If you find your Roku suddenly narrating everything, you may have accidentally enabled one or both of the platform’s voice features: Screen Reader and Descriptive Audio. Here’s how to turn off voice on Roku in either circumstance.
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To disable Screen Reader interface descriptions, hit the asterisk button four times in rapid succession on your Roku remote. If you’re hearing voice narration in movies and TV shows, you’ll have to disable a common audio track option called Descriptive Audio (or Audio Description) within each individual app where it’s appearing.
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How to turn off voice on Roku (Screen Reader)
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Screen Reader (previously called Audio Guide) can be invaluable if you’re visually impaired, since it lets you know where you are in the Roku interface. It’s easy to enable by accident, though, and potentially annoying if you can read menus clearly.
There are two ways to turn off Screen Reader. The easiest method is the same way it gets turned on by accident: hitting the asterisk button on your Roku remote four times in a row.
The second is via software. Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Screen Reader from the Roku OS home screen and toggle the feature off.
How to turn off audio description on Roku
When available, Descriptive Audio allows visually impaired people to follow along in movies and TV shows thanks to a narrator describing the action. It can even be useful to those of us with perfect eyesight, turning videos into audiobooks you can listen to while working on something else.
The feature is typically off by default, since it’s associated with audio track selection on a per-app basis. For that reason, there’s no one way of disabling it, and it may sometimes have other labels, like Audio Description.
As a rule, you can toggle Descriptive Audio on or off by going into an app’s Accessibility settings, or by changing audio tracks mid-viewing. For example, in the case of Netflix, you’ll need to hit the up button while watching a video and select the language options (the dialog bubble icon). Choose an audio track without a description, and you’re good to go.
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