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How to stop your roku from talking in menus

If you have a Roku TCL TV or a Roku Player, you may accidentally turn on the audio guide. Moreover, in some situations, it’s turned on by default as soon as you plug the device in.

How to stop your roku from talking in menus

While some enjoy this feature, the majority of users prefer to turn it off until they require it again. But, how do you turn the guide off? Simply – either by using the dedicated remote buttons or via the “Settings” menu. Let’s jump right in.

Turn Off Audio Assistant Using Remote Buttons

All Roku Players and TCL Roku smart TVs have a designated shortcut that enables or disables audio narration. You may have accidentally turned it on while using your remote. If you did, you don’t have to worry, as you can just as easily turn it off.

To make your Roku stop talking, you should quickly hit the “*” button (star/options button) on your remote four times. Your Roku may need some time to respond to this command, so don’t worry if you keep hearing the narration for a few more seconds.

However, audio narration can be helpful at times. If you grew to like it, you can always enable it again using the same method. Wait for a few seconds and try to navigate your Roku – it should start talking again.

Turn Off Audio Assistant from the Settings Menu

If your Roku doesn’t respond to the remote shortcut button, you can always take the longer route. There’s a way to disable the audio assistant from the Roku’s settings menu, but it takes a few more steps.

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Tap the “Home” button on your Roku remote to access the Home screen.
  2. Select “Settings” from the list to the left of the screen.
  3. Go to the “Accessibility” menu from the following screen.
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  4. Navigate to the “Audio Guide” under the section with the same name. It should appear on the right.
  5. Select “Off” to disable the option.

The audio guide will stop until you decide to turn it back on again. You can use both the remote buttons option, or repeat the same steps and turn it on from the Settings menu.

How to Disable the Remote Button Shortcuts

You may get tired of accidentally switching the audio guide on and off via the remote buttons. On top of that, if you have a child, it can unknowingly enable it while playing with the remote. Therefore, it might be better to completely disable the shortcut option.

To do this, you should navigate to the “Accessibility” menu again. Do the following:

  1. Go to the “Home” screen of your Roku by hitting the “Home” button on your remote.
  2. Navigate to “Settings” to the left.
  3. Go to “Accessibility.”
  4. Navigate to “Shortcut.”
  5. Select “Disabled.”

When you disable the shortcut, you can try to turn on the audio assistant by rapidly pressing the Star button on your remote four times. If everything went well, your Roku shouldn’t respond.

If you want to enable the shortcut option once again for some reason, you can always follow the same steps and select “Enabled” from the assistant section.

Are There Other Audio Options?

You can customize your audio assistant with two other options – speech rate and volume. Just go to the “Accessibility” menu (by following steps 1-3 from the previous section) and you’ll find them under the “Audio Guide” section.

In the “Speech Rate” menu, you can choose between four different talking options – slow, normal, fast, and very fast. This will determine the speaking speed of your audio assistant. Those who want or require it may prefer slower narration.

The “Volume” menu sets the loudness of the guide. You can choose three different volume levels – Low, Medium, and High. Since the volume is adjusted to the standard volume of your TV, you should set it accordingly.

Therefore, if you don’t require a loud volume, you should keep it on a reasonable level. For example, if both your TV and the guide have a high volume setting, accidentally turning on the narration can make you jump out of your chair.

The Benefits of Audio Guide

Although some may not require Audio Guide, others find it essential. With the correct settings, it can make your navigation through Roku menus much easier and enjoyable. For example, after it reads out a certain actionable menu item, pressing the remote button will activate it.

So, even if you decide to turn off the audio guide, it’s beneficial to know how to turn it back on. You might need it sometime in the future.

Do you find Roku’s Audio Guide feature useful or annoying? Would you keep it on? Why? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know.

How to stop your roku from talking in menus

How to stop your roku from talking in menusRoku recently added an option for the visually impaired that has the Roku read what is happening on screen. This allows the visually impaired to use their Rokus just like anyone can. Recently it seems many Roku users are accidentally turning it on and are not sure how to turn it off. (It even happened once in my house.)

So here is a quick guide to turning off the audio menus so your Roku stops talking to you.

Go to Settings, then Accessibility, and then Audio Guide. The various configurations available to you are as follows:

  • Audio Guide On/Off
    • You can just select to turn Audio Guide on or off, or on any screen you can by pressing four times.

    Want the Audio Guide to just adjust some settings? Here are a few more options.

