With the launch of iOS 13.2 in 2019, Apple added few new features to iPhones. One of the useful features that the company rolled out was Siri‘s ability to read incoming messages aloud from the iPhone. The feature is only available in iPhone 6S or later. The feature requires that you are wearing AirPods (second and third generation), AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro, or other Apple headphones.
Once the feature is enabled, Siri will play a tone and then read the sender’s name aloud before reading the message. If a long message is received, Siri will simply announce the sender’s name and that a message has been received. With the newer updates, Siri can also read the messages aloud when your iPhone is paired with Apple CarPlay. The feature can be helpful while working out or while driving a vehicle.
Open Settings app on your Apple iPhone.
Scroll down and tap on Siri & Search option.
Tap on Announce Notifications.
Turn on the toggle for Announce Notifications.
Now, on the same page, turn on the toggle for Headphones.
You can also reply to messages using voice command once Siri is done reading. Siri will avoid interrupting you and will listen after reading a message so you can respond or take actions without saying “Hey Siri”. With the Announce Notifications feature, you can also make Siri announce the notifications that you receive from other apps that send time sensitive notifications or direct messages.