Power user tips

Q: Any pro tips to speed things up? Takes a while to go through all my emails

If you are finding you want things to happen faster, and you have a lot of email to get through and don't want to hear it all, here are a few tips.


  1. Speed up speech with the speech slider. It goes right up to 250%. Or say "faster" to get a bit faster at any time.
  2. Search for a sender or subject using the “search” voice command.
  3. Create filtering using “ignore” and “important” commands
  4. Get a summary of your inbox email by saying “inbox” then “list” and then say the number of the email when it is read out. This is a quicker mode for when you have a lot of emails and want to pick which ones to read. It also works with “search” command to give you a filtered list and let you pick between. 
  5. If you are on gmail you can use any gmail search string as your overall filter - eg in:inbox AND has:my-label  which you can use in conjunction with gmail rules you set up - by adding a label with a gmail rule you don’t necessarily move the mail as it can have multiple labels (so this doesn’t need to affect your usual mail handling). See more about setting up important email only in gmail.

What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.

Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.

Do you have Apple CarPlay?

See our other product Speaking Email CarPlay.

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