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How to get Google Assistant to read web pages to you

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Google Assistant Read It Lifestyle Hero (Image credit: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central)

Google added a really handy feature to Google Assistant at CES 2020, enabling Android phone users to have web pages read out to them. There are numerous applications for the "Read It" feature, especially for the visually impaired. Here's how you can get Google Assistant to read web pages out to you.

How to get Google Assistant to read web pages to you

Before proceeding, please ensure that you have given Google Assistant permission to respond to audio commands when your phone's screen is on. If you don't know how, we can teach you how to set up Assistant on your phone.

  1. Open an Android browser like Google Chrome.
  2. Go to a web page.
  3. Say Hey Google to trigger Google Assistant.
  4. Say Read it to Google Assistant.Source: Google

We recommend sticking with Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to hear the Assistant reading out loud to you. Internet browsers with tight security and privacy feature cannot take advantage of the "Read It" feature. So, if you're using Opera or Firefox, Google Assistant won't be able to read out your web pages.

Additionally, web pages that can only be seen by paying a subscription fee or ones that contain sensitive information are also barred from this text-to-speech feature. Naturally, this is to protect illicit usage of Google Assistant and to maintain your privacy.

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Once you're used to giving voice commands, there's no going back. Make it easier to access Google Assistant at home by getting a great smart speaker. Use the Google-powered voice assistant to turn on lights, regulate the house temperature, or even turn off the sprinklers by indulging in the world of smart devices compatible with Google Home.

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a freelance writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.