    • Speech Rate
      • Speech rate allows you to customize the speed at which Audio Guide reads text. There are four speech rate settings: Slow, Normal, Fast, Very Fast. When you navigate to a particular setting, Audio Guide will give you a sample of how it will sound at that speed. To select a specific speech rate, click on your remote.
      • Allows you to change the volume of Audio Guide with respect to the TV volume.
      • When the Audio Guide shortcut is enabled, you can quickly press four times to turn Audio Guide on or off from any screen. When the shortcut is disabled, pressing the button on your remote four times will not turn on Audio Guide.

      Hopefully this helped you address any issues you may have had with your Roku Audio Guide.

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      All Roku Players and TCL Roku smart TVs have a designated shortcut that enables or disables audio narration. You may have accidentally turned it on while using your remote. If you did, you don’t have to worry, as you can just as easily turn it off. If you find your Roku talking to you — specifically, reading the interface aloud as you navigate and make selections with the remote control — it means you’ve enabled the Audio Guide. So “How to turn off voice on Roku” is today’s topic.

      To make your Roku stop talking, you should quickly hit the “*” button (star/options button) on your remote four times. Your Roku may need some time to respond to this command, so don’t worry if you keep hearing the narration for a few more seconds.

      However, audio narration can be helpful at times. If you grew to like it, you can always enable it again using the same method. Wait for a few seconds and try to navigate your Roku – it should start talking again. There are two simple ways to turn it off.

      How to turn off voice on Roku using the remote

      You may get tired of accidentally switching the audio guide on and off via the remote buttons. On top of that, if you have a child, it can unknowingly enable it while playing with the remote. Therefore, it might be better to completely disable the shortcut option.

      • To do this, you should navigate to the “Accessibility” menu again. Do the following:
      • Go to the “Home” screen of your Roku by hitting the “Home” button on your remote.
      • Navigate to “Settings” to the left.
      • Go to “Accessibility.”
      • Navigate to “Shortcut.”
      • Select “Disabled.”

      When you disable the shortcut, you can try to turn on the audio assistant by rapidly pressing the Star button on your remote four times. If everything went well, your Roku shouldn’t respond.

      If you want to enable the shortcut option once again for some reason, you can always follow the same steps and select “Enabled” from the assistant section.

      How to stop Roku from talking using the Settings menu

      You can also turn the Audio Guide speech feature on and off from the Roku’s Settings menu if you prefer. This option is the same place on TCL smart TVs that have Roku’s software built-in.

      • Press the Home button on your Roku remote, and then select “Settings” in the menu on the left side of your home screen.
      • On the Settings page, select the “Accessibility” menu.
      • On the Accessibility page, select the “Audio Guide” option. On the right, you can set the Audio Guide on to have it start speaking or off to have it stop.
      • Yes, that menu option does exactly the same thing as pressing the * button four times. You can even activate the feature using the * button and watch its menu item change from on to off.
      • Disable the Shortcut or Set Other Options

      You can disable that shortcut from the Settings > Accessibility screen, too. Just select the “Shortcut” category, and select the “Disabled” option. Your Roku won’t automatically trigger the Audio Guide when you press the * button four times anymore, but you can always come back to the Settings screen to enable or disable the Audio Guide.

      You can also change some other Audio Guide options from here. The “Speech rate” option lets you control how fast the audio guide speaks, so you can make it talk slower or faster. It’s set to “Normal” by default, but you can also choose “Slow,” “Fast,” or “Very Fast.”

      The “Volume” option controls the volume of the audio guide’s speech relative to the standard TV volume. It’s set to “Medium” by default, but you can select “Low” to make it quieter or “High” to make it louder. Take a peek at the Best streaming device for YouTube TV: Roku.

      Are There Other Audio Options?

      You can customize your audio assistant with two other options – speech rate and volume. Just go to the “Accessibility” menu (by following steps 1-3 from the previous section) and you’ll find them under the “Audio Guide” section.

      In the “Speech Rate” menu, you can choose between four different talking options – slow, normal, fast, and very fast. This will determine the speaking speed of your audio assistant. Those who want or require it may prefer slower narration.

      The “Volume” menu sets the loudness of the guide. You can choose three different volume levels – Low, Medium, and High. Since the volume is adjusted to the standard volume of your TV, you should set it accordingly.

      Therefore, if you don’t require a loud volume, you should keep it on a reasonable level. For example, if both your TV and the guide have a high volume setting, accidentally turning on the narration can make you jump out of your chair. Check out How to Find the Roku Model Number: Easy Guideline

      The Benefits of Audio Guide

      Although some may not require Audio Guide, others find it essential. With the correct settings, it can make your navigation through Roku menus much easier and enjoyable. For example, after it reads out a certain actionable menu item, pressing the remote button will activate it.

