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Q: Can I type the message I want to reply?

A: We have created Speaking Email with safe driving in mind. Therefore, it is not designed for typing email responses. There is an instant reply feature for sending a basic 'thanks' etc to an email. For any emails needing detailed reply, your email can be flagged for later.

You can set up your own instant reply options - up to 10 - which can be up to 200 characters.

Update 2018: you can now dictate replies using speech recognition. 

Update 2019: we've recently enabled editing your dictated reply by typing. Tap on the reply text to edit it using the keyboard. This feature should not be used when driving, but it was requested by users who are visually impaired. We may lock this down in future.

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 - using voice commands or on-screen buttons. It works with Microsoft 365 (aka Office, Outlook) and Gmail email accounts, as well as most other providers including any standard IMAP server.

Who is it for?

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 to work. People with blindness, vision problems, or other disabilities who cannot see or type and want to be able to hear, reply to, and compose emails by voice. 

Does it work on Apple CarPlay?

See our other product Speaking Email CarPlay if you have CarPlay.

Is is free?

Yes it is free to download the basic edition. Free features: 

  • Email text-to-speech (TTS) with smart content detection (this is awesome, you will be blown away!)
  • On-screen buttons for basic actions next/prev, archive, flag

Do I have to upgrade?

Nope, but you can upgrade for: 

  • Multiple accounts
  • Attachment reading
  • Voice commands (you will love this!)
  • Dictation - reply/forward/compose (you will love this even more!)

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