Can you play Expo Speech in silent mode?

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  1. SDK Version: 39
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Is it possible to play Expo Speech when in silent mode?

Hey @haveamission, no you will not be able to override silent mode.


Actually you can, there is a solution for this.

import * as Speech from "expo-speech";
let Sound = require("react-native-sound");
let word = <insert text here>;
let voice = <insert voice here>;


    Speech.speak(word, {
      voice: voice,

It’s a bit hacky, and requires installing react-native-sound as well, but I can confirm it works

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