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  1. nexialbinding's Avatar
    Has anyone gotten Cortana to read texts aloud? There is an option for it under her speech settings but it hasn't yet worked for me. I'm assuming that this feature isn't ready yet?

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    Last edited by Muessig; 09-26-2014 at 12:00 PM.
    04-16-2014 09:20 PM
  2. hairychad's Avatar
    Do you mean to use the 'Use an alternate Bluetooth audio connection for Speech' option? Think I tried that, but worth trying again then restarting I guess
    Yeah sorry that's the one :)
    I got silence in music when a text came in until I set the option and now it works perfectly. No need to repair...
    Although maybe it's worth it..
    One thing to try is to ensure your screen doesn't time out during pairing as I only got music initially and no phone numbers etc because the others times out..
    Keep tapping your screen 😊
  3. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Doesn't it say via Bluetooth only?
    04-16-2014 09:21 PM
  4. nexialbinding's Avatar
    Doesn't it say via Bluetooth only?
    It says right there in the settings that it can work with a wired headset, Bluetooth, both, or "always on" which I assume uses the speakers. None of them have worked for me anyhow.
    04-16-2014 09:23 PM
  5. jhoff80's Avatar
    It works just the same way as in 8. You get an incoming text message, and then hear a prompt "Message from xxxxxxx. Would you like me to read it, or ignore it?"
    04-16-2014 10:25 PM
  6. fallback's Avatar
    It worked perfectly while I was using my earphones she even offered if I should reply and all that : ]

    **It also even works without earphones, etc.."
    Last edited by fallback; 04-17-2014 at 12:37 AM.
    04-16-2014 10:57 PM
  7. DaT Franchise's Avatar
    She did it for me the first day now she wont no matter the settings
    04-16-2014 11:45 PM
  8. Alain_A's Avatar
    Has anyone gotten Cortana to read texts aloud? There is an option for it under her speech settings but it hasn't yet worked for me. I'm assuming that this feature isn't ready yet?

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    it does work for me in Canada
    04-17-2014 12:21 AM
  9. jcinoz's Avatar
    Actually, it does work but you have to be out of the Messaging app. If you are in the app Cortana will not read it aloud. So if you are testing by sending yourself a message you need to hit the Start button immediately you send the text.
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    04-24-2014 05:20 PM
  10. Phatapteryx's Avatar
    well, this may not be the right place but I'm not using Cortana (not in US & don't need regionalisation gone), but my reading aloud if incoming text has gone since 8.1 - used to work perfectly in car and with various bluetooth units... but not anymore... Does anyone else encounter this?
    04-30-2014 05:43 AM
  11. Alienhead95's Avatar
    You have to install the mobile accessibility pack for that.
    well, this may not be the right place but I'm not using Cortana (not in US & don't need regionalisation gone), but my reading aloud if incoming text has gone since 8.1 - used to work perfectly in car and with various bluetooth units... but not anymore... Does anyone else encounter this?
    04-30-2014 05:48 AM
  12. Phatapteryx's Avatar
    You have to install the mobile accessibility pack for that.
    Sorry - no idea what that pack is. I did have speech working initially though. On reflection, i think it broke when i experimented with Cortana & now doesnt work having reverted to my own settings... oh well
    04-30-2014 07:11 AM
  13. Alienhead95's Avatar
    You can find more info hereAccessibility on my Windows Phone 8 | Windows Phone How-to (United States)
    Sorry - no idea what that pack is. I did have speech working initially though. On reflection, i think it broke when i experimented with Cortana & now doesnt work having reverted to my own settings... oh well
    04-30-2014 08:19 AM
  14. 11B1P's Avatar
    she works for me fine in my nissan altima and armada

    Edit: I have an extremely difficult time initiating a voice text while in the car. I constantly get "Sorry, couldn't hear anything". Or it just quits listening.

    Now, responding to an incoming text works much better in 8.1 as far as getting my reply correct, than it did in 8.0.
    Last edited by 11B1P; 05-11-2014 at 09:29 PM.
    04-30-2014 10:03 AM
  15. dermotw's Avatar
    Works for me, she asks me if I want it read and if I respond... she does. In car via bluetooth or just the phone by itself on speaker...

    -D
    04-30-2014 11:42 AM
  16. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Been using this since before Cortana and still using it now. Always on is FTW.
    04-30-2014 11:46 AM
  17. tafb's Avatar
    well, this may not be the right place but I'm not using Cortana (not in US & don't need regionalisation gone), but my reading aloud if incoming text has gone since 8.1 - used to work perfectly in car and with various bluetooth units... but not anymore... Does anyone else encounter this?


    Same here. Worked perfectly prior to 8.1. Have not been able to make it work again.
    04-30-2014 07:30 PM
  18. azcruz's Avatar
    well, this may not be the right place but I'm not using Cortana (not in US & don't need regionalisation gone), but my reading aloud if incoming text has gone since 8.1 - used to work perfectly in car and with various bluetooth units... but not anymore... Does anyone else encounter this?

    It's not gone. If you're in a different region other than united states, you still get TellMe like I do. It reads my messages like before.





    Sent from my Windows Phone 8S by HTC using Tapatalk
    04-30-2014 07:46 PM
  19. bozza72's Avatar
    working for me fine, i drive for a living so its really handy to have all my texts come though the speaker i just wish she would do it for emails to
    04-30-2014 08:00 PM
  20. Phatapteryx's Avatar
    hmmm, experimented again .... did force to USA to use Cortana... still no go. So a hard reset today, restore, reload language, re-pair... working again... dont think i'll be fiddling again with Cortana...
    05-01-2014 05:20 AM
  21. 11B1P's Avatar
    Works for me, she asks me if I want it read and if I respond... she does. In car via bluetooth or just the phone by itself on speaker...

    -D
    Same for me. Works great. But try INITIATING the text, while in the car, on BT.
    05-20-2014 07:36 AM
  22. Moiz Mian's Avatar
    Works fine for me as well! Has been working since the launch of WP8 back in 2012!!
    05-20-2014 04:57 PM
  23. Ralf Southard's Avatar
    I've been trying to get Cortana to read my incoming messages to me, a nice hands-free feature. It works on my wife's phone but not on mine. We both have the HTC 8x, and I made all my settings match hers, yet still nothing's changed.

    BTW: We both have the latest update for WP8.1
    Last edited by Ralf Southard; 06-19-2014 at 08:45 AM.
    06-16-2014 10:54 PM
  24. AgentSplurge's Avatar
    Having the same trouble here on my 920. Connecting to bluetooth and everything works like you'd expect except for cortana won't read my text messages even though I have the setting turned on to read them when connected to bluetooth & headset. It works when I set it to always on though.

    Could it because the device I'm connected to says 'connected - speakers' not headphones or something? But still, it should work because it's bluetooth?! Very annoying, it's the main feature for connecting to bluetooth while driving!
    07-16-2014 03:53 AM
  25. cnjvh's Avatar
    I had to make 2 settings changes to make mine work (found in Settings -> Notifications+Actions -> Messaging):

    1. Check the "Show notification Banners" box
    2. Set the Notification sound to default

    If I change either of those things the messages won't get read out loud anymore.
    07-16-2014 09:39 AM
  26. AgentSplurge's Avatar
    Unfortunately those are already my settings :(
    07-16-2014 10:22 AM
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