Solution to: Speech is off until your new Language Pack is Installed

If you’ve newly purchased a Lumia Windows Phone device, you’d have noticed that when you Long Tap the Windows Logo key, you see a message saying “Speech is off until your new language pack is installed“. This message appears up because the required language pack for the speech service to recognize and read out the content (such as messages) is not yet installed.

wp-speech-language-pack-not-installed-error-thThe language pack would usually install by itself if you were connected to the internet while setting up your newly purchased Lumia phone. If for any reason it wasn’t installed, you need to follow the following steps and upon installation of the language pack, the speech service will start running properly.

How to install Language Pack for Speech in Windows Phone

  1. Tap on the Windows capacitive button to reach start. Now swipe from the right to access your list of apps.
  2. Once here, tap on settings and scroll down to find Speech (Alternatively you can also long tap the Windows key and when it shows the error, tap on settings.
  3. Now tap on Speech Language to display the list of languages that are installed or else can be installed.wp speech settings
  4. Choose your preferred speech language that you want to install and tap on it. A new pop-up will appear.WP-Language-packs-for-speech-service
  5. This window will provide details about the speech language pack and its size.
  6. Tap on Yes to begin downloading.
  7. Once the pack is installed, restart you phone to make sure that speech service runs properly.
  8. That’s it. The next time you’ll long tap the Windows button, you’ll be able to access the Speech service.
Note: If you’re unable to download the language pack and the phone displays something like “Couldn’t download. Tap to retry”, make your that your internet connection is fast enough. Else initiate the download after connecting to a WiFi network


11 Responses to Solution to: Speech is off until your new Language Pack is Installed

  1. Santa January 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Swipe Left -_-

    • Narender January 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      = Swipe from the right 😉

  2. dilip March 10, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Could not install language pack

    • Narender March 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      Any error?

  3. ajay June 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    this helped a lot and solved my problem too

  4. Lolkrops September 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Is it possible to download more languages? Like Dutch?

    • Narender Singh September 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Yes. Check your language settings. There you can choose other language packs (check if dutch is available). But only one speech language can be enabled at a time.

  5. Prathamesh October 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    can i know how to stop the download of language pack ?

  6. Pankaj January 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    Not able to install the speech language. Default is English (India), When I tried to install the English (United States) or English (United Kingdom), it says ‘Couldn’t download. Tap to retry.”

    Do you have any solution for this problem. I am trying to install that problem since last 7 days and it is giving me same error. Tried on multiple WIFI networks, cellular network but failed.

    • Narender Singh January 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      No idea. Sometimes there are some sad update bugs which can only be resolved via a Hard Reset. I’d recommend trying again after a day or two and if it is still the same, you gotta reset 😐

  7. NY June 10, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    How can u download German language….

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