Last Updated on July 28, 2022 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 benefits 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. When you press the (*) star button /asterisk button four times in a row on Roku remote, a popup will appear on the screen that reads (Roku descriptive audio/voice narration) and turn Audio Guide gets activated.
(So, be careful the next time you press the asterisk/star button on your Roku remote.)
That was easy, right?
So, How to Stop Roku TV From Talking or turn off the voice narration.
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 Talking to Me – Narrating Movies and Everything
As we’ve told you above, Roku TV has descriptive audio controls and an accessibility feature that reads the Roku interface. The accessibility feature is helpful for users who require audible help navigating the Roku menu through the Roku remote.
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 descriptive audio options on Roku have been activated. And you can get rid of it in a few steps only.
How to Stop Roku From Talking using Remote
Roku lets you turn the audio description off using your Roku remote control. It is the simplest and quickest method on how to turn off audio description on Roku.
You need to 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 easiest way method on Roku players, 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. Because it’s related to audio track selection on a per-app basis, the functionality is usually turned off by default. This turns off the audio tracks.
Here’s how you can do that:
1. Press the home button on your Roku remote to access the Roku home screen.
2. Select the Roku 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. This will now turn off roku voice.
7. You can follow similar steps whenever you wish to turn it back on.
What To Do If Roku Audio Guide 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.
What is the Audio Guide on Roku?
The reason for a Roku player talking or descriptive audio is the Audio Guide. Roku Audio track, an accessibility feature, is a text-to-speech screen reader that narrates the text appearing on your Roku interface.
The screen reader reads the Roku Menus option and all on-screen items to help you move from one option to another on the Roku streaming device.
The other reason arises from the descriptive audio provided for the movie or TV show you’re watching. As a result, you must disable it.
The descriptive audio feature is available language on most Roku devices, including Roku streaming stick, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, and Roku Ultra.
Using the Roku remote, you can enable or disable the screen reader feature effortlessly. You can customize the screen reader to speak at your preferred speech rate and volume. By using the methods mentioned above, you can learn how to turn off screen reader on Roku.
Disable Audio Guide Shortcut
The Audio Assistant Shortcut method can be convenient at times. But it will become quite annoying if you have a kid at home who keeps turning it on and off.
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 Roku 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.
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 face to turn off Voice on Roku. However, if you still have questions, do let us know in the comments box.