How To Use Google Assistant To Read A Web Page Out Aloud

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Reading can be challenging even the bibliophiles would agree. But as the world adjusts to the use of various digital tools, Google Assistant’s “Read Out Loud” was introduced as a convenient messiah to alternate traditional reading. Save time and disable the reading stress mood with a single command to Google Assistant to read a web page out aloud for you. All you need is to turn up the media volume and just listen.

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When a web article is revealed on your browser on your Android phone, you can say, “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” It will immediately read aloud the content of the web page. This article details the steps on how to use “Google Assistant” to read a web page out loud.


How to Enable Google Voice Match?

Before we dive into how to use Google Assistant to read a web page out loud, the first step to take is to set up the voice match on your device if it is disabled. The Voice Match allows users to teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice to deliver personalized results. To enable Voice Match;

  • Open the Device Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap on Google.
  • Choose “Settings for Google Apps”.
  • Tap on “Search, Assistant & Voice”.
  • Click “Google Assistant” then choose “Voice Match.”
  • Enable the “Hey Google” option under Voice Match.
Image shows the step by step process on how to Enable Google Voice Match as a first step to enable Google Assistant to Read a Web Page out aloud.
  • Once all that is set up and hey Google is on, Google will ask you a few phrases so it can master your voice. Don’t be shy, tap on “Next”.
  • Click the drop-down menu to confirm agreement to Voice Match. Press Continue.
  • Tap on “Start Saving Audio” then confirm agreement to “start saving audio recordings”.
  • Choose “Voice Model”, and then tap on “Retrain Voice Model”.
  • Record your voice by saying “OK Google” four times and tap “Finish” to finalize the “Voice Match” process.
Image shows the step by step process on how to Enable Google Voice Match as a first step to enable Google Assistant to Read a Web Page out aloud.

That is it but not all of it; we need to test our hard work. If you fail to enable Google Voice match, then definitely you will encounter errors like Google Assistant not reading out loud a web page for you.

Step By Step Guide to Using Google Assistant To Read A Web Page Out Aloud

Open any article you want to read, once it is open say “Hey Google Read it”. It will request for access to your microphone, go ahead and allow it.

If you are reading this article, there is a high chance that it is the first time you attempt this command, Google Assistant will probably say it cannot read the article because screen context needs to be turned on first.

I see your frustration but no worries. Just Tap “OK”. Now go back to the article and command Google Assistant to read it (use the “Hey Google, Read It” phrase), this time it will surely oblige and say “Got It” or “OK”.

It takes a few seconds as the virtual helper scans the text before starting to read it out loud. Once the Assistant starts reading it to you, the browser will automatically scroll through the page and highlight words as they are read aloud to help the listener follow along.

As the read-out-loud command starts to oblige, it will open a web page dedicated browser that features the Control Bar in the lower part of the screen where you can pause, rewind, and skip forward.

Image shows how to pause, rewind and skip forward using Google Assistants to Read a web page out aloud

How To Change Reading Speed on Google Read Out?

In addition, there is an option to alter the speed at which the assistant reads to you so you can make it slower or faster by adjusting between 0.5x to 3x. To decrease or increase Read Out Aloud Voice, follow the steps.

  • Click on the speed meter gauge icon in the bottom right corner.
  • Drag the line towards the left or right and stop at your preferred speed. Click “Done”.
Image describes a step by step process of alternating speech speed using Google Assistant to  Read out a web page aloud
How to Use Google Assistant to Translate A Web Article?

The best part is that if you don’t understand the language of the article you can have it translated to your language of preference. Cool, huh? Google has over 42 languages available for this feature. To ask Google Assistant to translate an article, follow the steps.

  • Just tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  • Select translation.
  • Scroll through to choose your preferred language.
  • The article will be live audio translated to your selected language.
Image shows how to Translate a web article using Google Assistant to read a web page out aloud
How to Change Read Aloud Voice Assistant Accent?

The Google Assistant feature has a variety of read-aloud voices that you can choose from ranging from the American Accent 1, American Accent 2, American Accent 3, American Accent 4, British Accent 1, British Accent 2, Indian Accent 1, Indian Accent 2, Australian Accent 1 and Australian Accent 2. Surprisingly, the web pages are read aloud in expressive and natural voices, aiming to use the same intonation and rhythm that you would use if you were reading it aloud yourself. To change the read-aloud Voice, follow these steps.

Click on the three vertical dots in the right top corner.

Select Read Aloud Voice.

Click in the circle of the preferred Read Aloud Voice and Stop there.

Image shows a step by step process on how to change Read Aloud Voice Assistant Accent