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How to do text-to-speech on TikTok and have words read aloud in your videos

William Antonelli   

How to do text-to-speech on TikTok and have words read aloud in your videos
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TikTok's text-to-speech voice can narrate text in your videos.     Daniel Constante/Shutterstock
  • You can use the text-to-speech voice on TikTok by giving your video text, tapping on the text, and selecting "Text-to-speech."
  • The text still has to appear in the TikTok at some point, but you can shrink and move it so it's out of the way.
  • You can't exactly control how TikTok's text-to-speech voice sounds, but you can use punctuation to change it.

TikTok's text-to-speech voice is one of the platform's biggest stars. It appears in popular videos all over the app, and when TikTok introduced a new voice earlier this year, users were furious at the change.

If you want to use text-to-speech on TikTok, all you have to do is record a video. There are no extra downloads required.

How to do text-to-speech on TikTok

1. Open TikTok and record a video. It can be any length, and include anything you like.

2. When you're done recording, head to the editing screen and tap Text at the bottom.

A TikTok editing screen. The "Text" option at the bottom is highlighted. The video shows a cat staring at the camera.
Open the Text editor to add words to your TikTok.      TikTok; William Antonelli/Insider

3. Type out your text in any color or style, and then tap Done in the top-right.

4. Tap the text you've written out, and then select Text-to-speech.

The TikTok editor, with a pop-up menu above some text. The options in this pop-up menu include "Text-to-speech," "Set duration," and "Edit."
Enable text-to-speech on your text.      TikTok; William Antonelli/Insider

Your text will be processed, and then be read aloud. If you're happy with it, just save the video and post like normal. You can also try adding punctuation to the text (periods, ellipses, etc.) to see how it changes the voice's inflection.

By default, your text will appear throughout the entire video, and the text-to-speech voice will appear right at the start. If you'd like to change this, tap the text again and select Set duration to choose when you'd like the text - and text-to-speech voice - to appear in your video.

A page in the TikTok editor that lets the user pick when in their video they want text to appear.
You can have the text-to-speech start at any point in the video.      TikTok; William Antonelli/Insider

Quick tip: If you want viewers to hear the text-to-speech voice, but not see the text itself, you should set the text's duration as short as possible (one second), and then shrink and move the text somewhere that viewers won't notice.

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