All Roku Players and TCL Roku smart TVs have a designated shortcut that enables or disables audio narration. You may have accidentally turned it on while using your remote. If you did, you don’t have to worry, as you can just as easily turn it off.
If you find your Roku talking to you — specifically, reading the interface aloud as you navigate and make selections with the remote control — it means you’ve enabled the Audio Guide.
To make your Roku stop talking, you should quickly hit the “*” button (star/options button) on your remote four times. Your Roku may need some time to respond to this command, so don’t worry if you keep hearing the narration for a few more seconds.
However, audio narration can be helpful at times. If you grew to like it, you can always enable it again using the same method. Wait for a few seconds and try to navigate your Roku – it should start talking again. There are two simple ways to turn it off.
How to turn off voice on Roku using the remote
You may get tired of accidentally switching the audio guide on and off via the remote buttons. On top of that, if you have a child, it can unknowingly enable it while playing with the remote. Therefore, it might be better to completely disable the shortcut option.
To do this, you should navigate to the “Accessibility” menu again. Do the following:
Go to the “Home” screen of your Roku by hitting the “Home” button on your remote.
Navigate to “Settings” to the left.
Go to “Accessibility.”
Navigate to “Shortcut.”
When you disable the shortcut, you can try to turn on the audio assistant by rapidly pressing the Star button on your remote four times. If everything went well, your Roku shouldn’t respond.
If you want to enable the shortcut option once again for some reason, you can always follow the same steps and select “Enabled” from the assistant section.
How to stop Roku from talking using the Settings menu
You can also turn the Audio Guide speech feature on and off from the Roku’s Settings menu if you prefer. This option is the same place on TCL smart TVs that have Roku’s software built-in.
Press the Home button on your Roku remote, and then select “Settings” in the menu on the left side of your home screen.
On the Settings page, select the “Accessibility” menu.
On the Accessibility page, select the “Audio Guide” option. On the right, you can set the Audio Guide on to have it start speaking or off to have it stop.
Yes, that menu option does exactly the same thing as pressing the * button four times. You can even activate the feature using the * button and watch its menu item change from on to off.
Disable the Shortcut or Set Other Options
You can disable that shortcut from the Settings > Accessibility screen, too. Just select the “Shortcut” category, and select the “Disabled” option. Your Roku won’t automatically trigger the Audio Guide when you press the * button four times anymore, but you can always come back to the Settings screen to enable or disable the Audio Guide.
You can also change some other Audio Guide options from here. The “Speech rate” option lets you control how fast the audio guide speaks, so you can make it talk slower or faster. It’s set to “Normal” by default, but you can also choose “Slow,” “Fast,” or “Very Fast.”
The “Volume” option controls the volume of the audio guide’s speech relative to the standard TV volume. It’s set to “Medium” by default, but you can select “Low” to make it quieter or “High” to make it louder.
Are There Other Audio Options?
You can customize your audio assistant with two other options – speech rate and volume. Just go to the “Accessibility” menu (by following steps 1-3 from the previous section) and you’ll find them under the “Audio Guide” section.
In the “Speech Rate” menu, you can choose between four different talking options – slow, normal, fast, and very fast. This will determine the speaking speed of your audio assistant. Those who want or require it may prefer slower narration.
The “Volume” menu sets the loudness of the guide. You can choose three different volume levels – Low, Medium, and High. Since the volume is adjusted to the standard volume of your TV, you should set it accordingly.
Therefore, if you don’t require a loud volume, you should keep it on a reasonable level. For example, if both your TV and the guide have a high volume setting, accidentally turning on the narration can make you jump out of your chair.
The Benefits of Audio Guide
Although some may not require Audio Guide, others find it essential. With the correct settings, it can make your navigation through Roku menus much easier and enjoyable. For example, after it reads out a certain actionable menu item, pressing the remote button will activate it.
So, even if you decide to turn off the audio guide, it’s beneficial to know how to turn it back on. You might need it sometime in the future.
Do you find Roku’s Audio Guide feature useful or annoying? Would you keep it on? Why? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know