Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 to read back a text message after speaking it

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Having the Samsung Galaxy S4 read back a text message after speaking it is a very useful feature of S-Voice on the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is very handy when it comes to driving, jogging or walking. Anytime you need text messages or navigation directions read out loud to you, or you need to make a hands-free phone call, you can have these functions, thanks to the S Voice Drive. You can also block those unwanted incoming phone calls with a tap on your Galaxy S4. If you ever need to turn off the voice for incoming text messages and calls that can be done easily, too. Read on below and you will learn how to perform these three functions on your Galaxy Samsung S4.

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How to get the Samsung Galaxy S4 to read back a text message after speaking it

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    To have text messages read aloud to you, here are the five easy steps to follow:
     
    1. Scroll down by swiping your finger on the home screen’s drop-down menu, and tap “Driving Mode”. Make sure that the Driving Mode icon turns green.
    2. If you have your Galaxy S4 connected to Bluetooth, you will have the Samsung S-Voice enabled automatically.
    3. In the “Driving Mode” app you will readily hear calls coming in, text messages, set alarms, schedule announcements, how many emails you have accrued, as well as other useful tasks at your fingertips. Just tap these selections to enable them.
    4. S Voice will tell you who is calling or texting you, and to hear either, you merely command “Read Out” to listen to any message. On the Galaxy S4 it will still work if you command “Reply” or “Read”.
    5. If you want to use your voice for texting, finding a place, getting a weather report, playing music, or making a call, note that you must double tap the home button. You then simply give a one-word command for any of these.
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    Now, in case you want to block any annoying callers, all you have to do is:
     
    1. From your home page, go to “Settings”.
    2. Touch “My device”.
    3. Tap “Blocking mode”.
    4. From the “Blocking mode” you will see a menu of many options, including notifications, calls coming in, alarms and time, LED indicator, contact list, and more. Just tap to block any of them.
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    Disabling the S Voice Caller ID
     
    1. If “Driving Mode” is on, you can turn it off so that it will no longer read out loud text messages and calls coming to you.
    2. Swipe with two fingers at the top of your home screen, and bring down the “Notification Window”.
    3. Drag your finger to the right to switch the “Driving Mode” off.
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You now can safely drive your car without a distraction when trying to reply to an incoming call or text message. Manually using cell phones has caused many accidents worldwide while people are driving, so the “Driving mode” feature can be extremely beneficial. You can also get the Samsung Galaxy S4 to read back a text message aloud while you are running or walking. You can always turn off the S-Voice, and block calls from the steps shown above.

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • When you slide down the “Notification Window” with two fingers, it will display all Galaxy S4 advanced feature options. It also ensures that then you can pull down the menu without it lagging.
  • Note that you must double tap the "Home" button to launch using your voice for texting, and other uses above from S-Voice. (See step 5 of having text messages read aloud above.)

Questions and Answers

Why doesn't S-Voice read my text message on S4?

Why doesn't S-Voice read my text message on S4

S Voice is used for you to input information into your device, if you want your messages to be read aloud then you will need to activate either Talkback or Driving mode on your device.

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How do I disable S4 from reading a text message?

My S4 is reading text messages aloud. I have disabled Driving mode and accessibility. Yet, it reads the messages aloud. How do I stop this?

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How do I fix my Samsung Galaxy S4 and whats the cheapest way to do so?

I dropped my phone and now I have a crack in the bottom right corner and at the bottom of the screen. Can only see it in certain light. The only thing wrong with the phone is the LEDs screen everything else works. thank you, please let me know

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iPhone 5 or Samsung S4? I currently have an iPhone 5 and have the opportunity to trade for a Samsung S4. Since I drive a lot, I need to have the ability to send voice texts, have incoming texts read to me, and to download and listen to broadcasts. Any advice? Thanks?

I currently have an iPhone 5 and have the opportunity to trade for a Samsung S4. Since I drive a lot, I need to have the ability to send voice texts, have incoming texts read to me, and to download and listen to broadcasts. Any advice? Thanks

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Since both smartphones have the ability to send voice texts, have texts read to you, and download and listen to podcasts, the question isn’t necessarily about functions in your case, but perhaps more about compatibility with other devices you may want to synchronize and use the smartphone with.

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Do you prefer using the Apple environment? Do you have other Apple devices such as MacBook, iPad? Apple TV, etc.? Or do you have more running via your Google account? Do you use Google Play or iTunes more? Do you have a Chromebook?

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In your particular case the mentioned considerations would be what I would recommend looking into, especially if you are simply considering smartphone replacement and not your other devices you currently have in your possession.

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If you decide to keep your iPhone, I recommend getting to know Siri better and reading up on the many functions available just by using it.

While driving, I want to use S4 efficiently, how?

I want a tutorial of using hands-free Driving Mode

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How to set up text messaging on car's Bluetooth?

I am trying to set up text messaging through my cars "my Link". I initially disabled it when a pop up came over my phone when connecting the Bluetooth. Now I don't know how to enable it again.

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I don't see the driving mode icon on my AT&T Note4, I am thinking TTS is not available for the AT&T network?

Text to speech on my AT&T Galaxy Note4 does not activate, my old HTC Windows phone worked great

AT&T phones are known to have this problem. If you install [1] , [2], or any other similar applications, you will be able to scan your Note4 for the Driving Mode application and put the shortcut into your application drawer.

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There is also a driving mode application from AT&T themselves: [3].

If nothing suits you, you can try an alternative driving application [4].

My son just got a Galaxy 5 and wants to select a chunk of text and have it read it back to him. Can you do that?

My son just got a Galaxy 5 and wants to select a chunk of text and have it read it back to him. Can you do that?

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I have a Galaxy S4 mini and cannot figure out how to get it to read articles on the web?

I had an iPhone before and I could turn it on through the accessibility section

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Reading out texts on my Renault Megane car my Samsung Galaxy isn't doing this?

We have a Renault Megane car and it read out texts on my old Nokia phone fine. I have now got a Samsung Galaxy and it doesn't read the texts out. Phone calls are fine incoming and outgoing, the garage said it is a setting on the phone ?

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How can I listen to my text WhatsApp messages during driving?

I want to know if there is an app around or even a default app that I can use on my Samsung Galaxy S4 that it should read out my WhatsApp text messages while I drive

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Hi, actually I am trying to block incoming SMS and WhatsApp from a particular number?

Hi, actually I am trying to block incoming SMS and WhatsApp from a particular number

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Anonymous user #1

124 days ago
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I want to download the s voice hands free mode
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Anonymous user #2

403 days ago
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In the step: "Disabling the S Voice Caller ID
If "Driving Mode" is on, you can turn it off so that it will no longer read out loud text messages and calls coming to you.
Swipe with two fingers at the top of your home screen, and bring down the "Notification Window".
Drag your finger to the right to switch the "Driving Mode" off."

it tells you about it but not how to set it up
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Anonymous user #3

422 days ago
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It's called 'hands-free' mode on my s4 instead of 'driving mode'....
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Anonymous user #4

579 days ago
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I don't have the driving mode option on my s4
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