How to Have Your Apple Watch Speak The Time For You

Apr 6, 2021 - 5 Comments

Apple Watch clock face

How’d you like your Apple Watch to speak the time to you? Sounds convenient, high-tech, and useful, right?

Apple prides itself on being one of the most forward-thinking tech companies in terms of accessibility. It does a pretty decent job of it as well, although nobody is perfect. You might be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much accessibility on offer from something like the Apple Watch given it’s tiny size, but you’d be wrong. One such example is that you can have the watch speak the time on command, regardless of the watch face that’s being used.

The Apple Watch’s rather fancy – and gorgeous! – Disney watch faces have always had the ability to speak the time, but Apple now offers a broader implementation that includes all Apple watch faces. It’s easy to set up and even easier to use. Let’s get started.

How to Set up “Speak Time” on Apple Watch

Apple calls the feature “Speak Time” and it needs to be turned on for it to work.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch to get started.
  2. Scroll down by swiping the screen or turning the Digital Crown and tap “Clock”.
  3. Enable “Speak Time”.
    • You need to decide whether you want the feature to respect Silent Mode. If you do, select “Control with Silent Mode” With that checked the time will only be announced when Silent Mode is not active.Enable speak time

That’s all the configuration you need. Now it’s time to have your watch read the time.

How to Use “Speak Time” on Apple Watch

Using the feature is easier than you might imagine.

Simply tap and hold on the Apple Watch’s screen using two fingers. Don’t press too hard.

Siri will announce the time after a second or so.

Your Apple Watch will now speak the time to you just by using that two finger tap-and-hold on the screen. Pretty great, right?

How to Use Announce Messages with Siri on Apple Watch

There are tons more accessibility options for your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac and they can be helpful to everyone. Take the time to familiarize yourself with them, and we’re sure you’ll find some that will help you out daily.

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Posted by: Oliver Haslam in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Scott says:

    Ya know, you can place two fingers on the face of the Watch and it will speak the time on-demand!

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