How to Make AirPods read texts?

How to make your AirPods read text messages?

Apple has undoubtedly evolved a lot over time. Its key focus has always been on providing innovative solutions to the masses.

Airpods are one of these innovations that have eased up the hurdle of fighting through your earphone wires.

But, how can these AirPods, along with answering your calls, read your text?

How to make AirPods read texts?

It’s quite simple! Airpods with generations higher than the 1st generation are equipped with the feature of “Announce Messages”. To access this feature you need to follow the steps mentioned below, on your device:

Go to Setting > Notifications > Messages > Announce Notifications 

Once you turn on the Announce Notifications your AirPods will now automatically read your text messages while your phone is locked.

How to set up Siri to read texts through Airpods in ios 14 and iOS 13?

Apple announced the feature of listening to messages through Siri, in iOS 13 and onwards. This is a very helpful feature for those who don’t want to pull out their cellphone frequently while they are on a drive, working out, or busy with daily chores.

To avail of this feature, you need to follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Tap on the Setting feature on your iPhone.
  • Go to Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri > Messages

Once you tap on messages at the bottom of the page, you will be able to select different options for Siri. These options let you make Siri read text messages from specific contacts or all contacts, allowing you have full liberty over choosing important contacts only.

Can My AirPods Read Other Language Texts or Only Read My English Texts Only?

AirPods can read almost every national language of a country. The best part about them is that they are not prone to read English-only texts rather they read any language that is inside the text.

You won’t need to change the language settings of your cellphone, as Siri will automatically detect the language of your communication and will read it out for you.

Apple has enabled Siri with many languages that it can operate. However, there is a certain limitation to it as it confines different local languages and dialects.

Can I Configure My AirPods To Read My WhatsApp/Messenger Texts?

To configure your AirPods to read your Whatsapp/Messenger texts, you need to first make sure that your AirPods are configured to Siri. It is because Siri allows third-party Apps to get configured with your AirPods.

To get your AirPods configured to read WhatsApp/Messages, you need to ensure that your iPhone has iOS 10.3 or above it.

Moreover, it is advised that you must have the latest versions of your Third-party apps, whereas having a WhatsApp version of 2.17.20 or later can work with it.

To configure your Siri with Whatsapp, you need to follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Tap Setting on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search option.
  3. You will get multiple options for operating Siri. You can choose between turning on Listen for “Hey Siri” or Press Side Button for Siri. However, if you have a device newer than iPhone 8, you can turn on Press Home for Siri.

( If you have iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, or XR, you can just long-press the Side Button to turn on Siri)

  1. Scroll down and tap on Whatsapp.
  2. Turn on the feature that states Use With Siri.

How do I get my AirPods Pro to read my text messages?

It is very simple to make your AirPods Pro read out your text messages. All you need to do is enable your Announce Notifications to feature from the notification setting tab.

Once you’re done with enabling this feature, all you need to do now is select between specific contacts or all contacts option so that your AirPods Pro reads out texts from important contacts only.

But before you try to find this feature, do make sure that you have at least these features on your devices:

  • iOS 13 or above.
  • AirPods Pro 2nd gen or above. 

If you lack any of the features mentioned above, you will not be able to make your AirPods pro read out messages for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make AirPods and AirPods pro not read texts?

To turn off the Annoying AirPods notifications, you just need to undo what you did earlier to activate the text reading notifications.

The steps for turning off AirPods text reading notifications are mentioned below.

  1. Open the Setting tab on iPhone.
  2. Tap and hold Notifications.
  3. A new window will appear, in which you will see Announce Messages with Siri dialogue box.
  4. Tap on Announce Messages with Siri, if the toggle is green already.
  5. Once, the toggle is turned grey, you will no longer get any read notifications from Siri.

Why aren’t my AirPods reading my texts?

If your AirPods are not reading your messages, there can only be a few reasons for it. These reasons cover all possible compatibility and version issues.

  1. You are using an outdated iOS that is less than iOS 10.3.
  2. Your AirPods are not 2ndGen or above.
  3. You have not turned on Announce Notifications with Siri.
  4. The third-party App that you are trying to listen from, is not configured with Siri.

Once you sort out these issues, the next thing you hear is Siri reading out your texts.

How do I get Siri to read my messages when my phone is locked?

When your phone is locked, you can activate Siri to read your messages by using the methods mentioned below.

  1. Just say “ Hey Siri, read my messages”, this will make Siri read out your unread messages.
  2. Just double-tap the side of your AirPod and it will activate Siri to listen to any commands.

These two are the only methods to make Siri read your messages while it is locked.

Can Announce Messages Work With AirPods Connected To My Android Phone?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It is because Announce Messages only works with Siri and when you connect to an android device, there is no access to Siri there. This is why without having Siri in the operating system of a cellphone, Announce messages feature won’t work.

Wrapping Up

We think that having access to such technology is no less than a blessing as it saves up a lot of time and avoids any distractions while you are indulging in some activity. Whether you are driving or working out, getting your messages dictated to you is always a help. It not only reduces the chances of an accident but also makes sure that you are not distracted while focusing on a singular task.

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