Get briefed on your important email as you drive to work 

At Speaking Email we realise you want to save time not waste it. That’s why we avoid reading out clutter.

But how do we do that? We’ve now got 6 ways to keep you hearing your most important emails.

1. Ignored senders

Our most recent addition is a little feature we call “ignored senders”. With two taps you flag an email for ignoring and that sender will be skipped in future. It still reads out the name and then says “skipping this sender” so you are aware – and you can tap again to unignore.

Just tap to ignore this sender in future

2. Reply thread skipping

Emails often contain long threads of replies and forwards. I prefer to listen to these and then swipe next when I’ve heard enough. You may prefer we don’t read these out at all. We have a feature that looks for your name or email address within thread headers and skips the rest of the email when we have evidence this email thread has crossed your path already. This is a really nice feature for busy people listening handsfree.


“Skipping the rest as it was in reply to an email sent by you”


3. Signature skipping

Within emails we detect and skip over bits of irrelevant content. This includes email signatures, legal disclaimers, footers, contact details such as phone and fax blocks, long strings of digits, IDs, URLs, characters such as ———–.

“skipping disclaimer”

4. New emails only

If you want to hear only new emails we have two switches for this, either unread only or unplayed only. The difference is “unread” uses the server status to tell if it’s been marked as read from any mail client, while unplayed is just whether Speaking Email has read it out already.

5. Gmail category tabs

Promotional, social, updates and forums. If you use gmail you can switch on or off any of these gmail categorisations in account settings.


6. Skip promotional emails

Sick of listening to junk mail and newsletters? There’s a switch to turn these off. We detect promotional emails simply by looking for unsubscribe links.

“From: Outlook. Speaking Email is skipping this promotional email”


2 thoughts on “Get briefed on your important email as you drive to work 

  1. I don’t see a way to initiate the reading of email in siri. I want to be able to use siri to start the command, not have to click on your app


    1. Sure, that is possible.

      With Siri you can say “open Speaking email”. You can set Speaking email to auto play on launch (in preferences) which means this Siri command will play your email.

      It also works handsfree by itself (ie not using Siri) from this point on.

      Thanks for your question.


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