TikTok’s text-to-speech is both a great accessibility feature for people with visual and reading disabilities and a tool for creating enjoyable content. While Text-to-Speech is available on devices such as tablets or phones through the OS, it’s relatively progressive for a social app like TikTok to make it available in the app. Other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook do not use this feature. Instagram automatically runs captioned stories, but only if someone is already speaking in the video.
However, the feature does not come without controversy. TikTok changed the original voice after the actor filed a lawsuit alleging she never agreed to appear on the app. The new voice is less monotonous than the original and seems to be just as popular. Creators use it to narrate their videos, as an accessibility tool, and to have a little fun seeing what words the bot can (or can’t) pronounce.
If you are interested in this, you can set it up like this:
- Record your video.
- When you’re done recording, press the text button at the bottom of the screen.
- Type what you want to say and press anywhere else on the screen to finish the text.
- Press and hold the text you just typed.
- Select ‘Text-to-speech’.
Here’s an example of what TikTok’s Text-to-Speech feature sounds like: