iOS 8 Speak Screen fails after working once

iOS and iPadOS

I have just discovered that if the Alex voice is enabled - Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Voices > English > Alex - then the Speak Screen function will work once normally and will then appear to work, but there will be no sound. Selecting the Default or Enhanced Quality English voice will allow Speak Screen to work consistently. You must restart (press home button and lock button) after changing the setting.

I do not use VoiceOver, but am curious if disabling Alex will fix any of the VoiceOver problems.



Submitted by kevharley on Monday, October 27, 2014

Hi Dave, I can confirm that this problem occurs on my phone under exactly the same conditions you describe.

Thanks for the suggested work around. Shame that it seems I will not be able to use the superior Alex voice.

Submitted by Evangelosz Nagy on Monday, October 27, 2014

Hi. This is my first post on the forum, but i tried speek screen, with alex with voice over and for speek screen as well. it works perfectly after the first speech.

Submitted by rachel on Monday, October 27, 2014

I don't know how relevant this is, but I use voiceover (I don't have Alex), but since I updated to IOS8 voiceover has been a constant nightmare in terms of its reliability (constantly cutting itself out), which makes me wonder whether it doesn't make any difference whether Alex is enabled or not - these rotten inconveniences are still present.