Wouldn’t it be great if you come to know who is calling you on your Android device without even looking at the screen?
This feature can be really helpful in various situations such as when you are using hands-free bluetooth ,you need not look at your screen to see who is calling.
Also this can be helpful when you are using the bluetooth connectivity in your car while driving.You don’t want the distraction of looking into your phone as this can be dangerous while driving.
People also set different custom ringtones for different people who call them. But this cannot be helpful when you receive too many calls. First of all you need to set different ringtones for different people and even if you do so,it can be quite a task to remember their respective tones.
So,Android now comes with a new feature of converting text-to-speech.
This feature can be used to announce the caller’s ID or caller’s name on your Android smart-phone.
There are two ways through which you can achieve this:
- From your phone’s Settings: Though this feature is effective you must remember that it is available only with some versions of Android. Follow the steps given below and if you get stuck at any of the step,assume that your phone does not support this feature and move onto the alternative.
Step 1: Open the ‘Settings’ menu of your smart phone. You can open this directly if you have a widget-icon or else from the corner of the pull-down notification bar.
Step 2: Find the ‘Text-to-Speech’ menu in the Settings menu. If you don’t find this directly,look into the ‘Language & Input’ menu,you will find it there.
Step 3: Once you open the menu,you will find a tab named as ‘Speak Caller ID’.Check in the box next to this option and you are done.
Step 4: Once you check this option,you can now also alter the speed of the reading if you are not comfortable. Also you can change the language of the speaking text.
- Using the Who’s Calling? app: This is not an in-built feature and requires you to download the app named ‘Who’s Calling?’ from the Google Play Store. This app is absolutely free to download and use at first but if you want more features you can always purchase the pro version . If your phone does not have the TTS or ‘Text-to-Speech’ feature you need to download it manually.Before using this app you need to configure some settings on your device. Go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘Accessibility’ and activate the ‘Who’s Calling?’ app. Now you are ready to go!
Once this app is configured,you get the speaking alerts for calls and messages by default. But if you want,you can activate this service for other apps as well such as WhatsApp, Hike and even e-mails.
In the free version,you can activate the service for only two apps simultaneously but in the pro version you can apply this service to as many apps you want.
For the calling part,if the caller’s number is not saved in your device it will just narrate the number. Also, the app provides a feature of ‘Edit Contact’ through which you can change the name which will be announced for a particular contact.
This can be helpful when you have saved the nickname of a person and want his/her formal name to be announced or vice versa!
So,this was all about how you can save the trouble of looking at your phone screen everytime before answering a call or when receiving a message. Go on and try these methods to save yourself some troubles!