This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
When you don't want to read long sentences on your smartphone's display or have trouble reading fine print in a paper magazine, iPhone's Speak Screen and Magnifier functions can help.
With the Speak Screen feature, the text in an e-book is converted to voice. It frees you from "reading" with your eyes, so you can read on the move or at work. It can also help you learn a language by reading out sentences in other languages. In addition, you can use the magnifying glass function to magnify small text in books and magazines.
In this article, we'll show you how to set up the Speak Screen function, how to read aloud in English, and how to use the Magnifier.
How to read the screen aloud
Open Settings and tap Accessibility. Tap Spoken Content in the Vision field. Turn on Speak Screen and Speech Controller will appear, so turn it on as well. The Speech Controller will appear on the left side.
Let's try it out by opening Books and using the Speak Screen. Tap the controller on the left side of the screen. Tap the play/stop button in the middle to speech the text on that page.
You can move the controller to any location by dragging it. You can also change the speed by tapping the 1x on the right side of the controller.
How to read out loud in English
If you use Speak Screen with an English book with the Japanese setting, it will read out loud in katakana English. Let's change the language setting to English and use it. Go to Settings, tap General, then Language & Region, and change iPhone Language setting to English. Now you can use the onscreen text-to-speech feature to read aloud in natural English.
How to use the Magnifier
The magnifying glass is useful when you can't read fine print or see objects in the distance. Go to Settings, tap Accessibility, and then tap Magnifier. Turn on both Magnifier and Auto-Adjust Exposure.
Tap Shortcuts at the bottom of Accessibility in Settings. In the TRIPLE-CLICK THE SIDE BUTTON FOR section, make sure Magnifier is checked. For iPhones with a home button, you'll see TRIPLE-CLICK THE HOME BUTTON FOR.
To use the magnifier, triple-click the side button on an iPhone X or other device that does not have a home button. On iPhones that have a home button, you can use it by triple-clicking the home button.
In the accessibility shortcut, if more than one feature is checked, a triple click is followed by a list of multiple features, from which you can select Magnifier.
Move the round button on the zoom bar left and right to change the magnification. The button with a lightning bolt on the left side allows you to switch the light on and off. The button with a key symbol allows you to fix the focus. Tapping the circle button in the center of the screen makes a shutter sound and the current screen remains on display. The filter button on the right side of the screen allows you to use the image adjustment function.
With the Speak Screen function, it's easy to read your accumulated kindle books. You can also use the Magnifier function with just a triple click. Please try it out.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.