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Discord TTS Not Working: How to Fix Text-to-Speech on Discord

Dictation is useful for both writing and transcribing audio but Text to Speech is an equally useful tool that allows you to hear what’s written while you work on something else. Text to Speech (TTS) isn’t a shortcut to making audiobooks but it’s great in a messaging app like Discord.

Discord TTS not working

Discord TTS Not Working

Discord users tend to play games and chat at the same. This makes it hard to read messages as they come in which is where TTS comes in handy. Discord allows users to enable TTS and messages that they send are read out to everyone, provided they too have TTS enabled.

How to Fix Text-to-Speech on Discord

TTS isn’t enabled by default so you need to enable it first.

  1. Open Discord and click the cogwheel button at the bottom of the DM column.
  2. Go to the Notifications tab.
  3. Enable Text-to-Speech notifications for all channels or select channels.
  4. To send a TTS message enter /tts in a text input field in a channel and then enter your message.
  5. Tap Enter to send it.

Text-to-Speech not working on Discord

If your TTS isn’t working, it may be because not everyone in a channel is allowed to send them. Permissions are managed by the admin for the server.

  1. Click the cogwheel icon next to the channel.
  2. Go to the Permissions tab.
  3. Scroll down and click the green checkmark button next to Send Text to speech messages.

Toggle TTS On/Off

Try turning TTS Off and On again. Turn all permissions for TTS off and then on again. It may get the feature to start working. Make sure you restart Discord after disabling and enabling TTS.

Check Discord app volume

Windows 10 allows users to set the volume for each app individually. If it’s set to mute, you won’t be able to hear the messages.

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Open the Windows 10 Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  3. Go to the System group of settings.
  4. Select the Sound tab.
  5. Click App volume and device preferences.
  6. Scroll down and check the volume for Discord.

Note: Discord may have sound issues. Check out these fixes. It’s also worth checking if the sound on Windows 10 is working. 

Check TTS settings for the channel

TTS can be enabled for all channels or for selective channels. If TTS isn’t working, it may be because it hasn’t been enabled for the channel.

  1. Click the cogwheel icon at the bottom of the channel/DM column.
  2. Go to the Notifications tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Text-to-speech notifications column and enable it for All Channels.
  4. Try sending a TTS message.

Update Discord

A pending Discord update may prevent TTS from working. Try updating Discord.

  1. Close Discord and quit the app.
  2. Open Discord again.
  3. Discord will check for and install updates.
  4. Try sending a TTS message.

Conclusion

TTS works on the desktop version of Discord. It’s not going to work on mobile. On the desktop, it’s usually something to do with channel or user permissions that keep the feature from working. If you’re unable to send a TTS message on a server that you’ve joined, it may have to do with the server’s settings. Ask an admin if you’re allowed to send them or if they’re enabled.

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