The narrator is a screen reader feature for the Xbox One that reads menus, buttons, and other types of text out loud. It’s designed as an accessibility option for gamers who have visual impairments. However, it can be an annoyance if it is turned on accidentally. We show you how to disable it.
Ways to Turn off the Voice Narration on Xbox One
There are three ways to turn off the narrator on your Xbox One:
- Through the power menu: This is the easiest method, but it doesn't provide any extra options.
- Through the system settings menu: This method takes a little longer, but it has more options.
- With voice commands: This method is easy, but it only works if you can use voice commands with your Xbox One.
How to Turn off the Narrator From the Power Menu
The easiest way to turn off the narrator is through the Xbox One power menu. The downside is that this method is also the main way people accidentally turn on the feature without realizing it.
Here's how to turn off the Xbox One narrator using the power menu:
Turn on the Xbox One, and verify that the narrator is on.
Press and hold the Xbox button on the controller until it vibrates and the power menu opens.
Press the menu button (the three horizontal lines) to turn off the narrator.
Return to the home screen and verify that the narrator is off.
How to Turn off the Xbox One Narrator in the Settings Menu
Turning off the Xbox One narrator using the settings menu is more complicated than using the power menu. However, it provides several options the power menu method doesn't offer.
Here’s how to turn off the Xbox One narrator from the system settings menu:
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Press the Xbox button on the controller to open the guide.
Select Ease of Access.
Select Narrator on, then press the A button on the controller to remove the check mark.
If you want to avoid accidentally turning on the narrator in the future, select Warn me when turning Narrator on, and make sure the check box is selected.
The narrator is now off, and you can navigate menus and play games without the Xbox talking to you.
How to Turn off the Narrator Using Kinect or Cortana
Some older Xbox One consoles support voice commands through the Kinect peripheral or a headset and microphone. If you have voice controls turned on, you can disable the narrator with one of the two following voice commands:
- Hey Cortana, turn off narrator.
- Xbox, turn off narrator.
If you have Cortana turned on, you need to use the Cortana command. If you have Cortana turned off, you need to use the Xbox command. Neither works if you don’t have voice controls turned on.
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How to Turn the Narrator Back On
The Xbox One narrator is an annoyance to some people, but it's a valuable accessibility feature for others. If you need to turn it on after you accidentally turned it off, you can do so through the power menu, the settings menu, or a voice command.
Here are the voice commands to turn on the Xbox One narrator:
- Hey Cortana, turn on narrator.
- Xbox, turn on narrator.
Here's how to turn on the narrator using the system settings menu, which is where you also find other powerful accessibility features:
Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
Select Ease of Access.
Select Narrator on, then press the A button on the controller to make sure the box is checked.