Sometimes reading lengthy text on a small mobile device is difficult and impractical. Especially when also navigating around ads that aggressively compete with content for limited screen space.

Here’s an easy solution.

On your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech

Turn on Speak Selection and Speak Screen by sliding each switch to the right.

When reading text (in Safari, Chrome, Wikipedia, Time Magazine app, The New Yorker app, Word, Evernote, et al) that you want spoken to you swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen.

Speech controls for the current app appear onscreen.

When reading from a different app, swipe down again with two fingers to bring forward speech controls for that app.

If desired, go back to Settings are adjust the default voice, reading speed, and other preferences.

Android or Chrome OS mobile devices also have versions of these features. To set up text to speech on your particular device check its user manual.

Text to speech won't produce the kind of audio performance you would expect from an audiobook or podcast. But it does what’s needed when it’s needed.

Your desktop and laptop PC and Mac also have accessibility features that speak onscreen text. Links below can get you started. Note that some modular tower PCs may not have built-in audio speakers.