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How to Convert Text to Speech on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Online

Melissa updated on Jun 30, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Living in the information age, listening to an audio file can improve the work efficiency of many people. Besides, children sometimes cannot understand the written words but can get information through spoken words. The elderly also have difficulty reading a long paragraph. Thus, converting a text file into an audio file becomes a realistic demand.

Many people may wonder how to convert text to speech. In this article, we provide you with several practical ways to convert text files into audio files on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and online. Read through this essay and choose the one compatible with your device.

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Part 1. Convert text to speech on Windows

EaseUS Video Editor is a file converter used on PC. As one of the best free audio converters, EaseUS Video Editor intends to assist people (especially amateurs) in accomplishing the conversion between text and speech. This application is compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. If you are a Windows user, you can use it for free.

Converting a text file to speech is just a piece of cake with the help of EaseUS Video Editor. Let’s check what you need to do in the tutorial below.

Step 1. Click "Text" to choose a text style and drag it to the timeline.

choose a text style

Step2. Right-click the text on the timeline, choose "Edit". Then copy and paste the text you want to convert to the appointed place.

copy and paste text

Step 3. Right-click the text file on the timeline and click the "Convert to speech" button to start conversion.

convert text to speech

Step 4. Click "Export" > "Audio", and choose a file format you like to export the speech file.

export the speech file

Part 2. Convert text to speech on Mac

If you want to convert a text file to a speech file on Mac OS X, you don’t need to download any application or go to any website. All you need to do is edit a text file on your own device with equipped functions. Follow the steps below to finish the conversion between text and audio.

Step 1. To start, open the "System Preferences" panel under the Apple icon and click on "Dictation and Speech".

Step 2. Select the "Text to Speech" tab.

Step 3. Check the option "Speak selected text when the key is pressed".

Step 4. Click the "Change Key" option then click "OK".

Thus, the text file is converted to a speech file successfully.

text to speech on Mac

Part 3. Convert text to speech on Android

Just like Part 2, converting a text file into an audio file, like MP3, AAC doesn’t need an application or a website address. You can complete this mission on your Android device, like HUAWEI, with the original functions. Check the tutorial below and start conversion.

Step 1. Open your device's "Settings" panel.

Step 2. Select "Accessibility", then "Text-to-speech" output.

Step 3. Choose your preferred engine, speech rate, and pitch.

Step 4. Go back to the text file, and long-press the text, choose "Speech".

Now you can listen to the audio edition of the text file.

convert text to speech on Android

Part 4. Convert text to speech on iOS

iOS includes powerful text-to-speech options that allow you to easily have selected text read back to you, in a wide variety of languages and accents. If you're using iOS 8 or later, there's also a very useful Speak Screen function, which will even automatically turn the pages on your eBook as it reads to you.

Method 1. If you are using a system before iOS 8, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the "Settings" panel.

Step 2. Tap "General" > "Accessibility" > "Speech".

Step 3. Toggle on "Speak Selection".

Step 4. Select a voice and Change the speaking rate using the slider (optional).

Method 2. If you are using an iOS 8 system or a system after that, the steps change a little bit.

Step 1. Open the "Settings" panel.

Step 2. Tap "General" > "Accessibility" > "Speech".

Step 3. Toggle on "Speak Screen".

Step 4. Select a voice and Change the speaking rate using the slider (optional).

Step 5. Toggle text highlighting on or off (optional). You can have your device highlight words as they're read by toggling this option on.

text to speech on iOS

Part 5. Convert text to speech Online

Natural Reader is a professional online text to speech program. It can convert any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features. Still, if you just need to convert text to speech, the free version can meet your satisfaction.

Let’s take a look at the tutorial below to find out how you can convert text to speech with this free converter.

Step 1. Drag the text file you want to convert to the box.

Step 2. Select language, voice and medium.

Step 3. Click the "Create audio file" button.

Step 4. Save the audio file to your device.

text to speech online

Part 6. Conclusion

To sum up, the file converter mentioned above can all help you convert a text file into an audio file. However, there is one thing you need to know. The online converters are fragile if the website breakdown. For iOS, Mac, Android users, you only need the assistance of your own device. But for Windows users, EaseUS Video Editor is the best text to speech converter for you.

Part 7. FAQs

There are some Q&As related to "convert text to speech". If you did not find the solution you want from above, read through them and see if they can solve your problem.

1. How do I convert text to audio files?

Step 1. Open a document using text speaker and click "Speak" > "Convert to Audio".

Step 2. Change the audio properties such as the sound quality, frequency, bit rate, and audio channel depending on your requirement.

2. How do I make my word document talk?

Step 1. Select the text you want to listen to. If you want to listen to the entire document, press "Ctrl-A" to select everything.

Step 2. Click the "Speak" button on the "Quick Access" toolbar to make Word speak the document.

3. How do I get more voices for text to speech?

Step 1. Click on the "Start" icon. Choose "Control Panel", "Switch to Classic View" and then click "Speech".

Step 2. Click "Text-to-speech". In the "Voice Selection" area, click the down arrow, then a list of voices will appear. Choose one of the voices from the list and click on it.

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