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Can you receive/send texts with your voice?

I have a 2014 Escape SE with navigation and the mytouch, and have owned it for about 2 months. As well, I have an HTC One S phone.

I've synced the phone, and it works awesome... except for the texting. I can receive texts on the display... I can send the standard option texts through the display... I can have the system speak out the texts if I push the buttons on the display.

However, I can't access any of these options through voice activation. If I receive a text while driving, I try to use the phrase to listen to it (I forget exactly what it was), but I always get the response that my phone doesn't have this ability. Same thing with trying to respond to any texts. I know I'm saying the right thing, because I printed off the entire list of voice commands.

So I'm left with pushing the buttons on the screen, which is annoying, and I can't even view the texts while I'm driving (unless I'm quick enough to hit the listen button when the text pops up, but it only stays up for like 2 seconds), because it says it's disabled until I'm stopped.

Has anyone else experienced this? I should be able to listen to the text through voice activation, shouldn't I?

Thanks in advance!!

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I have the Iphone 5s, I honestly just turned if off. My phone is ram mounted to the windshield, so I see the text as they come in and I don't have to touch anything. The compatibility of some phones and Sync aren't as good as others.
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You should be able to listen to the incoming texts through the sync system by simply saying listen to messages.

Are you using the latest sync update in your escape?


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I have a 2014 Escape SE with navigation and the mytouch, and have owned it for about 2 months. As well, I have an HTC One S phone.

I've synced the phone, and it works awesome... except for the texting. I can receive texts on the display... I can send the standard option texts through the display... I can have the system speak out the texts if I push the buttons on the display.

However, I can't access any of these options through voice activation. If I receive a text while driving, I try to use the phrase to listen to it (I forget exactly what it was), but I always get the response that my phone doesn't have this ability. Same thing with trying to respond to any texts. I know I'm saying the right thing, because I printed off the entire list of voice commands.

So I'm left with pushing the buttons on the screen, which is annoying, and I can't even view the texts while I'm driving (unless I'm quick enough to hit the listen button when the text pops up, but it only stays up for like 2 seconds), because it says it's disabled until I'm stopped.

Has anyone else experienced this? I should be able to listen to the text through voice activation, shouldn't I?

Thanks in advance!!

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It varies considerably by phone. Text messaging worked perfectly with my last phone - a 2.5-year-old HTC. My current phone does some things but not others - in my case I can listen and respond but not text on the screen.

You can check your phone here, though I don't know how up to date the website is. New phones come out so frequently, or updates cause changes. Link ----->
SYNC and Phone Compatibility | SYNC Support | MyFord Touch | Ford.com

EDIT: here's another chart, but it isn't completely up to date; my phone and other new phones by my manufacturer aren't on it. At the moment I can't locate yet another chart that was the most helpful - a Nokia rep gave me that URL, and I'll try to find it later, or maybe someone else has it.

http://www.nsapp.fordtechservice.dea...N_iop_2_00.pdf

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My Razr M works fine for reading messages with voice, but I never tried sending one that way.

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Doesn't work with my S3....It doesn't tell me when I have new txt's, and doesn't offer to read them to me as I drive....how rude lol
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Doesn't work with my S3....It doesn't tell me when I have new txt's, and doesn't offer to read them to me as I drive....how rude lol
I was able to receive and send one text that actually worked, after dinking with it trying to get to work. Would not repeat, quit trying.... and last I looked the S3 doesn't support bluetooth texting, so guess that's why. C'mon Samsung, get it together! Do love this phone otherwise

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I was able to receive and send one text that actually worked, after dinking with it trying to get to work. Would not repeat, quit trying.... and last I looked the S3 doesn't support bluetooth texting, so guess that's why. C'mon Samsung, get it together! Do love this phone otherwise

I've got some tips to help extend your S3's battery life and keep it from overheating, if you've got those problems.

First thing: Turn the automatic screen brightness and screen rotation off.

Second: Turn off vibrate - Phone calls, notifications, apps, haptic feedback, everything.

Third: After every restart, go into settings -> battery -> and you should see "Media" using the most power. Select "Force Stop". This apparently is a programming issue, and the only way to resolve it, is to select force stop after every restart.

Fourth: S Voice Settings (open S Voice, select settings) and turn off Wake Up Command. If you look, there is a note stating "this may drain your battery".

Fifth: Under Google location settings, turn of access location when not using Google maps. You can also toggle off GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from your pull down menu when they are not in use. Your screen brightness is a big drainer, set brightness no more than 1/2....mines set at 1/3.




Back on subject lol, my S3 text messages were read to me while driving my 2013 Subaru XV. Can't believe a year newer, more tech'ed up vehicle can't handle it.
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I have a Windows phone. Whenever I receive a text, and am connected via bluetooth to MFT Sync, the phone speaks aloud the name of the person who is texting me and asks whether I want to hear the text or ignore it. When it is done reading me the text it then asks me whether I would like to reply. To reply, I speak my message and it then sends it as a text. This is all in the capability of the phone itself but since it is connected via bluetooth, I hear it through the Escapes audio system. My phone is not capable of displaying texts on the MFT screen.
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I have a Windows phone. Whenever I receive a text, and am connected via bluetooth to MFT Sync, the phone speaks aloud the name of the person who is texting me and asks whether I want to hear the text or ignore it. When it is done reading me the text it then asks me whether I would like to reply. To reply, I speak my message and it then sends it as a text. This is all in the capability of the phone itself but since it is connected via bluetooth, I hear it through the Escapes audio system. My phone is not capable of displaying texts on the MFT screen.
Same for me. My last phone, much older, also showed text displays on the screen.

What works or does not varies considerably by phone. I think Ford works on compatibility on their end as well. At least that's what Nokia told me - that when they bring out a new phone, info goes to the car manufacturers.

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