iOS 8 has text-to-speech in 27 different languages, but Apple didn’t include the high-quality voices like you would have on a Mac. With good reason, because including all those Enhanced Quality voices would make the system 4 GB heavier.

The HQ voices have to be downloaded in your phone’s Settings app. But it’s easy. Just follow the steps below.

I made another post with samples of both qualities for all 37 voices, so you can hear the difference.

Below are the instructions for iOS 8, it’s a bit different on iOS 7.



Step-by-step instructions


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In Settings: tap General.



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Tap Accessibility.



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Tap Speech.



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Switch on Speak Selection.



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Go to the list of Voices.



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Pick the language & voice.



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Tap Enhanced Quality



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…and wait until the download finishes.



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Done!


Note that the enhanced voice might not immediately be active. It might take a minute or so before it kicks in, but you’ll notice the difference when it does.

Extra advantage: by switching on Speak Selection you can now have your phone read out selected text. (An extra ‘Speak’ option will appear in the copy/paste menu.)



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