a list of Bluetooth speakers that currently allow routing Voiceover audio to iOS device
Currently in iOS 13, their are some speakers, which use a specific Bluetooth chipset, or codec, which allows for Voiceover speech to be directed to the iOS device/handset, rather than to the Bluetooth speaker for the world to hear. While more devices, or a complete over hall may be coming in iOS14 to have this same desired option, this is not yet known (public knowledge). This post is meant to be a list of speakers which are known, which may be a good resource for helping one to choose which speaker to purchase which do not stream Bluetooth Voiceover speech, while the audio rute is set to the default. If you have a speaker to add, please leave the brand and model in the comments.
Please no listings which you haven't tried and are not sure of.
Please no extraneous off topic conversation or wish lists within comments to this post.
List starts here:
Amazon Echo First Generation
Hk onyx studio 5
I will follow this list. I am searching for a water proove speaker with this feature
Thank you for the post. The JBL Charge4 is waterproof.
The Marshal Woburn II has this feature. This is a very large speaker but maybe other Marshal models have it aswell
I have expirience with "Bose SoundLink Revolve+ they supports this Voice Over audio rooting feature. My problem is the Voice Over sounds is loud when they heard from an iPhone at self.
A friend uses the Bose Sound touch 20 and audio routing also works on this device.
Is there any news about iOS 14 and audio routing with voice over?
Bose SoudLink Micro
I have it myself and I'm currently using it to listen to music and VoiceOver is routed to iPhone's internal speaker.
Sony XB22 extra base
Amazon’s Echo speakers, paired via Bluetooth has the voiceOver-routing setting, as well as the Cool Stream Duo (a gadget the size of a match-box that bluetooths to the iPHone, and through means of the 3.5 jack, can be connected to any stereo or hearbuds; via its incorporated 30-pin connector, it can be plugged into IPod docks, as well as charged via 30-pin charger when used for stereo or earbuds).
Check the JBL Charge 2.
great mini speaker with a warm sound.
Jyst tried by a friend. Jbl flip 5 works great.
Hello, this is just a warning for Sey. The JBL charge 4 isn’t that good compared to the charge 3. I have made the mistake of purchasing the charge 4, The speaker only has one speaker built-in and it really isn’t too waterproof. I used it in the pool a few times and the speaker was badly damaged in the pool meanwhile it says it is IPX seven waterproof. try JBL charge 3, it is waterproof and it has stereo sound. Plus it’s a little bit more cheaper and I’m sure it supports voiceover routing to your phone.
Google home. We were surprised.
The Anker SoundCore 2 also has this feature. I'm guessing that many more speakers from Anker might also support this, but not owning them all, not 100% sure. These aren't Bose speakers, but for the price, their pretty good decent little speakers.
It is now $33 on Amazon. It has tactile buttons for volume and pause/next song. There are two built-in left and right speakers. This is a great podcast or shower speaker because it is waterproof. But it doesn’t have a full enough sound for extended music listening.
The only problem is that it has a poor mic, which doesn’t pick hup ey siri very well. And this might apply to all speakers above with a microphone, but when Siri is invoked in any way, the sound of voiceover returns to the external speaker and you need to go back into the rotor to change the sound back to default audio route, so that the sounds of voiceover and podcast are again in separate places.
The jbl flip 2 and jbl flip 3 have this feature. However, for some reason, voiceover sometimes recognizes the speaker as headphones and plays directly through the speakers, but generally voiceover comes through the phone connected to these speakers.
Hi there, I have 2 JBL PartyBox 100. They work very well with this kind of audio routing, you can hear voiceOver on your phone and music from the speaker.
I have a Bose soundtouch 20 and 2 Amazon echo dots 3rd Gen with alarm clock and both have this feature.
I've tryed Marshall's Acton 1st and 2nd gen, and both these also have the feature.
Hi, I personally wish this feature was a choice, because I have trouble focussing on voiceover when it's coming through the handset, just too tinny for me, not to mention the volume fluctuations. Alas, I'm drifting off-topic... But all of the Bose speakers have this "feature", including the soundWear, which is a cross between a speaker and a headset, so if music is playing around your neck, it makes voiceover tougher to hear when voiceover is coming through the handset. Also, my problem with these speakers that force the routing of voiceover through the handset is I often take my Bose neck speaker into the other room, and when notification sounds are forced through the handset instead of the neck speaker, I miss the notifications, blah. That's not a voiceover problem, that's the iOS 13. I can understand why people like the feature, people who use actual speakers, and not the neck speakers like I use, and don't want voiceover piped out to the world, but I do feel like Apple could give us a choice of where all audio, voiceover and otherwise is routed, and also implement this "feature" better, I find major fluctuations with this feature. But if you're looking for a waterproof speaker that has this, bose makes the SoundLink Micro, I think it's $99.
The Tribbit Max Boom also seems to default Voiceover to my iPad, as does the JBL Charge 3. I really like this feature, since it still allows me to hear VO even when the speaker is streaming audio. Also, I think what's happening here has more to do with the iOS than with the speaker. Thanks.
JBL Charge 3
OK, the list of Bluetooth speakers that I have that supports voiceover routing to the phone or iPod touch or whatever, is, The Amazon tap which is no longer carried on Amazon, Soundfreaq Sound Kick 2 Splashproof Bluetooth Travel Speaker, and Logitech Bluetooth adapter that plugs into the wall and you can plug-in wired speakers to make it Bluetooth.
That’s all on the list of Bluetooth speakers that I have that supports this feature.