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Select to Speak Read in background Voice output Read text on images

Select to Speak

If we activate the "Select to Speak" function on the Xiaomi smartphone, we can have screen contents read aloud to us by tapping on an item. If we tap on the symbol in the navigation bar, we have the following control options:

  • Tap on a specific element, such as text or an image.
  • Drag your finger across the screen to select multiple items.
  • Tap on the "Play" button to listen to the text.

Note: If we activate "Select to Speak", an additional symbol appears in the lower right-hand corner of the navigation bar, above which the playback functions can be accessed.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Additional settings
Step 3:  Tap on  Accessibility
Step 4:  Tap on  Vision
Step 5:  Tap on  Select to Speak
Step 6:  Enable or disable  Accessibility
Step 7:  Tap on  Allow
Step 8:  Tap on  Start now
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Additional settings
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Tap on Vision
  5. Tap on Select to Speak
  6. Enable or disable Accessibility
  7. Tap on Allow
  8. Tap on Start now

Read in background

If we activate "Read in background" of the Xiaomi smartphone, the app will continue reading without stopping when we change the app. But we are advised that this is an experimental feature and may contain errors.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Additional settings
Step 3:  Tap on  Accessibility
Step 4:  Tap on  Vision
Step 5:  Tap on  Select to Speak
Step 6:  Open the  Settings
Step 7:  Enable or disable  Read in background
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Additional settings
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Tap on Vision
  5. Tap on Select to Speak
  6. Open the Settings
  7. Enable or disable Read in background

Voice output

Similar to the TalkBack function, we can adjust the speech output, we can change the language, the speaking speed and the voice pitch.

Note: In this manual we only increase the speaking rate, other options can be reached the same way.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Additional settings
Step 3:  Tap on  Accessibility
Step 4:  Tap on  Vision
Step 5:  Tap on  Select to Speak
Step 6:  Open the  Settings
Step 7:  Tap on  Text to speech settings
Step 8:  Adjust the  Text-to-speech settings
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Additional settings
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Tap on Vision
  5. Tap on Select to Speak
  6. Open the Settings
  7. Tap on Text to speech settings
  8. Adjust the Text-to-speech settings

Read text on images

If this feature is enabled on the Xiaomi smartphone, we can have text in photos or in the camera viewfinder read aloud to us, but we are advised that this is an experimental feature and may not work properly.

Android 10 (MIUI 12.0)
Step 1:  Open the  Settings
Step 2:  Tap on  Additional settings
Step 3:  Tap on  Accessibility
Step 4:  Tap on  Vision
Step 5:  Tap on  Select to Speak
Step 6:  Open the  Settings
Step 7:  Enable or disable  Read text on images
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on Additional settings
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Tap on Vision
  5. Tap on Select to Speak
  6. Open the Settings
  7. Enable or disable Read text on images

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