Roku offers an Audio Guide feature, also known as Screen Reader or Narrator, which reads aloud the text appearing on the screen. While this feature is really helpful for those with vision issues, most users don’t prefer using it.
When you navigate through with the remote control Roku, it reads through the interface. This is how you know that the Audio Guide has been enabled.
However, if you're watching a TV show or movie and hear audio describing the scene, this is another accessibility feature called Descriptive Audio.
If you are one of those people that finds these audio readers annoying, you’ll be glad to hear that you can turn off the audio guide and descriptive audio. Below we’ll show you how to do it.
The easiest and quickest way to turn off the audio guide on Roku is with the remote control.
To be able to use this shortcut, you first need to enable it:
Quick tip: You can also turn on the Screen Reader by pressing the Star button 4 times in a row, by accident or on purpose. This shortcut can't be disabled, so keep this feature in mind when using the remote.
You can also turn off the Narrator or the Audio Guide in the Accessibility menu.
The Audio Guide describes interactions on the platform, such as location on the screen, channel names and navigation items within apps. But if you hear audio descriptions of scenes and actions in movies or TV shows, it means that the audio description track for that specific program has been enabled.
If you want to turn off the descriptive audio, you can do it in the audio/language or accessibility settings on Roku apps with descriptive audio. This is how to disable it for some of the most popular streaming apps:
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If you are using traditional cable TV input connected to your Roku TV or player, and you hear a video description feature on some TV shows and movies, you can disable this by turning off the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) settings.
If you have Spectrum TV, open the app, and with the Roku remote and go to Settings > Preferences > Audio Language (SAP).If you have Xfinity X1, go to Device Settings > Languages > Audio Language (SAP) Reset.