How does Speechify work?

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By Tyler Weitzman MS in Computer Science, Stanford University in Speech Synthesis on April 20, 2023
How does Speechify work? Read this article to learn more about how Speechify works, its main features, and how it compares to similar TTS apps.

    How does Speechify work?

    Speechify is a text to speech software with growing popularity. It was founded by Cliff Weitzman, a person with dyslexia who wanted to aid others with reading disabilities. However, apart from helping people with dyslexia and ADHD, today, Speechify offers additional features that will help you read faster and more efficiently.

    This Speechify review will tell you more about its main features and explain how to use them.

    A complete guide to Speechify

    Before introducing Speechify’s main features, it’s worth explaining what text to speech means. Text to speech (TTS) is a speech synthesis technology that converts text into sounds that imitate the human voice. It’s a valuable tool used by many individuals who work in different fields of work, as well as for students, people with disabilities, and even children.

    Speechify is one of the best TTS apps on the market today, and now you’ll see why.

    Unparalleled text to speech service

    For many, Speechify is considered an unparalleled text to speech app because of its functionality and outstanding features that allow you to do more than you can imagine.

    In addition to transforming text into speech, Speechify allows you to convert text into audio files in MP3 and WAV formats. You can use these high-quality natural-sounding voices as a voiceover in your content.

    If you want to change the reading speed for the ultimate listening experience, Speechify allows you to do that.

    You can increase the speed up to five times, depending on your listening skills and preference. Listening to your text in less time will increase productivity and help you achieve more. You can also skip specific sentences or select a part of the audio.

    Speechify also comes with various high-quality text to speech voices. You can choose between different English accents or automatically translate the text into over 30 languages.

    Lastly, Speechify’s API allows users to make their content more accessible to dyslexics and others struggling with reading. You can add it to your apps and your websites.

    Speechify as a Google Chrome extension

    If you frequently use TTS to listen to text on your desktop, you can install its Google Chrome extension. This way, you can read entire web pages, Google docs, emails, and files in multiple formats.

    By clicking on the small box in the corner of your screen, you will access settings and the play button. The Chrome extension allows you to read any web page you want, and you can even save the whole page as a document in your Speechify library.

    On the Chrome extension, you have the option to skip certain elements in your text, such as brackets, URLs, citations, etc. This isn’t available on the mobile app yet, but the mobile version has its own benefits, which are mentioned in the next section.

    The user-favorite Speechify mobile app

    Speechify TTS is also available as an app on iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android mobile devices. You can install it by simply going to the App Store or Google Play and clicking “Install.”

    The Speechify mobile app is an excellent tool for listening to text on the go. You can even scan documents with your camera or take a photo and listen to the text on the screenshot offline.

    One thing that isn’t available on the Chrome extension is the ability to edit your text. However, the mobile app lets you delete unnecessary sentences and paragraphs directly from the app.

    Get started with Speechify today

    If you’re tired of reading, try out Speechify today for free. You can install it on any device in just a few steps. Apart from English, you can choose from over 30 other languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, and German.

    Go to, check out the pricing details, and try the Premium version immediately, or use the free trial first.


    Is Speechify worth the money?

    Thanks to Speechify’s free trial, you can see whether it’s worth the money for yourself. However, note that the free trial doesn’t include everything Speechify has to offer.

    By signing up for Speechify Premium, you can access more features that will further improve your listening experience, make you more productive, and enable you to devote more time to your loved ones.

    With the Premium version, you also unlock premium voices, which include some celebrity voices like Gwyneth Paltrow or Snoop Dogg.

    Can I use Speechify without paying?

    If you want to try Speechify before you decide to purchase a subscription, you can do so by signing up for the free version. The free plan lasts three days, during which time you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the Speechify app. You can cancel on day two if you change your mind, but if you decide to continue using the service, you check the pricing and start your monthly subscriptions immediately.

    What are the benefits of Speechify?

    Speechify is used by people of different ages and professions. It’s an excellent tool for proofreading, increasing productivity, listening on the go, and spending less time staring at the screen.

    You can also use its audio files as a voiceover in your projects and make your content more accessible to a broader audience.

    What if I want to cancel my account?

    Speechify users can cancel their subscriptions at any time. The cancellation will only apply to future charges, and you’ll be able to use Speechify Premium features until the first upcoming billing date.

    Canceling can be done by going to the profile icon in the top right corner of the display, tapping “Payments & Subscriptions,” and then clicking “Subscriptions.” Next, select Speechify from the list and click “Cancel Subscription.”

    What is the difference between Speechify and other text to speech apps?

    There are other text to speech software, but what makes Speechify unique is its ability to turn images from physical books into audio files. In addition, Speechify has the option to instantly translate text into over 50 languages, which is not found in other similar apps.

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    Tyler Weitzman

    Tyler Weitzman

    Tyler Weitzman is the Co-Founder, Head of Artificial Intelligence & President at Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews. Weitzman is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BS in mathematics and a MS in Computer Science in the Artificial Intelligence track. He has been selected by Inc. Magazine as a Top 50 Entrepreneur, and he has been featured in Business Insider, TechCrunch, LifeHacker, CBS, among other publications. Weitzman’s Masters degree research focused on artificial intelligence and text-to-speech, where his final paper was titled: “CloneBot: Personalized Dialogue-Response Predictions.”

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    “Congratulations for this lovely project. Speechify is brilliant. Growing up with dyslexia this would have made a big difference. I'm so glad to have it today.”
    - Sir Richard Branson
    "Speechify lets me listen to Goop blog posts out loud in the car and gets my friends through grad school. It's amazing for scripts."
    - Gwyneth Paltrow