4 Best Android Apps to Convert Text To Speech

Technology has provided us with many perks, and converting text to speech is one of them. Naturally, Android apps to convert text to speech are also readily available. It is amazing how diverse the apps are on the Google play store, and I’m also thankful to the developers who work hard in providing services that not many people may need.

Android apps to convert text to speech can be used in numerous ways and varying situations. People with handicaps will appreciate this feature a lot because it provides easy accessibility.

Sometimes your hands are greasy or dirty, so you cannot scroll around the screen. This is where text-to-speech apps come in handy. I use Android apps to convert text to speech when I am sleepy and need someone to read me an article. I work almost 18 hours a day on a computer screen, so my eyes do get strained by the time I hit the covers.

These Android apps to convert text to speech helped me in listening to some soothing articles about technology. This not only helps me in giving rest to my eyes but also replicates the feelings of bedtime stories. I highly recommend that you try this out at least once, especially if your parents were into bedtime stories.

Note: The five best Android apps to convert text to speech were tested on a Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone. The apps worked fine, and there were no problems faced during testing.

However, if you are converting messages received via text messaging, these apps may have trouble converting slang language. The apps are not that amazing when it comes to converting shorthand as well as abbreviations. The apps are not in any particular order on this list.

1. Text to Speech

This is a very simple app that allows you to convert text to speech with ease. All you need to do is either copy the text from a source and paste it into the app or to type it yourself, and the app will do the rest. The interface is straightforward and easy to use; the app uses a fairly standard design, though.

Apart from that, you will also be able to convert text to speech in different languages. The app uses the installed languages on your smartphone to convert the text to speech.

It will also be able to save the conversions, and you can listen to them anytime you want. There are sliders for the speed of the readings as well as the pitch of the speech. Apart from that, there is nothing more the app has to offer.

Free Version

2. Talk – Text to Voice

This app list has some of the simplest apps I have used in a very long time. Talk – Text to Voice is an incredibly simple app that provides a quality service. I like how well managed the interface looks and how fast the app works. The app can convert text to voice with ease.

You will also be able to make the app read web pages. Play, pause and stop the narration with a dedicated button right on the bottom of the screen. There are a lot of languages supported, but you will need to download them first. It is a great app to listen to the newspaper if you’re into the thing.

One of the best features about this app is the ability to export audio as a WAV file. This way, you will be able to amass a good collection of stories to transfer to your children’s device.

Free Version

3. Speak it

Speak It is a simplified text-to-speech converter for Android. The app is designed in such a way that everything you will need is right on the main screen of the app. In fact, in my usage, I didn’t even have to change to any of the screens. Just copy the text and paste it in the app to start the conversion to speech.

I like how the app supports other languages as well. There are five languages supported and you can add the text in any of them to learn the proper pronunciation. This app can also be used as a language learning tool.

The app also allows you to save text for later usage. That’s not all; you will also be able to save the converted audio files for an easy listening experience. If you already have .txt files on your smartphone, the app will also be able to import and convert them with ease.

Free Version


4. AIReader

If you’re strictly looking for an app to convert text to speech for storybooks, then this is the app you should get. I have personally used this app to listen to storybooks and have a very pleasant experience using it. Although the narration is sometimes too robotic for my taste, it does help when you are working on something else and need to listen to a good story in the background.

The app comes with great features that will benefit advanced users as well. The app can read a wide array of formats and convert them into speech. It also supports multiple languages which include Russian and Polish to name a few.

Free Version



The Android apps to convert text to speech may not work that well but they do get the job done. There are several nuances about these apps but they are not major enough to turn off users. These apps are not perfect by any means and we have a long way to go before we get a stellar Android app to convert text to speech. However, if you are looking for simple conversions these apps will do a perfectly fine job.

Why are you looking for an app of this nature? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And I do mean hear, because I will be converting them to speech using one of these apps.

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  1. I am looking for a text to speech reader to listen to scientific journal articles so I can study while I’m on a walk. I need one that can handle pdfs and not read me the punctuation out loud (i.e. not say “comma” when there is a comma. Any suggestions?

  2. I have no tongue since an operation for mouth cancer. Used to plug my laptop into the hands-free jack of my old dumb phone and use an app with excellent and well-enunciated voice choices. Have not figured out how to hook up my “Smart Phone” like that, so am looking for an android app that doesn’t sound like some variation of Stephen Hawking. Am in awe of the guy, but don’t want to sound like him. Also used to quickly cut and paste most-frequently-used phrases from a word file to the app for speaking – answers to questions like “What is the address?”

  3. Just installed and tried “Speak It,” based on your review. The voice is pretty terrible (turned to where it sounds sort of male, anyway), but it has everything else for which I was looking. I will be using it until I run onto something that sounds more human. Thank you!

  4. Well, I solved the voice-quality issue with “Speak It” on my Samsung. Went into “settings” and downloaded a good male voice, which the “Speak It” app now uses. Now I just need to solve an issue I discovered while doing that. When you exit the app, your saved messages are not retained. Tried “export” instead of “save,” but when then tried to “import,” found no exported file. Sure would be nice if I could find detailed instructions on how to use this app. Why don’t app creators include a “help” feature, instead of just leaving it to us to hack everything out?

  5. I am looking for app that can read aloud my kindle books on my android phone. Alexa is great for doing this, but that requires me to be near my Echo. I want the same function on my android, that way I can play kindle book like audio book anywhere.

    1. Hi, Anjan! Certain Kindle books have text-to-speech enabled on them through Amazon, and this feature can be used through the Kindle library. Another good option would be to enable TalkBack through your Android accessibility settings. TalkBack is a native Android screen reader that can be used for web pages, ebooks, and more.

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