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How to Make your Android Phone Speak Incoming CallerID Numbers or Names

Enable Android text-to-voice CallerIDSome people set up custom ringtones for contacts they frequently talk to.  But, that takes valuable time and what if you receive too many calls from too many numbers to worry about that?  Android has a groovy feature that will read the ID of your incoming calls to you outloud.  Let’s enable it!



Step 1

Open your phone Settings.  This can be done from the menu button on the outside of your phone*, or by launching the app from the App Drawer.

*Must be on your Home Screen in order to access settings this way.

android settings from app drawerimageAndroid settings from external menu button

Step 2

On the settings menu, Tap Text-to-speech.

android text-to-speech menu

Step 3

On the next screen, Tap to Check the box next to Speak incoming CallerID.

enable voiced callerID


Now when someone calls you your phone will read their name or number to you out-loud.  This comes in real handy if you don’t have time to look at the front of the phone before deciding to answer it.  For me, I find it most useful when I’m riding a bike or driving down a busy road.

Do you find the text-to-speech hard to understand? You can also adjust the speed (rate) at which the text is read, or even change the language to Spanish!

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18 Responses to How to Make your Android Phone Speak Incoming CallerID Numbers or Names

  1. dw96 May 11, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Awesome article! I have had this on my old phones and my current one as well and it comes in real handy sometimes! 🙂

    • MrGroove May 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Hey – I like the new Gravatar Icon DW 😉

  2. EdwardA May 12, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I’ve got the Droid X from Motorola, and the Caller ID Talking Caller ID feature is in a completely different place.

    From Settings select ‘Call settings’
    Select ‘Caller ID Readout’
    Select from three choices – Ring Only, Caller ID then Ring, Caller ID Repeat

    Hopefully this helps someone find it on their phone if different then the example above 🙂

    • grooveDexter May 12, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      @EdwardA, Good point – Android phones seem to vary a bit due to manufacturer tweaks. i.e. a Motorola phone will have a different interface than a Samsung or HTC model, despite running the same operating system.
      It’s really annoying, and probably my biggest complaint about Android; the lack of consistency due to manufacturer’s messing with it.

      • MrGroove May 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

        That’s kinda the point with Android isn’t it? Google gives it away and each HW vendor is able to take it, tweak it and make it their own. Hey – if you want consistency with no personality flare, buy an iPhone. 😉

        • grooveDexter May 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

          @MrGroove, or a Nexus phone! (which I will not make the mistake of passing up on again)

  3. jai rawat May 10, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    my phone Panasonic eluga A do not have this feature anywhere.

  4. Camille September 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    My android phone doesn’t have the ” speak incoming caller id” option. What do I do?

  5. Bill K January 4, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    This does not work on a Galaxy S-5.

  6. Gaurav April 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Notwork in moto g3

  7. Alin April 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi. When i use headphone, i need to hear caller name from my headphone. Unfortunately i do not know how set it. Thank you

  8. Taylor May 14, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Yes it does. Enable priority senders and use the text message given with thw phone. Add the ones you want. Or download an app they usually work

  9. wu July 13, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I have Cyanogen cell. If callers are not on my list, Callers’ numbers will never display, so I cannot call back if I miss out calls. How to display callers’ numbers?

  10. Will Lyons November 5, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    Can not get this on the samsung s6 just not there

  11. Jim Slaughter November 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    I have a Droid Maxx2 and none of the settings you mention in these posts are on my phone. What should i do?

  12. Boon February 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    I have a LEeco LE 2.
    I can’t find any caller ID or Text speech Out option in my smartphone.
    It has EUI OS.

  13. jane March 27, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    so since this is not available on Galaxy 7, which app works the best?

  14. Maxwell Morgan April 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    On my phone it only has talk to speak output nothing about input where I hear people calling and I have a Verizon LG android phone any ideas how to change that

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