The Samsung Smart Tv is an interactive TV with a voice guide function meant for visually impaired people, seniors or anyone who simply prefers a voice guide. The voice guide on Samsung Smart TV announces actions and menus on it.
A TV Voice Guide is simply a voice assistant or narrator on any TV, including the Samsung Smart TVs, that gives users an audio description of all the menu items and options.
It provides audio feedback while switching to connected devices such as a set-top box or streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, etc.
Apart from these, the voice guide provides you with other details such as movie names and descriptions when you browse any online streaming services. All in all, it gives you complete information about each page you switch to.
This feature is similar to the Talkback or Screen Reader feature on Android. But the relief here is that you can quickly turn off the Voice Guide on Samsung TV. The accessibility feature on your remote is helpful to some people, especially those with impaired vision.
However, for those who can easily read everything and don’t need a voice assistant, it’s pretty annoying especially when it’s loud.
If you’re tired of the TV constantly talking back at you, there are ways to turn off this option. This way, you will stop the TV from voicing every action or menu.
Before going into how to turn it off, let’s discuss some of the voice guide features. You can even increase the pitch, volume, and speed of the voice feature, just in case the issue lies with the tone or volume.
The voice guide comes in really handy for seniors. It provides the much-needed convenience and direction they need to maneuver the new technology.
Now, let’s turn that annoying thing off!
To turn off Voice Guide, go to Home, visit the Settings. Then go to general. Under general, you click on accessibility, where you will see a voice guide to turn it off.
Home > Setting> General > Accessibility > Voice Guide Settings > Voice Guide.
Another way to do this is to reach the accessibility menu by holding the remote’s volume button. This is how the feature often gets turned on accidentally. By holding the volume button for a long period, many people accidentally turn on the voice guide.
Holding the volume button is probably the easiest method to go directly to the Accessibility Shortcuts on your Samsung TV.
Just press and hold the Volume button on your Samsung Smart Remote, and it will take you to the Voice Guide option. You can then press the Center/Select button to turn off Voice Guide.
However, if these steps failed to work for your Samsung TV, check the user manual for your TV. And if that was not helpful, please contact the company for assistance.
But this has worked in models of Samsung TV 5-Series, 6-Series. 7-Series, 8-Series, 9-Series, QLED or SUHD. You can also turn off the Voice Guide feature on my Q70R, Q60T, Q70T, Q80T, Q95T, Q60R, Q80R, Q90R, Q90T, Q8C, Q950T, Q800T, Q900R, Q6F, Q7F, etc.
Being a smart TV, you must keep your TV up-to-date by updating it automatically or via USB.
To avoid you or even the kids (who might be fascinated by the voiceover) accidentally turning it on, you can also uninstall the default apps on your Samsung Smart TV.
If your Samsung TV was released between 2008 and 2013, follow the steps given below to turn off voice:
Go to Menu > Sound or Sound Mode > Broadcast option and select Audio Language. If Audio Description is enabled on your Samsung TV, you’ll notice that English AD (Audio Description) is selected. Change to “English” only to turn off Audio Description.
Some Samsung TV users, after turning off the voice guide, complained of still getting voiceover on their TV. It could be because the Voice Guide and Bixby are the only functions that give voice output. So, disable Bixby on your TV also to get rid of the audio description altogether.
Depending on your Samsung TV model, you can also simply enable or disable Audio Description simply by holding the Menu button on your remote for a few seconds.
Important Note: Audio descriptions might be turned off on your Samsung TV but not on your streaming app. If you hear the narrator only when you stream on an app, let’s say Amazon Prime, then you have to turn the narrator off on Amazon Prime. Follow this guide to turn off voice on your streaming apps.