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Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

I have a Garmin Nuvi 260 which is listed on the garmin website as having the function of speaking the street names. The website even describes the text to speech funtion.

But I can't get the unit to say the street names and can't figure out how to turn the function on. The manual is no help.

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  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2007

    I have the same problem.

  • damon707 Jan 02, 2008

    im trying to get help because my son was messing with my garmin and my password was changed

  • theseus Jan 20, 2008

    Same problem. It used to work but it stopped saying the street names and now just says "turn left" or "turn right"

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2008

    Same problem, One minute it said street names, went in to eat supper, came out and then it would not say street names.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. About to rtn my Garmin and buy Magellan which I know says street names!

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2008

    I, too have the same problem with Garmin 260. It just happened after having it for one week.

  • Bob Savanich Mar 17, 2008

    Our one (1) week old Garmin Nuvi 260 GPS quit calling street names (text to speech). I tried several times resetting the defaults and no luck. I e-mailed Garmin and their web site says it could take three (3) working days to get back to me. My wife needs the unit for work. She will be using my Nuvi 650 until we solve this problem. I too need GPS for work so time is of the essence.

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    cannot get the text to speech function to do you turn it on? No instruction in book. I tried to swith on using the default settings but it doesn't work

  • DSchumacher Apr 30, 2008

    I have the same problem as well and actually returned the first one I had but I don't know if I should just buy a new unit or if there is a way to fix it???

  • Helpedneeded May 17, 2008

    When I bought my Nuvi 260 it said the names of the streets. The next day, it stopped saying street names and only says turn right or turn left. The manual is no help.

  • mpasha Jul 20, 2008

    Please let me know how to get the text-to-speech function to work on Garmin Nuvi 350.

  • icecouple Dec 29, 2008

    I cannot get the Garmin Nuvi 260 to speak the street names as advertised. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    I have a 255 , just got it. I heard there is a TTS fix as the voice is of poor quality, how do I install it?

  • Bill Conn Apr 17, 2009

    I have a Nuvi 260 Garmin and it no longer says the name of the streets to turn on

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    same problem

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    no text to speach, nothing in the manual?

  • mlzn May 10, 2009

    just purchased a garmin nuvi 255w. I selected this one because is street names. I there a way to activate this particular function. At present, it only calls out turns but not street names.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    After the unit is turned on, the Garmin screen appeared but no further activity.



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Question: How do I change the Voice Language setting on my nuvi 2xx?
--> Answer: All of the Garmin® automotive GPS units that speak street names are also loaded with basic voice prompts (example: Turn Right in 500 feet) as well as Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices that speak street names. If one of the basic types of voice prompts has been selected, the voice prompts will not speak street names. In order to change this setting on the nüvi® 2xx series, follow these steps:

  1. In the Main Menu, touch Tools (Wrench icon).
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Press the Down arrow in the bottom right corner.
  4. Select Language.
  5. The first line on this screen is the Voice language. Touch the Current Voice option for the GPS device listed to change the Voice.
  6. Select a Voice that is labeled TTS. These will speak street names. Options without the TTS label will say the distance until the next turn, but will not include the street name.
  7. Select OK. The Voice has now been changed.
The device should now speak street names. This is tghe solution that I found on the Garmin site. It worked for my device. Hope this is helpful. solution = solution1description.innerHTML; Last modified on: 04/14/2008
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Under Tools, Settings, Language, Voice, choose a language that has TTS (text to speech) written after it. That should do the trick.

Posted on Jan 06, 2008

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The 260 has both TTS (?) and non tts voices. The TTS are the ones which speak the street names. You can also download other TTS voices via the Garmin WebUpdater program.

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I thought I had the same problem when I just got my nuvi 350 but after playing around with it for a while I realized the problem is actually very easy to solve.

The "trick" is that you need to make sure your Locale setting (language) is set to one that is marked with the TTS function.

I have never used a 260 before but I suspect it's similar to 350. Here are the steps to follow to set up the "text to speech" function in nuvi 350:

From the main page (the one with "Where to", "View map"), go to "setting"(on the right hand side panel), then click on "Locale".

Click on the second icon (the red lips) and then choose a language that has "TTS" in brackets at the end. The names after each language simply refers to male/female voices.

For example:
American English-Jack(TTS) activates a male "text to speech" voice and American English-Jill(TTS) activates a female voice.

The default option for Locale is American English (w/o TTS) so if you choose default, your GPS will not read out street names.

Overall I quite like the Nuvi 350 for its simplicity and clarity. But I agree that the manual should have information like this. But it's become all straightforward after you playing with it for a while.

Hope you will enjoy your new GPS!

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Thanks...I appreciate

Posted on May 09, 2010

I got a 260 for my I thought? Discovered the model 200 was placed in the box. After a long talk with the store manager...the error was corrected. I absolutely love my 260. : )

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

Im sorry i thought that this was a no brainer
TTS = Text To Speech
if it aint got tts it aint text to speech


Posted on Jul 26, 2008

It works for me... the user manual should have this information in it... thanks for the infor.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

On my device there is American English and then American English -Jill (TTS) it took me a while to figure it out and I was getting frustrated but now it works great :)

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Same problem as well.
However; no languages were listed under the voice selection menu.
Restore was of no help.
Fix: Select text and just reselct your language of choice. This reinitialized the voice options and was able to select a voice with TTS capabilities.

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SOURCE: Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

Make sure the voice you have selected has the letters TTS next to it.

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