I've activated Hands-free mode from the configurable set of switch-buttons at the top of the notification panel on my Samsung Galaxy SIII, and such mode also appears activated under Settings -> My device -> Hands-free mode. Such entry reads: "Incoming calls and new notifications will be read out automatically".

However, I've tried sending myself e-mail messages and also received some WhatsApp messages, which triggered the Whistle Default notification sound and made the front Blue LED blink until I swiped down my notification panel. As I was saying, however I didn't hear any voice coming from the phone reading out the notifications aloud, so it seems like this feature is not working for me.

What am I doing wrong?


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I've got the same phone running android 4.4.2. My phone does not speak email messages. It only speaks sms text, caller id info, and two other notifications. If you consult the help manual on the phone, the usage is a little clearer.

  • I've searched the user manual application installed on my Samsung Galaxy SIII but could not find anything on Hands-free mode. Could you please provide a more specific URL. Also, how did you manage to upgrade to 4.4 KitKat? My device upgraed automatically to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but later did not upgrade to any further version. Thanks. Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 1:08
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    I searched "hands free" from the help app. The result showed up under notifications. Depending on your cell carrier, you may have maxed out the software. I can't update my further.
    – rrirower
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 1:11
  • Perhaps you have a different app then mine. I don't get any results when I search for "hands free". Do you have a URL? Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 1:19
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    I don't have a url, but, you should be able to find the manual on the Samsung web site.
    – rrirower
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 1:22
  • I found the PDF user manual for the Samsung Galaxy SIII on this link from this site but stil could not find anything on hands-free mode. Plus the model name is the GT-i9600, not sure if Samsung put a link for the wrong mobile device. Thanks. Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 13:22

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