      So, even if you decide to turn off the audio guide, it’s beneficial to know how to turn it back on. You might need it sometime in the future.

      Do you find Roku’s Audio Guide feature useful or annoying? Would you keep it on? Why? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know. Find out how to fix Roku Overheating Issue.

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      Has your Roku player or Roku TV started talking whenever you’re in a menu or on a settings screen? There’s a simple explanation for a suddenly chatty Roku, as well as an easy way to keep it quiet.

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      The reason for a talking Roku player is the Audio Guide, a Roku accessibility feature that reads on-screen text for visually impaired Roku users. Once enabled, the Audio Guide will speak aloud text and descriptions from the Roku user interface, including your various streaming apps.

      The Audio Guide is a crucial feature for Roku users with vision issues, but if you turn it on by accident, it can get old fast.

      So, how could you turn on the Audio Guide accidentally? As it turns out, it’s not that difficult.

      How to stop your roku from talking in menus

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      Pressing the Options button on the Roku remote four times in a row will enable the Audio Guide, whether you meant to or not.

      If you press the Option button, identified by an asterisk, on the Roku remote four times in a row, you’ll turn the Audio Guide on. An on-screen pop-up that reads “Audio Guide enabled” will appear if you activate the feature, but if you’re not paying attention, you might be surprised when your Roku starts talking to you.

      Luckily, turning the Audio Guide back off is a snap. The easiest way is by simply repeating the Audio Guide command from the remote: in other words, just press the Options button four times in a row again.

      A second way of disabling the Audio Guide is by digging into the Roku’s Accessibility menu.

      How to stop your roku from talking in menus

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      You can disable the Audio Guide from the Roku’s Accessibility settings menu.

      From the Home menu, scroll down to Settings, then select Accessibility > Audio Guide. Choose the “Off” setting, and get ready for some peace and quiet.

      Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart home and home entertainment products.

      For some reason, when I turned on my TV, my roku starting talking out louud and reading the menu options to me. Whatever the *cursor* was highlighted over, it would tell me. "Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime" and then when I selected Netflix it read out every choice. Once I selected something to watch, it would tell me how much time I had left in the program.

      I am SO HOPING that there is a way to turn this off. Thanks in advance.

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      Settings > System > Audio Guide.

      Or press the * key on the remote 4x.

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      That’s trouble – the fact that there is no consistency in Settings menu between models, that items are moved around.

      Re-stating for posterity what RokuShawnS hinted – this mode was likely activated by mistake by quickly pressing the Options (*) key 4 times in succession. It gets de-activated by the same shortcut

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      Actually, squintus is correct in the location.

      I blame old age for my error. Sorry about that

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      The problem is that the fucntion is essentially hidden inside of the TV’s menu. Go to Settings>Accessibility>Audo Guide and select off. Don’t panic like I almost did: he will tell you he’s turned off which makes you think he’s not, but he is.

      I’d like to take this opportunity to say two things:
      1. Why is it called accessibility? It’s a subtitles and captioning.
      2. Why in the name of the lord did anyone think that thing, with that voice, was a good idea. Even if you didn’t see very well, that voice would be of no service to you. I understand that sometimes people take a swing and miss but that broken robot voice is the same one that Stephen Hawking had back in the late 80’s. Ray Kurzweil was dominating your audio game 30 years ago.

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      It is a legal requirement that video devices sold in the United States have this feature, per the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

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      It is a legal requirement that video devices sold in the United States have this feature, per the Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

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      I believe that it is for those who may be legally blind or have some other sight disability. Being legally blind does not necessarily mean that they can not see, but only that they have great difficulty in seeing. Giving them a way to hear what is being changed means that they have better control over the remote that they may be using and the Americans With Disabilities Act probably mandates this requirement. Similarly Closed Captioning helps those with a hearing disability or who are just learning English.

      I personally don’t think that either are stupid requirements as they help those who are disabled with a minimum of problems for the rest of us.

      How to stop your roku from talking in menus

      Closed Captions is one of those Roku features that seems is easy to turn on when you don’t need it, but hard to find when you do.

      Closed Captions, of course, is an accessibility feature that displays the dialog in a movie or TV show in text form, and it can help you understand dialog and action if the audio is hard to hear, or you need assistance with hearing.

      You can control Closed Captions from Roku’s Settings menu, or toggle it on or off quickly while you’re watching a show.

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      How to turn Closed Captions on or off using Roku’s settings

      1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote control.

