Text to speech for Slack

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Productivity on June 27, 2022
Slack is a powerful communication tool. Did you know you can convert the text in Slack to speech? Read on to learn more.

    Slack is one of the most popular messaging platforms for office and personal purposes. Ease of use, dozens of integrations, and valuable tools are only some of the benefits of this platform. Here you’ll learn how to increase your productivity even more with text to speech for Slack.

    Save time in Slack with text to speech

    Slack has become a digital HQ for many teams worldwide. The platform has revolutionized the way people in business communicate.

    Thanks to separate channels, it’s easy to message individuals and teams in real time while keeping track of each team member’s time zone, availability, and Slack status. Since users can have more than one workspace, they can use Slack to communicate with people from other companies.

    Slack allows users to share emojis, docs, audio files, and video clips. If that isn’t enough, users can start a huddle or a video meeting with team members.

    Since Slack is compatible with numerous integrations, users often don’t have to leave the platform to use other apps and programs. Plus, Slack offers multiple automation and formatting options to enhance productivity and save time.

    It’s undeniable that Slack brought invaluable changes to how people communicate. However, this ease of communication can often be distracting.

    This especially goes for people who use numerous apps and programs while working. Stopping everything just to read a message or two in Slack can interrupt the workflow and affect productivity.

    Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to make Slack even more valuable and prevent it from becoming a distraction: text to speech. As the name suggests, text to speech programs convert written text into speech. This allows readers to listen to their Slack messages instead of reading them.

    As a result, users can enhance their productivity, save time, and multitask more efficiently.

    How does text to speech work in Slack

    One of the best TTS programs for Slack is Speechify. The program can convert almost any written text to speech in just a few clicks. You can be 100% sure that whatever you receive in Slack, Speechify will be able to recognize it and convert it to speech.

    Slack is so popular because of its accessibility. People can use it in their browsers without installing the app. Of course, many prefer using the actual app. Slack exists in the form of a desktop app and a smartphone app for Android and iOS.

    Whatever option you choose, you’ll be happy to know you can use Speechify.

    Those who opt for the browser version of Slack can use the Speechify Safari (iOS) or Chrome extension (Windows and Linux).

    If you have a Mac and the Slack desktop app, you can use the Speechify Mac app. Smartphone users can install the Speechify mobile app and turn Slack text to speech.

    The benefits of using text to speech in Slack

    There are numerous benefits of using text to speech in Slack.


    Many people multitask when working. Jumping between numerous apps and programs requires a high level of concentration. Although reading Slack messages may not seem time-consuming, it can often interrupt the workflow.

    Thanks to text to speech programs like Speechify, there’s no need to waste time reading the messages when you can hear them. This allows you to complete other duties while listening to Slack messages. Simply put, text to speech programs enhance Slack’s functionality.

    Less eye strain and fatigue

    Millions of people worldwide work on their computers. One of the symptoms of staring at the screen for hours every day is eye strain and fatigue.

    Text to speech programs like Speechify help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Instead of looking at the screen to read a message on Slack, users can listen and rest their eyes.


    People with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning or reading difficulties often struggle using Slack. Reading Slack messages can be challenging, and those people can feel overwhelmed. Text to speech programs like Speechify allow these people to stay in the loop and use Slack with ease.

    How to enable and use text to speech in Slack

    Enabling and using text to speech in Slack is simple and quick. We’ll use the Speechify Mac app as an example and guide you through the steps.

    • Download the Speechify app and move it to your Applications folder.
    • Open the Speechify app and customize your Accessibility settings to allow Speechify to control your computer.
    • Sign in to your Speechify account.
    • Select the preferred voice and reading speed.

    The Speechify app is located in your toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Find the text on Slack that you want to convert to speech and let Speechify work its magic. You can use different keyboard shortcuts to control Speechify without constantly opening and closing the app.

    If you’re using Mac devices, you may be interested in using the dictation option to convert your speech to text in Slack. All you need to do is double tap the function key and start speaking. The transcription process takes place immediately and can save you a lot of time.

    Get more done in Slack with Speechify’s text to speech application

    Speechify uses AI to convert text to speech. It’s available in more than 15 languages and allows users to choose more than 30 natural-sounding voices. Plus, users can customize the reading speed, change voices whenever they want, and take notes.

    All these features help users maintain their productivity and reduce distractions.

    Of course, the Speechify text to speech app can be used for converting any other text to speech, whether online or offline. Since pricing is one of the most common factors, users will be happy to know Speechify offers a free and paid plan. Try Speechify and see why millions of people love it.


    Does Slack Have Text to Speech?

    Slack doesn’t have a built-in text to speech function. However, you can use TTS programs like Speechify to convert text in Slack to speech.

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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