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Read articles aloud with the Google app on iPhone

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The Google app on your iPhone or iPad has a feature that can read articles aloud. It’s easy to use and can come in handy at times when you just don’t want to read. This is how it works.

At the time of writing, the “Read Aloud” feature is unfortunately not available for Android smartphones or tablets. It is also not available for all websites. Your mileage may vary when you try to use it with your favorite sites.

First, open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. You will be greeted by the “Discover”

; feed below the search bar. These are the articles and news stories that can be read.

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Scroll through the Discover feed and select an article to have read to you.

Select a new story from the feed.

If the website supports the Read Aloud feature, you will see an icon of a person speaking in the top right corner. Select it.

Tap the Read icon.

A pop-up message will appear. From this you can choose between ‘Listen now’, ‘Add to queue’ or ‘Cancel’.

Read options aloud.

If you select “Listen Now”, a media player will appear at the bottom of your screen and the article will be played aloud. You have the option to fast forward, play / pause, rewind, AirPlay and navigate the queue (more on this below). Tap the three-dot icon for more options.

The read player.  Tap the menu icon.

Here you can adjust the reading speed, choose the reading voice and share the article with others.

Read playback settings aloud.

If you select “Add to queue” in the popup, the article will be added to a list. As with a podcast player, the articles are read in sequence.

Items in the queue.

To access the Read Aloud player and queue at any time, tap your profile icon in the top right corner of the Home tab.

Tap your profile icon in the top right.

Then select “Read aloud” from the menu.


The player and queue reappear at the bottom of the screen.

The read player and queue.

That’s all! This is a handy little feature for getting through your Google Discover news stories, especially if you have a hard time reading text on a screen.

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