Did TikTok get rid of text-to-speech?

Taking a look at what happened to the text-to-speech voice on TikTok, how you can change the voice, and what happens when the feature is not working.


Creating video content for TikTok allows users to play around with a variety of interesting features. One of those features is adding the text-to-speech function to a video whereby a TikTok voice will read text written in your video aloud.

Those wondering whether TikTok has since gotten rid of the cool feature, will want to know what changes TikTok has made and how the text-to-speech function now works. Especially if they used it in most of their TikTok videos like many creators did.

TikTok’s text-to-speech feature

The text-to-speech feature on TikTok is a popularly used editing feature for making videos more interesting. It allows you to record your video and type text that you can highlight and set to be read out loud by a TikTok voice of your choosing.

It is an interesting addition to your video if there is a message you wish to convey, or if you simply want to add narration to tell a story of something. Has TikTok, however, had the text-to-speech feature removed or not?

Did TikTok get rid of text-to-speech?

For those who may be wondering if TikTok has gotten rid of the text-to-speech feature for videos, the simple answer is no, it still exists but with some new changes.

TikTok opted to change the voice of its text-to-speech feature to what can be described as a more energetic and upbeat voice.

The speculated reason for the change is that professional voice actor, Beverley Standing, filed a lawsuit against ByteDance, which is the parent company of TikTok, alleging that TikTok was using her voice in the text-to-speech feature without her consent.

According to the lawsuit, in 2018, Standing was hired to work at the Chinese Institute of Acoustics research to use translations that TikTok has used without paying her, which she has noted to have caused her damage as she did not authorize this.

Changing the text-to-speech voice on TikTok

If you do not like the sound of the voice on your video, you can easily change it as there are a number of voice options to choose from. First, you need to be sure that your TikTok is up to date and that you are using the latest version.

Then create your video, go to the bottom of the screen and select “Text,”  and type out the text that you want to be converted to speech. Next, tap and hold down the text box until a pop-up menu labelled “Text-to-Speech” appears and choose a voice.

Why your text-to-speech feature may not be working

Sometimes you will find that your text-to-speech feature is not working. One of the reasons for this could be that your TikTok app needs to be updated to the latest version, since in earlier versions of TikTok, the feature was not available for all countries.

To fix this, go to your Google Play store, or App store for iOS, and update your app. If updating the app does not help, you may need to reinstall it by deleting it entirely from your device and reinstalling it from the Google Play or App store again.

The benefits of using text-to-speech for your TikTok video

As much as the text-to-speech TikTok feature is just another popular way of editing your video and adding an interesting voice to convey what you have typed, it can come with benefits that might be overlooked but are important.

This feature can help viewers who have bad eyesight, are blind, or may struggle to read. Using the feature will ensure that they are included in interaction with your video, and this makes it more accessible.

More accessibility means that you could get good engagement and that your content is ultimately inclusive.

Final thoughts

TikTok provides a playground for video content creators to have fun with creating and sharing videos with the TikTok audience. Different editing features add some interesting components to a video, including the text-to-speech feature, which converts text to voice, verbalising the text in the video.

Those who thought TikTok may have gotten rid of the feature will be happy to know that the text-to-speech feature is still available, but TikTok has resolved to change the voice due to allegations of a lawsuit against them for the use of the previous text-to-speech voice of voice actor, Beverley Standing.