It works!! Rout Voiceover through your iOS device speaker, and other audio through any Blue Tooth Speaker
Tested with IPhone 13, iOS 15.2.
Hey everyone. I and others have posted on the Applevis forums previously, wondering how this may be done. It seams there is a way.
I used to think that it was a cirtain Blue Tooth codec that would allow Voiceover to stay on the iOS devices speaker, and other audio through a Bluetooth audio device, but it seams that some devices may be showing themselves to the iOS device, as a speaker, and some not. When devices are recognised as speakers, Voiceover stays routed to the iOS devices speaker.
Here is how to show your audio device to iOS as a speaker:
Audio demo at:
Text instructions below:
On the iOS device, open settings,
and scrol down to the Blue Tooth device you are wanting to customise.
Flick down and double tap on more info.
Once the More Info dialogue appears, find the
device type, button and Double tap.
You will be presented with several options. Swipe until you find, Speaker, and doubletap.
Voiceovers speach should then be routed to your iOS devices internal speaker.
I will note here before others do, that yes, there are bugs currently with Voiceover routed through the iOS device when connected to a Blue tooth device. Voiceovers volume randomly may spike to full volume, when, there is a pause in music or another audio, or, when increasing the volume of other audio. I do though, still believe this information is valuable, as some may choose a Blue tooth speaker, bassed upon others testing, that Voiceover may be routed to the iOS device.
Thanks so much for posting about this. I have made use of this feature a couple times and it definitely comes in handy, especially when there’s a significant lag with whatever bluetooth speaker you’re using. I was under the impression the ability to do this was tied to the bluetooth codec of the speaker, so to find out you can have this work with anything is a game changer. Thanks again!
I have found that disabling all of VOICEOVER's sound effects makes for way less volume spikes. With sound effects turned off I think I only get a volume spike if VoiceOver is speaking when a new song begins, or while I press the volume buttons on the side of the phone.
Yes turning off sounds stops the volume spiking. However, I have discovered that volume still spikes if you get notifications. So assuming you don't want to customise you're phone to stop notifications whilst playing music/audio then use the mute button on the side of the phone. If muted notifications don't come through loud. Found out by accident. It seems to work. You just need to remember to flip the button back once you have finished with you're audio session.
We should report the volume spikes to Apple.
I’ve been reporting this issue as a bug since I believe iOS 13 or 12. I don’t think Apple sees this as a bug unfortunately! It’s so easy to reproduce and I’ve even done videos showing it spiking but sadly they don’t seem to care.