      2. In the leftmost menu, use the down arrow button to scroll to “Settings,” and then press the right arrow button.

      3. Use the arrow buttons to scroll to “Accessibility” and then choose it by pressing the right arrow.

      4. Choose “Captions mode” with the right arrow button.

      5. You can now turn Closed Captions on, off, or set them to come on only during replays (meaning captions will only activate when you’ve used the replay button on your remote).

      Some older Roku systems don’t have an Accessibility menu. Instead, you’ll see “Captions” in the Settings menu instead.

      The Roku can’t display Closed Captions for all streaming services. If Closed Captions aren’t working using a particular streaming service, look for a Closed Caption setting within the options for that particular service. It will often be on the same page that you use to pick what episode of a show you want to watch.

      How to turn Closed Captions on or off while watching a show

      1. While you’re watching a streaming show, press the * button on the Roku remote control.

      2. In the pop-up window, choose the caption mode you prefer: On, off, or only during replays.

      Again, this won’t work for every streaming app. Some services require you to go to a different menu to manage Closed Captions.

      I’ve gone to settings>audio but there is no option to turn audio off. It is fracking the text. Netflix sling main menu. It’s driving me crazy, please help! Thank you!!

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      No, this is something under a different menu. I believe you can also toggle it with the * button, but don’t remember exactly how.

      I can’t look at the menu right now, but it will be under something like Accessibility. It’s designed for vision impaired users. You should be able to find it with a little looking.
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      Yep, just checked the menu. It’s under Accessibility/Audio Guide. It also says to press * four times quickly to toggle it. That might be how you accidentally turned it on.

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      Thank you to whomever gave these instructions. Finally, turned off that annoying voice. Don’t get me wrong it’s necessary and great to have if needed. Not sure how it got turned on. The instructions that were given were go to settings then audio and turn the menu sound off didn’t work at all. Now if Roku could come up with a remote that is silent-everything would be golden. At least now I can hear the birds chirping instead of that voice and click, click, click. Happy New Year!

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      Thank you to whomever gave these instructions. Finally, turned off that annoying voice. Don’t get me wrong it’s necessary and great to have if needed. Not sure how it got turned on. The instructions that were given were go to settings then audio and turn the menu sound off didn’t work at all. Now if Roku could come up with a remote that is silent-everything would be golden. At least now I can hear the birds chirping instead of that voice and click, click, click. Happy New Year!

      You probably accidentally activated it by pressing the * button too many times at once. That toggles it as well. Many people have posted they did it by mistake.
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      Menu Sound is for the clicks when you hit a button on the remote, nothing else. Turn that off and your remote should be silent. None of my remotes make any sound of their own, unless I press the lost remote button on my Ultra to help me find it. alt=”Smiley Happy” />

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      TalkBack – это программа чтения с экрана, которая озвучивает текст на экране и действия с устройством, а также сообщает об уведомлениях.

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      Вариант 1. Нажмите обе кнопки регулировки громкости

      Вы можете включить или отключить TalkBack с помощью кнопок регулировки громкости. Этот способ можно использовать как при первом включении и настройке устройства, так и в дальнейшем. Подробнее о том, как узнать версию Android…

      1. На боковой стороне устройства находятся кнопки регулировки громкости.
      2. Нажмите и удерживайте обе кнопки в течение трех секунд.
      3. Для подтверждения действия снова нажмите и удерживайте обе кнопки громкости в течение трех секунд.
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      1. Скажите “Окей, Google”.
      2. Скажите команду “Отключи TalkBack” или “Включи TalkBack”.

      Вариант 3. В настройках устройства

      Люди с нарушениями зрения могут включить или отключить TalkBack в настройках устройства.

      Важно! Если TalkBack включен, используйте двойное нажатие вместо одного.

      1. Откройте настройки устройства .
      2. Выберите Спец. возможностиTalkBack.
      3. Включите или отключите функцию TalkBack.
      4. Нажмите ОК.

      Примечание. Вы можете изменить способ быстрого включения. Подробнее о быстрых клавишах специальных возможностей…

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      How to Enable and Disable Text-to-Speech on My TCL Roku TV?

      Your TCL Roku TV has built-in Audio Guide which assist users to navigate the on-screen menus. Once this text-to-speech (TTS) feature is activated, Audio Guide will read out text, menu items and other on-screen items. Below are the step-by-step instructions to enable or disable this feature:

      1. Press How to stop your roku from talking in menuson your remote to open the main screen.
      2. Scroll up or down and select Settings.
      3. Press the right arrow button and select Accessibility
      4. Press the right arrow button and select Audio Guide
      5. Press the right arrow button and select ON to enable or OFF to disable the text-to-speech feature

      TIP: You can also enable and disable Audio Guide by pressing the key four (4) times from your TCL Roku TV remote.