Last Updated on June 9, 2021 by Mark Roberts
Like most smart devices, Roku also offers an audio guide feature. Upon enabling this feature, it reads aloud the text appearing on the screen.
While this feature is beneficial for those with vision issues, most users don’t prefer using it.
If you are amongst those, who turned on the voice on Roku but didn’t know how to turn it off, we are here to guide you.
But first, let’s see how this feature is enabled. On your Roku remote, when you press the asterisk (*) button four times in a row, a popup will appear on the screen that reads (Audio Guide enabled), and the feature gets activated. (So, be careful the next time you press the asterisk button continuously.)
That was easy, right?
So, How to Stop Roku From Talking.
That’s equally simple. And you can do that using the two methods mentioned in this guide.
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Why is My Roku Narrating Movies and Everything
As we’ve told you above, Roku has a voice guide functionality, an accessibility feature that reads the Roku interface. It is a helpful feature for users who require audible help for navigating across the Roku menu.
If you are streaming a movie or TV show on Roku and your Roku starts narrating everything, there is no need to panic. That’s because the voice guide on Roku has been activated. And you can get rid of it in a few steps only.
What is the Audio Guide on Roku?
The reason for a talking Roku player is the Audio Guide. Roku Audio Assistant, an accessibility feature, is a text-to-speech screen reader that narrates the text appearing on your Roku interface. It reads the Menu options and all on-screen items to help you move from one option to another on the Roku device.
Audio description feature is available on most Roku devices, including Roku streaming stick, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku TV, Roku Ultra.
You can enable or disable this feature effortlessly using the Roku remote. Plus, you can even customize it to speak at your preferred speech rate and volume.
How to Stop Roku From Talking using Remote
Roku lets you turn the audio guide off using your Roku remote control. It is the simplest and quickest method to turn off the voice guide on Roku.
All you need to do is quickly press the asterisk/ star button (*) four times in a row. And the voice guide will turn off in a few seconds.
However, if you have disabled this shortcut method on Roku, you can use the second method described in the next section.
How to Stop Roku From Talking Via Settings Menu
Although the shortcut method is quick, sometimes it may fail to respond. In that case, you can take a long way and turn on and off the audio description through the Roku Settings.
Here’s how you can do that:
1. Press the home button on your Roku remote to access the Roku home screen.
2. Select Settings option from the left-hand side menu on the screen.
3. Navigate to the Accessibility option on the next screen.
4. Under the Accessibility tab, choose Audio Guide.
5. Select off to disable the option.
6. The audio description will now turn off.
7. Whenever you wish to turn it back on, you can follow similar steps.
Disable Audio Guide Shortcut
The Audio Assistant Shortcut method can be convenient at times. But if you have a kid at home who keeps turning it on and off, it will become quite annoying.
In that case, you can decide to disable the audio guide shortcut method entirely. Here’s the process to disable the voice guide shortcut.
1. Press the home button on Roku to access the Roku home page.
2. Navigate to the Settings menu and then select the Accessibility menu.
3. Choose Audio Guide.
4. Go to the Shortcut option.
5. Choose Disabled.
6. The shortcut will not work now. (You can test it by quickly pressing the asterisk button on the remote four times. If that went well, the audio will not turn on.)
Customize Voice Guide on Roku
Roku allows you to customize the Voice guide in two ways – speech rate and volume.
Speech rate means the speaking speed of your voice guide. You can set it to slow, normal, fast, or very fast. Here’s how to alter it:
1. Go to the Settings screen from the Roku home page.
2. Navigate to accessibility and choose Audio Guide.
3. Select speech rate and choose the speed you prefer from the options given on the right. And it’s done!
Volume defines the loudness of your voice guide. This option lets you choose the volume level from three options – Low, Medium, or High. You can set the volume level using the following steps:
1. Navigate to the Accessibility menu under the settings menu.
2. Choose Audio Guide and go to the volume option.
3. Select your preferred volume level.
What To Do If Roku Audio Description Won’t Turn Off?
Sometimes, even after disabling the audio guide, the narration won’t just stop!
This issue occurs due to the Audio Descriptions available for the movie or TV show you are playing back. So, you need to disable it using the following steps:
1. Go to the subtitles and audio tab of the channel.
2. Choose the Audio description option and disable it. The narrations will now stop.
If you didn’t find the Audio Guide feature helpful to you, you now know how to enable or disable it on Roku. So, follow the methods above and get rid of them.
Also, in this tutorial, we’ve tried to cover all the issues you might be facing to turn off Voice on Roku. However, if you still have any questions, do let us know in the comments box.