As we all know, Siri is an amazing virtual assistant on iOS and Mac devices. It is built to assist users whenever they’re looking for more information on particular topics.
When you ask something to Siri, it replies with an instant answer on your screen. And if you want to make Siri say anything you want, it can do that as well.
Well, Siri is still not intelligent enough to respond like humans. It needs technical support and preset messages to come up with interesting answers and suggestions.
Many Sci-Fi genre films depict insanely great robots responding and behaving in a human-like fashion, but I’m sure it’ll take a lot of time for Siri to reach that level of intelligence.
How To Make Siri Say Anything On iPhone & Mac
Yes, you can get Siri to say whatever you have in your mind. It won’t require any Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning to answer your queries.
In the following guide, we’ll see how to do it on iPhone as well as Mac.
For iPhone users –
Use these steps on your iPhone and see how Siri replies what you want.
1. Open the Settings app and go to General section.
2. Then tap the Accessibility option and select Speech.
3. In Speech menu, you just have to enable the Speak Selection option.
Note – It’s a necessary step in this process, as it allows you to make Siri read the selected text. Now, finish the second part of the guide to get a better idea of how it works in real life.
4. Go to Home screen and open the Messages app.
5. Type (or Paste) the text that you wish to hear from Siri.
6. Select the text and tap the Speak option.
Now, you will get to hear Siri saying your entire text in its peculiar sound.
So, that’s how you can make this intelligent assistant say something you want on iPhone as well as other compatible iOS devices.
This Text to Speech feature can also assist many people with vision-related issues. If you know someone with such problem, share this useful trick with them.
For Mac Users –
Now, let’s take a look at the method for Mac computers, which is slightly different than the above guide for iPhones.
1. Click on the Apple logo available on the top left side of the menu bar and select System Preferences option.
Alternatively, you can also use Spotlight Search to open System Preferences on the screen.
2. Select the Accessibility icon and go to Speech option.
3. Change the System Voice to Samantha (English – United States – Female).
Note – Samantha’s voice sounds similar to Siri’s voice due to same American English accent. So, you won’t notice much difference while listening to the speech on your computer.
4. Download and Install the sound file as prompted on the screen.
5. Once you’ve downloaded the file, make Samantha’s voice as your new standard voice option for Speech feature.
6. Enable “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” option.
If you want to have different combinations of keys for the speech command, you may change it using Change Key option.
7. Write the text in TextEdit tool and press Option+Esc on your keyboard.
The speech assistant will automatically read out the selected text from the editor. Don’t forget to turn on the speakers.
Similarly, you can use this method to make Siri read out the text in any browser of your choice.
Apple allows users to set different voices for the Speech assistant. So, if you want a familiar voice in your native language, do change it as per your preference.
Well, that’s how you can make Siri say what you want! Just copy-paste the text and press those magic keys on your keyboard. The voice assistant will be at your service.
Apple has done a great job in making this service available for all platforms. When people face difficulties while reading the onscreen text, the speech assistant does help in making things easier for them.
It works so efficiently that you don’t have to rely on any other third-party tools in the market. You just need to know how to enable this feature on your device, as suggested in the above guide.
In case you’re finding any issues with this Siri feature, please drop a comment below. Also, if you know any other tricks to make Siri say anything, do let me know. It will help many other iOS and Mac users.