As surprising as you might find it, your OnePlus 5 has this ability to read or to speak texts. The dictation feature, however, has to be activated and requires the use of a text-to-speech app – feel free to download it from the Play Store if you don’t have it. Once you take the essential steps that we just mentioned, you still have a few things to do before you make your phone speak out translations, read you books or other more or less imaginable things.
The exact steps that will make your OnePlus 5 device to read texts:
- First, turn on your smartphone;
- Stop right on the Home screen of the device;
- Swipe down the Notification Panel from the top of the screen;
- Tap the gear icon and access the Settings;
- Make your way to the System submenu;
- In there, select the Language & Input tab;
- You’ll see the Speech section, with the Text-to-Speech option listed underneath it;
- Select your preferred text-to-speech engine from the two options listed in there;
- Then, select the Settings icon listed next to the preferred search engine;
- Use the Install Voice Data option;
- Use the Download button;
- Wait until it finished downloading the selected language;
- Use the Back key when it’s done;
- Select the Language.
All the steps described above are a part of the preparation stage. OnePlus 5 can read texts, but you have to help it use a particular language and that’s what you just did. Right after that, access the Voice app from the Apps folder sitting on the home screen.
- Within the Voice app…
- Use the Recent Apps key;
- Select the option labeled as Set Driving Mode On.
Note – if you want to turn off the Driving Mode, repeat the steps from above: Voice app >> Recent Apps >> Set Driving Mode Off.
Now that everything is set, you can test the OnePlus 5’s ability to read texts. You’ll see it verbally reproduces, in real time, every action from the screen of the device. And it won’t take you long to realize that this is not an aid for the visually impaired users…