Apple's new iOS 13 update, which will roll out to iPhones this fall, lets you set up Siri to automatically read your your text messages through your AirPods. That means you don't have to pull out your phone to check your messages while you're walking around a city during your morning commute.
If you don't hear Siri announcements Make sure that you're using a compatible device. Make sure that your AirPods or your compatible Beats headphones are paired to your device in Settings > Bluetooth. Go to Settings > Notifications > Announce Notifications and make sure that Announce Notifications is turned on.
And best of all, you can also respond to those same texts–all without ever having to reach for your iPhone or type in some characters. Siri does all the work transcribing for you! Check that your AirPods or Beats support this feature–must have Apple's H1 chip so first-generation AirPods with the W1 chip don't work!
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There is a way to hear your messages read without compatible earbuds, but it's not as good. Tell Siri something like: “Hey, Siri, read my messages,” and Siri will read your new messages to you. This is available all the time, but Siri will only read messages when you give the command.
You can also choose which notifications Siri reads:
How to set up Siri to read your texts through your AirPods
Use Announce Notifications You can also choose which notifications Siri reads: On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Notifications > Announce Notifications. Tap Messages. Select either Time Sensitive and Direct Messages or All Notifications.
Open the Settings app. Go to Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri. Disable the Announce Messages with Siri option at the top or turn the feature off for specific apps.
Swipe down from the screen's upper-right corner to open the control panel and then tap the Announce Messages icon to disable it. It will stay disabled until you turn it back on. If you prefer, you can also disable it for a specified amount of time. Tap and hold the Announce Messages icon until a menu appears.
Start Siri. Siri can read back your unread messages just by using voice commands. There are a couple of ways to start Siri: Press and hold the Home button until Siri starts.