Bluetooth support

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Q: Does speaking email work through (Bluetooth) the vehicle's hands free system? - or a bluetooth head set / headphone?

Yes it does. It works with most Bluetooth equipment.


Speaking Email works with Bluetooth speakers using Bluetooth Audio (A2DP) profile. 

It also works with a microphone and speaker using Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP), which is what cars use for making phone calls. 

Speaking Email switches between audio outputs automatically to get the best quality output. When enabling the microphone Speaking Email will automatically switch from A2DP to HFP, (and you will notice a drop in sound output quality).

You should set up your phone to play audio to a bluetooth output such as your car stereo, or bluetooth headset / earphones. You might need to check your device documentation / car manual to see how to complete a bluetooth pairing. Once you have paired your phone with the car stereo or other bluetooth device, do a quick test - for example, play music or a youtube video on your phone, and make sure you can hear the sound through the car speakers.

Check the volume slider and mute button. Once that happens, Speaking Email will just speak normally through your bluetooth paired connection.

If you have problems, go into your phone's Bluetooth, remove the connection and re-pair it. That seems to solve 90% of issues.

Force quitting Speaking Email, turning off the phone and Bluetooth speaker and starting again can also help.

One of our Android users initially found the app didn't connect to bluetooth on 3 different vehicles and subsequently got it working. He offers some further advice on how he connected his Samsung Galaxy S8:

In regards to setup, firstly the App does not work if your device is connected as a Bluetooth Telephone device!!


Next, you need to set your car’s Bluetooth connection to Aux or Other Bluetooth device depending what options are available in the vehicle.


Next, go to settings, sounds and vibration, separate app sound and select both the App (Speaking Email) and audio device.


Then reset the media sound volume under sounds & vibrations to the maximum as the sound level through the app is too low when using the Bluetooth option.

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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