How To Turn On TTS In Discord
Last Updated: September 14, 2020
TTS, Text to Speech, is a very useful tool for those that need extra help using Discord or for those who like playing around on a server. Officially, it’s an accessibility option for users who are visually impaired but anyone can use it to experiment with. This tutorial will show you how to turn on TTS in Discord and set it up so it works for your particular situation.
While primarily designed for voice chat, Discord has a healthy text chat community too. It’s a real mix of the two and makes it inclusive to those with microphones and those without. As a consequence, it’s a real mixed bag for those with either hearing impairment or visual impairments. You will be able to follow some of the conversation on a server but not all of it. TTS seeks to change that.
Text to Speech is a method of turning text into spoken words. It uses machine learning and robotic voices to create audio from typed messages. If you find it difficult to read text in Discord, using TTS could seriously help. Some TTS systems use recorded words to create sentences while others use a synthesized voice. Discord uses the voice setup on your device to provide this accessibility option to users.
Turn on Text to Speech in Discord
Text to Speech is not enabled by default so you will need to turn it on before using it. It takes just a second to turn it on and could make a real difference to your experience so is worth checking out. There is an individual TTS command that sidesteps this setting though and I’ll cover that in a minute.
- Log into Discord as you usually would.
- Select the gear icon next to your username at the bottom.
- Select the Notifications menu on the left.
- Scroll to Text to Speech Notifications.
- Toggle it to on for all channels or the current channel.
- Open discord and login.
- Select the user icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Select Notifications.
- Tap “Get notification within discord” to on.
That’s all you need to do. If you are visually impaired I would suggest it would be better to turn Text to Speech on for all channels. However if you’re just experimenting, turning it on for the current channel is just as good. Either way, once set it stays set until you turn it off.
Fair warning though. If you set TTS to be all channels, you will suddenly begin hearing A LOT of voices. All text will become audio regardless of whether they were sent specifically as a TTS message or not. If this works for you, great, if it doesn’t, sorry about that.
Using Text to Speech in Discord
If you changed the setting above then all the text you see will be converted into audio using the robot voice on your device. If you don’t want Text to Speech running all the time, there is a specific command you can use to read specific sentences aloud. You can use the ‘/tts’ command within a chat window to have your device read that sentence out loud whether you have TTS enabled or not.
For example, type ‘/tts I am awesome’ and hit Enter into a channel. You should hear your device’s computer voice say the username and the message out loud. You can turn off the ‘/tts’ command in your user settings should you wish to.
- Select the gear icon next to your username at the bottom of Discord.
- Select Text & Images from the left menu.
- Scroll to Text To Speech and toggle ‘Allow playback and usable of /tts command’ to off.
That’s it. I’m not sure why you would need to do this but the option is there if you need it.
One interesting thing about the two settings, the one in Notifications and the one in Text & Images is that they are both completely separate. If you disable one, it has no effect on the other. If you really want to lock down TTS on your Discord app, you need to disable both of the settings in this tutorial.
Text to Speech in Discord is basic and uses your device’s text reader but can make a real difference to the visually impaired. It is also a bit of fun for everyone for a while but gets pretty old pretty quickly. It’s a setting most users will play around with for a few minutes and then forget all about. Unless you’re visually impaired and then the setting is a very important way of enjoying the same interactions everyone else does on Discord.