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

EditHow 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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Edit 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.)

EditQuestions 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.

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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When I double click the home button on my Galaxy S4 what do I do next so that it will read my unread text messages out loud?

It will say I have 4 unread messages do I want them to read. I say yes but that doesn't work. I also tried saying read

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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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My S4 is not reading out the caller name even though I am in driving mode?

Is there any other feature I need to turn on

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With my Bluetooth in the car it will not read my text message so I can respond via the Bluetooth. I have a KIA Forte?

Can not find driving mode in the drop down menu

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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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Anonymous user #1

121 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 #2

139 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 #3

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