Many times it’s more convenient to let your iPhone speak the content for you. Especially when you’re relaxing on your sofa or sunbathing in your garden. While the iPhone has always been up to scratch when it comes to reading content correctly, it fails to pronounce certain words/names accurately. This is where the flexibility of adding custom pronunciations on iOS comes in. If you haven’t tried this super handy iOS accessibility feature yet, let me help you add your own pronunciations on iPhone and iPad. the right way!

Add custom pronunciations on iPhone and iPad

Although Speak Screen is primarily designed for the visually impaired, anyone can make the most of this useful feature for iPhone or iPad to read content. Personally, I use it when my eyes seem to be asking for a well-deserved rest.

As for how you can add custom pronunciations on the iPhone, it’s all done right from the Settings app — without the need for a third-party tool or app. Plus, it doesn’t even require you to be running the latest iteration of iOS. This means that you can create custom pronunciations even on older versions of iOS such as 13 or 12. That being said, let’s start with the quick steps!

  1. To throw Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Now press the Accessibility option.

3. Then press Spoken content then select Pronunciations.

4. Then press the “+” sign in the upper right corner of the screen.

5. Next you need to enter the word or phrase in the Phrase area.

6. After that, to dictate how you want the iOS device to speak the phrase.

Just press the microphone icon in the Substitution box, then say the phrase or type it. When the pronunciations appear, select the one you prefer. In the end, be sure to press Do in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm.

To note:

  • For a more personalized experience, you can choose the language you want to speak your word and also hear a certain voice when the personalized phrase is spoken.
  • Notably, you can turn on the Ignore case switch to let the toggle speak the word in your preferred way, regardless of the case of the letters. Additionally, you also have the option to apply the changes to all apps.

That’s all we can say about it! Going forward, whenever you use Speak Selection or Speak Screen (swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to hear the screen content.), your iOS device will speak the added word or phrase exactly as you defined it.

If you ever wanted to delete this custom word, navigate to the same pronunciation setting and press the Edit button. After that press the red button and tap Delete.

Add/Remove Custom Pronunciations on iOS with Ease

This is how you can add or remove custom pronunciations on your iOS device in the right way. Use it for those times when you find your iPhone unable to pronounce certain words correctly.

Accessibility has long been one of the most valuable iOS features. Things like “Back Tap”, Magnifier, Voice Control and Accessibility Touch impressed me the most. What is your favorite accessibility feature and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this incredibly useful iOS feature in the comments section below.