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Voice control of text messages

Updated 9/17/2019

Voice control of text messages

Voice recognition allows you to control functions in the car, e.g. reading out text messages from a connected mobile phone.

Reading out text messages

Using voice recognition to manage text messages

Note

Before the voice commands for the mobile phone's functions can be used (text message, phone calls and media player) a mobile phone must be connected to the car. For information on how to connect a mobile phone to the car, see Connect your mobile phone to the car via Bluetooth.

Note

Settings and menus in the centre display vary depending on software version.

To read out a text message, press the voice control button on the right-hand side of the steering wheel and say "Read message".

Reading out text messages from an iPhone

To read out text messages from an iPhone, you need to change a setting on your phone so that messages can be sent from the phone to the car, see instructions below.

Instructions

On your iPhone: Go to ”Settings”.

On your iPhone: Select ”Bluetooth”.

On your iPhone: Click on the info symbol (i) for the connection to your car.

On your iPhone: Enable ”Show notifications”.

Note

Not all system languages support voice control. The system languages that do are highlighted with the symbol in the list of available system languages. More information on which system languages are supported can be found at Voice control language settings.

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.


This article is applicable to

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.


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Voice control of Sensus Navigation: Useful commands

The following commands may be useful when you want to control your navigation system using voice commands.

Voice control of media

You can control the media player in your car using voice control. You can start playback from various devices, start playback of music, select radio station, etc.

Getting started with voice control

Voice control allows you to control functions in the car, e.g. radio or a connected mobile phone using spoken commands. In cars equipped with Sensus Navigation you can also interact with the navigation system.

Getting started with voice control of Sensus Navigation

If your car is equipped with Sensus Navigation you can use voice control to give spoken commands in order to control parts of your navigation system.

Use voice control

Voice control allows you to voice-activate certain functions in the multimedia system, in the radio, in a Bluetooth®-connected mobile phone or in Volvo's navigation system.

Voice control of the phone

If you have connected a phone to the car then you can use voice control to activate commands for the phone and its functions.

Updating voice control

Volvo is working constantly on improving voice control in your car. You can download files yourself for updating your car's voice control. Updating occurs in two stages using an empty USB memory.

Improve your use of voice control

Voice control allows you to control functions in the car, e.g. radio and media or a connected mobile phone. In cars equipped with Sensus Navigation you can also interact with the navigation system. A few tips that might be useful to bear in mind when using voice control are listed below.

Voice control of the car's climate

Voice control allows you to control functions in the car, for example, the climate control in the passenger compartment. Using voice control to control the climate control system means that you can change temperature, activate seat heating or change the fan speed for example.

Voice control language settings

There are various language settings for the voice control system in your Volvo. This article describes the languages available and the language settings possible for these.