How to Enable And Use Buit-in Speech to Text on iPhone, iPad

Last Updated on Aug 16, 2020

Sometimes typing detailed notes, emails and messages are tiring; in the small-sized iPhone keyboard. Or you might be busy with work, but urgently need to send a message or mail to your client, what will you do? In that case, the Speech to Text feature of the iPhone can be of use. You don’t require any third-party app, as the Dictation feature is already available to use by default. All you have to do is, enable Speech to Text and learn how to use Speech to Text on iPhone.

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Instead of typing the texts, the Dictation feature will let you speak your own words, and write into the particular app, just by tapping on the Dictation button on the keyboard. It can be used across all the apps where the keyboard is used. Keep note that, Speech to Text can be used without connecting iPhone to the internet for iPhone 6S or later, and for other devices, you have to connect the iPhone to the internet to use the Speech to Text.

How to Enable and Use Speech to Text on iPhone, iPad

Starting off with, enabling the Dictation, and later, I’ll show you how to use the Speech to Text on iOS.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap General.
  2. Open Keyboard.

    Add Emoji Keyboard in iPhone

    Keyboard Settings in iPhone

  3. Toggle ON “Enable Dictation”
  4. Confirm, when the pop-up appears, saying that, ‘Dictation sends information like your voice input, contacts and location to Apple to process your request’. Tap Enable Dictation.

    Enable Dictation from iPhone settings

    Enable Dictation from iPhone settings

  5. Now, you can choose between Dictation Languages, multiple language selection is possible, so tap on the languages that you want to use for Dictation.
  6. Notably, when the iPhone is not connected to the internet, only Dictation for English will be available to use.

Important Points to Read Before You Start with Speech to Text

  • I presume, the Dictation on the iPhone is turned on.
  • As an example, we will use the Notes App, open the Notes App on iPhone or iPad.
  • Open the Existing Note or Create New.

    Type Using Dictation on iPhone as Speech to Text

    Type Using Dictation on iPhone as Speech to Text

  • Once the keyboard is on screen, look for the microphone button on the lower-right corner, tap on it and start speaking.
  • When the iPhone detects your voice, it will start typing in the Notes, while voice pitch will be shown in place of the Apple Keyboard.
  • To Stop the Dictation, tap on the Keyboard button.
  • If you’ve misspelled word or the device is confused about your dictation, that word will be underlined with blue color, tap on that word to correct it.
  • Replace the word: Double-tap on the word and then tap the Microphone button and speak to replace the word.
  • Replace lines: Select the lines that you want to replace, and tap Microphone, start speaking, the iPhone will automatically replace the selected lines.
  • You can anytime change the language, by holding down the Microphone button and choosing the language.

About Using Punctuation and Formatting

Let’s assume, you are dictating a sentence, and want to add a punctuation mark, then spell the punctuation symbols by their name, to add in between or at the end of the sentences.

For instance, Hey comma how are you exclamation mark. The device will interpret it as a, Hey, how are you!

Following commands can be used with the Dictation on iPhone.

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  • Cap: To capitalize the next word.
  • Caps On/Caps Off: This will turn on and off the caps lock for the very first character of each word.
  • New Paragraph: To begin a new paragraph.
  • New Line: This will start a new line.
  • Quote Start/Quote End: To start and end quote.
  • Smiley: To add :-)
  • Winky: To add ;-)
  • Frowny: To add :-(

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