive account, download files, convert and listen them with just a few clicks.
Out of the box, Natural Reader supports 50 different voices and 20 different languages. While listening, if you want to follow the text, there is also a magnifying glass to help you with that situation.
Price: The app is free, has no-ads and contains in-app purchases.
When it comes to converting text to speech, iSpeech is one of the most popular services out there. In fact, their text to speech API is used by several thousands of developers to convert text to speech. These same guys also created a simple and minimal app to convert text to speech in Android. The best thing about iSpeech is that the voice of its text to speech engine sounds very natural. Moreover, you get access to a wide range of voices and languages.
As I said earlier, the app is very minimal. Unfortuanlty it is both good and bad. The good is you don’t have to deal with complicated settings. The bad is there are no customization options whatsoever. The app just reads the text you enter. You can’t even upload text files. You either have to manually enter the text or paste the text from another source. Moreover, you need to signup for a premium account with iSpeech to use all the voices and languages in the app.
Price: The app is free but you are limited to use only three voices. i.e, US English (male), US English (female), and UK English (female). For other voices, you need to subscribe to iSpeed service.
Voice Reading is very similar to Talk Free in that it uses the built-in text to speech engine to convert text to speech. To add text to Voice Reading, you can either manually type it, upload a text file or enter a web page URL by tapping on the Add icon on the top navigation bar. The thing I really like about this app is that you can configure it to read text messages directly from the notification area. Just go to the Settings panel and turn on Text Messages feature. Additionally, Voice Reading can save all your text files so that you can access them any time want.
If you are using Voice Reading a lot and have a ton of text files on the home screen, you can use the toggle button appearing on the top navigation bar to switch between unread, stared, and all texts.
Price: Voice Reading is free and contains ads. To remove add you need to purchase the pro version for $2.
If you are looking for a fully featured text to speech app then Easy Text to Speech is for you. Though the user interface looks a bit dated, it gets the job done without any hiccups. What makes the app special is that it can monitor the clipboard and automatically add it to the app to convert it to speech. Features of Easy Text To Speech include but not limited to text scrapper to read web pages and news articles, ability to configure the app to read word by word, letter by letter or sentence by sentence, ability to read text message and caller IDs, a special feature called Sound Board mode which aims to improve communication with people who have difficulty speaking, etc.
Price: Easy Text To Speech is a premium app that costs you $3.5. If you want to try the app before buying, you can try the free trial version.
if you are already using the pocket app to bookmark your favorite article, then you don’t need any third-party TTS app. Pocket, the popular read-later app, also comes with its own TTS feature. Simply, share the web page to the Pocket Android app, and then use its TTS feature to make it read out loud. The app uses built-in voices engine to read your articles out loud.
Price: Pocket is a freemium app, however, the fully functional TTS features is available in the free version.
I personally use this app for all my TTS needs. Just like all the other TTS app in the list, you can not only share a web page from your browser but it also supports all major text format like – TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, OpenOffice documents, EPUB, MOBI, PRC, AZW and FB2 ebooks etc.
You can increase or decrease the playback speed. I’ve tried listening to some really long articles (almost a book) with Voice Aloud Reader and it works fine. You can pause and play the audio even after a day. And if you are someone like me who listen to articles before going to bed, well the good news is, the app also comes with a night mode and sleep timer.
However, unlike Natural Reader in the list, the audio quality is kind of robotic.
Price: The app is free to use and contains ads.
10. Voice Access
Much like Pocket, Google’s Voice access is not exactly a TTS app. The app is made by Google for visually impaired people.
If you are looking for a TTS app that lets you control your entire phone by voice, go for Voice Access. Once installed, the app displays a Voice Access places a number next to each element on your screen. You can just tell the phone to “tap [number]” and it will automatically do it for you.
Price: Voice Access is free to use with no ads. However, the app is in beta mode for past 2 years, so your mileage may vary.
Wrapping Up: Best Text-to-Speech Apps for Android
That’s it for now. For the most part, I suggest Natural Reader, it’s free and supports 50 languages.
Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above text to speech apps for Android.