1. BlueBomber's Avatar
    Hi everybody. I have a quick question about receiving text messages while listening to a song over Bluetooth:

    When I receive a text message, the song stops playing and a voice announces something along the lines of "Incoming text from <random person>, say reply or ignore". If I unlock the phone to view the message while the voice is announcing the incoming message, the music begins playing again out of the phone speakers. This has caught me by surprise in the middle of a workday a couple of times, and it's a little embarrassing having my music suddenly blare for everyone to hear. If I say 'ignore', the music will resume through my headphones. If I ignore the notifications altogether by not saying anything, the music will eventually resume through my headphones.


    Is this normal? Is there a way to turn off these 'voice notifications' for every single text message that I receive? They are a little annoying for when I'm texting back and forth with somebody.

    Bluetooth Headphones: Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800
    Phone: Nokia Lumia 920


    11-19-2012 04:57 PM
  2. Fallen Cpt Jack's Avatar
    Yes, it's normal. You can go to Settings -> Speech and change "Read aloud incoming text messages" to whatever you want.
    11-19-2012 05:11 PM
  3. ousooner314's Avatar
    This works on WP7.5, so I'm hoping it'll work on WP8 as well. There's two ways to do this -
    To temporarily turn it off, set your phone on silent/vibrate. This way, music will still play but toast notifications (like SMS text, etc.) won't interrupt your music.
    To permanently turn if off, go to Settings > Speech, and turn off Audio Confirmations (towards the bottom of the page).

    Hope this helps!
    11-19-2012 05:14 PM
  4. BlueBomber's Avatar
    Perfect! Thanks for that - it always seems to be in the last place I look.

    Is it a bug when the resuming music drops from my Bluetooth headphones and is played through the phone speakers when I unlock the phone during a notification? That doesn't seem like it should ever happen...

    Thanks again.
    11-19-2012 05:20 PM
  5. Fallen Cpt Jack's Avatar
    It could be a bug with WP or a problem with the way your Bluetooth device works (or the way WP works with your Bluetooth device). I had a headset one time that would always crash the audio stack on my Arrive and I couldn't hear any sound until I rebooted. Using my 900 and my 920, I keep my notifications on all the time, use a Bose Soundlink, and everything works very well together - but I use it in a hands-free mode. It'll announce the text, read it to me, I can respond, and music starts playing again.
    11-19-2012 06:29 PM
  6. Stephen Boyer1's Avatar
    Yes, it's normal. You can go to Settings -> Speech and change "Read aloud incoming text messages" to whatever you want.
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    04-15-2013 12:03 PM
  7. devlife's Avatar
    Oh my god I love that you know how to do this for WP8. HUGE question.... does anyone know how to turn it off for WP10?!!
    08-11-2015 06:50 PM
  8. Madscore1's Avatar
    That's exactly what I was going to say as well ....
    08-16-2015 07:39 PM
  9. Richard Rodney's Avatar
    Yep, was annoying the hell out of me. So I went back to Microsoft store where I got my Lumia 950XL. The setting is under Cortana settings for windows phone 10. Go to Cortana, then select the drop down on top left, then choose Notebook, then settings, scroll down and set text messages to be read aloud on wired, Bluetooth or off.
    02-06-2016 05:35 PM
  10. gregors10's Avatar
    Well Done Richard and thanks for posting.

    I have just upgraded to Windows 10 and was worried that this feature had been removed when Cortana didn't say anything.

    The difference is that i WANTED the notification to be read out!
    03-29-2016 12:13 PM
  11. Bill Hague's Avatar
    Good to find this thread!
    I have a Lumia 636 which I have had linked to the bluetooth audio in my VW Tiguan after changing the module
    The phone has been working fine with controls from the steering wheel, allowing me to answer hands free, and even to dial using a press button menu, but up to this week I have never had any notification of incoming texts nor the option to reply with voice activated messages (as in my other car with an after market system).
    This week, I decided to explore the option of linking my phone music via bluetooth to the in car player, and all has gone reasonably well (with some minor glitches that will be the subject of another post).
    Since then, however, the phone has suddenly decided to let me know of texts arriving! although it does not read them aloud.
    When the text comes in, the display menu on the headset switches from the radio to the Aux menu, but does not switch back to the radio after the "text from X" has been announced.
    Perhaps quite separately, the display on the radio tab is now showing a moving display for the station name, whereas previously there was just a frequency.
    All very odd how it has all happened simultaneously, and makes me think that they are likely, though not necessarily, connected.

    Any thoughts or comments will be much appreciated.
    05-26-2016 09:35 AM
  12. Tony Gamble's Avatar
    My phone doesn't have settings for Cortana and the only option in Speech is the language. I turned off notifications for Cortana and messaging and that didn't change anything. I hate my music being interrupted for a stupid text. Anyone know how to turn it off in the latest version and why they keep making it more complicated to turn off??
    02-01-2017 11:32 AM

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