How to change the text to speech voice on TikTok

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TikTok’s voice feature reads any written text aloud. (Picture: Getty)

From humble beginnings as Musical.ly – a lipsyncing app – to one of the most dominant social media apps, TikTok has become a significant force in culture.

It has made multi-millionaires out of some of its breakout stars and has helped turn songs into hits.

In a move that shows the app is also committed to championing accessibility and forward-thinking, TikTok has a Text-to-Speech feature, which uses an in-house AI which reads captions and written text aloud.

For those with dyslexia or impaired eyesight, this feature makes TikTok a more user-friendly app. The downside, though, is that some TikTok users aren’t crazy about the voice that’s used.

North American users have recently led the charge in sussing out ways to change the voice, although the replacement didn’t go down well with everyone.

But, what about UK TikTok users? Can we swap voices in this country too?

How to pick a new Text-to-Speech voice on TikTok

First, you have to have the feature turned on.

To turn on text-to-speech on TikTok:

  • Select the video where you want the voice feature to be used.
  • Once the video is saved, select the add text option from the bottom of the screen.
  • After writing your text, press and hold on to the text box
  • From the options, select text-to-speech
  • The voice feature will be automatically applied and you can post the video on TikTok

However, if you want to change the voice reading out your text, TikTok doesn’t have an inbuilt feature to do that (yet).

So, you can use voice generators online to change the sound.

To change the voice, you’ll have to use an app or software that edits videos – some of the most popular text-to-speech websites and voice generators include uberduck.ai, voicegenerator.io and tts.mp3.com.

Some of these sites let you choose recognisable voices, like popular culture characters and celebrities.

Using a site like Uberduck, here’s how to change the voice on a TikTok.

  • Head to the website.
  • Type the text you want to use into the ‘speech to synthesize’ box.
  • Choose your voice.
  • Download the generated MP3 file.
  • Upload the MP3 file to any video editing app you have and align it with the video you want to upload to TikTok.
  • Save your new video with the new voice track and upload the video to TikTok.

These steps may differ between voice modifying apps, but the process will be similar across most of them – you’ll need to download an audio file and add it to a video file using an editor.

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